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From Muhammad Ali to Carrie Fisher, hear how the lives of the biggest stars were truly lived. With exclusive interviews from the people who knew them in life, journalist Stephanie Okupniak tells the stories of the dead.

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    • Society & Culture

From Muhammad Ali to Carrie Fisher, hear how the lives of the biggest stars were truly lived. With exclusive interviews from the people who knew them in life, journalist Stephanie Okupniak tells the stories of the dead.

    15: Carrie Fisher

    15: Carrie Fisher

    Carrie Fisher is best known for her role as Star Wars' iconic feminist hero Princess Leia. But before she ruled over Alderaan, she grew up here on earth as Beverly Hills royalty. In the spotlight her whole life, Carrie battled demons, family feuds, drug addiction and bipolar disorder - all while navigating a successful Hollywood career. Through turbulent relationships and personal heartache her rebellious spirit would remain - and inspire millions. 
    Stephanie Okupniak is joined by Carrie's brother Todd for a look at the remarkable life of a woman who not only survived but thrived when all the forces were against her. 

    • 55 min
    14: Kurt Cobain

    14: Kurt Cobain

    Kurt Cobain was one of the most iconic rock stars of all time. A reluctant spokesperson for a generation, this boy from a broken home would change the face of rock music forever.  After the raw energy, but moderate success of their debut Bleach, nobody could have predicted the world conquering phenomenon that was Nirvana's Nevermind. Its success would weigh heavily on Cobain.
    From fights with Axl Rose to his relationship with Courtney Love, Kurt's life was a whirlwind, with his music at the eye of the storm.
    Join Stephanie Okupniak, with the help of Nirvana's former manager Danny Goldberg, as we delve into the life of Kurt Cobain.

    • 37 min
    13: Harold Ramis

    13: Harold Ramis

    Harold Ramis could do it all. Actor, comedian, director, writer. This Ghostbuster has had an undeniable influence on generations of comedians, comedy writers, actors and singers - a lasting legacy for a man who started off as a grocery bagger in his family's store in Chicago.
    Join Stephanie Okupniak as she gets to the heart of one of the industry's most beloved stars with the help of Harold's daughter Violet Ramis Stiel and co-star Ernie Hudson. We find out how Ramis went working in a psychiatric ward to becoming a proton pack wearing icon. 

    • 39 min
    12: Alexander McQueen

    12: Alexander McQueen

    Alexander McQueen was one of the most striking, controversial and talented designers of his generation. 
    But how did a taxi driver's son from Lewisham become a four-time 'British Designer of the Year' and attract the following of stars from Lady Gaga to Kate Moss. Join Stephanie Okupniak and authors Andrew Wilson and Dana Thomas to hear the story of the boy who swapped life in a council house for life in the biggest fashion houses in the world. 

    • 53 min
    11: Aretha Franklin

    11: Aretha Franklin

    Aretha Franklin is the undisputed Queen of Soul. 
    Join Stephanie Okupniak as we find out how a preacher's daughter who was raised by the church would go on to become the voice of a generation - and winner of 18 Grammy Awards in a remarkable career which spanned six decades. 
    Documentary film producer Tyrrell Whitley and newscaster & journalist Evrod Cassimy shine a light on the life of the musical icon. 
    We couldn't make this show without the support of our sponsors Third Love (https://www.thirdlove.com/life) and Audible (https://www.audible.com/lifelived) . Please support them if you can!

    • 42 min
    10: George Romero

    10: George Romero

    George Romero isn't affectionately known as the Father of the Zombie film for nothing.
    Join Stephanie Okupniak and enter the mind of the horror movie legend - who started with a love for comics and gore & went on to become one of the genre's most iconic directors.
    Filmmaker John Harrison takes us through the life of his pioneering mentor, friend and collaborator.
    We couldn't make this show without the support of our sponsors Quip (https://www.getquip.com)  and The Economist (https://www.economist.com/) . Please support them if you can!

    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

Allumette-02 ,

Click bait!

I listened to the Bowie podcast. 30 minutes to resume his whole life seemed a bit short. Dana, the only person interviewed, was not even that close to him. Very disappointing.

flower.gal ,

Bad music choice

The Jazz is beginning to kill me a little

Xxx1717 ,

Stories good, music bad

The stories are really interesting. The music they’ve used is inexplicably bad. It’s like jazz from a movie set in the 1930s, with no reason or context.

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