French immigrants to the United States

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  1. Tony Parker

    Tony Parker


    William Anthony "Tony" Parker, Jr. (born 17 May 1982) is a French professional basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

  2. Olivier Sarkozy

    Olivier Sarkozy


    Olivier Sarkozy (born May 26, 1969) is a French banker based in the United States. His half-brother is Nicolas Sarkozy, former President of France.

  3. Darius Milhaud

    Darius Milhaud


    Darius Milhaud (4 September 1892 – 22 June 1974) was a French composer and teacher. He was a member of Les Six—also known as The Group of Six—and one of the most prolific composers of the 20th century. His compositions are influenced by jazz and make use of polytonality. Darius Milhaud is to be counted among the modernist composers.

  4. Surya Bonaly

    Surya Bonaly


    Surya Bonaly (born December 15, 1973) is a French-American former figure skater. She is a three-time World silver medalist, a five-time European champion, the 1991 World Junior Champion and a nine-time French national champion.

  5. Vladimir Nabokov

    Vladimir Nabokov


    Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov (/nəˈbɔːkəf, ˈnæbəˌkɔːf, -ˌkɒf/; Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Набо́ков, also known by the pen name Vladimir Sirin; 22 April [O.S. 10 April] 1899 – 2 July 1977) was a Russian-American novelist. While Nabokov's first nine novels were in Russian, he later rose to international prominence as a writer of English prose. He also made serious contributions as a lepidopterist and chess composer.

  6. Edgard Varèse

    Edgard Varèse


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  7. Ivan Galamian

    Ivan Galamian


    Ivan Alexander Galamian (Armenian: Իվան Ղալամյան; February 5 [O.S. January 23] 1903 – April 14, 1981) was an Iranian-born Armenian violin teacher of the twentieth century.

  8. Chantal Bolivar

    Chantal Bolivar


    Chantal Bolivar is a French born fashion model and Entertainment Television Host. Chantal currently resides in New York City and is represented by Wilhelmina Models and Innovative Artists Talent & Literary Agency.

  9. Arthur-Kalalá Katalayi

    Arthur-Kalalá Katalayi


    Arthur Kalala "The Katalyst" Katalayi (born May 10, 1982), is a Congolese entrepreneur, originally from Mbuji-Mayi, in the Kasai-Oriental province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  10. Benjamin Bonneville

    Benjamin Bonneville


    Benjamin Louis Eulalie de Bonneville (April 14, 1796 – June 12, 1878) was a French-born officer in the United States Army, fur trapper, and explorer in the American West. He is noted for his expeditions to the Oregon Country and the Great Basin, and in particular for blazing portions of the Oregon Trail.

  11. Ève Curie

    Ève Curie


    Ève Denise Curie Labouisse (December 6, 1904 – October 22, 2007) was a French and American writer, journalist and pianist. Ève Curie was the youngest daughter of Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie. Her sister was Irène Joliot-Curie and her brother-in-law Frédéric Joliot-Curie. Ève was the only member of her family who did not choose a career as a scientist and did not win a Nobel Prize, although her husband Henry Richardson Labouisse, Jr. did collect the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965 on behalf of UNICEF. She worked as a journalist and authored her mother's biography Madame Curie and a book of war reportage, Journey Among Warriors. From the 1960s she committed herself to work for UNICEF, providing help to children and mothers in developing countries.

  12. Anh Duong

    Anh Duong


    Anh Duong (born October 25, 1960) is an American artist, actress, and model. She is known for her self-portraits, which she has compared to a visual diary, as well as portraits of significant art collectors and influencers.

  13. Eugenie Besserer

    Eugenie Besserer


    Eugenie Besserer (December 25, 1868 – May 28, 1934) was an American actress who starred in silent films and features of the early sound motion picture era, beginning in 1910.

