• L. C. Greenwood

    1946 - 2013

    L. C. Greenwood (1946 - 2013)

    Greenwood was born in Canton, Mississippi. He graduated from Arkansas AM&N (now University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff), where he became a member of the Beta Theta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. He was also named the 1968 Ebony All-American defensive lineman in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).  Greenwood was drafted by the Pittsburgh […]

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  • Lamont Bentley

    1973 - 2005

    Lamont Bentley (1973 - 2005)

    Artimus Lamont Bentley was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and moved to Los Angeles with his mother, Loyce, who wished to pursue a career as a professional singer. He began his career as a child actor appearing in television commercials and guest spots on various television series before landing a role on the short-lived but critically […]

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  • Lana Clarkson

    1962 - 2003

    Lana Clarkson (1962 - 2003)

    Clarkson was born in Long Beach, California to Donna and James M. Clarkson, and was raised in the hills of Sonoma County, California. She has a brother, Jessee J. Clarkson, and a sister Fawn. While living in Northern California, she attended Cloverdale High School and also Pacific Union College Preparatory School. During the Christmas season […]

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  • Lana Turner

    1921 - 1995

    Lana Turner (1921 - 1995)

    Lana Turner Turner was well known inside Hollywood circles for dating often, changing partners often, and for never shying away from the topic of how many lovers she had in her lifetime. However, she claimed that sex was not important to her and that she was more of a romantic, stating: “All those years that […]

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  • Lane Bradford

    1922 - 1973

    Lane Bradford (1922 - 1973)

    Lane Bradford (August 29, 1922 – June 7, 1973) was an American actor. Bradford was born in Yonkers, New York, the son of actor John Merton (1901-1959). Lane Bradford was the brother of actor Robert Lavarre. Bradford appeared in many television series and “B” western movies. On stage, he co-starred in Desperadoes’ Outpost (1952), The Great Sioux […]

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  • Lane Chandler

    1899 - 1972

    Lane Chandler (1899 - 1972)

    Lane Chandler was born as Robert Chandler Oakes on a ranch near Culbertson, Montana, the son of a horse rancher. At an early age, the family relocated to Helena, Montana, where he graduated from high school. He briefly attended Montana Wesleyan College (which later merged and became part of Rocky Mountain College), but quit to […]

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  • Lani Kai

    1936 - 1999

    Lani Kai (1936 - 1999)

    Lani Kai, whose real name was George Clarence Dennis James Von Ruckleman Woodd III, represented the image of the handsome, native Polynesian man for viewers of a television series in the early 1960s. His big break in show business came when he accompanied his mother to a casting call for the TV series Adventures in […]

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  • Laraine Day

    1920 - 2007

    Laraine Day (1920 - 2007)

    Day was born La Raine Johnson in Roosevelt, Utah, one of eight children in an affluent Mormon family. She had a twin brother, Lamar. The family later moved to California where she began her acting career with the Long Beach Players. She was a 1938 graduate of Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California. In […]

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  • Larry Hagman

    1931 - 2012

    Larry Hagman (1931 - 2012)

    Larry Hagman Actor, Producer, and Director. He will be remembered for two iconic television roles: As the comical Major Anthony Nelson in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, and for the villainous Texas oil tycoon, J.R. Ewing on the prime-time hit Dallas. Hagman was born in Weatherford, Texas, near Fort Worth. His parents divorced in […]

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  • Larry Butler

    1942 - 2012

    Larry Butler (1942 - 2012)

    Larry Butler country music producer/songwriter. From the mid-1970s through the 1980s, he worked with Kenny Rogers. Many of his albums with Rogers went either gold or platinum and accumulated many millions of sales around the world. These albums include Kenny Rogers (1976), The Gambler (1978), Gideon (1980) and I Prefer The Moonlight (1987). Rogers and […]

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  • Larry Gallo

    2024 - 1968

    Larry Gallo (2024 - 1968)

    Organized Crime Figure.

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  • Larry Haines

    1918 - 2008

    Larry Haines (1918 - 2008)

    Actor. He was a prolific performer of television, stage and films in a career that spanned more than five decades. He is best known for appearing 35 years in the role of Stu Bergman on the soap opera “Search for Tomorrow”, for which he won two Emmy Awards. In addition, he received Tony Award nominations […]

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  • Larry Hovis

    1936 - 2003

    Larry Hovis (1936 - 2003)

    Hovis was born in Wapato, Washington, and moved to Houston, Texas as a small child. As a youth, he was a singer, appearing on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts. Hovis attended the University of Houston. During the mid-1950s, Hovis sang in nightclubs with groups including the Mascots, and the Bill Gannon Trio. He wrote songs and […]

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  • Larry Kert

    1930 - 1991

    Larry Kert (1930 - 1991)

    Born as Frederick Lawrence Kert in Los Angeles, California, Larry Kert graduated from Hollywood High School. From a Shubert Theater Playbill for 1963’s ‘I Can Get It For You Wholesale’, starring Kert: “He attended Los Angeles City College. As a teenager he worked at breaking wild horses to saddle– which led to a teen-age career […]

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  • Larry Riley

    1953 - 1992

    Larry Riley (1953 - 1992)

    Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Larry Riley began acting in high school before studying drama at Memphis State University. He made his professional stage debut in 1971, and went on to appear in various stage productions on and off-Broadway including A Broadway Musical, Shakespeare’s Cabaret, I Love My Wife, and Big River, a musical based on […]

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  • Larry Thor

    1916 - 1976

    Larry Thor (1916 - 1976)

