• Virginia Valli

    1898 - 1968

    Virginia Valli (1898 - 1968)

    Silent Film Actress. She was the star of several 1920s Hollywood features. Born Virginia McSweeney, she was raised in Chicago and got her acting start as a teenager with a Milwaukee-based stage troupe. After making some films for Essanay Studios in her home city starting around 1915, she moved on to Hollywood, where she was […]

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  • Alida Valli

    1921 - 2006

    Alida Valli (1921 - 2006)

    Valli was born in Pola, Istria, Italy (today Pula, Croatia; until 1918 it had formed part of Austria-Hungary). Her paternal grandfather was the Baron Luigi Altenburger (also: Altempurger), an Austrian-Italian from Trento, a descendant of the Counts d’Arco; her paternal grandmother was Elisa Tomasi from Trento, a cousin of the Roman senator Ettore Tolomei. Valli’s […]

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  • Rick Vallin

    1919 - 1977

    Rick Vallin (1919 - 1977)

    Actor. He appeared in “Cody of the Pony Express,” (1950), “King of the Congo” (1952), and “Son of Geronimo.” (1951) Additionally he has played both leading and supporting roles in “Brick Bradford,” (1948), “Batman and Robin” (1949), and “Blackhawk” (1952). 

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  • Raf Vallone

    1916 - 2002

    Raf Vallone (1916 - 2002)

    Raffaele “Raf” Vallone (17 February 1916 – 31 October 2002) was an Italian footballer, actor and an international film star. Born in Tropea, Calabria, the son of a lawyer, Vallone attended Liceo classico Cavour in Turin, and studied Law and Philosophy at the University of Turin and entered his father’s law firm. He played professional Football […]

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  • Gus Van

    1887 - 1968

    Gus Van (1887 - 1968)

    Vaudvillian comedian and actor. With his partner, Joe Schenck, they made up the comedy duo, Van & Schenck. They were together for 18 years and appeared on Broadway and in the Ziegfeld Follies. Schenck died in 1930 and Van went onto appear in films. His roles include, “Atlantic City” (1944), “Rainbow’s End” (1938), “Gus Van’s […]

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  • Martin Van Buren

    1782 - 1862

    Martin Van Buren (1782 - 1862)

    Martin Van Buren Martin Van Buren was born in the village of Kinderhook, New York, on December 5, 1782, about 25 miles (40 km) south of Albany, New York. His father, Abraham Van Buren (1737–1817), was a farmer working with slaves, was the owner of six slaves, and was a tavern-keeper in Kinderhook. Abraham Van Buren supported the […]

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  • Angelica Van Buren

    1818 - 1877

    Angelica Van Buren (1818 - 1877)

    Sarah Angelica Singleton Van Buren, née Singleton (February 13, 1818 – December 29, 1877), was the daughter-in-law of the 8th United States President Martin Van Buren. She was married to the President’s son, Abraham Van Buren. She assumed the post of First Lady because the president’s wife, Hannah Van Buren had died 17 years earlier […]

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  • Steve Van Buren

    1920 - 2012

    Steve Van Buren (1920 - 2012)

    Van Buren was born in La Ceiba, Honduras but, after he was orphaned as a boy, he was sent to live with relatives in New Orleans. From Warren Easton High School in New Orleans, he received an athletic scholarship to Louisiana State University, where he led the nation in points (110) and touchdowns (16) as […]

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  • Lee Van Cleef

    1925 - 1989

    Lee Van Cleef (1925 - 1989)

    After serving in the US Navy during World War II, Lee Van Cleef was trained as an accountant. He started acting in community theater while working as an office administrator, eventually landing a role in the touring company of “Mr Roberts.” He was noticed by film director Stanley Kramer, who cast him in a nonspeaking […]

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  • Philip Dorn

    1901 - 1975

    Philip Dorn (1901 - 1975)

    Philip Dorn (30 September 1901 – 9 May 1975), born Hein van der Niet and sometimes billed as Frits van Dongen, was a Dutch actor who had a career in Hollywood. Dorn was born in Scheveningen, The Hague, South Holland and made his stage debut at age 14 in Dutch productions. By the 1930s, he was […]

