• Fay Wray

    1907 - 2004

    Fay Wray (1907 - 2004)

    Wray was born on a ranch near Cardston in the province of Alberta, Canada, to two Mormons, Elvina Marguerite Jones, who was from Salt Lake City, and Joseph Heber Wray, who was from Kingston upon Hull, England. She was one of six children. Her family returned to the United States a few years after she […]

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  • Paula Raymond

    1924 - 2003

    Paula Raymond (1924 - 2003)

    Paula Ramona Wright was born in 1924, in San Francisco, California. Her first acting role was playing Bettina Bowman in Keep Smiling (1938), credited as Paula Rae Wright. In 1950, she was put under contract by MGM, where she played opposite such leading men as Cary Grant and Dick Powell. Earlier in her career, Raymond […]

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  • Teresa Wright

    1918 - 2005

    Teresa Wright (1918 - 2005)

    Muriel Teresa Wright was born on October 27, 1918 in Harlem, New York City, the daughter of Martha (née Espy) and Arthur Wright, an insurance agent. Her parents separated when she was young. She grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, where she attended Columbia High School. After seeing Helen Hayes star in Victoria Regina at […]

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  • Archie Moore

    1916 - 1998

    Archie Moore (1916 - 1998)

    Archie Moore He turned professional in 1938 and boxed all but one of his 12 bouts that year in San Diego. Moore had eight bouts in 1939, going 5–2 during that span, with one “no contest.” He lost to former Middleweight Champion and future Hall of Famer Teddy Yarosz during that time, and his no-contest […]

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  • Matthew Wrinkles

    1960 - 2009

    Matthew Wrinkles (1960 - 2009)

    Matthew Wrinkles A convicted multiple murderer, sentenced to death. He served 14 years at Indiana State Prison located in Michigan City, Indiana, where he was also executed on December 11, 2009.  On July 21, 1994, Wrinkles murdered his wife, Debra Jean Wrinkles, his brother-in-law Tony Fulkerson, and Fulkerson’s wife, Natalie Fulkerson, at their residence in […]

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  • Aileen Wuornos

    1956 - 2002

    Aileen Wuornos (1956 - 2002)

    Wuornos was born Aileen Carol Pittman in Rochester, Michigan, on February 29, 1956. Her mother, Diane Wuornos (born 1939), was 14 years old when she married Aileen’s father, Leo Dale Pittman, on June 3, 1954. Less than two years later, and two months before Aileen was born, Diane filed for divorce. Aileen’s older brother Keith […]

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  • Jane Wyatt

    1910 - 2006

    Jane Wyatt (1910 - 2006)

    Jane Waddington Wyatt was born on August 12, 1910, in Mahwah, New Jersey, but raised in Manhattan. Her father, Christopher Billopp Wyatt, Jr., was a Wall Street investment banker, and her mother, the former Euphemia Van Rensselaer Waddington, was a drama critic for the Catholic World. Both of her parents were Roman Catholic converts. Wyatt had […]

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  • Leon Ames

    1902 - 1993

    Leon Ames (1902 - 1993)

    Leon Ames was born Harry Wycoff on January 20, 1902 in Portland, Indiana, son of Charles Elmer Wycoff and his wife Cora A. De Moss.. Some sources list his original last name as “Wykoff” or “Waycoff,” and in his early films he acted under the name Leon Waycoff.  Ames made his film debut in Quick […]

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  • Leon Ames

    1902 - 1993

    Leon Ames (1902 - 1993)

    Leon Ames was born Harry Wycoff in Portland, Indiana, to Cora Alice (DeMoss) and Charles Elmer Wycoff. He had always wanted to be an actor and he did it the hard way, serving a long apprenticeship in touring amateur theatre companies, even selling shoes for a while on 42nd Street in the 1920’s. It took […]

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  • William Wyler

    1902 - 1981

    William Wyler (1902 - 1981)

