Born in Indiana, she was eight years old when her parents divorced, and her mother took her and her two older brothers to L.A. to start a new life. At age twelve she was spotted playing baseball in the street by director Allan Dwan
who cast her as a tom-boy in "A Perfect Crime". Bitten by the movie bug...
“ Born: Jane Alice Peters
October 6, 1908 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Died: January 16, 1942 (age 33) in Table Rock Mountain, Nevada, USA ” - rose77
Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderon was born on July 6, 1907 in Mexico City, Mexico. She was the seventh daughter of Guillermo Kahlo (born Carl Wilhelm Kahlo), a successful German photographer who emigrated to Mexico from Pforzheim, and of a Mexican-Indian mother, Matilde Calderón y González. Her father encouraged her interest in art...
“ Born: Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón
July 6, 1907 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Died: July 13, 1954 (age 47) in Mexico City, Mexico ” - rose77
James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting...
“ Born: James Byron Dean
February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, USA
Died: September 30, 1955 (age 24) in Cholame, California, USA ” - rose77
William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, to Adeline (Hershelman) and William Henry Gable, an oil-well driller. He was of German, Irish, and Swiss-German descent. When he was seven months old, his mother died, and his father sent him to live with his maternal aunt and uncle in Pennsylvania...
“ Born: William Clark Gable
February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, USA
Died: November 16, 1960 (age 59) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Born to Alice Cooper
and Charles Cooper (not in film business). Gary attended school at Dunstable school England, Helena Montana and Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa. His first stage experience was during high school and college. Afterwards, he worked as an extra for one year before getting a part in a two reeler by Hans Tissler (an independent producer)...
“ Born: Frank James Cooper
May 7, 1901 in Helena, Montana, USA
Died: May 13, 1961 (age 60) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was a film-cutter at RKO Studios who, widowed and mentally ill, abandoned her to a sequence of foster homes. She was almost smothered to death at two, nearly raped at six. At nine, the LA Orphans' Home paid her a nickel a month for kitchen work while taking back a penny every Sunday for church...
“ Born: Norma Jeane Mortenson
June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: August 5, 1962 (age 36) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
William Frawley was born in Burlington, Iowa. As a boy he sang at St. Paul's Catholic Church and played at the Burlington Opera House. His first job was as a stenographer for the Union Pacific Railroad. He did vaudeville with his brother Paul, then joined pianist Franz Rath in an act they took to San Francisco in 1910...
“ Born: William Clement Frawley
February 26, 1887 in Burlington, Iowa, USA
Died: March 3, 1966 (age 79) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Making a career out of a post-nasal drip, this scene-stealing character comedienne was one of the best Broadway and Hollywood had to offer. It's too bad, then, that she wasn't utilized in films more often for this slight, chinless, parrot-faced, squawky-voiced bundle of (kill)joy could draw laughs from a well with a mere sniffle, gulp, or stare...
“ Born: October 16, 1917 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: March 3, 1966 (age 48) in Hollywood, California, USA ” - rose77
If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time her parents take her to England...
“ Born: Vivian Mary Hartley
November 5, 1913 in Darjeeling, West Bengal, British India. [now India]
Died: July 8, 1967 (age 53) in Belgravia, London, England, UK ” - rose77
Forever embraced as the mumbling, bumbling Aunt Clara on the Bewitched
television series, endearing character actress Marion Lorne had a five-decade-long career on the stage before ever becoming a familiar TV household name. Born Marion Lorne MacDougall on August 12, 1883 (other sources list 1885 and 1888)...
“ Born: Marion Lorne MacDougall
August 12, 1883 in West Pittston, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: May 9, 1968 (age 84) in New York City, New York, USA ” - rose77
One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland
was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals. She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in Minnesota...
“ Born: Frances Ethel Gumm
June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA
Died: June 22, 1969 (age 47) in Chelsea, London, England, UK ” - rose77
Sharon Tate won the first of many beauty contests before her first birthday. Her looks, charm, and grace would be her passport into the acting world, initially as an extra in movie shot on location in Italy, where her army officer father was posted in the early 1960's. Commercials and modeling assignments followed...
“ Born: Sharon Marie Tate
January 24, 1943 in Dallas, Texas, USA
Died: August 9, 1969 (age 26) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Billie Burke was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885 in Washington, D.C. Her father was a circus clown, and as a child she toured the United States and Europe with the circus (before motion pictures and after the stage, circuses were the biggest form of entertainment in the world)...
