• Eddy Arnold

    1918 - 2008

    Eddy Arnold (1918 - 2008)

    Eddy Arnold Arnold was born on May 15, 1918 on a farm near Henderson, Tennessee. His father, a sharecropper, played the fiddle, while his mother played guitar. As a boy Arnold helped on the farm, which later gained him his nickname—the Tennessee Plowboy. Arnold attended Pinson High School in Pinson, Tennessee, where he played guitar […]

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  • Dorothy Arnold

    1917 - 1984

    Dorothy Arnold (1917 - 1984)

    Actress. Born Dorothy Arnoldine Olson, she was performing by the age of 12 on amateur nights at Duluth’s Lyric Theater and with the local Salvation Army Band. Her first theatrical job was with the Band Box Revue, out of Chicago. She studied at Paramount School in New York and played bits in pictures as a […]

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  • Eve Arnold

    1912 - 2012

    Eve Arnold (1912 - 2012)

    Eve Arnold was born Eve Cohen in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the middle of nine children born to immigrant Russian-Jewish parents, William Cohen (born Velvel Sklarski), a rabbi, and his wife, Bessie (Bosya Laschiner). Her interest in photography began in 1946 while working in a New York City photo-finishing plant. Over six weeks in 1948, she learned […]

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  • Danny Arnold

    1925 - 1995

    Danny Arnold (1925 - 1995)

    Danny Arnold Arnold appeared in films as an actor opposite the comic duo Martin and Lewis, and also wrote the screenplay for the Martin and Lewis vehicle The Caddy (1953). In 1956, Arnold started writing for such television series as The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show and The Rosemary Clooney Show. In the 1960s, he began […]

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  • Enric Arredondo

    1940 - 2006

    Enric Arredondo (1940 - 2006)

    Had a significant and extensive career in film and in theater and television, not to mention his role as a voice actor.  Protagonist many Study 1 for TVE and numerous plays, achieved great fame following his role in the series Journalists where for four years ( 1998 and 2002 ) he played the fictional editor […]

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  • Svante Arrhenius

    1859 - 1927

    Svante Arrhenius (1859 - 1927)

    Arrhenius was born on February 19, 1859 at Vik (also spelled Wik or Wijk), near Uppsala, Sweden, the son of Svante Gustav and Carolina Thunberg Arrhenius. His father had been a land surveyor for Uppsala University, moving up to a supervisory position. At the age of three, Arrhenius taught himself to read without the encouragement […]

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  • Ellen Arthur

    1837 - 1880

    Ellen Arthur (1837 - 1880)

    Ellen Lewis Herndon, called “Nell,” was born in Culpeper Court House, Virginia, the daughter of William Lewis Herndon and Frances Elizabeth Hansborough.  Her father was a naval officer who gained national renown in 1857 when he went down with his ship, the mail steamer SS Central America, along with more than 400 passengers and crew. […]

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  • Jessica Arthur

    1912 - 2003

    Jessica Arthur (1912 - 2003)

    Actress. Arthur was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1913. A stage actress, she appeared in the plays, “Roberta” and “Red, Hot And Blue” with the likes of bert Lahr, Bob Hope, and Fanny Brice. Later she appeared in the Ziegfeld Follies, George White’s Scandals, and several ‘fashion featurettes’ with actor Van Johnson. In the 1930s […]

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  • Jean Arthur

    1900 - 1991

    Jean Arthur (1900 - 1991)

    Actress. She appeared in nearly 100 films from the silent era of the 1920s to her final film, the 1953 classic “Shane”, in which she starred with Allan Ladd and Van Heflin. Until her start in talkies, she kept her hair brunette, but shortly after the era of sound came to movies, she began bleaching […]

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  • Ruth Asawa

    1926 - 2013

    Ruth Asawa (1926 - 2013)

    Asawa was born in 1926 in Norwalk, California, one of seven children. Her father operated a truck farm until the Japanese American internment during World War II. The family lived in the assembly center at the Santa Anita racetrack for much of 1942, then at Rohwer War Relocation Center in Arkansas.  Following her graduation from […]

