THE GREATEST OF RECENT TIMES

My choices for the “greatest” ever in select categories among celebrities and of the 20th and 21st centuries. (1900 to the present. Very difficult to fairly compare pre-industrial age personalities to those who lived in modern times).   Note: These selections are based on the prime years and their overall contribution to the specific categories, i.e. sports, entertainment, politics. For example, Tiger Woods (golf category) is slipping these days, but in his prime, he was the most dominant player in the field ever, in my opinion.

Greatest President:                     Dwight Eisenhower.

Worst President:                         Barack Obama

 

Most Overrated President:         Franklin D. Roosevelt

Most Underrated President:       Harry Truman

 

Greatest Foreign Leader:            Winston Churchill

Worst Foreign Leader:                Hitler/Stalin (tie)

 

Gr. Political Commentator:        Charles Krauthammer

Worst Commentator:                   Al Sharpton

 

Greatest Entertainer (male):        Sammy Davis Jr.

Greatest Entertainer (Female):    Barbra Streisand

Worst Entertainer:                          Too many to name.

 

Greatest Comic (female):               Carol Burnett

Greatest Comic (male):                   Jackie Gleason

 

Greatest Popular Singer (male):    Frank Sinatra

Worst Popular Singer (male):        Fabian

 

Greatest Popular Singer (female):  Celine Dion

Worst Popular Singer (female):      Miley Cyrus

 

Greatest Rock singer (male):           Elvis Presley

Greatest Rock Singer (female)         Tina Turner

 

Greatest Composer (theatr):             Andrew Lloyd Webber

Greatest American Composer:         George Gershwin 

 

Greatest Violinist:                                Jascha Heifetz

Greatest Pianist:                                   Vladimir Horowitz

 

Greatest Actor:                                      Daniel Day Lewis

Greatest Actress:                                   Meryl Streep

 

Most Beautiful Actress:                        Elizabeth Taylor

Most Handsome Actor:                         John Derek

 

Greatest Athlete (male):                       Jim Thorpe 

Greatest Athlete (female):                     Serena Williams

 

Greatest Fighter:                                     Rocky Marciano

Greatest Baseball Player:                       Babe Ruth

 

Greatest Basketball Player:                     Michael Jordan

Greatest Football Player:                        Jim Brown

 

Greatest Golfer (male):                            Tiger Woods

Greatest Golfer (female):                         Annika Sorenstam

 

Greatest Tennis Player (male):                Roger Federer         

Greatest Tennis Player (female):            Serena Williams

 

Greatest Author (male)                             Ernest Hemingway

Greatest Author (female)                                 (stumped)

 

Greatest Blogger – (male or female)       Cornelius Carbuncle