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Each week, we aim to bring you interesting information about interesting people in about five minutes in the form of short biographies which can also be read on our website.

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    • 4.7 • 20 Ratings

Each week, we aim to bring you interesting information about interesting people in about five minutes in the form of short biographies which can also be read on our website.

    Oliver Reed - S16E02

    Oliver Reed - S16E02

    In episode 2 of season 16 of the 5 Minute Biographies podcast, we explore the wild life of the actor Oliver Reed. We'll delve into his upbringing, his rise to fame with roles like Bill Sykes in Oliver!, and his later career portraying iconic characters like Proximo in Gladiator. Join us as we uncover the complex man behind the larger-than-life persona, all in under 5 minutes!
    Please consider supporting the show by subscribing. If you would like to support me more directly by, say, buying me a coffee, please head on over to http://www.5minutebiographies.com/coffee to see how.
    Also, why not check out the Oliver Reed article at 5minutebiographies.com/oliver-reed/ and don't forget to check out the YouTube channel at https://www.5minutebiographies.com/youtube

    • 6 min
    Gus March-Phillipps - S16E01

    Gus March-Phillipps - S16E01

    In the first episode of season 16 of the 5 Minute Biographies podcast, we briefly examine the life of the man who challenged British conventional warfare tactics during World War 2 and led the way to the formation of modern special forces such as the SAS when he put together the Small-Scale Raiding Force with the view of causing havoc behind enemy lines. His name was Gus March-Phillipps.
    Please consider supporting the show by subscribing, or, if you would like to support me more directly by, say, buying me a coffee, please head on over to 5minutebiographies.com/coffee to see how. Also, why not check out the Gus March-Phillipps article at 5minutebiographies.com/gus-march-phillipps/ 
    And don't forget to check out 5 Minute History at https://www.5minutehistory.com/youtube

    • 7 min
    Cleopatra - S15E10

    Cleopatra - S15E10

    In the 10th and final episode of season 15 of the 5 Minute Biographies podcast, we briefly examine the life of the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, whose intelligence, political acumen, and legendary romances have captivated the world for centuries. Discover the story of a queen who navigated the turbulent waters of power, seduction, and diplomacy, leaving behind a legacy that continues to intrigue and inspire - Cleopatra.
    Please consider supporting the show by subscribing, or if you would like to support me more directly by buying me a coffee, please head over to https://www.5minutebiographies.com/coffee to see how.
    Why not also check out the Cleopatra article at 5minutebiographies.com/cleopatra/ And don't forget to check out 5 Minute History at https://www.5minutehistory.com/youtube

    • 5 min
    Bing Crosby - S15E09

    Bing Crosby - S15E09

    In the 9th episode of season 15 of the 5 Minute Biographies podcast, we take a brief look at the life of Bing Crosby. Beyond the crooning and Christmas carols, Bing Crosby was a multimedia titan. We will take a quick dive into the Crosby legacy, exploring his rise to radio stardom, his smooth transition to film (including that Oscar win!), and his influence on the early days of television. We'll uncover the secrets to his enduring popularity and ask if Bing Crosby was the original all-around entertainer.
    Please consider supporting the show by subscribing. If you would like to support me more directly by buying me a coffee, please head over to https://www.5minutebiographies.com/coffee to see how.
    Why not also check out the Bing Crosby article at 5minutebiographies.com/bing-crosby/
    Also, don't forget to check out 5 Minute History at https://www.5minutehistory.com/youtube

    • 7 min
    Benjamin Franklin - S15E08

    Benjamin Franklin - S15E08

    In the eighth episode of season 15 of the 5 Minute Biographies podcast, we take a brief look at the life of a prolific polymath who excelled as an inventor, scientist, writer, and diplomat. His contributions, ranging from the invention of the lightning rod to his pivotal role in drafting the Declaration of Independence, have left an indelible mark on American history - Benjamin Franklin.
    Please consider supporting the show by subscribing, or, if you would like to support me in a more direct way, by say, buying me a coffee, please head on over to https://www.5minutebiographies.com/coffee to see how.
    Why not also check out the Benjamin Franklin article at 5minutebiographies.com/benjamin-franklin/ And don't forget to check out 5 Minute History at https://www.5minutehistory.com/youtube

    • 7 min
    James Dean - S15E07

    James Dean - S15E07

    In the seventh episode of season 15 of the 5 Minute Biographies podcast, we take a brief look at the life of a movie star whose life was cut tragically short by a car accident after he had a massive impact on Hollywood with the three movies he starred in - James Dean.
    Please consider supporting the show by subscribing, or, if you would like to support me in a more direct way, by say, buying me a coffee, please head on over to 5minutebiographies.com/coffee to see how.
    Why not also check out the Lord Nelson article at https://5minutebiographies.com/james-dean/ or the related video at 5minutebiographies.com/youtube/ 
    And don't forget to check out 5 Minute History at https://5minutehistory.com

    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

cheeseypie ,

Brilliant

Well narrated, short and precise - perfect!

willinglearner ,

John C

Just discovered this podcast. Terrific! Spending time catching up.

talentedimproviser ,

Interesting stuff.

Short but concise and full of detail, these biographies are great to listen to. I've enjoyed these very much. Please do one on the writer Patricia Highsmith !

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