Today is International Left-Handers Day, and we're tipping our hats to lefties everywhere. If you're among them, you might feel like the world is a little backward sometimes… but you're far from alone. Some of history's greatest entertainers, creators and thinkers have been left-handed. Here's just a handful. A left-handful, that is…
Eddie Albert (1906 – 2005) was known for his roles in Green Acres and Roman Holiday, but just as important to him was his environmental activism.
Peter Benchley (1940 – 2006) wrote some of the world's greatest horror novels… and made a nation wonder if it really was safe to go back in the water.
George Burns (1896 – 1996) enjoyed a showbiz career that began when he was seven years old and lasted until he was 98. Along the way, he made us laugh… over and over.
George Burns (Wikimedia Commons/Allan Warren)
Kurt Cobain (1967 – 1994), as frontman, singer, songwriter and guitarist for grunge-rock superstars Nirvana, helped change the face of American music.
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955), one of the most brilliant scientific minds of all time, offered incontrovertible proof that left-handedness doesn't make you unintelligent.
Albert Einstein (Wikimedia Commons/Oren Jack Turner)
Judy Garland (1922 – 1969) was described as "the greatest entertainer who ever lived" and made us all dream of a place over the rainbow.
Judy Garland as Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” (Wikimedia Commons)
Betty Grable (1916 – 1973) known for a different body part – her million-dollar legs (not to mention her fine acting and singing).
Cary Grant (1904 – 1986) played the debonair leading man opposite Mae West, Audrey Hepburn, and many more of our favorite actresses.
Isaac Hayes (1942 – 2008) wrote and sang some of the greatest and most influential soul music of the 1970s… and gained a new audience decades later as the voice of Chef on South Park.
Isaac Hayes and model Pat Evans, 1972. (Anthony Barboza/Archive Photos)
Jimi Hendrix (1942 – 1970) may have been the greatest guitarist of all time, as he showed at the Monterey Pop Festival and in his amazing discography.
Jim Henson (1936 – 1990) gave the world the Muppets, and generations of children (and their parents, too) love him for it.
In this February 1988 photo Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets, poses with one of his creations, Kermit the Frog. (AP Photo/File)
John F. Kennedy Jr. (1960 – 1999) was the golden child of one of the most powerful families in American history, and a mover-and-shaker in his own right.
John F. Kennedy Jr. poses in front of St. Peter's at the Vatican Saturday April 20, 1996. Kennedy Jr. is in Italy to interview famed fashion designers such as Valentino, Versace and others. (AP Photo/Maurizio Marucci)
Steve McQueen (1930 – 1980) epitomized cool – both as an action movie star and as a motorcycle racer who dropped out of showbiz to pursue his need for speed.
Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) still reigns as the greatest blonde bombshell of all time, thanks to her unforgettable looks – and her considerable acting talent, too.
In this undated publicity photo courtesy Running Press, Marilyn Monroe is shown wearing a knife-pleated gold lamé gown made from “one complete circle of fabric.” She wore this dress in "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." A half-century later, 50s bombshell Marilyn Monroe is a new generation's pop-culture phenomenon. Monroe died August 5, 1962. (AP Photo/Courtesy Running Press)
Anthony Perkins (1932 – 1992) was typecast as the disturbing killer after his masterful performance as Norman Bates in Psycho. He played scary so brilliantly that we couldn't imagine him as anything else.
Richard Pryor (1940 – 2005) was perhaps the greatest standup comic ever, called by Jerry Seinfeld "the Picasso of our profession" and ranked number one on Comedy Central's list of comedians.
Richard Pryor (Wikimedia Commons/Alan Light)
Telly Savalas (1922 – 1994) played one of our favorite TV detectives. We loved him as a Bond villain too… and as a recording artist.
Tiny Tim (1932 – 1996) was both odd and fascinating as he played the ukulele and falsetto-ed his way through songs like his classic, "Tiptoe Through the Tulips."
Written by Linnea Crowther