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    This list comes from childfreebychoice.com

    1. Herbert Samuel Adams

    2. Scott Adams
    Cartoonist, Dilbert

    3. Charles Addams
    Cartoonist, The New Yorker

    4. Nancy Addison
    Soap Opera Actress

    5. Louisa May Alcott
    Author of Little Women

    6. Cynthia May Westover Alden
    Author, Philanthropist

    7. Grover Cleveland Alexander
    Baseball Player

    8. Suzy Allegra

    9. Marty Allen

    10. John Murray Anderson
    Musical Theatre Producer

    11. Laurie Anderson
    Performance Artist

    12. Marian Anderson
    Concert Singer

    13. Louis Andriessen

    "Andriessen lives with his wife Jeanette Yanikian, a guitar player whom he met while studying in the Hague 40 years ago, in a vast fourth floor apartment in Amsterdam by the Keizersgracht, looking out over the canals. Having decided not to have children they are devoted to their two cats and to work..."

    14. Susan B. Anthony
    Womans' Suffragist

    15. Samuel Appleton
    Politician/ Philanthropist

    "When he reached the age of sixty, Appleton retired from business with the avowed purpose of spending his income upon philanthropies. He became a benefactor and trustee of the Massachusetts General Hospital; he gave to the Boston Female Asylum, New Ipswich Academy, and Dartmouth College; he was a patron of the Boston Athen'um and the Massachusetts Historical Society. Besides providing for his widow, her nieces, and her sister, for the descendants of his four brothers and two sisters, for his servants, and for his friend, Rev. Ephraim Peabody, his will allotted industrial stocks worth about $200,000--nearly a fifth of his fortune--to scientific, literary, religious, and philanthropic endeavors. Knowing his wishes, his executors distributed most of these stocks among the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston Athen'um, Sailors' Snug Harbor, Massachusetts General Hospital, New Ipswich Academy, and Amherst, Dartmouth, and Harvard Colleges. With its share, Harvard built Appleton Chapel in honor of the benefactor."

    16. Louis Armstrong

    17. Boris Artzybasheff

    18. Dorothy Arzner
    Film Director

    19. Dr. Robert C. Atkins
    Diet Doctor, Author, Creator of the Atkins Diet

    20. V.C. Andrews

    21. Jane Austen
    Author of Sense and Sensibility

    22. Max Baer Jr.
    Jethro from the Beverly Hillbillies

    23. Francis Bacon
    Politician, Philosopher, Scientist

    24. Florence Bailey
    Author, Naturalist, Ornithologist

    25. Tallulah Bankhead

    26. Abdullah al-Baradouni
    Yemeni Poet

    27. Bob Barker
    Former Game Show Host: The Price is Right/ Philanthropist

    28. Joe Barr
    Canadian Politician

    29. Lynda Barry

    30. Kathy Bates

    31. Jaya Battacharya

    "I lead a hectic life, with too much to do and too little time. I feel I simply would not be able to give my child the kind of time that I would like to. And I don’t want to be pressured into having a kid just because it’s the done thing.”

    32. King Baudouin
    King of Belgium

    33. Samuel Beckett
    Author, Playwright, Poet

    34. Ludwig Van Beethoven

    35. Joe Besser
    Actor, Replaced Shemp Howard as the Third Stooge

    36. Isabella Bird

    37. Jacqueline Bisset

    38. Lewis Black

    39. Eubie Blake
    Musician/ Composer

    "Eubie Blake died five days after his 100th birthday...."

    40. William Blake

    "At 25 Blake married Catherine Boucher. He taught her to read and write and to help him in his work. They had no children. They worked together to produce an edition of Blake's poems and drawings, called Songs of Innocence. Blake engraved both words and pictures on copper printing plates. Catherine made the printing impressions, hand-colored the pictures, and bound the books."

    41. Brenda Blethyn

    42. Marc Blitzstein
    Composer, Dramatist

    43. Baroness Karen Blixen
    Author, "Out of Africa"

    44. Rosa Bonheur
    French Painter and Sculptor

    45. Pierre Bonnard

    46. William Edgar Borah

    47. Lara Flynn Boyle

    48. Nathaniel Branden
    Author/ Psychologist
    (Has Step-Grandchildren From His Last Marriage)

    "I cannot regret not having children of my own because I am so work-focused; I always knew that it would be a major achievement to integrate and do right by my career and my marriage, and that children would spread me too thin and I did not want to be the father who wasn't there."

    49. Georges Brassens

    50. Joe Bob Briggs / aka John Bloom
    Author, Movie Critic

    51. Raymond Briggs
    Children's Book Author

    52. Poppy Z. Brite

    53. Anne Bronte

    54. Louise Brooks

    55. Helen Gurley Brown
    Feminist, Editor

    "My sister, Mary, had polio and was in a wheelchair all her life," Brown says. "I know what it is to care for somebody. I didn't want the responsibility for any other little creatures. I have never regretted that decision."

    56. Reno Browne
    Actress, Equestrian

    57. Delta Burke

    58. James Buchanan
    15th U.S. President

    59. Pat Buchanan
    Politician/ Presidential Candidate

    60. Sandra Bullock

    61. James Burke
    Creator of the PBS Series "Connections"/ Scientific American columnist

    62. Raymond Burr

    63. Caryl Lee Burroughs
    Hollywood Animal Trainer

    64. Leo Buscaglia

    "I think we have to make choices in life, and the choice for me was to embrace all person-kind rather than concentrate on one single individual...the universal is what I've selected."

    65. Brett Butler
    Actress, Comedian

    "I knew there was some place inside myself that I was running like hell to avoid, and drugs and drink helped me keep running. I dislike talking about feeling pain in my childhood, but I think that’s why I never had children. I just wouldn’t want to give birth to anything that could hurt that much, and then wait to see someone I loved so much have to wait so long to find the key to healing."

    66. Maria Callas
    Opera Singer

    67. Julia Cameron

    68. Phyllis Carlyle
    Film Producer, Se7en, The Accidental Tourist

    69. Dora Carrington
    Bloomsbury Artist

    70. Laura Carroll
    Author, Families of Two

    71. Mary Casatt

    72. Roger Casement
    Irish Patriot

    73. Nina Cassian

    74. Barbara Castle
    British Politician

    75. Kim Catrall

    76. Mary Chapin Carpenter
    Singer / Songwriter

    77. Rosamond Halsey Carr
    Founder of Rwanda's Imbabazi Orphanage, Author, Fashion Designer

    78. Richard Chamberlain
    Actor, Star of Shogun

    "...the idea of being married, etcetera and having kids, never appealed to me at all. Not at all."

    79. Coco Chanel
    Fashion Designer, Dancer, Spy

    80. Stockard Channing
    Actress, Star of Smoke

    81. Judy Chicago

    "You don't have to experience something to show it (in art), and you'd lose a lot if you did. Crucifixions, for instance."

    82. Margaret Cho

    "I do not want children. When I see children, I feel nothing. I have no maternal instinct. I am barren. I ovulate sand...I look at children and feel no pull toward them, no desire whatsoever. Actually, my fiance‚ and I have seen some very interesting personal ads of 50-year-olds that like to wear diapers. So we're thinking of adopting one of these guys. A baby by choice."

