Friday, December 14, 2007

Armenians Are Everywhere

List of famous Armenians, from Armeniapedia:
Andre Agassi, tennis star
Charles Azanvour, singer/actor
Eric Bogosian, actor/writer
Cher (the artist formerly known as Cherylin Sarkissian), actor/singer
Princess Diana, "1/64th Armenian!"
Atom Egoyan, director
Arshile Gorky, painter
Garry Kasparov, chess champ
Kirk Kerkorian, businessman/rich man
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, assisted suicide specialist
Aram Khachaturian, composer
Raffi (Cavoukian), children's singer
William Saroyan, writer
The Zildjian Family, cymbal manufacturers
You can often identify an Armenian surname by the -ian ending. Armenia was a Soviet republic from 1920 until the collapse of the USSR. It's bordered by Georgia to the north, Azerbaijan to the east, Turkey to the west, and Iran to the south. The Turks still deny the killing of about one million Armenians during WWI. Some say that Mount Ararat (which may technically be in Turkey today) is the site of the wreck of Noah's Ark. Ararat was also the name of a 2002 film by Canadian director Atom Egoyan (Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter) about the genocide.


Anonymous Sarah said...

Okay, how on earth did you stumble across Armeniapedia?

9:49 AM  
Anonymous LA Face said...

Oh Masticator! Shame on you! Disguising your purient interest in Armenians by this passionless directory. There is one notable "-ian" missing from your list -- Kim Kardashian. She credits her substantial "assets" to her Armenian heritage and claims that all of the women in her family are little in the middle but they got much back.

10:01 PM  

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