OK, so you don't actually have to be dead to have an interesting life story. Case in point: Eva Zeisel, featured in this months O magazine. It was the part where I read about all these amazing adventures she'd had growing up in Hungary, learning her craft as a potter, moving to Germany "where she became one of the first people to apply contemporary mass production techniques to the ceramic arts." Then Paris, then back to Germany, then Russia in 1932. "She got one job and then another, until after nearly four years of impressive promotions, at the age of 29, Eva Ziesel was appointed art director of the porcelain and glass industry for the entire republic."
At the age of 29???? My God!
Then, of course, there's the part where she's jailed by Stalin for 16 months, then Austria, then Germany, then fleeing from Germany in 1938 and emigrating to America...I'm exhausted just reading about it.
She's now 103 and is still making furniture, glass, bronze castings--absolutely beautiful. You can see it here. (below: Eva Zeisel teapot from Crate and Barrel)