• Carmen Basilio

    1927 - 2012

    Carmen Basilio (1927 - 2012)

    Carmen Basilio A crafty prize fighter with an impressive amount of skill and stamina, he was the former World Welterweight Champion (1955 to 1957) and World Middleweight Champion (1957 to 1958). The son of an Italian immigrant onion farmer, he began his professional boxing career in the Lightweight Division during 1948 following service with the […]

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  • Carmen Zapata

    1927 - 2014

    Carmen Zapata (1927 - 2014)

    Carmen Margarita Zapata (July 15, 1927 – January 5, 2014) was an American actress. Zapata was born in New York City to a Mexican father and an Argentine mother.  Zapata made her Broadway debut in the chorus of Oklahoma! in 1946. She appeared in over one hundred movies and shows, including Batman: The Animated Series, […]

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  • Carmine Fatico

    1910 - 1991

    Carmine Fatico (1910 - 1991)

    Organized Crime Figure. He was a Captain in the Gambino Organized Crime Family known as “Charley Wagons”. Headquartered in a social club in Ozone Park, Queens, New York called “The Bergin Hunt and Fish Club”, future crime boss John Gotti joined his group in the 1960s. When he retired in the mid-1970s, Gotti took control […]

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  • Carmine Galante

    1910 - 1979

    Carmine Galante (1910 - 1979)

    Carmine Galante Organized Crime Figure. He was the boss of the Bonanno Organized Crime Family. Also known as “The Cigar,” he, along with New York City, New York crime boss Charles “Lucky” Luciano and Montreal, Quebec crime boss Frank Petrula organized the heroin distribution line known as the infamous “French Connection”. He was murdered at […]

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  • Carmine Gallone

    1886 - 1973

    Carmine Gallone (1886 - 1973)

    Actor, Poet, Playwright. Married to Polish-born actress Soava, he began his professional career in 1911. He directed the violently anti-fascist film “Before Him All Rome Trembled”(1946). Among his most acclaimed work is “Casta diva” (1935) “Scipione l’Africano” (1937) “Carthage In Flames” (1954) and “Her Wonderful Lie”(1950).

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  • Carmine Lombardozzi

    1913 - 1992

    Carmine Lombardozzi (1913 - 1992)

    Organized Crime Figure. He was a member of the Gambino Organized Crime Family in New York City, New York. A top money maker, he was involved in loan sharking and racketeering. In November 1957, he attended the infamous Commission meeting in Apalachin, New York, which was attended by over 100 organized crime figures of the […]

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  • Carol Ann Susi

    1952 - 2014

    Carol Ann Susi (1952 - 2014)

    Carol Ann Susi (February 2, 1952 – November 11, 2014) was an American actress best known for providing the voice of recurring unseen character Mrs. Wolowitz on the television series The Big Bang Theory.  Susi was born in Brooklyn and was of Italian descent. She studied acting at HB Studio in New York City before […]

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  • Carol Bruce

    1919 - 2007

    Carol Bruce (1919 - 2007)

    Actress and Singer. Best known for her role as Lillian “Mama” Carlson on the television series “WKRP in Cincinnati” from 1979-1982 replacing actress Sylvia Sidney. She was born Shirley Levy and started her singing career in a Montréal night club in 1937. In 1940, she made her Broadway debut in the musical comedy “Louisiana Purchase.” […]

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  • Carol Doda

    1937 - 2015

    Carol Doda (1937 - 2015)

    Carol Doda was born August 29, 1937, in Solano County, California, and grew up in San Francisco. Her parents divorced when she was 3. Although private about her personal life, she said she dropped out of school and became a cocktail waitress at age 14. Carol Doda attended the San Francisco Art Institute and worked […]

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  • Carole Landis

    1919 - 1948

    Carole Landis (1919 - 1948)

    Landis was born Frances Lillian Mary Ridste in Fairchild, Wisconsin. She was the youngest of five children (two of whom died in childhood) born to Clara (née Stentek), a Polish farmer’s daughter, and Norwegian-American Alfred Ridste, a “drifting railroad mechanic” who abandoned the family after Landis’ birth.  According to Landis’ biographer E.J. Felming, circumstantial evidence […]