“ Born: Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke
August 7, 1884 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Died: May 14, 1970 (age 85) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, to African-American parents Lucille (Jeter) and James Allen Hendrix. His mother named him John Allen Hendrix and raised him alone while his father, Al Hendrix, was off fighting in World War II. When his mother became sick from alcoholism...
“ Born: Johnny Allen Hendrix
November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, USA
Died: September 18, 1970 (age 27) in Notting Hill, London, England, UK ” - rose77
Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta
“ Born: Janis Lyn Joplin
January 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas, USA
Died: October 4, 1970 (age 27) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Elizabeth Ruth Grable was born on December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Lillian Rose (Hofmann) and John Charles Grable, a stockbroker. She had German, English, Irish, and Dutch ancestry. Her mother was a stubborn and materialistic woman who was determined to make her daughter a star. Elizabeth...
“ Born: Elizabeth Ruth Grable
December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: July 2, 1973 (age 56) in Santa Monica, California, USA ” - rose77
Veronica Lake was born as Constance Frances Marie Ockleman on November 14, 1922, in Brooklyn, New York. She was the daughter of Constance Charlotta (Trimble) and Harry Eugene Ockelman, who worked for an oil company as a ship employee. Her father was of half German and half Irish descent, and her mother was of Irish ancestry...
“ Born: Constance Frances Marie Ockelman
November 14, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: July 7, 1973 (age 50) in Burlington, Vermont, USA ” - rose77
Of Irish/English ancestry, Agnes was born near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal Opera as a dancer and singer for four years...
“ Born: Agnes Robertson Moorehead
December 6, 1900 in Clinton, Massachusetts, USA
Died: April 30, 1974 (age 73) in Rochester, Minnesota, USA ” - rose77
A former boxer, paratrooper and general all-around angry young man, Rod Serling was one of the radical new voices that made the "Golden Age" of television. Long before The Twilight Zone
, he was known for writing such high-quality scripts as "Patterns" and "Requiem for a Heavyweight," both later turned into films (Patterns
and Requiem for a Heavyweight
“ Born: Rodman Edward Serling
December 25, 1924 in Syracuse, New York, USA
Died: June 28, 1975 (age 50) in Rochester, New York, USA ” - rose77
“ Born: John Edward Joseph Cassidy
March 5, 1927 in Richmond Hill, New York, USA
Died: December 12, 1976 (age 49) in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Minnie Riperton was born November 8, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, to Thelma Inez (Matthews) and Daniel Webster Riperton, a Pullman porter. At a young age, Riperton, the youngest of eight children, began taking dancing and ballet. Once she reached high school, she began singing in the Hyde Park A Capella Choir...
“ Born: Minnie Julia Riperton
November 8, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: July 12, 1979 (age 31) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
She was born Vivian Roberta Jones, with a brother and four sisters. After the family moved from Cherryvale to Independence, Kansas, she studied drama under Anna Ingleman and William Inge
. Their next move, to Albuquerque, New Mexico brought her to the Albuquerque Little Theatre, which provided her the money she needed to study under Eva Le Gallienne
in New York...
“ Born: Vivian Roberta Jones
July 26, 1909 in Cherryvale, Kansas, USA
Died: August 17, 1979 (age 70) in Belvedere, California, USA ” - rose77
“ Born: November 1, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: October 8, 1979 (age 50) in Palm Springs, California, USA ” - rose77
Perhaps best remembered for his TV role in the hit series Bewitched
as the Abner Kravitz who had to put up with his wife's ranting about what was going on at the neighbors. George Tobias was also a well loved character actor who was mostly cast as the amiable and lovable friend of the lead character...
“ Born: July 14, 1901 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: February 27, 1980 (age 78) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
was born on 23 September 1938 in Vienna, Austria into a family of actors. Making her film debut at the age of 15, her breakthrough came two years later in the very popular trilogy Sissi
. Her mother, supervising her daughter's career, immediately approved Romy's participation in Christine
“ Born: Rosemarie Magdelena Albach-Retty
September 23, 1938 in Vienna, Austria
Died: May 29, 1982 (age 43) in Paris, France ” - rose77
Vic Morrow was born in the Bronx, New York, to Jean (Kress) and Harry Morrow, an electrical engineer. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Morrow dropped out of high school at 17 to join the U.S. Navy. When he left the Navy, he used the G.I. Bill to study pre-law at Florida State. While Morrow was working on his degree in Law...