    83. Julia Child
    Professional Chef, Cookbook Author

    84. Helen Clark
    New Zealand Prime Minister

    "I actually have great faith in the common sense of Kiwis and I think these days most people are going to say 'For God's sake, people are entitled to choice about their life, Helen's made her choice, that's fine with us'. "So what are they getting at? Am I supposed to not be a real woman because I haven't had children? It's all bizarre and I don't think most people relate to it."

    85. Patricia Clarkson
    Actress, Far From Heaven

    86. Dorothy Clewes
    Childrens' Book Author

    87. George Clooney
    Actor, Star of Ocean's Eleven

    "Where is it written that you have to have kids? You can easily borrow other people's and give them back later."

    88. Imogene Coca

    "A lover of pets, she formed the Imogene Coca Charitable Foundation, which donates proceeds to the Humane Society and human and civil rights groups."

    89. Claudette Colbert

    90. Billy Collins
    U.S. Poet Laureate

    91. C. Collodi
    Author of Pinocchio

    92. William Conrad

    93. Frances Conroy

    94. Storm Constantine
    Fantasy Writer

    "I don't like dogs very much, but I do like individual dogs. There are certain dogs I meet and I think 'Yeah, you're okay, I get on with you.'. It's the same with children for me. There are some children I'm very fond of, children of friends, I love them, but I don't like them as a whole and I certainly wouldn't want any of my own. But I'm a very good auntie and best friend."

    95. Jill Ker Conway
    Author, first woman President of Smith College

    96. Anne Cool
    Canadian Senator

    97. Pat Coombs

    98. Copernicus

    99. John Corbett

    “I’m 41-years-old, I’m single, I own my own house, I don’t have any kids. I can make decisions other people might not have the freedom to make.”

    100. Joseph Cornell
    Artist and Creator of the Cornell Box

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    101. Ann Coulter Political Commentator

    102. Simon Cowell

    "I don't want children; I'd like a puppy. My brother's having a baby so I'll be an uncle - that will do me."

    103. Alec Sadler Craig
    Australian Politician / Philanthropist

    "Although Alec Sadler Craig and his wife Grace were active in Bendigo civic life from the 1950s until the late 1970s, having served as mayor and mayoress three times, they left their biggest contribution to the city until last. Yesterday the Bendigo Art Gallery announced that it was the beneficiary of a $2.7 million bequest from Mrs Craig, who died in March last year, four years after her husband. The couple, who lived into their 80s, had no children. Their bequest will give the gallery about $130,000 a year, which, according to the terms of the trust fund, must be used to buy paintings and drawings of "considerable merit".

    104. Quentin Crisp
    Author / Actor

    105. Tim Curry

    106. Charlotte Curtis
    First woman on the masthead of The New York Times

    107. Patrika Darbo

    108. Simone de Beauvoir
    Author of The Second Sex

    De Beauvoir dismissed motherhood as, "...'a strange mixture of narcissism, altruism, idle daydreaming, sincerity, bad faith, devotion and cynicism."

    109. Mahmoud Darwish
    Palestinian Poet

    "The centre of my life is my poetry. What helps my poetry I do; what damages it I avoid."

    110. Leonardo Da Vinci

    111. Gray Davis
    Governor of California

    "The couple, who have no children, enjoy playing golf and renting movies in their free time."

    112. Kristin Davis

    113. Ellen Degeneres

    "Listen, I love kids. But i also like being able to do whatever I want when I want."

    114. Bessie and Sadie Delaney
    Authors, "Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years"

    115. Jeffery Deaver

    116. Eugene Victor Debs

    117. Dana Delany

    "I think it's pretty evident that my parent's divorce had a profound effect on me. Between that and growing up in the 70's, marriage has never been that important to me. But love is."

    118. Don DeLillo
    Author, White Noise

    119. Del Rubio Triplets
    1950's Musical Group

    "They [husbands] want a home and children and so forth," Elena Del Rubio once said, "and we really don't want that. We want our music really to come first, until we feel we've had enough."

    120. Bo Derek
    Actress, Star of 10

    "I thought I really didn't necessarily have that drive and that desire to have a child that I think you should have. I wasn't ready to make the commitment."

    121. Rene Descartes

    122. Loretta Devine

    123. Portia De Rossi

    "As for reports the new couple (Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi) are planning for a baby, a source says, "Portia has said many times she does not want to have a baby. She's only interested in her career right now and doesn't really even want kids in the long run. Francesca wanted a baby badly, and that was a huge issue for them."

    124. Emily Dickinson

    125. Benjamin Disraeli
    Politician, Author

    126. Steve Ditko
    Cartoonist/ co-creator with Writer Stan Lee, of the Spider-Man Comics

    127. Dorothea Dix
    Educator, writer, philanthropist

    128. Hannah Dobryn
    Author of the Katy Green Mysteries

    129. Tamara Dobson
    Actress: Cleopatra Jones Movies / Guinness Book of World Records-Tallest Leading Lady in Film

    130. Elizabeth Dole
    Reagan's Secretary of Transportation

    131. Richard Donner
    Film Director

    "I was lucky because I never had kids. I never wanted kids. I wanted dogs."

    132. Lizzie Douglas
    Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter

    133. Marjory Stoneman Douglas

    134. Maureen Dowd

    135. Sir George Downing
    Founder of Downing College/ Cambridge, England

    136. Gabriel Dumont
    Native American Tribal Leader

    137. Francis Drake

    138. Fran Dresher

    139. Esther Dyson
    Author, Internet Expert

    140. Amelia Earhart

    141. Deborah Eisenberg

    "I don't have children, I don't understand them, I don't remember my childhood..."

    142. Liubov Egorova

    143. Anita Ekberg

    144. T.S. Eliot

    145. Havelock Ellis
    Psychologist, Author

    146. Harlan Ellison

    147. Elizabeth I
    Queen of England

    148. Joan Elm
    Canadian Politician/ Commiunity Activist

    149. Bonnie Erbe
    PBS Commentator and Columnist

    "My husband and I affirmatively chose not to have children, so we could devote ourselves to our beloved work, extensive worldwide travel, our favorite pastimes, friends and family. We have a lifestyle most of our married-with-children friends can only dream about. And it's one we could only have dreamed about, too, if we had had children."

    150. (Dame) Edith Evans
    British Film and Stage Actress, Star of A Passage to India

    151. Linda Evans
    Actress, Star of Dallas

    152. Rupert Everett

    153. Anne Ewers
    CEO of the Utah Symphony & Opera

    "I really don't regret it. There would be no time to raise children properly. It would be a disservice to them," says Ewers, 50. "Besides, I get so much fulfillment from what I'm doing now."

    154. Chow Yun-Fat

    "It was never a question for us because my wife has her hands full taking care of me. Look at my life. I'm always on the go. If it isn't the United States, it's Canada. When a movie gets released, we have to go all over the place to promote it. When would we find time to have kids. Raising children under these conditions, no matter how well they were treated, would be unfair to them. My biggest worry is that I would have no time for them. I've still got a long way to go in Hollywood so I'll be even more busy later on. Besides it's not in her nature or my nature. We have to focus all our energy into one direction. If we had kids, we wouldn't know what to take care of first, the kids or the career! So, we decided not to have children."

