• Ma Baker

    1873 - 1935

    Ma Baker (1873 - 1935)

    Born Arizona Clark, in Ash Grove, Missouri, she was known as “Arrie”. In 1892 she married George Barker, in Lawrence Co., MO. The couple had four boys, named Herman (1893-1927), Lloyd (1897-1949), Arthur (1899-1939) and Fred (1901-1935). It appears from the 1910 to 1930 censuses and the Tulsa City Directories from 1916 to 1928 that […]

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  • Mabel King

    1932 - 1999

    Mabel King (1932 - 1999)

    Mabel King      She started acting in the early seventies, her first movie appearance being Don’t Play Us Cheap in 1973 as a house guest. Estelle Rolle also appeared in the movie. She also played Evillene, the evil witch of the west, in both the movie and broadway versions of Diana Ross’ The Wiz. She […]

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  • Mabel Normand

    1892 - 1930

    Mabel Normand (1892 - 1930)

    Born Mabel Ethelreid Normand in New Brighton, Staten Island, New York, she grew up in a working-class family. Normand’s mother was of Irish heritage, while her father was French Canadian. Her father, Claude Normand, was employed as a cabinet maker and stage carpenter at Sailors’ Snug Harbor home for elderly seamen. Before she entered films […]

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  • Macdonald Carey

    1913 - 1994

    Macdonald Carey (1913 - 1994)

    Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Carey graduated from the University of Iowa in Iowa City with a bachelor’s degree in 1935, after attending the University of Wisconsin–Madison for a year where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi. He first made his career starring in various B-movies of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. He […]

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  • Mack Ray Edwards

    2024 - 1971

    Mack Ray Edwards (2024 - 1971)

    Mack Ray Edwards was born in Arkansas. He moved to Los Angeles County in 1941. As a heavy equipment operator contracted by Caltrans, he worked on freeways. The body of one of his victims was found underneath the Santa Ana Freeway, and he claimed to have disposed another of his victims under the Ventura Freeway. […]

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  • Maclyn Arbuckle

    1866 - 1931

    Maclyn Arbuckle (1866 - 1931)

    Actor. Arbuckle was a cousin of actor/comedian Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle, and brother of actor Andrew Arbuckle. He appeared in the films, “The Gilded Highway” (1926), “Lure Of The Track” (1925), “The Old Gang Of Mine” (1925), “The Thoroughbred” (1925), “Janice Meredith” (1924), “Yolanda” (1924), “Broadway Broke” (1924), “Squire Phin” (1922), “Mr. Bingle” (1922), “The Young […]

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  • Macon McCalman

    1932 - 2005

    Macon McCalman (1932 - 2005)

    Nicknamed “Sonny, McCalman helped form the Front Street Theatre in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Army.[citation needed] Over the course of his acting career McCalman appeared in various film and TV guest roles, usually in supporting parts, both dramatic and comedic often as heavies and authoritarian […]

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  • Madge Blake

    1899 - 1969

    Madge Blake (1899 - 1969)

    Character Actress. Her career started when she was fifty and was the epitome of what the perfect mother, sister or aunt should be both in physical appearance and demeanor. She was short, plump, matronly with a warm smile and a sweet voice. She was born in Kinsley, Kansas the daughter of a Methodist circuit rider. […]

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  • Madge Evans

    1909 - 1981

    Madge Evans (1909 - 1981)

    Born in Manhattan as Margherita Evans, Madge Evans was featured in print ads as the ‘Fairy Soap girl’ as an infant. She made her professional debut at the age of six months, posing for artist’s models. As a youth, her playmates included Robert Warwick, Holbrook Blinn, and Henry Hull. When she was four years old, […]

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  • Madlyn Rhue

    1935 - 2003

    Madlyn Rhue (1935 - 2003)

    Rhue was born in Washington, D.C. Rhue graduated from Los Angeles High School and studied drama at Los Angeles City College. From the 1950s to the 1990s, Rhue (née Madeleine Roche) appeared in some twenty films, including Operation Petticoat (1959), A Majority of One (1961), Escape from Zahrain (1962), Stanley Kramer’s It’s a Mad, Mad, […]

