• Joseph Catania

    1902 - 1931

    Joseph Catania (1902 - 1931)

    Organized Crime Figure. Known as “Joe Baker”, he was a top Captain to Joe “the Boss” Masseria during the Castellammarese War. On February 3, 1931, future mob informant Joseph Valachi, then a soldier loyal to Salvatore Maranzano, shot him six times while he was walking on a street in the Bronx. He died in the […]

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  • Joseph Gallo

    1912 - 1995

    Joseph Gallo (1912 - 1995)

    Organized Crime Figure. He was the Consigliere of the Gambino Organized Crime Family during the reigns of Carlo Gambino, Paul Castellano and for a short time, John Gotti. After Gotti took control of the Family he removed Gallo as Consigliere and replaced him with Sammy (The Bull) Gravano. Gravano would later become the Underboss of […]

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  • Joseph Kearns

    1907 - 1962

    Joseph Kearns (1907 - 1962)

    Joseph Kearns He was a versatile character performer fondly remembered for his role as Mr. Wilson on the CBS “Dennis the Menace” television series. He began his acting career on radio in the 1930s, appearing on such programs as “The Adventures of Sam Spade”, “The Jack Benny Show”, “My Little Margie” and “It’s a great […]

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  • Joseph L. Trueblood

    1956 - 2003

    Joseph L. Trueblood (1956 - 2003)

    Joseph L. Trueblood (December 26, 1956 – June 13, 2003), a 46-year-old white male, was executed by lethal injection at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, Indiana on June 13, 2003. Trueblood was found guilty of the 1988 murder of Susan Bowsher, a 23-year-old white female, Ashlyn Bowsher, a 2½-year-old white female, and William […]

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  • Joseph Lanza

    1970 - 1968

    Joseph Lanza (1970 - 1968)

    Oragnized Crime Figure. Known as “Socks” Lanza, he was a captain in the Frank Costello/Vito Genovese Organized Crime Family and held absolute power over the Fulton Fish Market, the largest fish distribution center on the East coast, in New York City. He founded the Sea Food Workers Union and the Fulton Market Watchmen and Patrol […]

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  • Joseph Louis François Bertrand

    1822 - 1900

    Joseph Louis François Bertrand (1822 - 1900)

    Bertrand was a professor at the École Polytechnique and Collège de France. He was a member of the Paris Academy of Sciences and was its permanent secretary for twenty-six years. He was the son of physician Alexandre Jacques François Bertrand and the brother of archaeologist Alexandre Bertrand. His father died when Joseph was only nine […]

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  • Joseph Mack

    1878 - 1946

    Joseph Mack (1878 - 1946)

    Italian born motion picture actor of the 1910s, 20s, 30s, and 40s.

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  • Joseph Magliocco

    1898 - 1963

    Joseph Magliocco (1898 - 1963)

    Organized Crime Figure. Took control of the Profaci Organized Crime Family after the death of his brother-in-law and boss of the family, Joseph Profaci on June 6, 1962. He ran the family until he died of a heart attack in December 1963. After his death Joseph Colombo became boss and the family still bears his […]

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  • Joseph Mankiewicz

    1909 - 1993

    Joseph Mankiewicz (1909 - 1993)

    Joseph Mankiewicz was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Franz Mankiewicz (died 1941) and Johanna Blumenau, Jewish immigrants from Germany. He had a sister, Erna Mankiewicz (1901–1979), and a brother, Herman J. Mankiewicz (1897–1953), who became a screenwriter. Herman also won an Oscar for co-writing Citizen Kane (1941). At age four, Joseph Mankiewicz moved with his family […]

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  • Joseph Masseria

    1886 - 1931

    Joseph Masseria (1886 - 1931)

    Gangster. Murdered by four mafia gunmen: Albert Anastasia, Vito Genovese, Joe Adonis and Benjamin Siegel. Joseph (Joe the Boss) Masseria’s Mafia Family was the most powerful Organized Crime Family in New York City from the start of prohibition until the out break of the Castellammarese war in 1930. During the Castellammarese war he came into […]

