• Edie Adams

    1927 - 2008

    Edie Adams (1927 - 2008)

    Edie Adams Adams was born as Edith Elizabeth Enke in Kingston, Pennsylvania., the only daughter of Sheldon Alonzo Enke and his wife, Ada Dorothy (née Adams). She had an elder brother, Sheldon Adams Enke (June 28, 1922 – July 9, 2001). The family moved to nearby areas such as Shavertown, Grove City and Trucksville and […]

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  • Edie Sedgwick

    1943 - 1971

    Edie Sedgwick (1943 - 1971)

    Sedgwick’s family was long established in Massachusetts history. Her seventh-great grandfather, English-born Robert Sedgwick, was the first Major General of the Massachusetts Bay Colony settling in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1635. Sedgwick’s family later originated from Stockbridge, Massachusetts where her great-great-great grandfather Judge Theodore Sedgwick had settled after the American Revolution. Theodore married Pamela Dwight of […]

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  • Edith Abbott

    1876 - 1957

    Edith Abbott (1876 - 1957)

    Edith Abbott Born September 25, 1876 in Grand Island, Nebraska, Edith was the daughter of Otheman Abbott and Elizabeth Griffin. In 1893, Abbott graduated from Brownell Hall, a girls’ boarding school in Omaha. However, her family could not afford to send her to college, so she began teaching high school in Grand Island. She took […]

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  • Edith Barrett

    1907 - 1977

    Edith Barrett (1907 - 1977)

    Edith Williams was a granddaughter of 19th-century American actor Lawrence Barrett.  She entered the entertainment industry at age 16 in a staging of Walter Hampden’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac. At age 19, in 1926, she appeared with Hampden in Caponsacchi. During the 1930s, she performed with Orson Welles’s Mercury Theatre troupe. While appearing in […]

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  • Edith Flagg

    1919 - 2014

    Edith Flagg (1919 - 2014)

    Edith Flagg was born as Edith Feuerstein on November 1, 1919 in Vienna, Austria. She was raised in Galați, Romania, where her father worked as a photographer. She went to study fashion in Vienna at the age of fifteen. When Hitler annexed Austria in 1938, she fled to The Netherlands and later Poland, where she […]

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  • Edith Head

    1897 - 1981

    Edith Head (1897 - 1981)

    She was born Edith Claire Posener in San Bernardino, California, the daughter of Jewish parents, Max Posener and Anna E. Levy. Her father, born in January 1858, was a naturalized American citizen from Germany, who came to the United States in 1876. Her mother was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1875, the daughter of […]

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  • Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt

    1861 - 1948

    Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt (1861 - 1948)

    Roosevelt was born in Norwich, Connecticut, to merchant Charles Carow (1825–1883) and Gertrude Elizabeth Tyler (1836–1895). Gertrude’s father Daniel Tyler (1799–1882) served as Union general in the American Civil War. Edith grew up next door to Theodore “T.R.” Roosevelt, Jr. (1858–1919) (the elder son of philanthropist Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. and socialite Martha Stewart “Mittie” Bulloch) […]

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  • Édith Piaf

    1915 - 1963

    Édith Piaf (1915 - 1963)

    Piaf’s mother abandoned her at birth, and she lived for a short time with her maternal grandmother, Emma (Aïcha). When her father enlisted with the French Army in 1916 to fight in World War I, he took her to his mother, who ran a brothel in Normandy. There, prostitutes helped look after Piaf. The bordello […]

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  • Edith White Wilson

    1872 - 1961

    Edith White Wilson (1872 - 1961)

    Edith Bolling was born October 15, 1872 in Wytheville, Virginia to circuit court judge William Holcombe Bolling and his wife Sarah “Sallie” Spears née White. Her birthplace is a contributing building in the Wytheville Historic District. Edith was a descendant of settlers who came to Virginia early in the British colonization of the Americas. Through […]

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  • Editta Sherman

    1912 - 2013

    Editta Sherman (1912 - 2013)