    155. Barbara Feldon
    Actress, Agent 99 on the TV Series, Get Smart

    "She clearly likes candles in silver holders, and books, lots of books, the kind that look as if they've been avidly read. (Edith Wharton seems to be a particular favorite.) During her talk Feldon cited the example of Thoreau, quoted Montaigne and recited a poem by Apollinaire, leaving her guests slightly stunned. To meet Feldon in person is to wonder why you ever thought Agent 99 with her doltish spouse and two squalling infants was cool; the real thing's so much more awesome."

    156. Pamelyn Ferdin

    157. Ralph Fiennes
    Actor, Star of The English Patient

    "Children? Ewww!"

    158. Lynn Fontanne

    159. Margot Fonteyn
    British Ballerina

    160. Juliana Rieser Force
    Whitney Museum Director

    161. Richard Ford
    Author of The Sportswriter/ Editor of Granta

    162. Margaretta Forten

    163. Dian Fossey

    164. Janet Frame

    165. Felix Frankfurter
    Supreme Court Justice

    166. Tanya Franks

    "The most challenging storyline thing for me at the moment is the surrogacy story. I personally don't want children but my character really does, so surrogacy as an issue is not really something I can relate to."

    167. William Frawley
    Actor, Star of I Love Lucy

    168. Frank Frazetta

    169. Stephen Frears
    Film Director

    170. Alice Freeman
    First woman to be president of a liberal arts college, (Wellesley)/ Helped establish the University of Chicago.

    171. Elsie Freund
    Artist, Jewelry Designer

    172. Louis Freund

    173. Robert Fripp
    Composer/ Musician

    174. Eva Gabor

    175. Magda Gabor

    176. Maxwell Gage
    Noted New Zealand Geologist

    177. Diamanda Galas

    178. Tess Gallagher

    "Children? I think there was a period where I might have had some regrets. Feeling that the war had cheated me out of having children, because I didn’t feel it was a time to be having them. That there was something morally wrong with me being unwilling to have them because they were being destroyed in that country called Vietnam. It was very present to me and painfully clear from photographs and film coverage at the time that we were bombing the children of another country and I really couldn’t conscience being able to carry a child of my own, knowing this, that I was a part of why this was happening, and that my own husband was over there, asked to perform this cruel act by our government. He was a pilot. And he was a considered and wonderful person--but throughout the war and afterwards, we both carried such a deep sadness about the whole thing--it was very difficult to go forward. It was such a brutal thing in our young lives."

    179. Paul William Gallico

    180. Janeane Garafalo
    Actress, Comedian

    "I thought that I did. Now I realize that I don't. People think that you are a nasty, selfish person if you don't want to have children."

    181. Greta Garbo

    182. Ava Gardner

    183. Greer Garson

    184. Gloria Gaynor

    Gaynor works with numerous charities, including The United Cerebral Palsy Organization, the Rita Hayworth Gala for Alzheimer's, Revlon's Annual Walk For Life, and The Michael Bolton Foundation.

    185. Anthony Geary
    Soap Opera Actor

    "Those of us who don't have children, we either have to live without a legacy, or find something else. I'm really much more interested in living than I am in leaving anything behind."

    186. William Schwenck Gilbert
    Composer for Gilbert & Sullivan

    187. Althea Gibson
    Tennis Pioneer who broke the color line on the Grand Slam tennis circuit and won consecutive women's singles titles at Wimbledon and at the U.S. national championships,

    188. Dorothy Gish

    189. Lillian Gish

    190. Katharine Bruce Glasier

    191. Susan Glaspell

    192. Sharon Gless

    193. Crispin Glover

    194. Christoph Willibald Gluck

    195. Paulette Goddard

    At her death at 79 in 1990, since Paulette Goddard did not have any immediate family (she was an only child), she left $20 million dollars to NYU.

    196. Robert Hutchings Goddard

    197. Kurt Godel

    198. Alexander Godunov
    Actor/ Dancer

    199. Stephen Goldin

    "...our books are our children. They make no demands on us, don't eat, wear clothes, or have problems with members of the opposite sex. They also leave home very early and begin supporting us, which children seldom do."

    200. Jeff Goldblum
    Actor, Star of Jurassic Park

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    201. Emma Goldman
    Activist, Feminist

    "The woman, instead of being the household queen, told about in story books, is the servant, the mistress, and the slave of both husband and children. She loses her own individuality entirely, even her name she is not allowed to keep. She is the mistress of John Brown or the mistress of Tom Jones; she is that and nothing else. That is the way I think of her."

    202. Valeria Golino

    203. Jan Goodwin
    Author, Travel Writer

    204. Edward Gorey

    205. Lotte Goslar

    206. Martha Graham

    207. Hugh Grant
    Actor, Star of About a Boy

    “I have so many friends who live in small houses in south London with all these babies underfoot and it’s just not attractive. I’m selfish and I can’t bear mess and ugliness and those things come hand-in- hand with children."

    208. Cecil Green
    Former CEO of Texas Instruments, Philanthropist

    “Cecil and Ida Green were two of the most extraordinary philanthropists in the world. They created facilities and endowed programs in education, science, medicine, social services and the arts at universities and medical centers throughout this country, England, Canada and Chile. Their contributions to MIT were vitally important in many fields. They were especially supportive of women graduate students and faculty.”

    209. Johnny Green

    His young bride Carol (to whom he dedicated "Out of Nowhere") encouraged him to leave Wall Street and cultivate his many musical talents. She remarked, "We didn't have children, we had songs"

    210. Gael Greene
    Food Critic, Author

    211. (Baroness) Susan Greenfield
    Director of the Royal Institution/ Professor of Synaptic Pharmacology at Oxford University, Neurologist

    "You don’t wake up and say: “Right, today I’ve decided I’ll never have children.” Obviously it doesn’t work like that. What happens, I suppose, is sometimes people actively want children, and I know some women get extremely broody. That never happened to me, partly because I have this horrible brother who’s 13 years younger than me."

    212. John Robert Gregg
    Inventor of the Gregg Shorthand Method/ Publisher

    213. Joyce Grenfell
    British Actress

    214. Nanci Griffith
    Singer / Songwriter

    215. Martha Griffiths
    First Female Michigan Lieutenant Governor.

    216. Terry Gross
    NPR Host, Fresh Air

    "I always felt like I couldn't imagine doing the show and having children. I think people who have children and have complicated jobs are amazing. I don't know how they do it."

    217. James Grout

    218. Mabel Dole Haden
    Former President of NABWA

    219. Catherine Hakim
    British Sociologist

    Although she says she wrote six books in 10 years precisely because her energies were not diverted by childrearing, she is sympathetic to parents.

    220. Daryl Hall
    Singer, Musician

    221. Celia Hammond
    Former Model and PBS Reality Show Regency House Star, Owner of 100 Cats

    "People say to me that obviously you've become what you are because you've never had children. But that's not fair at all. All sorts of people have an emotional attachment to their animals, not just childless people. Some people think I'm mad or that the cats are a child substitute, but is there anything so wrong with getting emotional feedback from an animal?"

    222. Lionel Hampton

    "Hampton used part of his fortune to build affordable housing in Harlem and to encourage musical studies at a jazz festival that bears his name in Moscow, Idaho. He made his last public appearance at the festival, this year."