“ Born: Victor Morozoff
February 14, 1929 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Died: July 23, 1982 (age 53) in Indian Dunes, California, USA ” - rose77
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with Meryl Streep
, both are second only to Katharine Hepburn
“ Born: August 29, 1915 in Stockholm, Sweden
Died: August 29, 1982 (age 67) in Chelsea, London, England, UK ” - rose77
Grace Patricia Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to wealthy parents. She was the daughter of Margaret Katherine (Majer), a phys ed instructor, and John Brendan Kelly, Sr., a three-time Olympic Gold winner for rowing. Her uncle was playwright George Kelly
. She was of half Irish and half German descent...
“ Born: Grace Patricia Kelly
November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: September 14, 1982 (age 52) in Monaco ” - rose77
Margaret Hamilton was Born December 9, 1902 in Cleveland, Ohio to Jennie and Walter Hamilton. She later attended Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and practiced acting doing children's theater while a Junior League of Cleveland member. Margaret had already built her resume with several performances in film before she came to her most memorable and astronomically successful role...
“ Born: Margaret Brainard Hamilton
December 9, 1902 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died: May 16, 1985 (age 82) in Salisbury, Connecticut, USA ” - rose77
“ Born: Shirley Grossman
September 18, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: August 7, 1985 (age 62) in New York, USA ” - rose77
Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923. She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright
, the world-renowned architect. Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City, which at that time was still the hub of the entertainment industry even though the film colony was moving west...
“ Born: May 7, 1923 in Michigan City, Indiana, USA
Died: December 12, 1985 (age 62) in New York City, New York, USA ” - rose77
Ricky Nelson was born on May 8, 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Eric Hilliard Nelson. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952) and Rio Bravo (1959). He was married to Kristin Harmon. He died on December 31, 1985 in De Kalb, Texas, USA.
“ Born: Eric Hilliard Nelson
May 8, 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA
Died: December 31, 1985 (age 45) in De Kalb, Texas, USA ” - rose77
Desiderio Alberto Arnaz ye de Acha the Third was born in Santiago, Cuba on March 2, 1917. His father was the mayor of Santiago. The 1933 revolution led by Fulgencio Batista
had landed his father in jail and stripped the family of its wealth, property and power. His father was released because of the intercession of U.S...
“ Born: Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y De Acha III
March 2, 1917 in Santiago, Cuba
Died: December 2, 1986 (age 69) in Del Mar, California, USA ” - rose77
Margarita Carmen Cansino was born on October 17, 1918, in Brooklyn, New York, into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo was a dancer as was his father before him. He emigrated from Spain in 1913. Rita's mother met Eduardo in 1916 and were married the following year. Rita, herself, studied as a dancer in order to follow in her family's footsteps...
“ Born: Margarita Carmen Cansino
October 17, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 14, 1987 (age 68) in New York City, New York, USA ” - rose77
Hayden Rorke was best known as the ever suspicious "Dr. Alfred E. Bellows" on the 1960s TV series, I Dream of Jeannie
. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Rorke was educated at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and he began his stage career in the 1930s with the Hampden Theatrical Company. A veteran of numerous Broadway shows...
“ Born: William Henry Rorke
October 23, 1910 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: August 19, 1987 (age 76) in Toluca Lake, California, USA ” - rose77
Heather Michele O'Rourke was born on December 27, 1975 in Santee, San Diego, California, to Kathleen, a seamstress, and Michael O'Rourke, a construction worker. She had German, Danish, English, and Irish ancestry. Heather entered American cinematic pop-culture before first grade. She was sitting alone in the MGM Commissary waiting for her mother when a stranger approached her asking her name...
“ Born: Heather Michele O'Rourke
December 27, 1975 in San Diego, California, USA
Died: February 1, 1988 (age 12) in San Diego, California, USA ” - rose77
The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their grandparents...
“ Born: Lucille Désirée Ball
August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York, USA
Died: April 26, 1989 (age 77) in Beverly Hills, California, USA ” - rose77
Rebecca began modeling at the age of 16, going off to New York on her own to begin her career. Four months later, she found herself in Japan, modeling there. Eventually, she landed her role on My Sister Sam
, for which she is best known. In 1989, she became a spokesperson for Thursday's Child, a charity for at-risk teens...