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  • Mae Axton

    1914 - 1997

    Mae Axton (1914 - 1997)

    Mae Axton She was born Mae Boren in 1914 in Bardwell, Texas, but was raised in Oklahoma. There were many politicians within her family – her brother, David, became a state senator. She obtained a degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma and then worked for Life magazine as a reporter. In the mid-Thirties, […]

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  • Mae Clarke

    1910 - 1910

    Mae Clarke (1910 - 1910)

    Clarke was born Violet Mary Klotz in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her father was a theater organist. She studied dancing as a child and began on stage in vaudeville and also worked in night clubs.  Clarke started her professional career as a dancer in New York City, sharing a room with Barbara Stanwyck. She subsequently starred in […]

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  • Mae West

    1893 - 1980

    Mae West (1893 - 1980)

    Mae West Legendary Entertainer, Actress. She made her theatrical debut at age 7 for an Elks-sponsored amateur talent contest on the stage of a local vaudeville theater; the award she received for her effort, a gold medal, set the tone for a lifetime of winning appearances. Soon she would achieve professional status performing roles as […]

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  • Maeve Binchy

    1940 - 2012

    Maeve Binchy (1940 - 2012)

    Binchy was born on 28 May 1940 in Dalkey, County Dublin (modern-day Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown), Ireland, the oldest child of four. Her siblings include one brother, William Binchy, Regius Professor of Laws at Trinity College, Dublin, and two sisters: Renie (who predeceased Binchy) and Joan Ryan. Her uncle was the historian D. A. Binchy (1899–1989). Educated […]

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  • Mahasti Dadebala

    1946 - 2007

    Mahasti Dadebala (1946 - 2007)

    Mahasti (November 16, 1946 – June 25, 2007) was an Iranian singer who was recognized as the “Banooye Golhaa va Delha” (Lady of hearts & flowers). She was the younger sister of another popular Iranian female singer, Hayedeh. Mahasti’s voice was discovered by maestro Parviz Yahaghi, a distinguished Iranian composer and violinist. She was amongst […]

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  • Maidie Norman

    1912 - 1998

    Maidie Norman (1912 - 1998)

    Norman was born Maidie Ruth Gamble on a plantation in Villa Rica, Georgia to Louis and Lila Graham Gamble. She was raised in Lima, Ohio, and began studying drama and performing in Shakespeare plays as a child. She graduated from Central High School in Lima in 1930, and attended Bennett College, where she earned a […]

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  • Maila “Vampira” Nurmi

    1922 - 2008

    Maila “Vampira” Nurmi (1922 - 2008)

    Born as Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi, she claimed to be the niece of the Finnish athlete Paavo Nurmi, who began setting long-distance running world records in 1921, the year before her birth. She moved to the United States with her family when she was two years old and grew up in Ashtabula, Ohio, home to the […]

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  • Majel Barrett

    1932 - 2008

    Majel Barrett (1932 - 2008)

    Majel began taking acting classes as a child. She attended Shaker Heights High School, graduating in 1950 before going on to the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, then had some stage roles and came to Hollywood. Her father, William Hudec, was a Cleveland police officer. He was killed in the line of duty […]

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  • Mala Powers

    1931 - 2007

    Mala Powers (1931 - 2007)

    She was born in San Francisco, California. In 1940, her family moved to Los Angeles. Her father was an executive with United Press. Her mother was a minister. Powers later told a reporter, “I’ve worked in show business since I’ve been seven.” In the summer of her relocation, Powers attended the Max Reinhardt Junior Workshop where […]

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  • Malcolm Casadaban

    1949 - 2009

    Malcolm Casadaban (1949 - 2009)

    Malcolm Casadaban (12 August 1949 – 13 September 2009) was Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and of Microbiology at the University of Chicago. Casadaban died following an accidental laboratory exposure to an attenuated strain of Yersinia pestis, a bacterium that causes the plague.  According to a CDC report on the incident, the […]