    223. Georg Friedrich Handel

    224. Howard Harold Hanson
    Pulitzer-Prize Winning Composer

    "The Hansons had no children and enjoyed spending vacations on Bold Island (off the Maine coast), which they owned."

    225. Setsuko Hara
    Japanese Actress

    226. Warren Gamaliel Harding
    29th U.S. President

    227. E Chambré Hardman

    228. Debbie Harry
    Singer, Blondie

    229. Alex Heard

    230. Susan Helms

    231. Adrian Henri
    Poet/ Painter

    232. Marguerite Henry
    Children's Book Author

    ""Henry's husband, Sidney Crocker Henry, died in 1987. They had been happily married for 64 years. They had no children, but shared numerous pets like a pony, a horse, a burro, three fox pups, a dachshund, and a mom cat who never stopped having kittens."

    233. Katherine Hepburn
    Actress, Star of The Lion in Winter

    234. Milton S. Hershey
    Founder of the Hershey Chocolate Company

    "Sometime before 1909, Milton and Kitty realized their money was accumulating faster than they could spend it. Kitty suggested that they provide a home for boys who were unfortunate. Milton seized on the idea eagerly. Childhood security and good schooling he could never recover for himself, but this was an opportunity to secure them for other boys. On November 15, 1909, Milton and Catherine signed the document that deeded 486 acres of farm land to Hershey Trust Company as trustee “with the purpose of founding and endowing in perpetuity an institution to be known as Hershey Industrial School (later renamed Milton Hershey School) to be located in Derry Township for the benefit of orphan boys.” On November 13, 1918, Milton Hershey gifted Hershey Chocolate Company stock (valued at $60 million) to the trust. In addition to the Milton Hershey School Trust, Mr. Hershey also established two other trusts - one for the benefit of the Derry Township School District (a public school system) and another to the M.S. Hershey Foundation."
    --The Hershey Heritage

    235. Lorena Hickok
    AP Political Reporter

    236. Taiko Hirabayashi

    237. Nicole Hollander

    238. Thelma Holt
    Actress, Theatre Producer

    239. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

    "Though he and his wife Fanny had no children, he acted as mentor to many young intellectuals, liberals and progressives such as economist Richard Ely, political theorist Harold Laski, philosopher Morris Cohen, and lawyers Felix Frankfurter and Learned Hand."

    240. Grace Murray Hopper

    Often referred to as the "mother of the computer'. Hopper was arguably the world's most famous programmer and the most influential woman in the history of computing. She also was a Rear Admiral in the Navy.

    241. Soad Hosni
    Egyptian Actress

    242. Lila Kedrova Howard

    243. Mick Hucknall

    244. Bonnie Hunt

    245. Kristin Hunter
    Childrens' Author

    "It has often seemed to me that I have hundreds of children--thousands, if I count the young readers of my books, especially The Soul Brothers and Sister Lou, who have formed intense personal bonds with my characters, and then with me through their letters. This responsive audience, the fans and the critics alike, is one of the greatest rewards I have gained from writing for children."

    246. Lauren Hutton
    Actress / Model

    247. Patricia Ireland
    President of the National Organization for Women/ NOW

    "I think you have to make choices. And my mother really made us the center of her life. I always felt that if I was going to have kids, I would want to do it right, to take three or four years off from my career. And that was something I wasn't ready to do."

    248. George J. Irbe
    Creator of the Great Lakes water temperature climatology

    "We decided not to have children. I particularly doubted my abilities to be a good father...We don't regret our decision, seeing how much effort it takes to make a child fly straight nowadays."

    249. John A. "Jack" Jackson
    Philanthropist/ Oilman

    "Jackson and his wife made a joint decision to leave their entire estate, conservatively valued at more than $150 million, to the University of Texas, Austin."

    250. Tove Jansson
    Childrens' Book Author

    251. Randall Jarrell

    252. Joan of Arc
    Christian Saint

    253. Elton John

    "We are not going to adopt a child."

    254. Jack Johnson
    First African American to win the heavyweight boxing championship of the world.

    255. Margaret Johnston

    256. Martin and Osa Johnson
    Authors, Photographers, explorers, and naturalists. Best remembered for their numerous movies and books about the wildlife and people of Africa, Borneo, and the South Seas.

    257. Richard Mentor Johnson
    U.S. Vice-president in Early 1800s

    258. Samuel Johnson
    Author, Editor

    259. William Hugh Johnston
    Labor Leader

    260. Carolyn Jones
    Actress, Morticia from the Addams Family

    261. Renee Jones
    Soap Actress: Days of Our Lives

    262. Spike Jonze
    Film Director

    263. Madeline Kahn
    Actress, Star of Blazing Saddles

    264. Immanuel Kant

    265. Julie Kavner

    266. Nikos Kazantzakis

    267. Odette Keene

    268. Helen Keller

    269. Joyce Kennard

    270. Joe Kernan

    271. Maynard Keynes
    Bloomsbury Economist. Also founded the Vic-Wells Ballet and financed the establishment of the Arts Theatre in Cambridge, England

    272. King Louis XVI
    King of France

    273. William Lyon MacKenzie King
    Former Canadian Prime Minister

    274. William Rufus King
    U.S. Vice-President in the early 1800s

    275. Robert Kiyosaki

    276. Caroline Knapp

    277. Aleksandra Kollontai

    278. Dean Koontz

    279. Tadeusz Kosciuszko
    Polish Patriot

    280. Jerzy Kosinski

    "As I have no children, no family, no relatives, no business or estate to speak of, my books are my only spiritual accomplishment, my life's most private frame of reference, and I would gladly pay all I earn to make it my best."

    281. Jonathan Kozol
    Author, Activist

    "This hasn't been any kind of a sacrifice."

    282. Lee Krasner
    Artist, Wife of Jackson Pollock

    283. Albert Kroc
    Co-Developer of McDonald's Fast Food Chain

    "He celebrated his seventieth birthday by giving more than $7 million to such Chicago institutions as Children's Memorial Hospital, the Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Harvard Congregational Church in Oak Park, which he had attended as a child...In 1976 Kroc established the Kroc Foundation in Santa Ynez to support research in diabetes, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis."

    284. Henry Richardson Labouisse
    Diplomat/ Former Head of Unicef

    285. Princess Lakshmi
    Indian Princess

    286. Elsa Lanchester

    "I held a baby once. It felt like a bag of hot snakes."

    287. Philip Larkin
    Author, Poet

    "Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, and don't have any kids yourself."

    288. Charles Laughton
    Actor, Director

    289. Dan Lauria

    290. Frank John Lausche

    291. Linda Lavin

    292. Tom Lehrer
    Singer/ Musician

    "Tom still happily splits his time between Massachusetts and California, spending summer and fall in the former and winter and spring in the latter. He is very content in doing what he does, which is teaching half the year and goofing off the other half."

    293. Jay Leno
    TV Host

    294. Richard Lewis

    295. Lyn Lifshin

    "I think my decision to not have children came from seeing my mother, who was a vibrant woman, fun loving, a free spirit. She went to college and then lived in New York City. She went to lectures, danced all night, enjoyed life. She wanted to marry someone other than my father. She did what was expected, rather than what she wanted to do...Because of my mother's history, I decided I wanted to follow my own desires, and that did not include children."