“ Born: Rebecca Lucile Schaeffer
November 6, 1967 in Eugene, Oregon, USA
Died: July 18, 1989 (age 21) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Ava Lavina Gardner was born on December 24, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina, to Mary Elizabeth (née Baker) and Jonas Bailey Gardner. Born on a tobacco farm, where she got her lifelong love of earthy language and going barefoot, Ava grew up in the rural South. At age 18, her picture in the window of her brother-in- law's New York photo studio brought her to the attention of MGM...
“ Born: Ava Lavinia Gardner
December 24, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina, USA
Died: January 25, 1990 (age 67) in Westminster, London, England, UK ” - rose77
American stage actor who appeared frequently on television and occasionally but impressively in films. A Marine Corps veteran of the Second World War, he worked on Broadway and on tour in stage productions after the war. In the late 1950s, he became an increasingly familiar face on American television...
“ Born: Daniel David White
April 4, 1916 in Denver, Colorado, USA
Died: November 27, 1990 (age 74) in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
The gangly York is best remembered as the first and most frustrated "Darrin Stephens" on the long-running TV series Bewitched
. He left the series in 1969 due to a chronic back ailment. He later founded Acting for Life, a private fund-raising effort for the homeless, which he managed from his home where he was bedridden with a degenerative spine injury.
“ Born: Richard Allen York
September 4, 1928 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Died: February 20, 1992 (age 63) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA ” - rose77
Marie Magdelene Dietrich von Losch (aka Marlene) was born in Berlin, Germany on December 27, 1901. Her father was an army officer who had served in the Franco-Prussian War. Because of his constant absences from the family due to his army duties, Marlene and the rest had to rely on themselves. When he died...
“ Marie Magdelene Dietrich von Losch (aka Marlene) was born in Berlin, Germany on December 27, 1901
Died: May 6, 1992 (age 90) in Paris, France ” - rose77
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She was a blue-blood and a cosmopolitan from birth. Her mother, Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch baroness, and her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian descent, and worked in business...
“ Born: Audrey Kathleen Ruston
May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Belgium
Died: January 20, 1993 (age 63) in Tolochenaz, Switzerland ” - rose77
Actor, writer, and gourmet, Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. was born in St Louis, Missouri, to Marguerite Cobb (Wilcox) and Vincent Leonard Price, Sr., president of the National Candy Company. He traveled through Europe, studied at Yale and became an actor. He made his screen debut in 1938, and after many minor roles...
“ Born: Vincent Leonard Price Jr.
May 27, 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: October 25, 1993 (age 82) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally Catholic...
“ Born: River Jude Bottom
August 23, 1970 in Madras, Oregon, USA
Died: October 31, 1993 (age 23) in West Hollywood, California, USA ” - rose77
Candy was one of Canada's greatest and funniest character actors. His well-known role as the big hearted buffoon earned him classics in Uncle Buck
and Planes, Trains & Automobiles
. His career has handed him some dry spells but Candy always rebounded. Born in Newmarket, Ontario, in the year 1950, Candy was the son of Evangeline (Aker) and Sidney James Candy...
“ Born: John Franklin Candy
October 31, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: March 4, 1994 (age 43) in Durango, Mexico ” - rose77
Kurt Cobain was born on February 20 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. Kurt and his family lived in Hoquiam for the first few months of his life then later moved back to Aberdeen, where he had a happy childhood until his parents divorced. The divorce left Kurt's outlook on the world forever scarred. He became withdrawn and anti-social...
“ Born: Kurt Donald Cobain
February 20, 1967 in Aberdeen, Washington, USA
Died: April 5, 1994 (age 27) in Seattle, Washington, USA ” - rose77
Congenial, mild-mannered Dick Sargent was a reliably bemused foil on film and TV for nearly four decades. He was born Richard Cox on April 19, 1930 in Carmel, California. His mother, Ruth McNaughton, was a minor actress who went by the stage name of "Ruth Powell"; his father, Colonel Elmer Cox, served...
“ Born: Richard Stanford Cox
April 19, 1930 in Carmel, California, USA
Died: July 8, 1994 (age 64) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Raul Julia was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Olga Arcelay, a mezzo-soprano singer, and Raúl Juliá, an electrical engineer. He graduated from Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola High School in San Juan. Here he studied the rigorous classical curriculum of the Jesuits and was always active in student dramatics...
