• Karel Soucek

    1947 - 1985

    Karel Soucek (1947 - 1985)

    Karel Soucek (born April 19, 1947 in Czechoslovakia, died January 20, 1985 in Houston, Texas) was a Canadian professional stuntman who went over Niagara Falls in a barrel in 1984. He lived in Hamilton, Ontario.  Soucek prepared for his 1984 Niagara Falls stunt by researching previous attempts, by sending unmanned barrels over the falls to […]

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  • Karen Anders

    1928 - 1994

    Karen Anders (1928 - 1994)

    Actress. She appeared in the films “Fright Night Part II” (1989), “The Malibu Bikini Shop” (1985), “The Kid With 200 I.Q.” (1983), “Promises In The Dark” (1979), “Audrey Rose” (1977), “Sheila Levine Is Dead And Living In New York” (1975), “Medical Story” (1975), “Busting” (1974), and “She Lives” (1973). Appeared in television series including “Dream […]

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  • Karen Black

    1939 - 2013

    Karen Black (1939 - 2013)

    Karen Black Actress. She is best remembered for her appearances in the notable films “Easy Rider” (1969), “Five Easy Pieces” (1970), “The Great Gatsby” (1974). “Rhinoceros” (1974), “Airport 1975” (1974), “The Day of the Locust” (1975), “Nashville” (1975), and Alfred Hitchcock’s final film, “Family Plot’ (1976). Born Karen Blanche Ziegler, her mother wrote children’s novels […]

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  • Karen Carpenter

    1950 - 1983

    Karen Carpenter (1950 - 1983)

    Carpenter was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the daughter of Agnes Reuwer (née Tatum) and Harold Bertram Carpenter. When she was young, she enjoyed playing baseball with other children on the street. On the TV program This Is Your Life, she stated that she liked pitching. Later, in the early 1970s, she would become the […]

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  • Karl Dane

    1886 - 1934

    Karl Dane (1886 - 1934)

    Actor. He came from a Danish theatrical family and made his stage debut at the age of fourteen. In addition to acting, he also raced cars and flew planes. He was one of the first aviators to serve in the Danish Flying Corps. During World War I, he relocated to Hollywood. Most of the films […]

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  • Karl Malden

    1912 - 2009

    Karl Malden (1912 - 2009)

    Karl Malden, the eldest of three sons, was born Mladen Sekulovich in Chicago, Illinois on March 22, 1912, he was born on his mother’s 20th birthday and was raised in Gary, Indiana. His Bosnian Serb father, Petar Sekulović (1886–1975), worked in the steel mills and as a milkman, and his mother, Minnie (née Sebera) Sekulovich […]

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  • Karla Alvarez

    1972 - 2013

    Karla Alvarez (1972 - 2013)

    Actress. A gorgeous brunette, she was a type-cast villainess of the Mexican small screen for 20 years. Raised in her country’s capital city, she took to show business early, studied at the National School of Dance, and made her 1992 television debut as Rosario in “Maria Mercedes”. Over the next two decades she was a […]

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  • Karla Faye Tucker

    1959 - 1998

    Karla Faye Tucker (1959 - 1998)

    Karla Tucker was born and raised in Houston, Texas, the youngest of three sisters. Her father Larry was a longshoreman. The marriage of her parents was very troubled, and Tucker started smoking cigarettes with her sisters when she was eight years old. At the age of 10, her parents divorced, and during the divorce proceedings, […]

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  • Kate Chopin

    1850 - 1904

    Kate Chopin (1850 - 1904)

    Kate Chopin was born Katherine O’Flaherty in St. Louis, Missouri. Her father, Thomas O’Flaherty, was a successful businessman who had emigrated from Galway, Ireland. Her mother, Eliza Faris, was a well-connected member of the French community in St. Louis and herself the daughter of Athénaïse Charleville, who was of French Canadian descent. Some of Chopin’s […]

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  • Kate O’Mara

    1939 - 2014

    Kate O’Mara (1939 - 2014)