    296. Queen Liliuokalani
    Queen of Hawaii

    297. Laura Linney

    298. Sian Lloyd
    Weather Broadcaster

    "My mother was a militant, independent woman. "She raised me to believe that marriage and children were not everything for women. I've never wanted children. I was not brought up to aspire to that. I work hard and see my friends and walk a lot in Wales, so I don't feel a gaping hole in my life."

    299. Carole Lombard

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    300. Jack Lord
    Actor, Hawaii Five-O

    301. Pauline Lord

    302. Patty Loveless

    303. Alfred Lunt

    304. John Lyon
    Philanthropist, Regarded as the Founder Of The Great Public School Of Harrow

    "In 1572 he obtained a royal charter from Elizabeth I for the pre-Reformation school at Harrow, which he supported with endowments to guarantee its continuation. In 1590 he drew up statutes and a course of Classical education for the school."

    305. Rose McClendon

    306. Robert McCormick
    Former Owner of the Chicago Tribune

    307. Mary Jackson McCrorey
    Politician, Activist

    308. Hattie McDaniel
    Actress, Star of Gone With the Wind

    309. Roddy McDowall
    Actor, Photographer

    310. Odd McIntyre
    Newspaper Columnist

    311. Ian McKellen
    Actor, Star of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    "...having no one dependent on me has meant I've been able to pursue my career in the way I've wanted...I used to be rather relieved that kids weren't a possibility. Being a parent means keeping a tight rein on your selfishness. Though I don't suppose many parents do. Why isn't parenting taught? Why is it assumed that just because you can procreate you can be a good parent? Anyway, I'm too frail to be changing nappies."

    312. Kristy McNichol

    313. Janet McTeer

    314. Christine McVie
    Singer / Songwriter, Fleetwood Mac

    315. Dora Maar
    Photographer, Lover of Picasso

    316. René Magritte

    "The Magrittes had no children, but were devoted to their little Pomeranian dog, Loulou."

    317. Bill Maher
    Former Host of Politically Incorrect

    "When I was 28 years old and a girl said to me, 'Do you like children?' I'd go, 'Well, you know, not right now, but I think someday.' That was a complete lie. I never liked children. I never wanted children, and I was just saying that because I didn't want to lose the fish that was on the end of my hook."

    [More quotes from Bill Maher on children]

    318. Katherine Mansfield

    319. Shirley Manson

    “What I find incredibly funny is people who say, ‘Oh you must have children otherwise you’re being incredibly selfish.’ As if having children stops selfishness. I know hundreds of parents and they’re the most selfish people I have ever met. As wonderful as I think child-rearing is for some, it’s not for everybody."

    320. Francesca Marciano

    321. Miriam Margoyles

    "I never wanted children and I don't terribly like them. I don't wish them any harm but I don't want them around me. I was never domestic."

    322. Mary Ellen Mark
    Award-Winning Photographer

    "I didn't want to have them if I couldn't provide a great, nurturing home life. So I put all the energy of raising a child into my work." Not surprisingly, Mark has devoted much of her career to photographing children who have had bad breaks in life-the autistic, the blind, the poor, the cancer-ridden, and the drug-addicted.

    323. Steve Martin
    Comedian, Actor, Star of Housesitter

    "...you don't want one of those things."

    324. Vito Anthony Marcantonio

    325. Wink Martindale
    Game Show Host

    326. Bobbie Ann Mason
    Childrens' Book Author

    "She was such a wonderful mother and so maternal, and yet we saw her sacrifice and slaving and suffering and that didn't give me a good image of having children and neither did the culture in general."

    327. Mari Matsunaga
    Creator of i-mode, Named One of the Top 25 Tech Women of the Web

    328. Giuseppe Mazzini
    Italian Patriot

    329. Fradique de Menezes
    President of Sao Tome and Principe

    330. Melina Mercouri
    Greek Actress

    331. Freddie Mercury

    332. Angela Merkel
    German Chancellor

    333. George Michael

    334. Oscar Micheaux
    Film Director/ Producer, Authror

    335. Alyssa Milano

    336. Edna St. Vincent Millay

    337. Alley Mills

    338. Brenda Milner
    Renowned Professor of Neuro-Psychology: Mcgill's Faculty Of Medicine And At The Montreal Neurological Institute

    "I never wanted children," says the British-born academic. "I knew I wanted a career."

    339. Helen Mirren
    Actress, Star of Gosford Park

    "It's just that I never wanted children. I don't know why, I've never been shrunk so I've never gone into it. I was never drawn to babies. The only dolls I played with as a child were grown up dolls. I would have loved a Barbie if they'd been around when I was a little girl. And my skin still crawls when I see a little girl hauling around a big baby doll. You see this little five-year-olds with huge, great, monstrous, disgusting baby dolls. I want to go up and rip them out of their hands...."

    340. Margaret Mitchell

    341. Eugenio Montale
    Nobel Prize Winner, Poet, Author, Editor, Translator

    342. Vicki Moore
    Spanish Animal Rights Philanthropist

    343. Esai Morales
    Actor, Star of La Bamba

    344. John Morgan
    Founder of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and Medical Director of the Continental Army

    345. Lady Morgan (Sydney Owenson)

    346. Morrissey

    347. Rob Morse
    Columnist/ San Francisco Chronicle

    "This year, I'm celebrating Non-Father's Day with a vengeance. I have no regrets about not having children, and I'm very happy not to be getting any Father's Day presents."

    348. Marjorie "Mo" Mowlam
    Britain's Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

    349. Diana Muldaur

    350. Ona Munson
    Actress, Gone With the Wind

    351. Haruki Murakami
    Author, Former Tokyo Jazz Club Owner

    352. Iris Murdoch

    353. Mikayil Mushfig

    354. Modest Mussorgsky

    355. Kanagarajah Muthiah
    Tamil Activist

    356. Mike Myers
    1. Ralph Nader

    "Not having a family was clearly a choice, a sacrifice," Nader has admitted. "If you want to deal with these corporate abuses, you have to give up things."

    2. Taslima Nasrin

    3. Alla Nazimova

    4. Noel Neill
    Actress, "Lois Lane" on TV's Superman

    5. Bebe Neuwirth
    Actress, Star of Cheers

    6. Sir Isaac Newton

    7. Stevie Nicks
    Singer, Fleetwood Mac

    "For me, the price was that I never married and never had children because there was never time. And if I had ever decided to do any of that it would have taken Fleetwood Mac off for two years and the band would have broken up. So that wasn't even acceptable. That wasn't even a choice."

    8. Friedrich Nietzsche

    9. Florence Nightingale

    10. Ursula Nordstrom
    Childrens' Book Editor/ Harper & Row

    "During her 40-year career as children's editor at Harper & Row, Nordstrom published most of the best and the brightest writers and illustrators for children: Margaret Wise Brown, E.B. White, Maurice Sendak, Garth Williams, Charlotte Zolotow, Louise Fitzhugh, Russell Hoban and Shel Silverstein. Once asked by a critical librarian what qualified her to publish children's books, Nordstrom pointedly replied: 'Well, I am a former child, and I haven't forgotten a thing.'"

    11. Jessye Norman
    Opera Singer

    12. Hermione Norris

    13. Kim Novak

    14. Rudolph Nureyev

    "They wouldn't be as good as I am, and then I wouldn't know what to do with the little imbeciles."