    Editta Sherman (née Rinaldo; July 9, 1912 – November 1, 2013) was an Italian-American photographer, often referred to as the “Duchess of Carnegie Hall”, since she lived and worked in Carnegie Hall Artist Studios for over 60 years. Originally formed as a diverse artist enclave and bohemian work-live rental studios to financially support Andrew Carnegie’s […]

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  • Edmond O’Brien

    1915 - 1915

    Edmond O’Brien (1915 - 1915)

    Edmond O’Brien was born in Brooklyn, New York, of English and Irish stock. After attending Columbia University for one year, he went to Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre on a scholarship. Edmond O’Brien made his first Broadway appearance at age 21 in Daughters of Atreus. Edmond O’Brien made his film debut in 1938, and […]

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  • Edmund Gwenn

    1877 - 1959

    Edmund Gwenn (1877 - 1959)

    Edmund Gwenn Gwenn was born Edmund Kellaway in Wandsworth, London, on September 26, 1877. He was the oldest boy in the family, which at that time meant he was the only one who really mattered. His father was a British civil servant, and he groomed Edmund to take a position of power in the Empire. […]

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  • Edmund Lowe

    1890 - 1971

    Edmund Lowe (1890 - 1971)

    Edmund Lowe’s career included over 100 films in which he starred as the leading man. Edmund Lowe is best remembered for his role as Sergeant Quirt in the 1926 movie, What Price Glory. (Lowe reprised his role from the movie in the radio program Captain Flagg and Sergeant Quirt, broadcast on the Blue Network September […]

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  • Edmund Morgan

    1916 - 2013

    Edmund Morgan (1916 - 2013)

    Morgan was the second child of Edmund Morris Morgan and Elsie Smith Morgan. His mother had been raised in a New England family that practiced Christian Science, though she distanced herself from the faith. His father, descended from Welsh coal miners, taught law at the University of Minnesota. His sister was Roberta Mary Morgan, better […]

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  • Edmund Purdom

    1924 - 2009

    Edmund Purdom (1924 - 2009)

    Purdom was born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England and educated at St. Augustine’s Abbey School, Ramsgate, Kent, then by the Jesuits at St. Ignatius Grammar School and Welwyn Garden City Grammar School. He began his acting career in 1946 by joining the Northampton Repertory Company, appearing in productions which included Romeo and Juliet and […]

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  • Edmund Szoka

    1927 - 2014

    Edmund Szoka (1927 - 2014)

    Edmund Casimir Szoka (September 14, 1927 – August 20, 2014) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was President Emeritus of the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State and President Emeritus of the Governatorate of Vatican City State, having previously served as Bishop of Gaylord from 1971 to 1981 and Archbishop of […]

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  • Edna Best

    1900 - 1974

    Edna Best (1900 - 1974)

    Edna Best (3 March 1900 – 18 September 1974) was a British actress. Born in Hove, Sussex, England, she was educated in Brighton and later studied dramatic acting under Miss Kate Rorke who was the first Professor of Drama at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. Best was known on the London stage […]

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  • Edna Ferber

    1885 - 1968

    Edna Ferber (1885 - 1968)

    Edna Ferber was born August 15, 1885, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, to a Hungarian-born Jewish storekeeper, Jacob Charles Ferber, and his Milwaukee, Wisconsin-born wife, Julia (Neumann) Ferber. After living in Chicago, Illinois, and Ottumwa, Iowa, at the age of 12 Ferber and her family moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, where she graduated from high school and briefly […]

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  • Edna Gellhorn

    1878 - 1970

    Edna Gellhorn (1878 - 1970)

    Edna Fischel Gellhorn (December 18, 1878 – September 24, 1970) was an American suffragist and reformer, born in St. Louis.  She attended the Mary Institute and Bryn Mawr College, and was the student president at each, as well as an elected trustee of Bryn Mawr. She graduated from Bryn Mawr in 1900.  She was an […]

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  • Edna Oliver

    1883 - 1942

    Edna Oliver (1883 - 1942)

    Born Edna May Nutter in Malden, Massachusetts, the daughter of Ida May and Charles Edward Nutter, Oliver was a descendant of John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States. She quit school at age fourteen in order to pursue a career on stage and achieved her first success in 1917 on Broadway in […]

