• Marcheline Bertrand

    1950 - 2007

    Marcheline Bertrand (1950 - 2007)

    Born at St. Francis Hospital in Blue Island, Illinois, Bertrand was brought up in the nearby small town of Riverdale. Her parents were Lois June (née Gouwens; 1928–1973) and Rolland F. Bertrand (1923–1985). She had two younger siblings: a sister, Debbie, and a brother, Raleigh. In 1965, Bertrand’s family moved from the Chicago area to […]

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  • Marcia Mae Jones

    1924 - 2007

    Marcia Mae Jones (1924 - 2007)

    Marcia Mae Jones (August 1, 1924 – September 2, 2007) was an American actress whose prolific career spanned 47 years. Marcia Mae Jones made her film debut at the age of two in the 1926 film Mannequin. She appeared in films such as King of Jazz (1930), Street Scene (1931), and Night Nurse (1931) before rising […]

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  • Marcia Strassman

    1948 - 2014

    Marcia Strassman (1948 - 2014)

    Marcia Strassman (April 28, 1948 – October 24, 2014) was an American actress and singer, best known for her roles as Julie Kotter in Welcome Back, Kotter and as Diane Szalinski in the 1989 feature film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; its sequel Honey, I Blew Up the Kid; and the 3-D film spin-off Honey, […]

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  • Marcia Wallace

    1942 - 2013

    Marcia Wallace (1942 - 2013)

    Marcia Karen Wallace was born in Creston, Iowa on November 1, 1942, the eldest of three children of Arthur “Poke” Wallace and wife Joann. Her father owned and operated “Wallace Sundries”, a general merchandise store, where Marcia, her sister Sharon, and brother Jim would often help out. While in high school, a teacher encouraged Wallace […]

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  • Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby

    1443 - 1509

    Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby (1443 - 1509)

    Margaret was born at Bletsoe Castle, Bedfordshire, on 31 May 1443 or 1441. The day and month are not disputed, as she required Westminster Abbey to celebrate her birthday on 31 May. The year of her birth is more uncertain. William Dugdale, the 17th century antiquary, has suggested that she may have been born in […]

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  • Margaret Dumont

    1882 - 1965

    Margaret Dumont (1882 - 1965)

    Margaret Dumont was born Daisy Juliette Baker in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of William and Harriet Anna (née Harvey) Baker. As a child, she lived in the South, where she was mainly raised by her godfather, writer Joel Chandler Harris. She grew to stand 5′ 9″ (1.75 m). Margaret Dumont trained as an operatic singer […]

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  • Margaret Early

    1919 - 2000

    Margaret Early (1919 - 2000)

    Born on Christmas Day 1919 into a devout Baptist family she grew up on a farm in rural Alabama. During her youth she often appeared in religious plays at her church particularly in Christmas pageants. In the 1930s she did stage work and later found herself working in movies. Her first screen role came in […]

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  • Margaret Fuller

    1810 - 1850

    Margaret Fuller (1810 - 1850)

    Sarah Margaret Fuller was born May 23, 1810, in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts, the first child of Timothy Fuller and Margaret Crane Fuller. She was named after her paternal grandmother and her mother; by the age of nine, however, she dropped “Sarah” and insisted on being called “Margaret”. The Margaret Fuller House, in which she was born, […]

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  • Margaret Hayes

    1916 - 1977

    Margaret Hayes (1916 - 1977)

    Hayes was born in Baltimore, Maryland (some sources say Pottsville, Pennsylvania). Her father was Jack Lewis Ottenheimer, a “musician, theatrical man and joke book writer.” (Some sources say that he was a real estate broker.) While a student at Forest Park High School, she joined the Emerson Cook Stock Company to gain more acting experience. […]

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  • Margaret Leighton

    1922 - 1976

    Margaret Leighton (1922 - 1976)