    A native of Lundar, Manitoba, Canada, Larry Thor was a soldier, a construction worker, a farmer, and a rancher before he went into broadcasting. His first experience in radio came in 1937 as an unpaid singer at CFAR in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada. He soon became the writer for CFAR, a job he held for […]

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  • Laura Antonelli

    1941 - 2015

    Laura Antonelli (1941 - 2015)

    Laura Antonelli was born Laura Antonaz in Pola, Italy (present-day Pula, Croatia), former capital of Istria. She moved with her family first to Genoa and then to Venice, before they all eventually settled in Naples. She had a childhood interest in education, and as a teenager she became proficient at gymnastics. In an interview for […]

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  • Laura Clay

    1849 - 1941

    Laura Clay (1849 - 1941)

    A daughter of Cassius Marcellus Clay and his wife Mary Jane Warfield, Clay was born at their estate, White Hall, near Richmond, Kentucky. The youngest of four daughters, Laura was raised largely by her mother, due to her father’s long absences as he pursued his political career and activities as an abolitionist. Clay was educated […]

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  • Laura Devon

    1931 - 2007

    Laura Devon (1931 - 2007)

    Laura Devon was born May 23, 1931 in Chicago. Her birth name has been given as either Mary Lou Briley or Mary Laura Briley. Her father was identified in the press as Merrill Devon, an automotive engineer, and her mother as Velma Prather. She attended school in Chicago and Grosse Pointe. She entered Wayne State University, […]

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  • Lauren Bacall

    1924 - 2014

    Lauren Bacall (1924 - 2014)

    Lauren Bacall Was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in The Bronx, New York, the only child of Natalie (née Weinstein-Bacal), a secretary who later legally changed her surname to Bacall, and William Perske, who worked in sales. Both her parents were Jewish. According to Bacall’s own statement, her mother emigrated from Kingdom […]

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  • Laurence Olivier

    1907 - 1989

    Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)

    Laurence Olivier Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare‘s lines as naturally as if he were “actually thinking them”, said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Olivier in 1927. Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High Anglican priest. His surname came from a great-great-grandfather […]

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  • Laurie Anders

    1922 - 1992

    Laurie Anders (1922 - 1992)

    Entertainer. Born Lorayne Day in Casper, Wyoming. A voluptuous blonde starlet, she enjoyed brief fame as a crooning cowgirl on CBS TV’s “The Ken Murray Show” from 1950 to 1953. Her hit theme song, “I Love the Wide Open Spaces” (with the emphasis on “Wide”), became a popular catch phrase of the era. Anders brought […]

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  • Laurie Bartram

    1958 - 2007

    Laurie Bartram (1958 - 2007)

    She was an actress and ballet dancer who started in 1973. She is perhaps best known for her role as the camp counselor Brenda in the original film Friday the 13th, a performance where she was praised as one of the more “likeable” characters in the film. She also appeared in the soap opera Another […]

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  • Laurie Bird

    1953 - 1979

    Laurie Bird (1953 - 1979)

    Laurie Bird (September 26, 1952 – June 15, 1979) was an American actress and photographer. Laurie Bird’s mother died when she was three. Her father, an electrical engineer, was a former sailor in the United States Navy, and worked long hours. Although she had two brothers, she more or less raised herself. Described by Hollywood columnist Dick […]

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  • Lawrence Dale Bell

    1894 - 1956

    Lawrence Dale Bell (1894 - 1956)

    Lawrence Dale “Larry” Bell (April 5, 1894 – October 20, 1956) was an American industrialist and founder of Bell Aircraft Corporation.  Bell was born in Mentone, Indiana and lived there until 1907, when his family moved to Santa Monica, California. He joined his older brother Grover and stunt pilot Lincoln Beachey as a mechanic in […]

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  • Lawrence Dobkin

    1919 - 2002

    Lawrence Dobkin (1919 - 2002)

    A former child actor, Dobkin began working in radio to pay for his studies at the Yale University School of Drama. He understudied on Broadway before serving with a radio propaganda unit of the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. When he returned to network radio he was one of five actors […]

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  • Lawrence Klein

    1920 - 2013

    Lawrence Klein (1920 - 2013)

    Klein was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Blanche (née Monheit) and Leo Byron Klein. He went on to graduate from Los Angeles City College, where he learned calculus; the University of California, Berkeley, where he began his computer modeling and earned a B.A. in Economics in 1942; he earned his Ph.D. in Economics […]

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  • Lawrence Tibbett

    1896 - 1960

    Lawrence Tibbett (1896 - 1960)

    Lawrence Tibbett was born Lawrence Mervil Tibbet (with a single final “t”) on November 16, 1896 in Bakersfield, California. His father was a part-time deputy sheriff, killed in a shootout with desperado Jim McKinney in 1903. Tibbett grew up in Los Angeles, earning money by singing in church choirs and at funerals. He graduated from […]

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  • Leavander Johnson

    1969 - 2005

    Leavander Johnson (1969 - 2005)

    Leavander Johnson was an American lightweight boxer from Atlantic City, New Jersey, who once held the International Boxing Federation version of the world title. He won the title on June 17, 2005, against the Italian fighter Stefano Zoff, winning after the referee stopped the fight in the seventh round. Johnson made his debut as a […]

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  • Lee Bowman

    1914 - 1979

    Lee Bowman (1914 - 1979)

    Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Lee Bowman dropped out of the University of Cincinnati Law School to study at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He was spotted by a Paramount agent and went to Hollywood in 1934, but was not used at first. Instead he worked as a radio singer and appeared in stock plays […]

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