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  • Carole Lombard

    1908 - 1942

    Carole Lombard (1908 - 1942)

    Carole Lombard was an American film actress. She was particularly noted for her highly neurotic, energetic and often off-beat roles in the screwball comedies of the 1930s. She was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s. Lombard was born into a wealthy family in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. She attended […]

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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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  • Caroline McWilliams

    1945 - 2010

    Caroline McWilliams (1945 - 2010)

    Caroline Margaret McWilliams (April 4, 1945 – February 11, 2010) was an American actress best known for her portrayal of Marcy Hill in the television series Benson. McWilliams was a regular on the CBS soap, Guiding Light (as Janet Norris) for several years and also appeared in a short-term role (as Tracy DeWitt) on the […]

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  • Caroline of Ansbach

    1683 - 1737

    Caroline of Ansbach (1683 - 1737)

    Caroline was born on 1 March 1683 at Ansbach, the daughter of John Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, and his second wife, Princess Eleonore Erdmuthe of Saxe-Eisenach. Her father was the ruler of one of the smallest German states; he died of smallpox at the age of 32, when Caroline was three years old. Caroline and […]

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  • Carolyn Cassady

    1923 - 2013

    Carolyn Cassady (1923 - 2013)

    The youngest of five siblings, she was born in Lansing, Michigan. Of English descent, both of her parents were educators, her mother a former English teacher and her father a biochemist, who raised their children according to strict conventional values. She spent the first eight years of her childhood in East Lansing, then the family […]

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  • Carolyn Jones

    1930 - 1983

    Carolyn Jones (1930 - 1983)

    Carolyn Jones She is best remembered for her role of Morticia Frump Addams on “The Addams Family” television show (1964-1966). Born Carolyn Sue Jones in Amarillo, Texas, her father abandoned the family in 1933 when he lost his job in the Great Depression, and her mother moved the family in with her parents, then also […]

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  • Carrie Chapman Catt

    1859 - 1947

    Carrie Chapman Catt (1859 - 1947)

    Born Carrie Clinton Lane in Ripon, Wisconsin, Catt spent her childhood in Charles City, Iowa and graduated from Iowa State Agricultural College (now Iowa State University) in Ames, Iowa, graduating in three years. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi, as well as the valedictorian and only woman in her class. She became a […]

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  • Carrie Hamilton

    1963 - 2002

    Carrie Hamilton (1963 - 2002)

    Hamilton worked in a number of productions for stage, film, video, and television. She took the role of Reggie Higgins in the TV version of the musical Fame for the fifth and sixth seasons (1985–1987), and portrayed the role of Maureen Johnson in the first national tour of the stage musical Rent to considerable acclaim. […]

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  • Carrie Nye

    1936 - 2006

    Carrie Nye (1936 - 2006)

    Nye was born Caroline Nye McGeoy in Greenwood, Mississippi; her father was a vice president of a local bank. She attended Stephens College and then went on to the Yale School of Drama. The majority of Nye’s roles were on the stage. She joined the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 1955 and portrayed a number of roles […]

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  • Carroll Cole

    1938 - 1985

    Carroll Cole (1938 - 1985)

    Carroll Cole was born in Sioux City, Iowa, the second son of LaVerne and Vesta Cole. His younger sister was born in 1939 and soon afterwards, his family moved to California, where LaVerne found work in a shipyard. Not long after that, LaVern went to fight in World War II. While his father was away, […]

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  • Carroll Hall Shelby

    1923 - 2012

    Carroll Hall Shelby (1923 - 2012)

    Shelby was born on January 11, 1923, in Leesburg, Texas, to Warren Hall Shelby, a rural mail carrier, and his wife, Eloise (Lawrence) Shelby. Shelby suffered heart valve leakage problems by age 7 and spent most of his childhood in bed. By age 14, Shelby’s health improved and he was subsequently declared to have “outgrown” […]