    15. Anita O'Day
    Jazz Singer

    “Ethel Kennedy dropped 11. There are enough people in the world. I did my part by raising dogs.”

    16. Georgia O'Keeffe

    17. Frederick D. O'Neal
    Actor/ Playwright

    18. Joyce Carol Oates

    19. Beth Ostrosky
    Actress, Model

    20. Claire Parker
    Director, Animator

    "Having no children of their own, which had been part of their marriage agreement, Claire and Alosha welcomed into their animation family a young Canadian animator, Jacques Drouin."

    21. Dorothy Parker

    Having no children, Dorothy Parker left the NAACP the rights to her literary estate.

    22. Suzanne-Lori Parks

    23. Rosa Parks

    24. Dolly Parton
    Singer / Actress

    "I was feeling guilty about not having kids, about having a career, that I'm not the woman I should be because I don't have a desire to have them, that I was selfish."

    25. Julia Pascal

    "I’ve never wanted children..."

    26. Ann Patchett

    "The thing in my life that is most extraordinary is that I have always known what I have wanted to do...I have never wavered. I never wanted to get married, I never wanted children, I never wanted to be rich, I never wanted a big house… everything was designed for this one thing: I wanted to write."

    27. Alicia Patterson

    28. Wolfgang Pauli

    29. Linus Pauling
    Winner of Nobel Prizes in Chemistry and Peace

    30. Michelle Paver

    31. Anna Pavlova

    32. Molly Peacock
    Poet/ President Emerita of the Poetry Society of America, Wrote a memoir called Paradise, Piece by Piece about her decision not to have a child.

    "We live in a pronatalist culture, so when you decide not to have children, you find yourself at the far edge of the bell curve. How do you live happily there? Well, you live happily there if you are comfortable with your own nature. And that requires talking about how to separate motherhood from female identity. It's still a taboo subject -- not even discussed in women's studies programs. And endlessly fascinating to me, especially as the Census Bureau tells us we will be seeing increasing numbers of people making this decision."

    33. Minnie Pearl

    34. Samuel Pepys

    35. Bernadette Peters
    Actress, Star of Impromptu

    36. Arthur Phillip
    First British Administrator Sent to Australia

    37. Wendell Phillips
    Orator and Reformer

    38. William Phillips
    Cofounder and Editor of Partisan Review , Writer, Critic

    39. Marge Piercy
    Author/ Poet

    40. Plato Philosopher

    41. Edgar Allan Poe

    42. Katherine Ann Porter

    43. Parker Posey

    44. Beatrix Potter
    Children's Book Author

    45. Charles Edward Potter
    Politician/ Philanthropist/ Administrator of the Cheboygan County Bureau of Social Aid from 1938 to 1942

    46. Joyce Purnick
    Former New York Times Metro Editor, Journalist

    "Dedicated to the principle of fairness, Purnick, decreed that all reporters would have to work their share of weekends and holidays. She further fanned the flames when she gave a graduation speech at Barnard College in which she had the temerity to suggest that it wasn't necessarily possible to have it all. According to Burkett, Purnick said, "If I had left the Times to have children and then come back to work a four-day week the way some women reporters on my staff now do, or if I had taken long vacations and leaves to be with my family, or left the office at six o'clock, instead of eight or nine, I wouldn't be metro editor. Should women and men who have taken the detour of the Mommy-Daddy track be as far along as those who haven't? Would that be fair? I reluctantly have to say that it would not be fair."

    47. Edna Purviance
    Silent Movie Actress

    48. Colin Quinn

    49. Robin Quivers
    Radio Host

    50. Raffi
    Childrens' Musician

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    51. Bonnie Raitt
    Singer / Songwriter

    52. Joey Ramone

    53. Ayn Rand
    Writer / Philosopher, Author of Atlas Shrugged

    54. A. Philip Randolph

    55. Jeanette Rankin
    1st Female US Representative

    56. Man Ray

    57. Rachel Ray
    Celebrity Chef

    "I don't have time. I work too much to be an appropriate parent. I feel like a bad mom to my dog some days because I'm just not here enough. I just feel like I would do a bad job if I actually took the time to literally give birth to a kid right now and try and juggle everything I'm doing."

    58. Lou Reed
    Singer, Musician

    59. George Reeves Actor, Star of the Superman television series

    60. Frances Reid
    Soap Opera Actress

    "But thanks to her father, Reid didn't follow the conventional social wisdom. Although she was married to the late actor Phillip Bourneuf for 43 years, the couple never had children. Most people might find it hard to believe, considering she epitomizes matriarchy on Days of our Lives...When not acting, Frances is an inveterate traveler. Her vacations find her in such exotic locales as South Africa, Peru, China and Egypt and the more mundane but no less exciting cities of Europe, most recently those in Italy."

    61. Leni Riefenstahl

    62. Janet Reno
    Former U.S. Attorney-General

    63. Judith Resnick

    64. Jennifer Rhodes
    Actress, T.V. Show Charmed

    "I was in my dentist’s office in the waiting room and somebody walked by and said, ‘Hi, Grams.’ Having never had children, that always sort of startles me."

    65. Condoleezza Rice
    National Security Advisor

    66. Cliff Richards

    "Well, there was a time, when… you know, everybody goes through that thing about, 'Oh, I'd like to be a father and make sure that the bloodline goes on', but, you know, as I've got older, I thought, 'Perhaps that's the wrong reason to have children. Maybe that's why we do have a lot of children who are out in the streets, because that's wanting a child for my sake, whereas a couple who give birth to a child, they should be doing it not only for their sake but mostly for the fact that they are bringing another human being into the world. And that other human being needs to be grown-up sensible, balanced, sane and… you know, in the mad world, but nevertheless able to combat it. So, less and less now do I feel that feeling of 'Well, I've never had a child and I regret it.' I've enjoyed having children around, but, you know, it's wonderful, they all go home and I can eat my porridge and watch the telly!"

    67. Miranda Richardson

    68. Alan Rickman
    Actor / Director

    "Not having had children has given me more space to work, I'm sure that's true, and when I work I'm very driven, but otherwise I don't sit around missing acting."

    69. Elizabeth Riddell

    "I never wanted children. I wanted to have my own life and then I wanted my life with Blue...when my relatives had children and sometimes bring them round, I say, 'Look I'll give them money, and when they're older, we'll talk', but they're bored stiff and so am I."

    70. Sally Ride
    First American Female Astronaut

    71. Bridget Riley

    72. John Ringling
    Founder, Ringling Brothers Circus

    73. Morgan Andrew Robertson

    74. Debbie Rochon
    B Movie Actress

    75. Norman Perceval Rockwell

    76. Eric Rohmann
    Author, Winner of the 2003 Caldecott Medal for Best Illustrated Children's Book

    77. Joey Ramone

    78. Ginger Rogers

    79. Richard Roeper
    Film Reviewer, Chicago Sun-Times

    "Lately it seems as if everybody I know is having a baby, thinking about having a baby, talking about their babies, e-mailing digital photos of their babies to the world, or consulting with their babies about having more babies. ('Dylan, I know you're only 7 months old but you're the smartest boy who ever lived. Would you like a little brother named Tyler, or a sister named Hunter?') Except me, of course."

