Biography: U-V

Can you name the people whose last name begins with U-V when given their Biography Channel profiles?

Biography Channel Profile'U' or 'V' Person
She was the winner of American Idol's fourth season and went on to win multiple Grammy and Academy of Country Music Awards.
His works are known for their subtle depiction of American middle-class life. His novel 'Rabbit at Rest,' one of a series, won the Pulitzer prize.
He is best known for his role as Dan Tanna in 'Vega$.' He died at age 55 from a rare form of cancer, synovial cell sarcoma.
He is best known for his hit 'La Bamba.' His successful career was cut short when he died in a plane crash at age 17.
He is generally considered one of the greatest Dutch painters of all time, although he remained poor and virtually unknown throughout his life.
He was an American actor and comedian, best known for his signature character Ernest P. Worrell, and as such starred in many films and TV commercials.
She was an American jazz vocalist with an incredibly rich and wide vocal range. Her nicknames were 'Sassy' and 'The Divine One.'
A former professional wrestler, he went on to a career in acting and politics, becoming the governor of Minnesota.
He is best known for composing operas, like 'La Traviata' and 'Aida.'
He starred in Broadway's 'Jesus Christ Superstar' and 'Pippin' before appearing in the epic 1977 mini series 'Roots.'
Biography Channel Profile'U' or 'V' Person
This French author’s writings laid much of the foundation of modern sci-fi. His many successful novels include 'Journey to the Center of the Earth.'
He was an Italian explorer, cartographer, and contemporary of Columbus. The name for the Americas was derived from a variation on his name.
A punk rocker, he became famous as the bassist for the Sex Pistols before his entanglement with drugs and Nancy Spungen ended his career and life.
His promising career as an NFL quarterback has been tainted by illegal activities including involvement in an illegal dog-fighting ring.
He was a Roman poet, best known for his national epic, the 'Aeneid.'
His role as Joe Buck in the groundbreaking film 'Midnight Cowboy' earned him an Oscar nomination and launched his career into the big time.
He was a 18th-century writer known for his satirical wit in such works as 'Candide' and 'Zadig.'
A prominent businessman, he was twice accused of attempting to kill his socialite wife, a diabetic, with doses of insulin, and was defended by Alan Dershowitz.
He was a Swedish stage and screen actor known for his collaboration with director Ingmar Bergman in such films as 'The Seventh Seal.'
Considered one of the most influential American novelists of the twentieth century, he blended literature with science fiction and humor.

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