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  • Malcolm Forbes

    1919 - 1990

    Malcolm Forbes (1919 - 1990)

    Forbes was born on August 19, 1919 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Adelaide (Stevenson) and Scottish-born financial journalist and author B. C. Forbes. He graduated from the Lawrenceville School in 1937 and Princeton University. Forbes enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served as a machine gun sergeant in Europe. Forbes received a […]

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  • Malik Bendjelloul

    1977 - 2014

    Malik Bendjelloul (1977 - 2014)

    Bendjelloul was born in Ystad in Sweden, 55 kilometres (34 mi) east of Malmö, the son of Algerian-born physician Hacène Bendjelloul and Swedish translator and painter Veronica Schildt Bendjelloul. He was the brother of journalist Johar Bendjelloul and the nephew of actors Peter and Johan Schildt. Bendjelloul grew up in central and southern Sweden (Ängelholm) […]

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  • Mamie Eisenhower

    1896 - 1979

    Mamie Eisenhower (1896 - 1979)

    Born in Boone, Iowa and named, in part, after the popular song Lovely Lake Geneva, Mamie Geneva Doud was the second child born to John Sheldon Doud, a meatpacking executive, and his wife, the former Elivera Mathilde Carlson. She grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, and the Doud winter home […]

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  • Mantan Moreland

    1902 - 1973

    Mantan Moreland (1902 - 1973)

    Born in Monroe, Louisiana, to Frank, an old-time Dixie band leader, and Marcella, Mantan Moreland began acting by the time he was an adolescent, running away to join a minstrel show in 1910. By the late 1920s, he had made his way through vaudeville, working with various shows and revues, performing on Broadway and touring […]

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  • Marc Rich

    1934 - 2013

    Marc Rich (1934 - 2013)

    Rich was born in 1934 to a Jewish family in Antwerp, Belgium. His parents were working-class Jews who emigrated with their son to the United States in 1941 to escape the Nazis. His father opened a jewelry store in Kansas City, Missouri. The family moved to Queens, New York City in 1950, where Rich’s father […]

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  • Marcel Alexandre Bertrand

    1847 - 1907

    Marcel Alexandre Bertrand (1847 - 1907)

    Marcel Alexandre Bertrand (July 2, 1847 – February 13, 1907) was a French geologist born in Paris. He was the son of mathematician Joseph Louis François Bertrand (1822–1900), and son-in-law to physicist Éleuthère Mascart (1837-1908).  He was a student at the École Polytechnique, and beginning in 1869 he attended the Ecole des Mines de Paris. […]

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  • Marcel Dassault

    1892 - 1986

    Marcel Dassault (1892 - 1986)

    Marcel Dassault was born was Marcel Bloch on January 22, 1892 in Paris. Both his parents were Jewish.  He was educated at the Lycée Condorcet in Paris. He graduated from the Breguet School and Supaéro.  Dassault invented a type of aircraft propeller used by the French army during World War I and founded the Société […]

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  • Marceline Day

    1908 - 2000

    Marceline Day (1908 - 2000)

    Born Marceline Newlin in Colorado Springs, Colorado and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, she was the younger sister of film actress Alice Day. Marceline Day began her film career after her sister, Alice Day, became a featured actress as one of the Sennett Bathing Beauties in one and two-reel comedies for Keystone Studios. Day made […]

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  • Marcella Hazan

    1924 - 2013

    Marcella Hazan (1924 - 2013)

    Hazan was born in 1924 in the village of Cesenatico in Emilia-Romagna.  She earned a doctorate in natural sciences and biology from the University of Ferrara. In 1955 she married Victor Hazan, an Italian-born, New York-raised Sephardic Jew who subsequently gained fame as a wine writer, and the couple moved to New York City a […]

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  • Marcellin Berthelot

    1827 - 1907

    Marcellin Berthelot (1827 - 1907)

    The fundamental conception that underlay all Berthelot’s chemical work was that all chemical phenomena depend on the action of physical forces which can be determined and measured. When he began his active career it was generally believed that, although some instances of the synthetic production of organic substances had been observed, on the whole organic […]

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