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  • Joseph P. Bradley

    1813 - 1892

    Joseph P. Bradley (1813 - 1892)

    The son of Philo Bradley and Mercy Gardner Bradley, Bradley was born to humble beginnings in Berne, New York, and he was the oldest of 12 children.[4] He attended local schools and began teaching at the age of 16. In 1833, the Dutch Reformed Church of Berne advanced young Joseph Bradley $250 to study for […]

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  • Joseph Paul Franklin

    1950 - 2013

    Joseph Paul Franklin (1950 - 2013)

    Franklin was born James Clayton Vaughn in Mobile, Alabama, to a poor family. He suffered severe physical abuse as a child. As early as high school, he had become interested first in evangelical Christianity, then Nazism, and later held memberships in both the National Socialist White People’s Party and the Ku Klux Klan and even […]

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  • Josephine Baker

    1906 - 1975

    Josephine Baker (1906 - 1975)

    Josephine Baker Singer, entertainer. Easily the most successful Black woman of her time, Josephine was born Freda Carson into poverty in St. Louis, Missouri. Her ticket out was her comedic and dance abilities, which powered her rise to early American fame on Broadway. Tiring of performing in demeaning minstrel reviews, she jumped at the chance of a […]

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  • Josephine Dunn

    1906 - 1983

    Josephine Dunn (1906 - 1983)

    Josephine Dunn (May 1, 1906 – February 3, 1983) was an American film actress of the 1920s and 1930s. Born in New York City, Dunn began her career in Hollywood with a small role alongside Thelma Todd in the 1926 film Fascinating Youth. Dunn became associated with what would become known as the “Algonquin Round Table”, […]

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  • Josephine Hutchinson

    1903 - 1998

    Josephine Hutchinson (1903 - 1998)

    She was born in Seattle, Washington. Her mother, Leona Roberts, was an actress best known for her role as “Mrs. Meade” in Gone with the Wind. Through her mother’s connections, Hutchinson made her film debut at the age of thirteen in The Little Princess, starring Mary Pickford. She later attended the Cornish School of Music […]

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  • Josette Day

    1914 - 1978

    Josette Day (1914 - 1978)

    Josette Day (Paris, July 31, 1914 – Paris, June 27, 1978) was a French film actress. Born Josette Noëlle Andrée Claire Dagory, she began her career as an actress in 1919 at the age of five. Day was married in 1941 to famous French writer and director Marcel Pagnol, whom she met in January 1939. In 1946, […]

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  • Jovanka Broz

    1924 - 2013

    Jovanka Broz (1924 - 2013)

    She was born on 7 December 1924 to an ethnic Serbian farming family in Pećane, in the kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians, present day Croatia. World War II broke out when she was nearly 15-years-old. The family was forced to flee the Ustasha regime that took power in the newly created Nazi-puppet Independent State […]

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  • Joy Adamson

    1910 - 1980

    Joy Adamson (1910 - 1980)

    Adamson was born to Victor and Traute Gessner in Troppau, Silesia, Austria-Hungary (now Opava, Czech Republic), the second of three girls. Her parents divorced when she was 10, and she went to live with her grandmother. In her autobiography The Searching Spirit, Adamson wrote about her grandmother, saying, “It is to her I owe anything […]

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  • Joy Shelton

    1922 - 2000

    Joy Shelton (1922 - 2000)

    Joy Shelton (3 June 1922 – 28 January 2000) was an English actress who performed in films, radio and television. Joy Shelton was born in London on 3 June 1922. She appeared in a number of British films in the 1940s and ’50s, most notably in two by Sidney Gilliat, Millions Like Us, which traced the […]

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  • Joyce Brothers

    1927 - 2013

    Joyce Brothers (1927 - 2013)

    Joyce Diane Bauer was born in 1927 in Brooklyn, New York, to Estelle (née Rapaport) and Morris K. Bauer, attorneys who shared a law practice. Her family was Jewish. She graduated from Far Rockaway High School in January 1944. She entered Cornell University, double majoring in home economics and psychology and was a member of […]