“ Born: Raul Rafael Carlos Julia y Arcelay
March 9, 1940 in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Died: October 24, 1994 (age 54) in Manhasset, New York, USA ” - rose77
Selena was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, a city 50 miles southeast of Houston, to Abraham Quintanilla Jr.
and Marcella Quintanilla
. Abraham opened a Mexican restaurant, Papagayo, in Lake Jackson. Selena was 9-years-old when her father discovered her talent for singing. He formed a band consisting of Selena on vocals...
“ Born: Selena Quintanilla
April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas, USA
Died: March 31, 1995 (age 23) in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA ” - rose77
Elizabeth Montgomery was born into show business. Her parents were screen actor Robert Montgomery
and Broadway actress Elizabeth Allen
. Elizabeth graduated from the Spence School in New York City and attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. After three years intensive training, she made her...
“ Born: Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery
April 15, 1933 in Hollywood, California, USA
Died: May 18, 1995 (age 62) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he became good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith
. His family moved again in 1988 to Oakland, California. His first breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital Underground...
“ Born: Lesane Parish Crooks
June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 13, 1996 (age 25) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ” - rose77
Princess Diana was born July 1, 1961 at 7:45pm weighing 7lb 12oz at Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England. She had her christening at Sandringham Church in Norfolk. Her full name is Lady Diana Frances Spencer. On July 29, 1981 she married her Prince Charming - Prince Charles
of Wales, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II
“ Born: Diana Frances Spencer
July 1, 1961 in Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK
Died: August 31, 1997 (age 36) in Paris, France ” - rose77
Her Orthodox Jewish family were totally adverse to her having an entertainment career. Her parents and grandparents forced her to leave the Theatre Guild school (New York) while still a teenager and had their wills drawn up accordingly so as to discourage this career choice. Studied drama at Columbia University, and belonged to the American Theatre Wing...
“ Born: Mae Kwestel
September 13, 1908 in The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: January 4, 1998 (age 89) in New York City, New York, USA ” - rose77
“ Born: Irene Vergauwen
January 16, 1922 in Mishawaka, Indiana, USA
Died: April 21, 1998 (age 76) in South Bend, Indiana, USA ” - rose77
Short and with a very familiar chubby, chipmunk-like face and even more familiar abrasive tone, Brooklyn-born comedienne Sandra Gould kicked into high gear at a fairly early age. With small Broadway roles and scores of radio programs such as "My Friend Irma" and "Duffy's Tavern", the latter in which she replaced original star Shirley Booth
“ Born: July 23, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: July 20, 1999 (age 82) in Burbank, California, USA ” - rose77
Carroll was born in Manhattan and raised in Forest Hills, a community of Queens, New York. After high school in 1942, he joined the Merchant Marines and worked on ships in the Atlantic. In 1946, he enrolled at the University of Montana to study English. While there, he became interested in theater. During one of the amateur productions...
“ Born: John Carroll O'Connor
August 2, 1924 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Died: June 21, 2001 (age 76) in Culver City, California, USA ” - rose77
“ Born: Matthew Michael Ansara
August 29, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: June 25, 2001 (age 35) in Monrovia, California, USA ” - rose77
Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Burgess LaRue (Noel) and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers Country Day School...
“ Born: John Uhler Lemmon III
February 8, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Died: June 27, 2001 (age 76) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Fred Rogers was the host of the popular long-running public television children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. The show debuted in Pittsburgh in 1967 and was picked up by PBS the next year, becoming a staple of public TV stations around the United States. Rogers' mild manner, cardigan sweaters and soft speaking voice made him both widely beloved and widely parodied...
“ Born: Fred McFeely Rogers
March 20, 1928 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: February 27, 2003 (age 74) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA ” - rose77
Gregory Peck first film, Days of Glory, was released in 1944. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor five times, four of which came in his first five years of film acting: for The Keys of the Kingdom (1944), The Yearling (1946), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), and Twelve O'Clock High (1949)...