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  • Edward Albert

    1951 - 2006

    Edward Albert (1951 - 2006)

    Albert was born Edward Laurence Heimberger in Los Angeles, California, to actor Eddie Albert (1906-2005), and Mexican actress Margo (1917- 1985). Albert made his motion picture debut in a 1965 drama, The Fool Killer, as a runaway orphan who crossed paths with a disturbed Civil War veteran, played by Anthony Perkins. He is best known for […]

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  • Edward Allworth

    1895 - 1966

    Edward Allworth (1895 - 1966)

    Allworth was born in Battle Ground, Washington, Allworth graduated from Oregon Agricultural College in 1916. He enlisted at Corvallis, Oregon in 1917 and joined the 60th Infantry Regiment of the 5th Division. On November 5, 1918, mere days from the armistice, Allworth and his company crossed the Meuse River via a canal bridge near the […]

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  • Edward Arnold

    1890 - 1956

    Edward Arnold (1890 - 1956)

    Actor. A veteran actor of over 150 movies in his career, Edward Arnold achieved the kind of stardom seldom achieved by character actors. A burly man with a commanding presence, a round face and piercing eyes, Arnold began acting in his teens in New York. He worked in several Broadway shows and made several dozen […]

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  • Edward Binns

    1916 - 1990

    Edward Binns (1916 - 1990)

    Edward Binns was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. One of the first members of the newly formed Actors Studio, Binns began studying with Elia Kazan in the fall of 1947. After appearing in a number of Broadway plays, Binns began appearing in films in the early 1950s. Some of his notable roles include playing Juror #6 […]

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  • Edward Bunker

    1933 - 2005

    Edward Bunker (1933 - 2005)

    Bunker was born “on New Year’s Eve, 1933” into a troubled family in Los Angeles. His mother, Sarah (née Johnston), was a chorus girl from Vancouver, and his father, Edward N. Bunker, a stage hand. His parents lived in a constant state of alcohol-fueled argument. His first clear memories were of his parents screaming at […]

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  • Edward Dmytryk

    1908 - 1999

    Edward Dmytryk (1908 - 1999)

    Edward Dmytryk was born in Grand Forks, British Columbia, Canada, the son of Ukrainian immigrant parents, Frances (Berezowski) and Michael Dmytryk. His family moved to San Francisco, California. After his mother died, his father remarried. In San Francisco, the boy attended local schools and became interested in the developing film industry. He eventually reached Hollywood […]

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  • Edward Emerson Barnard

    1857 - 1923

    Edward Emerson Barnard (1857 - 1923)

    Barnard was born in Nashville, Tennessee, to Reuben Barnard and Elizabeth Jane Barnard (née Haywood), and had one brother. His father died three months before his birth, so he grew up in an impoverished family and did not receive much in the way of formal education. His first interest was in the field of photography, […]

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  • Edward Everett Horton

    1886 - 1970

    Edward Everett Horton (1886 - 1970)

    Edward Everett Horton Horton started his stage career in 1906, singing and dancing and playing small parts in Vaudeville and in Broadway productions. In 1919, he moved to Los Angeles, California, where he began acting in Hollywood films. His first starring role was in the comedy Too Much Business (1922), and he portrayed the lead […]

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  • Edward Herrmann

    1943 - 2014

    Edward Herrmann (1943 - 2014)

    Edward Kirk Herrmann was born on July 21, 1943 in Washington, D.C., the son of Jean Eleanor (née O’Connor) and John Anthony Herrmann. Of German and Irish descent, Herrmann grew up in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, and graduated from Bucknell University in 1965, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. He studied acting at […]

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  • Edward Higgins White II

    1930 - 1967

    Edward Higgins White II (1930 - 1967)

    White was born on November 14, 1930, in San Antonio, Texas, to parents Edward H. White, Sr. (1901–1978), who became a major general in the U.S. Air Force, and Mary Rosina White (née Haller; 1900–1983). He attended school in his hometown and became a member of the Boy Scouts of America, where he earned the […]

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