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  • Cary Grant

    1904 - 1986

    Cary Grant (1904 - 1986)

    Cary Grant Archibald Alexander Leach was born at 15 Hughenden Road, Horfield, Bristol, England, the only surviving child of Elsie Maria (née Kingdon) Leach (1877–1973) and Elias James Leach (1873–1935). Young Archie Leach, whose mother had suffered clinical depression since the death of a previous child, had an unhappy upbringing, attending Bishop Road Primary School […]

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  • Caryl Chessman

    1921 - 1960

    Caryl Chessman (1921 - 1960)

    He was born Carol Whittier Chessman in St. Joseph, Michigan, the only child of Hallie Lillian (née Cottle) and Whittier Serl Chessman who were both devout Baptists. In 1922, the family relocated to Glendale, California. Chessman’s father worked a series of job but was ultimately unsuccessful in every venture he pursued. Whittier Chessman became despondent […]

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  • Casey Johnson

    1979 - 2010

    Casey Johnson (1979 - 2010)

    Johnson was born in Florida to Nancy Sale Frey, a socialite and former model, and Robert Wood Johnson IV (“Woody” Johnson), owner of the New York Jets. She was raised in the New York City borough of Manhattan along with her sisters, Daisy and Jaime. She attended the exclusive Chapin, Marymount, and Dwight Schools and […]

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  • Casey Kasem

    1932 - 2014

    Casey Kasem (1932 - 2014)

    Casey Kasem Kasem was born Kemal Amin Kasem in Detroit, Michigan, on April 27, 1932, to Lebanese Druze immigrant parents. They settled in Michigan, where they worked as grocers. Kasem was a graduate of Northwestern High School in Detroit and Wayne State University. Kasem, whose professional radio career started in the mid-1950s in Flint, Michigan, was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1952 and sent to Korea, where he was a […]

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  • Catherine Hessling

    1900 - 1979

    Catherine Hessling (1900 - 1979)

    Catherine Hessling, born in Champagne-Ardennes, had sought refuge in Nice during World War I. Her paternal ancestors came from Alsace but moved to Champagne-Ardennes when Alsace transferred to Germany. In 1917, her beauty came to the attention of Henri Matisse, who sent her to fellow artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir as he thought she looked like a […]

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  • Catherine Lacey

    1904 - 1979

    Catherine Lacey (1904 - 1979)

    Catherine Lacey made her stage debut, playing opposite Mrs Patrick Campbell, in The Thirteenth Chair at the West Pier Brighton on 13 April 1925. Her first West End appearance followed in July 1926, in Cock o’ the Roost at the Garrick Theatre. Among her other West End credits were The Beetle (Strand Theatre 1928), The Venetian […]

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  • Catherine the Great

    1729 - 1796

    Catherine the Great (1729 - 1796)

    Catherine the Great Yekaterina Alexeevna or Catherine II, also known as Catherine the Great (Russian: Екатерина II Великая, Yekaterina II Velikaya; 2 May 1729 – 17 November 1796), was the most renowned and the longest-ruling female leader of Russia, reigning from 9 July 1762 until her death in 1796 at the age of 67. Her […]

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  • Cathy Downs

    1924 - 1976

    Cathy Downs (1924 - 1976)

    Cathy Downs was born in Port Jefferson, New York. She was the daughter of James Nelson Downs and Edna Elizabeth Newman. A former Vogue cover model, she was brought to Hollywood in 1944 by a 20th Century-Fox talent scout. Downs began her film career with a small roles in State Fair (1945) and The Dolly Sisters […]

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  • Cecil Day-Lewis

    1904 - 1972

    Cecil Day-Lewis (1904 - 1972)

    Day-Lewis was born in Ballintubbert, Athy/Stradbally border, Queen’s County (now known as County Laois), Ireland. He was the son of the Reverend Frank Cecil Day-Lewis (died 29 July 1937) and Kathleen Blake (née Squires; died 1906). Some of his family was from England (Hertfordshire and Canterbury). His father took on the surname “Day-Lewis” as a […]

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