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Ayn Rand
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Philosopher
    (February 2, 1905-March 6, 1982)
    Wrote 'Atlas Shrugged,' 'The Virtue of Selfishness and Capitalism' 'Anthem,' 'We The Living' and 'Fountainhead'
    Honored on a United States commemorative 33¢ stamp
    Extra in 'King of Kings' (1927)
    Her philosophy espouses 'the virtue of selfishness' and flies in the face of altruism and kindness.
    She was excruciatingly self-righteous and 'in-your-face' in promoting and defending her beliefs.
    She was an atheist.
    Her philosophy espoused the value of personal joy and happiness, yet she was often bitter and unpleasant about the opposition she faced in her lifetime.
    She claimed to love her husband and dedicated her novels to him.
    But she had a lengthy affair with Nathaniel Branden, her favored disciple (25 years her junior), and told her husband she was doing it.
    Her philosophy exalts the supremacy of the individual over the state, liberty over slavery, happiness over misery, intellectual inquiry over superstition.
    According to a 1991 poll (pre-Internet and e-mail) conducted by the Library of Congress and The Book-of-the-Month Club, 'Atlas Shrugged' has influenced the lives of more Americans than any other book, except The Holy Bible.
    Her philosophical and political ideals are now influencing American public policy (Alan Greenspan was an early disciple).
    Her work has inspired a lot of Internet and dot-com entrepreneurs.
    'The Fountainhead' was made into a movie starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal, which featured a scandalous rape scene (scandalous for its day, at any rate).
    Helen Mirren won an Emmy for her portrayal of Rand in the Showtime movie, 'The Passion of Ayn Rand,' which included some awesome boffing scenes with Eric Stoltz (playing Nathaniel Branden).
    Documentary on her life, 'Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life,' was nominated for an Oscar.
    The Libertarian party is based on her philosophy.
    Although she probably wasn't, she is rumored to have been a bi-sexual.

Credit: Frank Johnson


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