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Some famous people who didn’t have kids . . .

June 2nd, 2010 · 21 Comments · Poetry, Politics, Real-life Adventure Tales, Weird Things About Me

Sans Sons —

a Song in Names Only

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Jesus

 

If you speak each name aloud or to yourself (rather than scan) it takes you on much more of a journey.
It starts in triplet, then opens up . . .

 

Jesus Christ 

Isaac Newton

Plato.

Mary Magdalene

Mother Teresa

Florence Nightingale;

Joan of Arc

Lawrence of Arabia

Edward the Confessor,

Betsy Ross

Rosa Parks

Bert Parks

Susan B. Anthony

Arthur C. Clarke

Ralph J. Gleason

the Dali Lama

the Pope

the Babe

Howard Hughes

Amelia Earhart

and both the Wright brothers

Oliver Wendell Holmes

John Clellon Holmes

George Bernard Shaw

Beethoven

Tchaikovsky

Vivaldi

George Gershwin

George Balanchine

George Washington

Helen Keller

Helen Thomas

Helen Mirren

Louie Armstrong

Lionel Hampton

Lillian Hellman

Billie Holiday

Bettye LaVette

Bettie Page

Leonardo

Michelangelo

Vincent

Salvador Dali

David Hockney

Jackson Pollock

Lee Krasner

Mary Cassatt

Frida Kahlo

Dostoyevski

Chekhov

Thoreau

Spinoza

Virgil

Keats

Poe

Pound

Proust

Rimbaud

Whitman

Tennessee Williams

Washington Irving

Mississippi John Hurt

Alexander Pope

William Blake

Henry Miller

Henry James

H.L. Mencken

T.S. Elliot

J.M. Barrie

Robert Louis Stevenson

Lewis Carroll

Noel Coward

Edward Albee

Virginia Woolf

George Eliot

Jane Austen

Simone de Beauvoir

Edna St. Vincent Millay

Emily Dickinson

Emily Bronte

Edith Wharton

Eudora Welty

Harper Lee

Amy Tan

Dorothy Parker

James Baldwin

Joseph Campbell

Raymond Chandler

Carlos Castaneda

Gore Vidal

Jean Genet

Lester Bangs

Allen Ginsberg

Henri Cru

Ralph Nader

Jerry Brown

Andy Warhol

Keith Haring

Merce Cunningham

Ahmet Ertegun

Brian Epstein

Sandy Koufax

Dr. Kellogg

Dr. Seuss

George Peabody

Nash the Slash

Son House

Nikola Tesla

Edwin Hubble

Vaclav Havel

Hannibal

Haydn

Raffi

Robespierre

Lenin

Locke

Kant

Oprah

Odetta

Queen Latifah

Queen Elizabeth I

Eva Perón

Ma Rainey

Harriet Tubman

Diane Sawyer

Dian Fossey

Annie Oakley

Molly Ivins

Edith Head

Gertrude Stein

Gloria Steinem

Georgia O’Keefe

Alberta Hunter

Samantha Fox

Candace Bushnell

Fran Lebowitz

Edie Kerouac

Julia Child

Rachael Ray

Suze Orman

Tyra Banks

Monica Seles

Billie Jean King

Martina Navratilova

Florence Griffith Joyner

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Big Mama Thornton

Big Joe Turner

Blind Lemon Jefferson

Liza Minelli

Ginger Rogers

Imogene Coco

Coco Chanel

Mack Sennett

Billy Wilder

Victor Mature

Burgess Meredith

Montgomery Clift

Peter Ustinov

Hal Ashby

Rock Hudson

James Dean

Sal Mineo

Patrick Swayze

Mickey Rourke

Christopher Walken

Harry Dean Stanton

Katherine Hepburn

Greta Garbo

Jean Harlow

Mae West

Carole Lombard

Claudette Colbert

Paulette Goddard

Tallulah Bankhead

Marilyn Monroe

Ann-Margret

Ava Gardner

Linda Evans

Lauren Hutton

Jacqueline Bisset

Stephanie Powers

Morgan Fairchild

Cameron Diaz

Carmen Electra

Bo Derek

Ashley Judd

Jane Lynch

Kim Cattrall

Eva Longoria

Marisa Tomei

Portia de Rossi

Zooey Deschanel

Renee Zellweger

Lara Flynn Boyle

Jennifer Aniston

Winona Ryder

Fran Drescher

Daryl Hannah

Shelley Duvall

Valerie Perrine

Brenda Vaccaro

Stockard Channing

Shirley Booth

Julie Christie

Betty White

Bonnie Hunt

Linda Blair

Kathy Bates

Carol Kane

Madeline Kahn

Marlo Thomas

Ellen Burstyn

Cicely Tyson

Swoozie Kurtz

Kristy McNichol

Allison Janney

Marsha Mason

Anjelica Huston

Dick Cavett

Oliver Hardy

Bill Hicks

Bill Maher

Jay Leno

Ricky Gervais

Mitch Hedberg

Graham Chapman

Michael O’Donoghue

Gilda Radner

Rita Rudner

Brett Butler

Lily Tomlin

Kathy Griffin

Jan Hooks

Nora Dunn

Cheri Oteri

Chelsea Handler

Janeane Garofalo

Ellen DeGeneres

Elayne Boosler

Lizz Winstead

Megan Mullally

Margaret Cho

Susie Essman

Sarah Silverman

Syd Barrett 

Sid Vicious

Jimi Hendrix

Nona Hendryx

Johnny Winter

Edgar Winter

Bill Monroe

Guy Lombardo

Aaron Copland

Cole Porter

Charley Patton

Eddie Cochran

Buddy Holly

Ritchie Valens

Little Richard

Sonny Rollins

Charles Mingus

King Curtis

Sidney Bechet 

Billy Strayhorn

Stephane Grappelli

Luther Vandross

Johnny Mathis

Freddie Mercury

Nick Drake

Dobie Gray

Tim Hardin

Garth Hudson

Gram Parsons

Mike Bloomfield

Rory Gallagher

Lou Reed

Jimmy Reed

Jim Croce

Jim Morrison

J.J. Cale

John Cage

Jeff Buckley

Joey Ramone

Johnny Ramone

Dee Dee Ramone

Tommy Ramone

Robert Hunter

Vince Welnick

Ron ‘Pigpen’ McKernon

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Sonny Boy Williamson

Long John Baldry

Dave Van Ronk

Tupac Shakur

Billy Preston

Burton Cummings

Nicky Hopkins

Noel Redding

Ellie Greenwich

Bessie Smith

Bonnie Raitt

Marcia Ball

Mavis Staples

Tracy Chapman

Janet Jackson

Laurie Anderson

Karen Carpenter

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Gloria Gaynor

Amy Winehouse

Dusty Springfield

Dolly Parton

Debbie Harry

Fiona Apple

Nanci Griffith

Stevie Nicks

Christine McVie

Joan Armatrading 

Janis Ian

Joan Jett

Fergie

Selina

and .. . .. Janis.