“ Born: Eldred Gregory Peck
April 5, 1916 in La Jolla [now in San Diego], California, USA
Died: June 12, 2003 (age 87) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Jonathan Southworth Ritter was born in Burbank, California, on September 17, 1948. He was the son of legendary country singer/actor Tex Ritter
and his wife, actress Dorothy Fay
. The couple married in 1941 and had their first child, Tom Ritter
, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. John was destined to follow in his parents footsteps...
“ Born: Jonathan Southworth Ritter
September 17, 1948 in Burbank, California, USA
Died: September 11, 2003 (age 54) in Burbank, California, USA ” - rose77
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier
in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
“ Born: Marlon Brando Jr.
April 3, 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Died: July 1, 2004 (age 80) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Janet Leigh was born Jeanette Helen Morrison on July 6, 1927 in Merced, California, the only child of Helen Lita (Westergaard) and Frederick Robert Morrison. Her maternal grandparents were Danish, and her father had British Isles and German ancestry. Her parents often moved from town to town. Living in apartments...
“ Born: Jeanette Helen Morrison
July 6, 1927 in Merced, California, USA
Died: October 3, 2004 (age 77) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Christopher D'Olier Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City, to journalist Barbara Johnson
(née Barbara Pitney Lamb) and writer/professor F.D. Reeve
(Franklin D'Olier Reeve). He came from an upper-class family; his paternal grandfather was CEO of Prudential Financial, and one of his maternal great-grandfathers was Supreme Court justice Mahlon Pitney...
“ Born: September 25, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: October 10, 2004 (age 52) in Mount Kisco, New York, USA ” - rose77
Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in the Bronx, New York, the daughter of Italian-American parents Michael Italiano (1905-2001), a dress pattern maker, and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010), a telephone operator. She made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock
in 1952 and over the next five years appeared in a lot of undistinguished movies as a supporting actress (like...
“ Born: Anna Maria Louise Italiano
September 17, 1931 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Died: June 6, 2005 (age 73) in New York City, New York, USA ” - rose77
“ Born: Charles Adams Claverie
August 24, 1949 in Bangor, Maine, USA
Died: October 7, 2005 (age 56) in Canterbury, Connecticut, USA ” - rose77
Wendie Jo Sperber
Though she was known best for drawing laughs as whiny, excitable characters throughout her raucous film and TV career, actress/comedienne Wendie Jo Sperber showed a brave, compassionate and humane side in the last years of her life. The Los Angeles-born performer developed a driving passion for acting in her teen years...
“ Born: September 15, 1958 in Hollywood, California, USA
Died: November 29, 2005 (age 47) in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Don Knotts, the legendary television character actor, was born Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, to William Jesse Knotts and the former Elsie L. Moore. He was the youngest of four sons in a family that had been in America since the 17th century. His first stint as an entertainer was as a ventriloquist...
“ Born: Jesse Donald Knotts
July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
Died: February 24, 2006 (age 81) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Academy Award-winner Maureen Stapleton was born June 21, 1925 in Troy, New York, to Irene (née Walsh) and John P. Stapleton. Her family was of Irish descent. Maureen moved to New York City at the age of eighteen and did modeling to pay the bills. Already a Tony Award-winner, she made her Academy Award-nominated...
“ Born: Lois Maureen Stapleton
June 21, 1925 in Troy, New York, USA
Died: March 13, 2006 (age 80) in Lenox, Massachusetts, USA ” - rose77
Kasey Rogers was born Josie Imogene Rogers in Morehouse, Missouri, to Ina Mae (Mocabee) and Eben Elijah Rogers. She moved with her family to California at age two and a half. She got the nickname "Casey" when her neighborhood playmates discovered how well she handled a baseball bat ("I could hit a baseball farther than anybody in grammar school except Robert Lewis...
“ Born: Josie Imogene Rogers
December 15, 1925 in Morehouse, Missouri, USA
Died: July 6, 2006 (age 80) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Native New Yorker and Italianate Bruno Kirby tended towards assertive, pushy, streetwise characters and was armed with a highly distinctive scratchy tenor voice that complemented his slim eyes and droopy puss and accentuated his deadpan comedic instincts on film and TV. The well-regarded character actor was born Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu--his father is actor Bruce Kirby
--on April 28...
“ Born: Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu Jr.
April 28, 1949 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: August 14, 2006 (age 57) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Yvonne De Carlo
Yvonne De Carlo was born Margaret Yvonne Middleton on September 1, 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was three when her father abandoned the family. Her mother turned to waitressing in a restaurant to make ends meet--a rough beginning for an actress who would, one day, be one of Hollywood's elite...