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  • Peggy Ashcroft

    1907 - 1991

    Peggy Ashcroft (1907 - 1991)

    Actress. Born Edith Margaret Emily Ashcroft in Croydon, Surrey, England. After graduation from London’s Central School of Dramatic Art, Ashcroft made her stage debut in the Birmingham Repertory’s production of Dear Brutus in 1926, and her London debut a year later. She first gained recognition, however, for her portrayal Naomi in Jew Süss in 1929. […]

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  • Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr

    1943 - 1993

    Arthur Robert Ashe, Jr (1943 - 1993)

    American Tennis Player and Social Activist. Widely recognized as the first outstanding African-American men’s tennis champion, Arthur Ashe was the first African-American to represent his country in Davis Cup play (1963), the first African-American man to win the U.S. Open singles title (1968), the first African-American man to win the Wimbledon singles title (1975), and […]

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  • William Asher

    1921 - 2012

    William Asher (1921 - 2012)

    William Asher was born in New York City to stage actress Lillian Bonner and producer Ephraim M. Asher (1887-1937), whose movie credits were mostly as an associate producer. His sister Betty Asher was an MGM publicist for Judy Garland. His father was Jewish, his mother Catholic. Asher’s family moved to Los Angeles when he was […]

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  • Anthony Asquith

    1902 - 1968

    Anthony Asquith (1902 - 1968)

    The Honourable Anthony Asquith (/ˈæskwɪθ/; 9 November 1902 – 20 February 1968) was a leading English film director. He collaborated successfully with playwright Terence Rattigan on The Winslow Boy (1948) and The Browning Version (1951), among other adaptations. His other notable films include Pygmalion (1938), French Without Tears (1940), The Way to the Stars (1945), […]

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  • Pat Ast

    1941 - 2001

    Pat Ast (1941 - 2001)

    Actress, Model. Best known for her role as as ‘Linda’ in the movie “Heat”. She was working as a clerk and receptionist in a box factory when she caught the eye of Andy Warhol who signed her on to star in some movies he was going to make. Her credits include “Heat”, “The Incredible Shrinking […]

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  • Mary Astor

    1906 - 1987

    Mary Astor (1906 - 1987)

    Actress. She appeared in more than 100 films, but is best known for co-starring in the film “The Maltese Falcon” (1941) with Humphrey Bogart. She won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “The Great Lie.” She was the author of five novels and an autobiography.

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  • Gertrude Astor

    1887 - 1977

    Gertrude Astor (1887 - 1977)

    Actress. Born in Lakewood, Ohio, November 9, 1877, she began her career playing trombone on riverboats and in vaudeville when she signed a contract with Universal in 1915. She made her screen debut in “Concert” (1921), followed by “Strong Man” (1926) and “The Cat and the Carney” (1927). Her other credits included Laurel and Hardy […]

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  • Junie Astor

    1912 - 1967

    Junie Astor (1912 - 1967)

    French actress. Born in Marseilles, her career spanned four decades and over 50 films from her 1933 film Etienne directed by Jean Tarride to her final film in 1967, L’Homme de L’Interpol directed by Maruice Boutel. Her performance in the 1937 film “Le Coupable,” was rewarded with the Prix Suzanne Bianchetti, a prize awarded annually […]

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  • Caroline Astor

    1830 - 1908

    Caroline Astor (1830 - 1908)

    Lina was born into New York City’s Dutch aristocracy, descendants of the city’s original settlers. Her father, Abraham Schermerhorn, and the extended Schermerhorn family were engaged in shipping. Lina’s mother was Helen White. At the time of her birth, her family lived at 1 Greenwich Street, near the Bowling Green, but the population growth and […]

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  • Brooke Astor

    1902 - 2007

    Brooke Astor (1902 - 2007)

    Brooke was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the only child of John Henry Russell, Jr. (1872–1947), the 16th Commandant of the Marine Corps, and his wife, Mabel Cecile Hornby Howard (1879–1967). Her paternal grandfather John Henry Russell, Sr. was a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy. She was named for her maternal grandmother (Roberta) and […]