    80. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos

    "I have nine horses. Whenever I think I might want to have a child, I buy a horse instead."

    81. Wilhelm Rontgen
    Awarded the first Nobel Prize for Physics in 1901, discoverer of X-Rays

    82. Mickey Rourke
    Actor/ Boxer

    83. Patricia Routledge

    84. Joan Ruddock

    85. John Ruskin

    86. Winona Ryder

    87. Dr. Lee Salk
    Child Psychologist

    88. Renu Saluja
    Indian Film Editor

    89. Diana Sands

    90. Aligi Sassu

    91. John Sayles

    92. Jean-Paul Sartre
    Existential Philosopher

    93. Diane Sawyer
    TV News Anchor

    94. Rosika Schwimmer
    Author, Activist

    95. Ed and Thelma Schoenberger
    Co-founders of the Indiana Flower & Patio Show

    "Ed recently donated $1 million to the St. Vincent Foundation, designating the money to be used to create and maintain gardens of flowers and trees at St. Vincent Hospice in Indianapolis. Schoenberger viewed the gift as a tribute to his wife, Thelma, who died at the hospice in 1997. The Schoenbergers began dating at Broad Ripple High School -- a budding romance that grew into more than 50 years of marriage. They had no children, so they poured their love into an event that brought hope and joy to millions of people. In 1958, the Schoenbergers started the Flower & Patio Show, which runs through Sunday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds."

    96. Ellen Browning Scripps
    Newspaper Columnist, Philanthropist

    "She picked a cause or institution she found deserving of her support, set the level of her gift, and stuck to her decision. In accordance with her wishes, no public record was kept of her gifts, so the entirety of her philanthropy will probably never be known."

    97. Joel Schumacher
    Film Director

    98. Maurice Sendak
    Children's Book Author, Where the Wild Things Are

    "He chose not to have children of his own, fearing that "to fail as a parent is to fail on the highest level."

    99. George Bernard Shaw

    100. Lionel Shriver

    "For me, establishing myself as a writer was so important, and took so long, that it consumed my entire reproductive lifetime ... I didn't feel I could afford the distraction and emotional energy that it would have taken to try and raise a family at the same time."

    101. Michael Sinelnikoff

    102. Siouxsie
    Singer/ Musician, Siouxsie and the Banshees

    "I've never wanted children, only cats. I'll cross the street to stroke one."

    103. Robert Smith
    Singer/ Musician, The Cure

    "I'm big in the uncle department...I like having kids for weekends...I just like taking them out and teaching them bad tricks...I hate the idea of being a dad. I'm too undisciplined and too selfish to be a father."

    104. David Shogren
    Bassist, Doobie Brothers

    105. Betty Smith

    106. Dodie Smith
    Playwright, Author of The Hundred and One Dalmatians

    107. Howard Worth Smith

    108. Kate Smith

    109. Lemony Snicket (Real Name: Daniel Handler)
    Childrens' Book Author

    110. David Souter
    Supreme Court Justice

    111. Jill St. John

    112. Mabel Stark
    World's Greatest Female Tiger Trainer

    113. Gertrude Stein
    Author, Patron of the Arts

    114. Victor Strauss
    WWII Journalist

    115. Gloria Steinem
    Activist/ Writer

    116. Maria W. Stewart
    Author, Activist

    117. Lily Strickland
    Composer, Writer, Artist

    118. Patrick Swayze
    Actor, Star of Donnie Darko

    119. Loretta Swit

    120. Wanda Sykes
    Stand Up Comic

    121. Henrietta Szold
    Holocaust Heroine

    During the 1930s, Szold involved Hadassah in a program to rescue Jewish youth from Germany, and later from all of Europe. It is estimated that the program she created, Youth Aliyah, saved some 22,000 Jewish children from Hitler's concentration camps.

    122. Wislawa Szymborska
    Nobel Prize Winning Poet

    "There are people who say, 'Let more people be born, because the earth can sustain them all.' I don't agree with that. We all know how many people die of malnutrition and diseases that should be extinct."

    123. Quentin Tarantino
    Director of Pulp Fiction

    124. Sara Teasdale

    125. Toni Tennille
    Singer, Captain and Tennille

    126. Nikola Tesla
    Scientist, Inventor

    127. Theodora
    Empress and wife of Justinian I

    128. Marlo Thomas

    129. Susanna Thompson

    130. Georgianne Thon

    131. M. Carey Thomas
    President of Bryn Mawr College

    132. Willie Mae Thornton
    Singer/ Songwriter

    133. Jennifer Tilly

    134. Wendy Tokunaga

    135. Lily Tomlin
    Actress, Playwright

    136. Ann Turkel

    137. Randy Travis

    138. Edward Tylor

    139. Andrew Vachss

    140. Vivian Vance
    Actress, Star of I Love Lucy

    141. Zebulon Baird Vance

    142. Luthur Vandross

    143. Ann Van Dyk
    Cheetah Preservationist

    144. Reginald VelJohnson

    145. Mariska Veres
    Singer, The Shocking Blue

    146. Amerigo Vespucci

    147. Carl Vinson

    148. Monica Vitti

    149. Larry Wachowski
    Film Director

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    150. Christopher Walken
    Actor, Star of Pulp Fiction

    "I'm too selfish to have children," Walken once said. "Besides, my wife has enough trouble with me."

    151. Bob Wallace
    Computer Shareware Pioneer, Philanthropist, Founding Employee of Microsoft

    152. Nina Wang
    Ranked by Forbes Magazine as Asia's 35th Richest Person and Asia's Richest Woman

    153. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

    154. Ethel Waters
    Actress, Evangelist, Singer

    155. John Waters

    156. Alberta Watson
    Canadian Actress

    "Watson, who has no children but "lots of animals, dogs and cats," grew up in Toronto and came to the United States about 13 years ago."

    157. Bill Watterson
    Cartoonist, Creator of Calvin and Hobbes

    158. Dawn Wells
    Actress, Gilligan's Island

    Recently she took a trip to Africa, joining climbers on an excursion to the lair of mountain gorillas. "I climbed from eight thousand to twelve thousand feet in one day, hacking through the jungle, and I got ten feet from the silverback gorilla and the whole family. Even now I get goose bumps - it's like taking yourself back to prehistoric times. This five-hundred pound creature looking you in the eye - no hostility - gentleness, curiosity, total trust. It was really something, it almost changes your life. I've traveled a lot, to Russia and all of that, but Africa - that was a real experience for me."

    159. Eudora Welty

    160. Mae West
    Actress, Comedian

    "I never wanted children. I thought it would change me--mentally, physically and psychologically. I was always too absorbed in myself and I didn't have time for anybody else. I was talked into marriage once and maybe it was a good thing--I might have gotten married 10 times if I had been free all those years. But you know, a woman becomes a different person when she gets married. She lives for her husband and her family. I wanted to live for myself."

    161. Edith Wharton

    162. Raymond Milner Wheeler
    Civil Rights Activist

    163. Alan Whicker
    TV Host/ Documentarian

    "...I think what you’ve never had you never miss and I’ve never had a family Christmas...it’s always been a twosome. I know it’s a naughty thing to say but I don’t feel deprived. I’ve been asked in the past and said I’m sure I’ll regret it some day but I must confess I haven’t. I don’t think the world would be a better place if there were lots of little Whickers running about."