“ Born: Margaret Yvonne Middleton
September 1, 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: January 8, 2007 (age 84) in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Whether portraying a glum, withering wallflower, a drab and dowdy housewife, a klutzy maid or a cynical gossip, eccentric character comedienne Alice Ghostley had the ability to draw laughs from the skimpiest of material with a simple fret or whine. Making a name for herself on the Tony-winning Broadway stage...
“ Born: Alice Margaret Ghostley
August 14, 1924 in Eve, Missouri, USA
Died: September 21, 2007 (age 83) in Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. Heath Ledger was born on the fourth of April 1979...
“ Born: Heath Andrew Ledger
April 4, 1979 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Died: January 22, 2008 (age 28) in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA ” - rose77
Dick Martin, the comedian and television director who achieved TV immortality as the co-host of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
as the comic foil to straight man Dan Rowan
, was born on January 30, 1922 in Battle Creek, Michigan. The young Martin was a writer for the popular radio sit-com "Duffy's Tavern" before teaming up with Rowan in the 1950s...
“ Born: Thomas Richard Martin
January 30, 1922 in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA
Died: May 24, 2008 (age 86) in Santa Monica, California, USA ” - rose77
Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films. Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist...
“ Born: Sydney Irwin Pollack
July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Died: May 26, 2008 (age 73) in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Born and raised by his mother in Manhattan, New York City. His parents divorced when he was two months. His mother (as well as his father) worked in marketing, where they met. The long hours the mother worked left the young George by himself for long hours every day, providing him (in his own words)...
“ Born: George Denis Patrick Carlin
May 12, 1937 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: June 22, 2008 (age 71) in Santa Monica, California, USA ” - rose77
She was truly one mother of a mom...on stage, on film and on TV. A favorite firecracker on 80s and 90s television, tiny character player Estelle Getty became best known for her carping, meddlesome moms -- complete with bemused, cynical looks, irreverent digs and dead-pan Henny Youngman
“ Born: Estelle Scher
July 25, 1923 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: July 22, 2008 (age 84) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born in January 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned a successful sporting goods store...
“ Born: Paul Leonard Newman
January 26, 1925 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA
Died: September 26, 2008 (age 83) in Westport, Connecticut, USA ” - rose77
Bettie Page's life was filled with cult myth, mystery and sadness. Her image captured the imagination of a generation with her free spirit and unabashed sensuality, during an era of strong sexual repression. She was the quintessential pin-up, tacked up on walls in military barracks and garages; five decades later...
“ Born: Betty Mae Page
April 22, 1923 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Died: December 11, 2008 (age 85) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Actress-comedienne Bea Arthur was born on May 13, 1922 in New York City to a Jewish family. She grew up in Maryland where her parents ran a dress shop. By the time she was 12 years old, she grew to be 5'9" and was the tallest girl in her school. She earned the title "wittiest" girl in her school, but Bea's family was not in show-business and she did not think her family would support her dream...
“ Born: Bernice Frankel
May 13, 1922 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: April 25, 2009 (age 86) in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson
, had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine Jackson
(née Katherine Esther Scruse). Together...
“ Born: Michael Joseph Jackson
August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, USA
Died: June 25, 2009 (age 50) in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
“ Born: John Wilden Hughes Jr.
February 18, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan, USA
Died: August 6, 2009 (age 59) in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA ” - rose77
Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas, to Patsy Swayze
(née Yvonne Helen Karnes), a choreographer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze, a chemical plant engineer draftsman. His mother owned a dance school in Houston, where Patrick was also a student. His father passed away in 1982...