    Born in Barnt Green, Worcestershire, Margaret Leighton made her stage debut as Dorothy in Laugh With Me (1938), which was also performed that year for BBC Television. She became a star of the Old Vic. Her Broadway debut was as the Queen in Henry IV (1946) starring Laurence Olivier and Ralph Richardson during a visit […]

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  • Margaret Lockwood

    1916 - 1990

    Margaret Lockwood (1916 - 1990)

    She was born Margaret Mary Lockwood Day in Karachi, British India, to an English administrator of a railway company and his Scottish wife. Margaret Lockwood’s family returned to the United Kingdom when she was a child, along with her brother. She attended Sydenham High School for girls, and a ladies’ school in Kensington, London. She began […]

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  • Margaret Pellegrini

    1923 - 2013

    Margaret Pellegrini (1923 - 2013)

    Margaret Pellegrini Margaret Pellegrini (September 23, 1923 – August 7, 2013) was an American actress, vaudeville performer and dancer, best known for playing one of the munchkins from the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Until her death in 2013, she was one of the three surviving munchkins, the other two being Jerry Maren and […]

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  • Margaret Suckley

    1891 - 1991

    Margaret Suckley (1891 - 1991)

    Suckley was born December 20, 1891, at Wilderstein, the family home of Robert Bowne Suckley and Elizabeth Philips Montgomery in the Hudson Valley. She was the fourth of seven children, and a sixth cousin of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Generally called “Daisy” by those close to her, Suckley grew up at Wilderstein, where she was a […]

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  • Margaret Taylor

    1788 - 1852

    Margaret Taylor (1788 - 1852)

    Born in Calvert County, Maryland, on September 21, 1788, the daughter of Walter Smith, a prosperous Maryland planter and veteran officer of the American Revolution, and Ann Mackall-Smith, “Peggy” was raised amid refinement and wealth.  While visiting her sister in Kentucky in 1809, she was introduced to Lieutenant Zachary Taylor, then home on leave, by […]

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  • Margaret Thatcher

    1925 - 2013

    Margaret Thatcher (1925 - 2013)

    Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (née Roberts, 13 October 1925 – 8 April 2013), was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and is the […]

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  • Marguerite Chapman

    1918 - 1999

    Marguerite Chapman (1918 - 1999)

    Marguerite Chapman (March 9, 1918 – August 31, 1999) was an American actress. Born in Chatham, New York, she was working as a telephone switchboard operator in White Plains, New York when her good looks brought about the opportunity to pursue a career in modeling. Signed by the John Robert Powers Agency in New York City, […]

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  • Mari Blanchard

    1927 - 1970

    Mari Blanchard (1927 - 1970)

    Mari Blanchard was born on April 13, 1927 in Long Beach, California. A polio victim at age 9, Blanchard’s health eventually improved enough that she ran away from home and joined a circus in her teens. She then attended the University of Southern California, getting her degree. In the late 1940s, Blanchard became a successful print […]

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  • María Elena Velasco

    1940 - 2015

    María Elena Velasco (1940 - 2015)

    María Elena Velasco was born in Puebla, to Tomás Velasco, a railway mechanic, and María Elena Fragoso. She had three siblings, Gloria, Tomás and Susana. After the death of Tomás Velasco, the family moved to Mexico City, where she worked as a dancer at the Teatro Tívoli. Later, she became one of the showgirls of the […]

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  • Maria Montez

    1912 - 1951

    Maria Montez (1912 - 1951)

    Montez was born María Antonia García Vidal de Santo Silas (some sources cite María África Gracia Vidal or María África Antonia García Vidal de Santo Silas as her birth name) in Barahona, Dominican Republic. She was one of ten children born to Ysidoro García, who worked as the Spanish consul in Dominican Republic, and his […]

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  • Maria Palmer

    1917 - 1981

    Maria Palmer (1917 - 1981)

    Palmer was born and raised in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Vienna, Austria) on 5 September 1917. She first appeared on stage as a child actor, in various Max Reinhardt productions. She trained as a dancer, and was a member of the Bodenwieser Ensemble. She later studied drama and voice at the Vienna Conservatory. At the outbreak of […]