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324  (and counting)  . . .  165 men /  159 women

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Researched and sequenced by Brian Hassett

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We strive for accuracy.
Any corrections or additions appreciated at:

karmacoupon@gmail.com

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Here’s another cool list —  Great Americans” Not Born in America

Or the eternal life-affirming — Be The Invincible Spirit You Are

Or something to internalize — Love Is

Or if you just wanna dig the greatest live musical performances ever captured on film, there’s — The Peaks from RockPeaks

Or maybe you wanna ride some political grooves.

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by Brian Hassett              karmacoupon@gmail.com            BrianHassett.com

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21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Rob Salmon // Jun 12, 2010 at 8:38 PM

    Man, that is a LOT of musicians and movie stars … would not have ever guessed that!

  • 2 Linda Ranson-Smith // Jun 14, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    I can see how it makes sense that it’s the choice for you.

  • 3 Lisa Daniels // Jul 9, 2010 at 5:02 PM

    Nice compilation. Best one I’ve found. Thanks.

  • 4 Deb Reul // Sep 14, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    You’re right! You *can* read that like a song! It starts with a stable waltz grounding, and then solos. Thanks for hippng me to it. It’s got a total rhythm — just like *all* your poetry. :-)
    And it’s a real feel-good piece, too.
    I hear ya!

  • 5 Hugh Reilly // Oct 10, 2010 at 9:58 AM

    It’s a conspiracy!!!
    :-D

  • 6 Nigel Milner // Nov 6, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Nice list. Nice order.

  • 7 Bonnie Peers // May 3, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    I can see how some might be better off without, but having my two kids was definitely the best decision I ever made. People who don’t have kids never know the love that that is.

  • 8 Barry Floch // Jun 26, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    In the voice of Johnny Carson, “I did not know that.”

  • 9 Bernie Thompson // Aug 17, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Marilyn Monroe, Ann-Margaret, Jacqueline Bisset, Bo Derek … how did THAT never happen??????

  • 10 Joe Myles // Aug 18, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    or Debbie Harry, Dolly Parton and Stevie Nicks!!!!

  • 11 Samantha Graham // Sep 24, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Thanks for this.

  • 12 Lewis McDermott // Nov 12, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    That’s so weird about Lewis Carroll and Dr. Suess and J. M. Barrie (Peter Pan) and Robert Louis Stevenson …

  • 13 Emmett Pratt // Feb 21, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    WOW !!!! That is one hell of a list!!!
    Took me about an hour to scroll down it!
    Cool.

  • 14 Al Robinson // Jul 14, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Screamin Jay Hawkins picked up the slack — he had somewhere between 55 and 75 children! (seriously, literally)
    And Brando and Ray Charles had 27 between them!

  • 15 Mary Jo Sullivan-Hicks // Aug 1, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Love ya Brian – and I’m happy you are exactly who you should be. I wouldn’t be who I am without my kids. They ground me and make realize there really is such a thing as unconditional love.

  • 16 Gil Johnson // Aug 2, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Maybe this is one reason why Helen Mirren still looks hot at 67. This list contains about 80% of my favorite people in history, such as Mencken, Shaw, Havel, Dorothy Parker, Raymond Chandler, Joseph Campbell and, of course, Sandy Koufax.

  • 17 Mark Goldhammer // Aug 2, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    7 billion miracles is enough.

  • 18 Brian Humniski // Aug 3, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    I really enjoyed this list of people without the burden of kids. An alternate view and amazing amount of great literature that I think was partially the result of a life devoted to discovery of more than diapers and dinner.

  • 19 Juliana Moreira Leite // Sep 20, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    Loved this list Brian!!! This is awesome! Thank you for posting!

  • 20 Juliana Moreira Leite // Sep 20, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    Ps. I loove so many people from this list, Mingus, Billie, Stevie…

  • 21 June King // Jan 24, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    I love falling down the wonderful rabbithole of colorful Brianland!
    Just so you know … I have grown children, but know so so many people who have elected not to have kids and, overpopulation being the root of much of the world’s hardship (the taproot, anyway), if I were twenty or thirty-something today, I’d probably elect not to add to the population. I very much respect the decision NOT to procreate! Having done so, however, I will say that my offspring are exceptionally loveable people who add much to the world around themselves. Characters!

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