    O’Mara was born Frances Meredith Carroll to John F. Carroll, an RAF flying instructor, and actress Hazel Bainbridge (born 1909/1910 – died 7 January 1998). Her younger sister is actress Belinda Carroll. After boarding school she attended art school before becoming a full-time actress.  O’Mara married Jeremy Young in 1961, but the couple divorced in […]

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  • Kate Reid

    1930 - 1993

    Kate Reid (1930 - 1993)

    Daphne Kate Reid was born in London, England, the daughter of Canadian parents, Helen Isabel (née Moore) and Walter Clarke Reid, who was a former Bengal Lancer in the Indian army and a retired colonel. Reid attended Havergal College locally and university in London, and then studied acting at a performance art school in Canada. She […]

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  • Katharine Hepburn

    1907 - 2003

    Katharine Hepburn (1907 - 2003)

    Katharine Hepburn Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on May 12, 1907, the second of six children. Her parents were Thomas Norval Hepburn (1879–1962), a urologist at Hartford Hospital, and Katharine Martha Houghton (1878–1951), a feminist campaigner. Both fought for social change in America: Thomas Hepburn helped establish the New England Social Hygiene Association, which […]

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  • Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster

    1350 - 1403

    Katherine Swynford, Duchess of Lancaster (1350 - 1403)

    Katherine was the daughter of Paon de Roet, a herald, and later knight, who was “probably christened as Gilles”. She had two sisters, Philippa and Isabel (also called Elizabeth) de Roet, and a brother, Walter. Isabel later became Canoness of the convent of St. Waudru’s, Mons, c. 1366. Katherine is generally held to have been […]

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  • Kathie Browne

    1930 - 2003

    Kathie Browne (1930 - 2003)

    Born in San Luis Obispo, California, she appeared in many films and television series. Among them were four roles on CBS’s Perry Mason: title character and defendant Donna Loring Ross in the 1960 episode, “The Case of the Provocative Protégé,” defendant Susan Fisher in the 1962 episode, “The Case of the Mystified Miner,” murderer Carla […]

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  • Kathleen Byron

    1921 - 2009

    Kathleen Byron (1921 - 2009)

    Actress. She is best known for her role as the mad nun Sister Ruth in the 1947 film “Black Narcissus”. Born in London, she was educated at the Old Vic School before making her motion picture debut in the Carol Reed film “The Young Mr. Pitt” (1942). Among her other big screen credits are “The […]

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  • Kathryn Grayson

    1922 - 2010

    Kathryn Grayson (1922 - 2010)

    She was born Zelma Kathryn Elisabeth Hedrick in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the daughter of Charles E. Hedrick and Lillian Grayson Hedrick (1897–1955). Charles was a building contractor-realtor.  Lillian was of British descent and Charles was of German and Sicilian descent.  The Hedrick family later moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where she was discovered singing on […]

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  • Kathy Staff

    1928 - 2008

    Kathy Staff (1928 - 2008)

    Born in Dukinfield, Cheshire, Staff was best known for her role as one of the main characters, Nora Batty, in the long-running BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine. She played Nora Batty from the pilot episode in 1973, (though in the pilot and first series, she was referred to as Mrs.Batty),  until 2008, the […]

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  • Katina Paxinou

    1900 - 1973

    Katina Paxinou (1900 - 1973)

    Katina Paxinou was born Aikaterini Konstantopoulou (Αικατερίνη Κωνσταντοπούλου) in Piraeus, Greece, she trained as an opera singer at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève and later in Berlin and Vienna. According to her biography in Playbill (1942), Paxinou was disowned by her family after she decided to seek a permanent stage career. Paxinou made her debut […]

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  • Katrin Cartlidge

    1961 - 2002

    Katrin Cartlidge (1961 - 2002)

    Cartlidge was born in London to an English father and a German Jewish refugee mother. She was educated at the Parliament Hill School for Girls in Camden. Her work on Manchevski’s Before the Rain, and on No Man’s Land made her well known in the Balkans and Bosnia-Herzogovina. Sophie, in Mike Leigh’s Naked, was her first […]

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  • Katy French

    1983 - 2007

    Katy French (1983 - 2007)

