Olga of Greece chose to attend boarding school in England, studied history in Rome, and is a graduate of Princeton University; she also has a graduate degree from Columbia. She has lived in Panama and is now based in Paris, working as the creative director for Christian Louboutin.
Kanye West—who avows, “I understand culture. I am the nucleus”—set up shop in Paris because there “you can just trip on inspiration..." But now he has written a rap tune that may or may not have offended his French hosts: “In a French-ass restaurant / Hurry up with my damn croissants!” (No one seems to know the source...)
FRANCESCO CLEMENTE is an Italian and American contemporary artist. His art is known for being inclusive and nomadic, crossing many borders, intellectual and geographical. Originally from Naples, he studied architecture in Rome but left to pursue art, traveling with another Italian artist to Afghanistan. He first encountered India in 1973, which became a lodestar for his work. He currently divides his time between New York and India, where he collaborates with local artists.
HELEN MIRREN, born in London to a Russian father and English mother, started her career as a classic West End and Royal Shakespeare Company actress. She eventually crossed over to living (and acting) in the USA - and is married to an American director, Taylor Hackford. The couple live in LA.
JULIA LEIGH, the Australian-born novelist and now film director -- her feature film debut was Sleeping Beauty, which opened the Cannes Festival in May 2011 (and was her first-ever film festival!). Leigh has taught at Barnard and now lies in Princeton, NJ.