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  • Maria Schell

    1926 - 2005

    Maria Schell (1926 - 2005)

    Schell was born in Vienna, Austria, the daughter of Margarethe (née Noe von Nordberg), an actress who ran an acting school, and Hermann Ferdinand Schell, a Swiss poet, novelist, playwright, and owner of a pharmacy. Her parents were Roman Catholics. She was the older sister of actor Maximilian Schell and lesser-known actors Carl Schell and […]

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  • Marian Marsh

    1913 - 2006

    Marian Marsh (1913 - 2006)

    Violet Ethelred Krauth was born on October 17, 1913 in Trinidad, British West Indies (now Trinidad and Tobago), the youngest of four children of a German chocolate manufacturer and his French-English wife. Due to World War I, Violet’s father moved his family to Boston, Massachusetts. By the time Violet was ten, the family had relocated to […]

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  • Marian McPartland

    1918 - 2013

    Marian McPartland (1918 - 2013)

    Margaret Marian Turner was born on 20 March 1918 to Frank and Janet (née Payne) Turner. She had one younger sibling, a sister, Joyce. She demonstrated early musical aptitude at the piano, and would later realize that she had perfect pitch. Margaret (Maggie to her family) studied violin from the age of nine, but never […]

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  • Marian Nixon

    1904 - 1983

    Marian Nixon (1904 - 1983)

    Born Marian Nissinen in Superior, Wisconsin, Nixon began her career as a teen working as a chorus dancer on the vaudeville circuit. She began appearing in bit part in films in 1922 and landed her first substantial role in the 1923 film Cupid’s Fireman, opposite Buck Jones. The following year, she was named a WAMPAS […]

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  • Marian Seldes

    1928 - 2014

    Marian Seldes (1928 - 2014)

    Seldes was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Alice Wadhams Hall, a socialite, and Gilbert Seldes, a journalist, author and editor. Her uncle was journalist George Seldes. Seldes’s paternal grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants, and her mother was from a “prominent WASP family,” the “Episcopalian blue-blooded Halls.” She had a brother, Timothy, and grew up […]

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  • Marie Bell

    1900 - 1985

    Marie Bell (1900 - 1985)

    Actress. French leading lady in late silent and early talking films. Most remembered for her classic work in “Le Grand Jeu” and “Dance Program.”

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  • Marie Curie

    1867 - 1934

    Marie Curie (1867 - 1934)

    Maria Skłodowska was born in Warsaw, in the Russian partition of Poland, on 7 November 1867, as the fifth and youngest child of well-known teachers Bronisława, née Boguska, and Władysław Skłodowski. Maria’s older siblings were Zofia (born 1862), Józef (1863), Bronisława (1865) and Helena (1866).  On both the paternal and maternal sides, the family had […]

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  • Marie François Xavier Bichat

    1771 - 1802

    Marie François Xavier Bichat (1771 - 1802)

    Bichat was born at Thoirette in Jura, France. His father was Jean-Baptise Bichat, a physician who had trained at Montpellier and was Bichat’s first instructor. His mother was Jeanne-Rose Bichat, his father’s wife and cousin. He entered the college of Nantua, and later studied at Lyon. He made rapid progress in mathematics and the physical […]

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  • Marie Ney

    1895 - 1981

    Marie Ney (1895 - 1981)

    As a young child Ney went with her family to live in New Zealand. She began her acting career in that country and continued it in Australia. After several years of performing in those two countries she moved back to Britain, where she acted at the Old Vic with many famous actors of the day […]

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  • Marie Wilson

    1916 - 1972

    Marie Wilson (1916 - 1972)

    Born in Anaheim, California, Marie Wilson began her career in New York City as a dancer on the Broadway stage. She gained national prominence with My Friend Irma on radio, film and later, television. The show made her a star but typecast her almost interminably as the quintessential dumb blonde, which she played in numerous […]

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