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  • John Ashley

    1934 - 1997

    John Ashley (1934 - 1997)

    Born John Atchley, John Ashley was reared in Oklahoma and attended Will Rogers High School in Tulsa and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where he studied a BA in Economics. While a student, Ashley visited a friend in California and accompanied him to the set of The Conqueror (1956). He was seen by John Wayne […]

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  • Susan Atkins

    1948 - 2009

    Susan Atkins (1948 - 2009)

    Born in San Gabriel, California, the second of three children, Susan Atkins grew up in northern California. According to her, both her parents, Edward John and Jeanette, were alcoholics. Her mother died of cancer in 1963. Over the next three years, Susan’s life was disrupted by the gradual breakup of her family, frequent relocations, and […]

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  • Chet Atkins

    1924 - 2001

    Chet Atkins (1924 - 2001)

    Chet Atkins Chet Atkins was born on June 20, 1924, in Luttrell, Tennessee, near Clinch Mountain. His parents divorced when he was six, after which he was raised by his mother. He was the youngest of three boys and a girl. He started out on the ukulele, later moving on to the fiddle, but traded his brother Lowell an old […]

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  • Nobu McCarthy

    1934 - 2002

    Nobu McCarthy (1934 - 2002)

    McCarthy was born Nobu Atsumi in Ottawa, Ontario, the daughter of Yuki (née Kano) and Masaji Atsumi, a Japanese fashion designer and diplomatic attache stationed in Canada at the time. She was raised in Japan, where she studied ballet. A modeling career eventually led to a beauty pageant where she won the title of “Miss […]

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  • Richard Attenborough

    1923 - 2014

    Richard Attenborough (1923 - 2014)

    Attenborough was born on 29 August 1923 in Cambridge, the eldest of three sons of Mary Attenborough (née Clegg), a founding member of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a scholar and academic administrator who was a fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and wrote a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law. Attenborough was educated […]

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  • Barry Atwater

    1918 - 1978

    Barry Atwater (1918 - 1978)

    The son of a renowned landscape painter of the same name, Barry Atwater was born in Denver, Colorado. He served as head of the UCLA Sound Department before he began his acting career. His work teaching audio techniques led to a role in the student film A Time Out of War, a Civil War allegory […]

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  • Wilbur Olin Atwater

    1844 - 1907

    Wilbur Olin Atwater (1844 - 1907)

    Atwater was born in Johnsburg, New York and grew up in the New England area. He opted not to fight in the American Civil War and instead to pursue an undergraduate degree at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. In 1868, Atwater’s interest in civil engineering and agricultural chemistry led him to enroll in Yale University’s Sheffield […]

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  • Edith Atwater

    1911 - 1986

    Edith Atwater (1911 - 1986)

    Actress. Best remembered for television roles as, ‘Aunt Getrude Hardy’ on “The Hardy Boy/Nancy Drew Myteries” from 1977 to 1979, ‘Ilsa Fogel’ on “Kaz” from 1978 to 1979, and ‘Phyllis Hammond’ on “Love On A Rooftop” from 1966 to 1967. Atwater also appeared in the films, “Mean Dog Blues” (1978), “Family Plot” (1976), “Mackintosh And […]

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  • Jeanne Aubert

    1906 - 1988

    Jeanne Aubert (1906 - 1988)

    Actress. Fondly remembered in films such as: “The Gem of the Ocean,” “A New World,” “Love Is at Stake” and “Mirages de Paris.”

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  • Maxine Audley

    1923 - 1992

    Maxine Audley (1923 - 1992)

    Maxine Audley was born in London, England on 29 April 1923. Her parents were Henry Julius Hecht and Katherine Arkandy, the coloratura soprano. Audley attended the Westonbirt School in Gloucestershire. She trained for the stage at the Tamara Daykharhanova School in New York and the London Mask Theatre School. Maxine Audley was married four times: […]

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