“ Born: Patrick Wayne Swayze
August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas, USA
Died: September 14, 2009 (age 57) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
Corey Haim was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Judy Haim
, an Israeli-born data processor, and Bernie Haim
, a Canadian-born clothing sales representative. He has a sister, Carol, and a half-brother, Daniel. His family is Jewish. Haim broke into the film industry in 1984, playing a young child caught up in a family war in the movie Firstborn
“ Born: Corey Ian Haim
December 23, 1971 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: March 10, 2010 (age 38) in Burbank, California, USA ” - rose77
A talented actress in both stage and screen and television and also a singer of opera and dancer, Dixie Carter is best known for her portrayal as the soft spoken Southerner Julia Sugarbaker in Designing Women
. She's been known for performing in a number of Broadway plays and with her marriage to actor Hal Holbrook
“ Born: Dixie Virginia Carter
May 25, 1939 in McLemoresville, Tennessee, USA
Died: April 10, 2010 (age 70) in Houston, Texas, USA ” - rose77
“ Born: Petrus T. Ratajczyk
January 4, 1962 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: April 14, 2010 (age 48) in New York City, New York, USA ” - rose77
“ Born: Lynn Rachel Redgrave
March 8, 1943 in Marylebone, London, England, UK
Died: May 2, 2010 (age 67) in Kent, Connecticut, USA ” - rose77
With an amazing cinematic career of more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was a multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, regarded by many as one of the true "enfants terribles" of Hollywood. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Marjorie Mae (Davis) and James Millard Hopper...
“ Born: Dennis Lee Hopper
May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, USA
Died: May 29, 2010 (age 74) in Venice Beach, California, USA ” - rose77
A veteran television actress and Broadway star of the 50s, Rue McClanahan was born Eddi-Rue McClanahan in Healdton, Oklahoma, to Dreda Rheua-Nell (Medaris), a beautician, and William Edwin McClanahan, a building contractor. She was noticed by television executive Norman Lear
. Lear cast her in a number of television shows...
“ Born: Eddi-Rue McClanahan
February 21, 1934 in Healdton, Oklahoma, USA
Died: June 3, 2010 (age 76) in New York, New York, USA ” - rose77
The late William G. "Glenn Shadix" Scott was born April 1952 in Bessemer, Alabama. He attended Birmingham-Southern College for two years. He lived in New York City prior to moving to Hollywood in the late-1970s. He made his film debut appearance in the poorly received remake of _The Postman Always Rings Twice_ before he got his breakthrough film role in Tim Burton
's _Beetle juice (1988)_...
“ Born: William Glenn Scott
April 15, 1952 in Bessemer, Alabama, USA
Died: September 7, 2010 (age 58) in Birmingham, Alabama, USA ” - rose77
Harold Gould earned a Ph.D. in theatre and taught speech and drama at Cornell University. Pursuing some off-Broadway work in the 1950s, he decided to practice what he preached, and became a full-time professional actor in the 1960s. He has appeared in hundreds of TV shows since, usually playing a father, grandfather or other authority figure.
“ Born: Harold Vernon Goldstein
December 10, 1923 in Schenectady, New York, USA
Died: September 11, 2010 (age 86) in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
“ Born: Gregory C. Giraldo
December 10, 1965 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 29, 2010 (age 44) in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA ” - rose77
“ Born: July 1, 1957 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
Died: October 25, 2010 (age 53) in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA ” - rose77
It came as no surprise to film aficionados when, in 1999, Entertainment Weekly named Jill Clayburgh on its list of Hollywood's 25 Greatest Actresses. For decades, she delivered stellar performances in a wide variety of roles. Jill Clayburgh was born in 1944 in New York City, into a wealthy family, the daughter of Julia Louise (Dorr)...
“ Born: April 30, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: November 5, 2010 (age 66) in Lakeville, Connecticut, USA ” - rose77
“ Born: Marie Christine Gélin
March 27, 1952 in Paris, France
Died: February 3, 2011 (age 58) in Paris, France ” - rose77
Tony Award-winning English actor Michael Gough, best known for playing the butler Alfred Pennyworth in the first four of Batman
's (1992) (1995) (1997) movies and for playing the arch-criminal Dr. Clement Armstrong in The Avengers
episode "The Cybernauts", was an accomplished performer on both stage and screen...
“ Born: Francis Michael Gough
November 23, 1916 in Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya [now Malaysia]
Died: March 17, 2011 (age 94) in London, England, UK ” - rose77
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked on with since...
“ Born: Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
February 27, 1932 in Hampstead, London, England, UK
Died: March 23, 2011 (age 79) in Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77
This actress' two-decade career produced only one single stand-out film role but that one role as the "good girl" who redeems "bad boy" Marlon Brando
's tough biker in the cult flick The Wild One
put Mary Murphy at the head of the acting class for one brief shining moment. In others, she proved a lovely distraction amid the male action surrounding her and also...
“ Born: January 26, 1931 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Died: May 4, 2011 (age 80) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA ” - rose77