Born in the town of Breukelen (near Utrecht) on January 23, 1944, Rutger Oelsen Hauer is an actor, writer, as well as an environmentalist. He gained national fame in the Dutch TV series 'Floris' in 1969.

His first Dutch movie was "
Turkish Delight" (1973) but his international break-through came with his rol in the Sci-Fi thriller 'Blade Runner' (1982), co-starring with Harrison Ford, a role he favored instead of the lead role in 'Das Boot' (1981).

Before '
Blade Runner' he starred with Sylvester Stallone in "Nighthawks" in 1981. Hauer is known for his ability to play anything from a cold-blooded, psychopathic killer to a romantic character.

Rutger received a Golden Globe Award for best actor in a Supporting Role in the TV Series '
Escape from Sobibor'.

Hauer is married to Ineke ten Kate since 1985 and has one daughter, actress Aysha Hauer.
André Léon Marie Nicolas Rieu was born in Maastricht on October 1, 1949 and is a violinist and conductor.

Starting playing the violin at the age of 5, Rieu became one of the most successful violin players of his time using a 1667 Stradivarius.

Rieu is probably the best selling musician and has won many awards; 2 World Music Awards, among gold and platinum records.

Rieu speaks 5 foreign languages fluently.

André is married to Marjorie and has 2 sons, Marc and Pierre.
Better known as M.C. Escher, Maurits Cornelis Escher was born in Leeuwarden on June 17, 1898 and already excelled as a drawer at school.

Escher became known for his unusual drawings, playing with mathematical themes in woodcuts and lithographs, being inspired by the Arabic Alhambra in Granada, Spain.

Examples of the impossible and confusing objects he draw are the "
Necker-Cubic" and the "Penrose-Triangle".

Escher was married to Jetta Umiker and had 3 sons; George, Arthur and Jan.

He died in 1972.
Peter or Pieter (Petrus) Stuyvesant was born in Peperga in 1611 or 1612 and was a colonial Director-General.

Stuyvesant was the last Director-General of the Dutch colony "
Nieuw-Nederland", until the English armies conquered the territory and re-named it "New York".

To honor his strong belief in, and work for education of the youth, Manhattan named a school after him, the "
Stuyvesant High School".

Stuyvesant was married to Judith Bayard, who nursed him when he lost his right leg in a battle at St. Martin.

He died in 1672 and was entombed in St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Stuyvesant street in New York, Manhattan.
Alfred Henry Heineken was born in Amsterdam on November 4, 1923.

Freddy inhereted the beer factory that his grandfather bought in 1846 and became President of the Heineken beer brewery.

It was Freddy who made this beer brand world famous.

In 1983 he was, together with his chauffeur, kipnapped and released again after paying a ransom of millions of dollars.

Freddy was married to Lucille and had one daughter, Charlene.

Heineken died on January 3rd, 2002.
Born in Den Haag (The Hague) on May 21, 1957, Renée Pauline Soutendijk had her first major role in a Dutch movie called "Spetters" in 1980.

She had her first role in an American movie "
Eve of Destruction" where she starred together with Gregory Hines in 1991.

In the 80's she became a sex symbol in Holland because of her blond hair and sexy appearance.

Renée is married to Thed Lenssen and has 2 children, Caro and Jaïr.
Jeroen Aart Krabbé was born on December 5, 1944 in Amsterdam. He is an actor, director and painter.

Krabbé made his (Dutch) movie debut in 1963 and had his first Hollywood appearance in "
Jumpin' Jack Flash" with Whoopi Goldberg in 1986.

His biggest international success was the role of the evil General Koskov in the 1987 James Bond movie "
The Living Daylights".

Jeroen has 3 sons, Martijn (actor and TV host), Jasper and Jacob and is married to Herma.
Candy Dulfer was born on September 19, 1969 in Amsterdam and is a saxophonist.

Candy, daughter of Hans Dulfer, also a well-known sax player, started out playing when she was only 4 years old and formed her own band, "
Funky Stuff", when she was a teenager.

She was on stage with stars such as Prince, Van Morrison and Dave Stewart. Candy was nominated for a Grammy for her debut album "
Saxuality" in 1990.

Lily Was Here" was an international hit and reached 11th place on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.

Candy is married to Bela Szénási.
Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" Zelle or Mata Hari was born in Leeuwarden on August 7, 1876 and was a dancer, female courtier and alleged German spy.

In interviews with British Intelligence she admitted working as a spy for the French.

The French intercepted a German radio message saying that they had received information from "H21".

Believing it was Mata's codename, the French arrested Mata and after a trial she faced a firing squad on October 15, 1917.

Mata was married to Rudolf MacLeod and had 2 children, Louise Jeanne and Norman-John.
Paul was born in Amsterdam on July 18, 1938. He is a movie director, producer and author.

Verhoeven went to the United States after his film '
De Vierde Man' won the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for best foreign movie in 1984.

He directed the very successful movies "
Robocop" (1987), "Total Recall" (1990) and "Basic Instinct" (1992). His most successful movie in Holland was "Turks Fruit" in 1973.

Paul is married to Martine and has 2 daughters, Helen and Claudia.
Famke Beumer Janssen was born on November 5, 1964 in Amstelveen (near Amsterdam). She made her film debut in the movie ´Fathers & Sons´ in 1992 after modeling for Chanel, Yves Saint Lauren and Victoria's Secret.

Later, in 1995, she starred as the character ´
Xenia Onatopp´ in the James Bond movie ´Goldeneye´, which rocketed her career.

Janssen won a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "
X-Men: The Last Stand" in 2006.

She studied economics at the University of Amsterdam, holds a degree in writing and literature from Columbia University and studied acting.

Besides her native tongue, she speaks German, French and English.

Famke is also a director and screen writer and has been married to writer Kip Williams from 1995 - 2000.
Arie Luyendyk (Arie Luijendijk) was born in Sommelsdijk on September 21, 1953.

Before Arie moved to the United States in 1984 to become a successful Indy Cart racing driver, he won the European Super Vee championship in 1977 and drove in the European Formula 3 Series.

Arie, nicknamed the "
Flying Dutchman", won the Indianapolis 500 twice, in 1990 and 1997, and was polesitter in 1993, 1997 and 1999.

Other important victories to his name are the 12 hours of Sebring and the 24 hours of Daytona.

Arie's son, Arie Luyendyk Jr, is active as an Indy Lights racer.
Christiaan Huygens was born in the Hague (Den Haag) on April 14, 1629, in a century known as "the Golden Age".

Huygens was an important mathematician, scientist, astronomer, physicist, probabilist and horologist.

Huygens discovered the rings of Saturn and its moon Titan.

The pendulum clock was his invention and published many major mechanics and optics studies.

His father, Constantijn Huygens, was a influential and rich man, being a poet, musician, diplomat and advisor to the Royal House of Orange and gave Christiaan and his siblings a liberal upbringing.

Christiaan died childless on July 8, 1695.
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Vincent van Gogh
Vincent Willem van Gogh was born in Zundert on March 30, 1853 and was a Post-impressionist painter who's work was not appreciated during his life; he sold only one painting.

Although he worked on his paintings in Holland and Belgium, he felt his work would improve more in Paris, especially his drawing techniques.

Vincent suffured from psychosis and was delusional.

During one of his delusions he took his own life on July 27, 1980 by shooting himself in the heart. He died 30 hours later in a hospital.

After his death, Van Gogh and his paintings became famous. His fame grew even more in the early 20th century, when elements of his work were enlisted by French modern artists (Les Fauves) and impressionists in Germany.