    164. Baroness White
    Former UK Labour Government Minister

    165. Betty White
    Actress, Star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show

    166. Margaret Bourke-White

    167. Sarah Helen Power Whitman
    Poet, Essayist, Transcendentalist

    168. Walt Whitman

    169. Richard (Dick) Whittington English Philanthropist made famous by the children's book, Dick Whittington

    170. Ann Widdecombe
    UK Member of Parliament

    171. Toyah Wilcox
    Punk Rocker, Activist

    172. Thornton Wilder

    173. Barry Williams
    Actor, The Brady Bunch

    174. Lucinda Williams

    175. Robbie Williams

    "I don't believe that to be fulfilled you have to have kids. What's the point? I can't guarantee my child won't suffer pain because that kid's going to be in pain at some point in their life. I don't want to see that. It's too much."

    176. Wendy O. Williams
    Singer, The Plasmatics

    177. August Wilson
    Pulizer Prize Winning Playwright

    178. Bill W. (Wilson)
    Founder of Alcoholics Anonymous

    179. Oprah Winfrey
    Talk Show Host

    "Balance? That's why I don't have children...With a net worth of more than $1 billion, Oprah says she is focusing her resources to help "the world's children." Oprah is devoting her private time to help build 12 schools for girls in Africa within the next two years."

    180. Barbara Windsor
    Actress: Eastenders

    "I never wanted children," she says. "My aunt said that whenever a new baby arrived in the family, I was nowhere to be seen. I got into showbiz young and that became my family. I've given 101 per cent to my career, there wasn't any room left for children."

    181. Simpson Windsor
    Duchess of Windsor

    182. Edgar Winter

    "On one hand, I can see how that would be a wonderful rewarding thing, but I think there are enough people in the world. I think we have a great relationship and it's enough for us."

    183. Jeanette Winterson

    184. Estelle Winwood
    English Actress

    185. Kim Woodburn
    Co-Star of TV Cleaning Duo Kim and Aggie

    186. Robert Winship Woodruff
    Former CEO of Coca Cola/ Philanthropist

    "Mr. Woodruff gave anonymously to many institutions, a number of which owe their very existence to his generosity. Much of his philanthropy was directed through the Trebor Foundation, established in 1937 (renamed the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation following his death). The Foundation received funds from the estate of Mr. Woodruff's wife, Nell Hodgson Woodruff, who died in 1968, and from Mr. Woodruff's estate. The Woodruffs had no children."

    187. Leonard Woolf

    Having a child is problematic. It concerns the "new human being" as much as its parents, since this new human being is born without having given its consent. One should think twice, "from the point of view of the hypothetical child."

    188. Virginia Woolf
    Author, Mrs. Dalloway

    189. Orville Wright

    190. Stephen J. Wright
    College President/ Fisk University

    191. Wilbur Wright

    192. Yanni

    193. Dwight Yokam
    Singer, Actor

    194. Marguerite Yourcenar
    Author/ First Woman To Be Elected To The Academie Francaise

    "Leaving behind books is even more beautiful -- there are far too many children.."

    195. David Young
    Almanac Maker, Astronomer, Poet

    196. YuPen
    Chinese Actor, Singer

    "Because my parent's marriage was an unhappy one that resulted in a divorce because of their difference of personality, I've decided not to have children when I marry." [But what if his future wife wants children?] "Then I guess I won't marry and will just leave the duty of producing grandchildren on my younger brother!"

    197. Babe Didrikson Zaharias
    Olympic Athlete/ Greatest female athlete in the first half of the 20th Century

    198. Billy Zane

    199. Renee Zellweger

    200. Stephanie Zimbalist

    201. Émile Zola

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    Post  Natalia on Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:32 am

    thanks for posting this Smile

    Even if you accept that a percentage of them couldnt/wanted but didnt have kids, its still an impressive list. Somehow we dont end up sociopaths after all!

    157. Ralph Fiennes
    Actor, Star of The English Patient

    "Children? Ewww!"


    131. Richard Donner
    Film Director

    "I was lucky because I never had kids. I never wanted kids. I wanted dogs."

    My type of guy!

    286. Elsa Lanchester

    "I held a baby once. It felt like a bag of hot snakes."


    339. Helen Mirren
    Actress, Star of Gosford Park

    "It's just that I never wanted children. I don't know why, I've never been shrunk so I've never gone into it. I was never drawn to babies. The only dolls I played with as a child were grown up dolls. I would have loved a Barbie if they'd been around when I was a little girl. And my skin still crawls when I see a little girl hauling around a big baby doll. You see this little five-year-olds with huge, great, monstrous, disgusting baby dolls. I want to go up and rip them out of their hands...."

    I know how she feels.

    Some of them are a push, Hellen Keller was deaf and blind, its a bit harder to decide to have a child in those circumstances, and Rebecca Romijn actually has kids now, so the list needs an update Wink Also, many gays and lesbians here, i wonder how being homosexual influences the need to have kids. I only have one good homosexual friend that I could ask and he absolutely doesnt want or feelt he need to have kids, similar with gay guys in his social circle.

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    Post  lily25 on Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:53 am

    The gay guys I know (and are close friends) are still in the closet , and there is huge pressure from their families to get married and have children. My cousin got married for this reason alone, and one of my good friends proposed to me in a state of panic 9 years ago. He had a rough time at home and he had just started making amends with his parents and they convinced him he should marry "a nice girl" and have kids, and pointed me (of all women). It was a huge let down I didn't want to get married to a gay guy and have kids with him... Lol, the irony.

    I didn' have time to read the list carefully I only scanned for ppl I admire. Among those are Haruki Murakami, Georgia O'Keefe, Anna Pavlova, Oprah, and so many scientists!

    I met Ralph Fiennes this past Febr in Berlin during the Berlinale film festival and he is the coolest guy alive.
    Also another "famous" friend that I know he is child free and wants to stay that way is Tre Cool from the Green Day.

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    Post  doreenjoy on Sun Jun 07, 2009 1:26 pm

    I'm lucky to live in San Francisco; all my lesbian and gay friends are out. Some have kids and some don't, it's a mixed bag just like it is for straight people. One of my gay male friends was a sperm donor to a lesbian couple and now they all have two daughters. he is very active in their lives, they know he's their dad, and he takes them out all the time. I think even for LGBT people these days, it's a choice.

    Thanks for posting the list!

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    Post  RaeBelle on Sun Jun 07, 2009 7:25 pm

    I noticed that Rebecca Romijn was on the list. I think she just had twins. So I guess her opinion changed. But that's her choice.

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    Post  lily25 on Mon Jun 08, 2009 2:01 am

    I think other ppl from the list had kids too, the list is a little old, but I can't proof read it. I just copied it and pasted it.

    The pressure is huge even for the rich and famous. I think they deal with bigger pressure because they have the means to bring up 100 kids not only 1. One of my excuses to not have kids is that I'm not employed at the moment and have no income.

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    Post  RaeBelle on Mon Jun 08, 2009 1:47 pm

    You're right that there probably is more pressure on the rich and/or famous to have children. That's really got to suck to have that extra pressure. What I have is bad enough Rolling Eyes

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