famous conspiracy believers
The conspiracy theory surrounding the belief that William Shakespeare was not the author of all those wonderful works dates back many years.
And among those who believed that Shakespeare was not the author, some were willing to lend their names to agreeing with this conspiracy theory.
Some are very famous:
Mark Twain (1835 – 1910) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the famous American writer, humorist, satirist, lecturer, best known for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Orson Welles, (1915 – 1985) actor, writer, director and producer best known for the landmark movie Citizen Kane and the panic-causing radio program War of the Worlds.
Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) — Viennese psychotherapist, commonly referred to as "the father of psychoanalysis."
Charles "Charlie" Chaplin (1889 – 1977) — silent film actor. “The Little Tramp.”
Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) — Foremost novelist of the Victorian era, and widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the English language.
Sir John Gielgud (1904 – 2000) — English theatre and film actor, who starred and directed in many Royal Shakespeare Company productions at Stratford-upon-Avon.
Walt Whitman (1819 – 1892) — American Romantic poet, essayist, journalist and humanist, famous for his Leaves of Grass.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) — American essayist, poet, and original formulator of the philosophy of Transcendentalism.
(Sir William) Tyrone Guthrie (1900 – 1971) — Tony Award-winning British theatre director who established the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Henry James (1843 – 1916) — American-born author, literary critic, who wrote 22 novels, 112 tales, several plays and essays,
Leslie Howard (1893 – 1943) — English stage and film actor and Academy Award nominee, best known as Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind and Professor Higgins in Pygmalion.
Harry A. Blackmun (1908 – 1999) — Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1970 to 1994
Clifton Fadiman (1904 – 1999) — Noted intellectual, author, radio and television personality, oft-quoted wit.
Lewis F. Powell, Jr. (1907 – 1998) — Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1972 to 1987.
Cecil Beaton – Famous Broadway costume and scenic designer whose works include My Fair Lady on Broadway and movie.
Jeremy Irons – American actor.
Sir Derek Jacobi – Shakespearian actor.
Sandra Day O’Connor – U.S. Supreme Court Justice
John Paul Stevens – U.S. Supreme Court Justice
Mortimer J. Adler -- University of Chicago Editor of “The Great Books of the Western World.”
Michael York – Actor and author of “A Shakespearean Actor Prepares”
Mark Rylance – Actor and Artisitic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 1995 to 2006.
Michael D. Rubbo – Co-winner of the prestigious Hoffman prize and the director of Much Ado About
Something, the award-winning documentary about Christopher Marlowe.
William Y. Elliott (1896 – 1979) — Harvard government professor, counselor to six presidents; a Roosevelt braintruster; a Rhodes Scholar and noted poet.
John Galsworthy (1867 – 1933) — English novelist and playwright, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature in 1932. He is best known for The Forsyte Saga.
William James (1842 – 1910) — Pioneering American psychologist and philosopher, brother of Henry James.
Paul H. Nitze (1907 – 2004) — High-ranking U.S. government official who helped shape Cold War defense policy.
Lord Palmerston — Henry John Temple, Third Viscount Palmerston (1784 – 1865) — British statesman who twice served as prime minister of the U. K.
And many, many more…