    William Wyler was born to a Jewish family in Mulhouse, Alsace (then part of the German Empire). His Swiss father, Leopold, started as a traveling salesman which he later turned into a thriving haberdashery business in Mulhouse. His mother, Melanie (née Auerbach; died February 13, 1955, Los Angeles, aged 77), was German, and a cousin […]

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  • Meg Wyllie

    1917 - 2002

    Meg Wyllie (1917 - 2002)

    Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she grew up in the Philippines, where her father worked as an engineer in sugar plantations and moved to New York City in the 1940s. In 1960, she was cast as Mrs. Shafer in the episode “The Captain’s Dilemma” of the CBS military sitcom/drama series, Hennesey, starring Jackie Cooper as a United […]

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  • Louis XVIII of France

    1755 - 1824

    Louis XVIII of France (1755 - 1824)

    Louis Stanislas Xavier, styled Count of Provence from birth, was born on 17 November 1755 in the Palace of Versailles, the son of Louis, Dauphin of France, and his wife Maria Josepha of Saxony. He was the grandson of the reigning King Louis XV. As a son of the Dauphin he was a Fils de […]

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  • Keye Luke

    1904 - 1991

    Keye Luke (1904 - 1991)

    Luke was born in Canton, China, to a father who owned an art shop, but grew up in Seattle. He was part of the Luke family, a relative of Wing Luke, for whom Seattle’s Wing Luke Asian Museum was named. He had four siblings who all emigrated from China to California during the Depression. His […]

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  • Margarita Xirgu

    1888 - 1969

    Margarita Xirgu (1888 - 1969)

    Noted Spanish-born stage actress. She was a friend of the poet Federico García Lorca and was forced to exile during Franco’s dictatorship. She developed her career in Spain and America. She is remembered on stage in plays such as “Como tù me Deseas,” “Mariana Pineda,” and “La Casa de Bernarda Alba.” Originally buried at Cementerio […]

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  • Tura Satana

    1938 - 2011

    Tura Satana (1938 - 2011)

    Satana was born Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi in Hokkaidō, Japan. Her father was a silent movie actor of Japanese and Filipino descent, and her mother was a circus performer of American Indian (Cheyenne) and Scots-Irish background. After the end of World War II and a stint in the Manzanar internment camp in Lone Pine, California, […]

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  • Barton Yarborough

    1900 - 1951

    Barton Yarborough (1900 - 1951)

    William Barton Yarborough (October 2, 1900 – December 19, 1951) was an American actor who worked extensively in radio drama.  He was born in Goldthwaite, Texas. As a youth, Yarborough ran away from home, attracted by the vaudeville stages, and he first worked in radio during the 1920s. He attended college at the University of […]

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  • Rosita Yarza

    1922 - 1996

    Rosita Yarza (1922 - 1996)

    Noted Spanish Stage and Screen Actress. She began her career in 1939 with the film “El Rey que Rabió.” She also appeared in “Malvaloca” (1942), “Mariona Rebull” (1947), “¿Dónde vas Triste de ti?” (1960), “Las Últimas Horas” (1965) and “La Otra Orilla.” She was married to actor José María Seoane.

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  • Peter Yates

    1929 - 2011

    Peter Yates (1929 - 2011)

    The son of an army officer, Peter Yates attended Charterhouse School as a boy, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and worked for some years as an actor, director and stage manager. In the 1950s he started in the film industry as a dubbing assistant and later an assistant director for Tony Richardson […]

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  • Adam Yauch

    1964 - 2012

    Adam Yauch (1964 - 2012)

    Born in Brooklyn, New York City, Adam Yauch was the only child of a social worker and a painter and architect. Yauch had a non-religious upbringing. His father had been raised a Catholic and his mother was Jewish.  Yauch attended Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn’s Midwood neighborhood. In high school, he taught himself […]

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  • Ralph Yearsley

    1896 - 1928

    Ralph Yearsley (1896 - 1928)

    Silent-era motion picture actor. Married to actress Grace Yearsley.