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  • Joyce Compton

    1907 - 1997

    Joyce Compton (1907 - 1997)

    Joyce Compton (January 27, 1907 – October 13, 1997) was an American actress. She was born Olivia Joyce Compton in Lexington, Kentucky. (Despite frequent erroneous statements to the contrary, her name was not originally “Eleanor Hunt”; she had appeared in the film Good Sport (1931) with Hunt and this confusion in an early press article followed […]

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  • Joyce Grenfell

    1910 - 1979

    Joyce Grenfell (1910 - 1979)

    Born in Montpelier Square in Knightsbridge, London, Joyce Grenfell was the daughter of architect Paul Phipps (1880–1953), the grandson of Charles Paul Phipps and a second cousin of Ruth Draper. Her mother was an American socialite, Nora Langhorne (1889–1955), one of five daughters of Chiswell Langhorne, an American railway millionaire. Nancy Astor, née Nancy Langhorne, […]

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  • Juan Samaranch

    1920 - 2010

    Juan Samaranch (1920 - 2010)

    Samaranch was born into a wealthy family in Barcelona. He studied at the local Swiss School and at the German School of Barcelona. As a child, he was a keen roller hockey player. During the Spanish Civil War, he was conscripted into the Republican forces in 1938, at the age of 18, to serve as […]

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  • Juanita Moore

    1914 - 2014

    Juanita Moore (1914 - 2014)

    Juanita Moore Juanita Moore (October 19, 1914 – January 1, 2014) was an American film, television, and stage actress. She was the fifth African American to be nominated for an Academy Award in any category, and the third in the Supporting Actress category at a time when only a single African American had won an […]

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  • Juano Hernandez

    1896 - 1970

    Juano Hernandez (1896 - 1970)

    Juano Hernández (birth name: Juan G. Hernández) was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico to a Puerto Rican father and a Brazilian mother. With no formal education, he worked as a sailor and settled in Rio de Janeiro. He was hired by a circus and become an entertainer, making his first appearance as an acrobat […]

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  • Judith A. Resnik

    1949 - 1986

    Judith A. Resnik (1949 - 1986)

    Astronaut. Born in Akron, Ohio, she was as a RCA design engineer when recruited into the NASA Astronaut program January 1978. She was the first American Jewish woman to go into space flight was as a mission specialist on the maiden voyage of the Space Shuttle Discovery August to September 1984. On January 28, 1986, […]

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  • Judith Anderson

    1897 - 1992

    Judith Anderson (1897 - 1992)

    Anderson was born Frances Margaret Anderson in 1897 in Adelaide, South Australia to Jessie Margaret (née Saltmarsh; 19 October 1862 – 24 November 1950) and James Anderson Anderson. She attended Norwood High School, and began acting in Australia before moving to New York in 1918. Anderson established herself as a dramatic actress of note, making […]

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  • Judith Crist

    1922 - 2012

    Judith Crist (1922 - 2012)

    Crist was born Judith Klein in The Bronx, borough of New York City, New York, the daughter of Helen (née Schoenberg), a librarian, and Solomon Klein, a manufacturing jeweler. She attended Morris High School in The Bronx, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hunter College and a Master of Science degree from the […]

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  • Judith Evelyn

    1909 - 1967

    Judith Evelyn (1909 - 1967)

    Judith Evelyn (March 20, 1909 – May 7, 1967) was an American stage and film actress who appeared in as many as fifty films and television series. She was born Evelyn Morris in Seneca, South Dakota. All of the four plays were made into films, but Evelyn did not appear in any of them. She did […]

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  • Judith Exner

    1934 - 1999

    Judith Exner (1934 - 1999)

    Mistress of US President John F. Kennedy and Mafia leader Sam Giancana, her disclosure of her relationship with the men diminished the near legendary stature of the deceased president by revealing a scandal during his administration. Born Judith Eileen Katherine Immoor, she was the daughter of a German architect in New York City. While still […]

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