  14. Marcel Duchamp

    Marcel Duchamp


    Marcel Duchamp (28 July 1887 – 2 October 1968) was a French, naturalized American painter, sculptor, chess player and writer whose work is associated with Dadaism and conceptual art, although careful about his use of the term Dada and direct association with Dada groups. Duchamp is commonly regarded, along with Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, as one of the three artists who helped to define the revolutionary developments in the plastic arts in the opening decades of the twentieth century, responsible for significant developments in painting and sculpture. Duchamp has had an immense impact on twentieth-century and twenty first-century art. By World War I, he had rejected the work of many of his fellow artists (like Henri Matisse) as "retinal" art, intended only to please the eye. Instead, Duchamp wanted to put art back in the service of the mind.

  15. Raymond Loewy

    Raymond Loewy


    Raymond Loewy (pronounced /ˈl/ LOH-ee, November 5, 1893 – July 14, 1986) was a French-born American industrial designer who achieved fame for the magnitude of his design efforts across a variety of industries. He was recognized for this by Time magazine and featured on its cover on October 31, 1949.

  16. Alexander Herrmann

    Alexander Herrmann


    Alexander Herrmann (February 10, 1844 – December 17, 1896) was a French magician, better known as Herrmann the Great.

  17. Maurice Tourneur

    Maurice Tourneur


    Maurice Tourneur (February 2, 1876 – August 4, 1961) was a French film director and screenwriter.

  18. Yo-Yo Ma

    Yo-Yo Ma


    Yo-Yo Ma (born October 7, 1955) is a French-born Chinese American cellist. Born in Paris, he spent his schooling years in New York City and was a child prodigy, performing from the age of five. He graduated from Juilliard School and Harvard University and has enjoyed a prolific career as both a soloist performing with orchestras around the world and a recording artist. His 90+ albums have received 18 Grammy Awards.

  19. Queen Anne of Romania

    Queen Anne of Romania


    Queen Anne of Romania (born Princess Anne Antoinette Françoise Charlotte of Bourbon-Parma, 18 September 1923) is the wife of former King Michael I of Romania.

  20. Hélène Deschamps Adams

    Hélène Deschamps Adams


    Hélène Marguerite Deschamps Adams (30 January 1921 in the French concession of what was then called Tientsin, China – 16 September 2006 in Manhattan) was a member of the OSS, a forerunner of CIA.

  21. Benoit Mandelbrot

    Benoit Mandelbrot


    Benoit B.Mandelbrot  (20 November 1924 – 14 October 2010) was a Polish-born, French and American mathematician, noted for developing a "theory of roughness" and "self-similarity" in nature and the field of fractal geometry to help prove it, which included coining the word "fractal". He later discovered the Mandelbrot set of intricate, never-ending fractal shapes, named in his honor.

  22. Malcolm Shabazz

    Malcolm Shabazz


    Malcolm Latif Shabazz (October 8, 1984 – May 9, 2013) was the son of Qubilah Shabazz, the second daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz. He was the first male descendant of Malcolm X. In 1997, when he was 12 years old, Shabazz set fire to the apartment of his grandmother, Betty Shabazz, causing her death.

  23. Pierre Monteux

    Pierre Monteux


    Pierre Benjamin Monteux (4 April 1875 – 1 July 1964) was a French (later American) conductor. After violin and viola studies, and a decade as an orchestral player and occasional conductor, he began to receive regular conducting engagements in 1907. He came to prominence when, for Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes company between 1911 and 1914, he conducted the world premieres of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and other prominent works including Petrushka, Ravel's Daphnis et Chloé, and Debussy's Jeux. Thereafter he directed orchestras around the world for more than half a century.

  24. Clotaire Rapaille

    Clotaire Rapaille


    Gilbert Clotaire Rapaille, known as G Clotaire Rapaille, is an American marketing consultant and the CEO and Founder of Archetype Discoveries Worldwide and Rapaille Associates located in Palm Beach, Florida.

  25. LiLi Roquelin

    LiLi Roquelin


    LiLi Roquelin (born in Toulon, France) is a French-born American trip-hop and alternative rock singer-songwriter from Astoria, Queens. Roquelin is most notable for her songs, "I Saw You", which won Best Music Video at several film festivals in 2008 and 2009, "Blues Alone", "Should you get mad".

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