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  • Kerem Yilmazer

    1945 - 2003

    Kerem Yilmazer (1945 - 2003)

    Actor. He was one of Turkey’s leading actors in numerous films. His films include, “Yarali Kurt” (1972), “Gokce Cicek” (1972), “The Bride” (1973), “Ben Dagarken Olmusun” (1973), and “Gungormusler” (1976). Yilmazer died on november 20, 2003, at the age of 48. He was one of the 27 people killed in the double terrorist bombings in […]

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  • Anita Mui

    1963 - 2003

    Anita Mui (1963 - 2003)

    Mui experienced much hardship in her childhood. She was the youngest daughter in a family of four children. Her elder sister, Ann Mui, was also a singer. The children were raised in a single parent family. In some of her interviews, Mui mentioned that she had never met her father. This meant that she had […]

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  • Al Jolson

    1886 - 1950

    Al Jolson (1886 - 1950)

    Al Jolson Legendary singer, actor, entertainer. Al Jolson was one of the greatest entertainers of the first half of the 20th century, referred to as the World’s Greatest Entertainer in his time. A singer and dancer of boundless energy and expressive face, Jolson’s greatest claim to fame was starring in the first talking motion picture, […]

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  • Emma Yong

    1975 - 2012

    Emma Yong (1975 - 2012)

    Actress, Singer. A star of her country’s stage and screen, she was best known as a member of the popular group The Dim Sum Dollies. Raised in Singapore, she attended the upscale Raffles Girls School and Raffles Junior College where she was active in theatre. Emma gradually began a career on the local scene and […]

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  • Dick York

    1928 - 1992

    Dick York (1928 - 1992)

    Actor, most remembered for his role as Darrin Stephens, the often-frustrated husband of Elizabeth Montgomery, in the Television sitcom series, Bewitched. Born Richard Allen York in Fort Wayne, Indiana on 4 September 1928, he quickly found work in the entertainment industry. In 1943, at age 15, he became the star of the network radio program, “That […]

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  • Susannah York

    1939 - 2011

    Susannah York (1939 - 2011)

    York was born Susannah Yolande Fletcher in Chelsea, London, in 1939, the younger daughter of Simon William Peel Vickers Fletcher (1910–2002), a merchant banker and steel magnate, and his first wife, the former Joan Nita Mary Bowring – they married in 1935 and divorced prior to 1943. Her maternal grandfather was Walter Andrew Bowring, CBE, […]

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  • Bernard Youens

    1914 - 1984

    Bernard Youens (1914 - 1984)

    Actor. Having a velvet smooth voice helped by earlier stage training, in 1956 Bernard was offered a position as continuity announcer with Granada Television. In 1960 he was offered a chance to audition for the new serial Coronation Street, and turned down the opportunity, but in 1964, with The Street a firm hit, he went […]

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  • Bill Young

    1930 - 2013

    Bill Young (1930 - 2013)

    Young was born in Harmarville, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, in 1930. He had Irish, German, and Swiss ancestry. He grew up in a Pennsylvania coal town in a shotgun shack. His father abandoned the family and a flood washed away their home at age 6. An uncle had a hunting camp in Florida, so […]

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  • Skip Young

    1930 - 1993

    Skip Young (1930 - 1993)

    Actor. Born Ronald Plumstead, he is best remembered for the role of Wally, a buddy of the Nelson boys on the ABC television series “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”, from 1957 to 1966. After serving in the US Navy during the Korean War, he was a radio personality before being recruited to join the […]

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  • Carleton S. Young

    1905 - 1994

    Carleton S. Young (1905 - 1994)

    Young appeared in 235 American television and film roles with his first being The Fighting Marines (1935). He ended his career in the 1973 television series The Magician which starred Bill Bixby.  Other films Young was cast in are: Reefer Madness (1936) Navy Blues (1937), Dick Tracy (1937), Valley of the Sun (1942), Flying Leathernecks […]

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