    French was born in Basel, Switzerland, to parents Janet (from Britain) and John (from Australia) French. She moved with her family to Ireland aged two, briefly living in the Sandyford area before settling in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, and later to Stillorgan, County Dublin. French attended Alexandra College in Milltown, Dublin, from the age seven. While […]

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  • Kay Francis

    1905 - 1968

    Kay Francis (1905 - 1968)

    Francis was born Katharine Edwina Gibbs in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1905. Her parents, Joseph Sprague Gibbs and his actress wife Katharine Clinton Francis, had been married in 1903; however, by the time their daughter was four, Joseph had left the family. Francis inherited her unusual height from her father, who stood 6′ 4″; she […]

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  • Kay Johnson

    1904 - 1975

    Kay Johnson (1904 - 1975)

    Catherine Townsend Johnson was born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1904. Her father was architect Thomas R. Johnson, who worked in the firm of Cass Gilbert, the architect of several noteworthy buildings in New York City, including the Woolworth Building, the New York Customs House, and many library buildings. Kay, as she was known, […]

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  • Kay Kendall

    1927 - 1959

    Kay Kendall (1927 - 1959)

    She was born Justine Kay Kendall McCarthy, at Stanley House, Hull Road, in Withernsea, a coastal resort in the East Riding of Yorkshire, England. Kendall’s father was Terrence “Terry” McCarthy (aka Terry Kendall), the vaudevillian son of music hall star Marie Kendall. Kay’s mother was the former Gladys Drewery. She had two elder siblings, Terrence Justin […]

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  • Kay Medford

    1919 - 1980

    Kay Medford (1919 - 1980)

    She was born Margaret Kathleen Regan in 1919 in New York City to James and Mary Regan, first-generation Irish-American parents. She was orphaned in her teens. She adopted the name “Kay Medford” professionally, and began her career after graduating from high school and working as a nightclub waitress.  She was the original “Mama” in Bye […]

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  • Keith Allen

    1923 - 2014

    Keith Allen (1923 - 2014)

    Allen played junior hockey for the Saskatoon Quakers in 1940–41, and then joined the Washington Eagles of the Eastern Amateur Hockey League for the 1941–42 season, followed by a year with the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League. During the Second World War, he played on the Saskatoon Navy hockey team, and then played […]

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  • Keith Haring

    1958 - 1990

    Keith Haring (1958 - 1990)

    Keith Haring was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, on May 4, 1958. He was raised in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, by his mother Joanne Haring, and father Allen Haring, an engineer and amateur cartoonist. He had three younger sisters, Kay, Karen and Kristen. Haring became interested in art at a very early age spending time with his father […]

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  • Keith Moon

    1978 - 1978

    Keith Moon (1978 - 1978)

    Keith Moon Keith John Moon (23 August 1946 – 7 September 1978) He was noted for his unique drumming style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. In 2011, Moon was voted the second-greatest drummer in history by a Rolling Stone readers’ poll. His drumming continues to be praised by critics and musicians. Moon grew up in […]

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  • Keith Whitley

    1954 - 1989

    Keith Whitley (1954 - 1989)

    Whitley was born to Faye (editor of The Elliott County News) and Elmer Whitley (an electrician) in Ashland, Kentucky, but was raised 46 miles away in Sandy Hook, and attended Sandy Hook High School. He had two brothers, Randy and Dwight, and a sister, Mary. The Whitley family has lived in the Elliot County area […]

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  • Kellie Waymire

    1967 - 2003

    Kellie Waymire (1967 - 2003)

    Suzanne Kellie Waymire was born in Columbus, Ohio, and was a descendant of Revolutionary War patriot John Rudolph Waymire. She attended Southern Methodist University (where she won the Greer Garson Award), graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, and later earned a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of California, San […]

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  • Kemal Sunal

    1944 - 2000

    Kemal Sunal (1944 - 2000)

    Kemal Sunal graduated from Vefa Lisesi (Vefa High School). In his early ages, he started pursuing what was to become a long and successful acting career, in minor roles in theatres. For a brief period, he worked in the Kenterler Theatre and took part in his first play Zoraki Takip. He was later transferred to […]

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