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  • Truman Van Dyke

    1897 - 1984

    Truman Van Dyke (1897 - 1984)

    Actor. Born in Natchez, Mississippi, he was a graduate of Mississippi A&M College and an amateur actor when he was signed to Triangle Studios at the age of 21. He made his film debut in “A Lady’s Name” (1918), followed by “The Wishing Ring Man” (1919). His other film credits include “The Midlanders” (1920), “Dust […]

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  • Vincent Van Gogh

    1853 - 1890

    Vincent Van Gogh (1853 - 1890)

    Vincent Willem van Gogh (30 March 1853 – 29 July 1890) was a Post-Impressionist painter of Dutch origin whose work—notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty, and bold color—had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died aged 37 from a gunshot wound, generally […]

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  • James Van Horn

    1917 - 1966

    James Van Horn (1917 - 1966)

    American motion picture actor of the 1920s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. Appeared with Barbara Stanwyck in the 1955 adventure film “Escape to Burma.”

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  • Dick Van Patten

    1928 - 2015

    Dick Van Patten (1928 - 2015)

    Dick Van Patten The round-faced actor who found lasting fame as the patriarch on TV’s “Eight is Enough,” has died. Van Patten’s rep confirmed the news of his death to FOX411. The actor died Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, of complications from diabetes. He was 86. Born in New York, the veteran entertainer began his […]

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  • Jean Vander Pyl

    1919 - 1999

    Jean Vander Pyl (1919 - 1999)

    Actress. Born in Philadelphia, her career spanned many decades on both radio and television. She is most fondly remembered for the role and voice of ‘Wilma’ on the animated TV series “The Flinstones”. Her many credits included appearances on “Father Knows Best”, “Leave It to Beaver”, “Top Cat”, “The Fireside Thearte”, “The Donna Reed Show”, […]

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  • Marda Vanne

    1896 - 1970

    Marda Vanne (1896 - 1970)

    Actress. Born Margaretha van Hulsteyn in Johannesburg, South Africa, she moved to England in 1918, where she began her career performing at the Fortune Theatre London. For the next 20 years she was primarily a stage performer. She entered feature films appearing in “Strange Boarders” (1938). Her other film credits included “The Great Adventure” (1939), […]

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  • Louis Alterie

    1886 - 1935

    Louis Alterie (1886 - 1935)

    Louis Alterie A prelude to establishing a national crime syndicate in America was the purging from the underworld of unorganizable pathological types. Of course, the Mafia still has its pathological members, and such traits are still highly valuable to the masters of organ-ized crime. But the brass could retain only those brutes who took orders […]

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  • Chavela Vargas

    1919 - 2012

    Chavela Vargas (1919 - 2012)

    Although the name Chavela Vargas is associated with México and its culture, she was born in Costa Rica, in San Joaquín de Flores, as Isabel Vargas Lizano, daughter of Francisco Vargas and Herminia Lizano. She was baptized on 15 July 1919 with the forenames “María Isabel Anita Carmen de Jesús.” She had a difficult childhood: […]

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  • Reg Varney

    1916 - 2008

    Reg Varney (1916 - 2008)

    Varney was born in Canning Town, Essex, now part of Greater London. His father worked in a rubber factory in Silvertown and he was one of five children who grew up in Addington Road, Canning Town. Varney was educated at the nearby Star Lane Primary School in West Ham and after leaving school at 14, […]

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  • Diane Varsi

    1938 - 1992

    Diane Varsi (1938 - 1992)

    Varsi was born in San Mateo, California, a suburb of San Francisco. There she unsuccessfully tried to become a model and a restaurant hostess. While in high school, she was called an “oddball” by her classmates. She often played truant from school to visit San Francisco and was therefore labeled a “rebel”. She dropped out […]

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  • Ron Vawter

    1948 - 1994

    Ron Vawter (1948 - 1994)

    Vawter was born in Latham, New York, to Matilda (Buttoni) and Elton Lee Vawter. His maternal grandparents were Italian. He originated roles in Rumstick Road, Nayatt School, Point Judith (an epilog), Route 1 & 9, Hula, L.S.D. (…Just the High Points…), Frank Dell’s The Temptation of Saint Antony, North Atlantic, and Brace Up!. He appeared […]

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  • María Elena Velasco

    1940 - 2015

    María Elena Velasco (1940 - 2015)

    María Elena Velasco was born in Puebla, to Tomás Velasco, a railway mechanic, and María Elena Fragoso. She had three siblings, Gloria, Tomás and Susana. After the death of Tomás Velasco, the family moved to Mexico City, where she worked as a dancer at the Teatro Tívoli. Later, she became one of the showgirls of the […]

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  • Evelyn Venable

    1913 - 1993

    Evelyn Venable (1913 - 1993)

    Evelyn Venable was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the only child of Emerson and Dolores Venable. She graduated from Walnut Hills High School (class of 1930), where her father and grandfather William Henry Venable taught English. She performed in several plays at Walnut Hills, as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, the Dream Child in Dear Brutus […]

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  • Ken Venturi

    1931 - 2013

    Ken Venturi (1931 - 2013)

    Born in San Francisco, California, Venturi learned to play golf at an early age, and developed his game at Harding Park Golf Course and other public courses in the Bay Area. In the early 1950s, he was a pupil of Byron Nelson, and was also influenced by playing partner Ben Hogan. Venturi won the California […]

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  • Gwen Verdon

    1925 - 2000

    Gwen Verdon (1925 - 2000)

    Verdon was born in Culver City, California, the second child of Gertrude Lilian (née Standring; October 24, 1896 – October 16, 1956) and Joseph William Verdon (December 31, 1896 – June 23, 1978), British immigrants to the United States by way of Canada. Her brother was William Farrell Verdon (August 1, 1923–June 10, 1991). The […]

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  • Denise Grey

    1896 - 1996

    Denise Grey (1896 - 1996)

    Denise Grey, real name Édouardine Verthuy, was a French actress. Édouardine Grey was born Châtillon, in the Aosta Valley in north-west Italy, close to the French border. The city was almost totally French-speaking at the time. She was naturalized French on July 13, 1922. She started working in the film industry in 1915 in the silent […]

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  • Boris Vian

    1920 - 1959

    Boris Vian (1920 - 1959)

    Boris Vian was born in 1920 into an upper middle-class family in the wealthy Parisian suburb of Ville d’Avray (Hauts-de-Seine). His parents were Paul Vian, a young rentier, and Yvonne Ramenez, amateur pianist and harpist. From his father Vian inherited a distrust of the church and the military, as well as a love of the […]

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  • Gore Vidal

    1925 - 2012

    Gore Vidal (1925 - 2012)

    Gore Vidal (/ˌɡɔr vɨˈdɑːl/; b. Eugene Louis Vidal, 3 October 1925 – 31 July 2012) was an American writer (novels, essays, screenplays, stage plays) and a public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing. As Eugene Louis Vidal, he was born to a political family; his maternal grandfather was […]

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  • Maria Montez

    1912 - 1951

    Maria Montez (1912 - 1951)

    Montez was born María Antonia García Vidal de Santo Silas (some sources cite María África Gracia Vidal or María África Antonia García Vidal de Santo Silas as her birth name) in Barahona, Dominican Republic. She was one of ten children born to Ysidoro García, who worked as the Spanish consul in Dominican Republic, and his […]

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  • King Vidor

    1894 - 1982

    King Vidor (1894 - 1982)

    King Vidor (pronounced “vee-dor”) was born in Galveston, Texas, where he survived the great Galveston Hurricane of 1900.  A freelance newsreel cameraman and cinema projectionist, Vidor made his debut as a director in 1913 with The Grand Military Parade. In Hollywood from 1915, he worked as a screenwriter and as director of a series of […]

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