• Paul Benedict

    1938 - 2008

    Paul Benedict (1938 - 2008)

    Benedict was born in Silver City, New Mexico, the son of Alma Marie (née Loring), a journalist, and Mitchell M. Benedict, a doctor. He grew up in Massachusetts. As a young man, he suffered from acromegaly, a pituitary disorder that affects the extremities and face, which accounted for his slightly oversized jaw and large nose. Benedict […]

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  • Ruth Benerito

    1916 - 2013

    Ruth Benerito (1916 - 2013)

    Ruth Mary Rogan was born and raised in New Orleans. In an age when girls did not usually go on to higher education, her father made sure his daughters received the same education available to boys. She completed high school at age 14 and entered Sophie Newcomb College at age 15, and later Tulane University […]

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  • Brenda Benet

    1945 - 1982

    Brenda Benet (1945 - 1982)

    Actress. She is best remembered for her role as the scheming villainess ‘Lee Dumonde’ on the daytime serial “Days of our Lives,” which she played from 1979 until her death in 1982. A classic example of a modern-day Hollywood tragedy, her acting career spanned just over 16 years with a wide range of guest appearances […]

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  • Norma Bengell

    1935 - 2013

    Norma Bengell (1935 - 2013)

    Actress. An award-winning romantic lead of the Brazilian and Italian cinema, she is perhaps best remembered for the dubious distinction of being the first ‘big name’ actress to be depicted frontally nude on screen. Born norma Aparecida Almeida da Pinto Guimaraes d’Aurea Bengell, she first earned notice as a magazine and runway model then began […]

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  • Harold Bennett

    1899 - 1981

    Harold Bennett (1899 - 1981)

    Bennett was born in Hastings, Sussex. After leaving school at the age of twelve, in his early life he toured America as a clown with a circus, and later taught English at the Working Men’s College in London. During World War I he served as a courier, initially on horseback, then on motorcycle. After the […]

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  • Belle Bennett

    1891 - 1932

    Belle Bennett (1891 - 1932)

    Actress. She starred in the silent films “Stella Dallas” (1925), “The Battle of the Sexes” (1928), and “The Iron Mask” (1929). Her career virtually ended with talkies and she died in poverty, after a long battle with cancer.

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  • Alma Bennett

    1904 - 1958

    Alma Bennett (1904 - 1958)

    Actress. She appeared in 56 films between 1919 and 1930, typically as alluring vamps. Her best films are the early sci-fi classic “The Lost World” (1925), and the Harry Langdon comedy “Long Pants” (1927). Bennett’s other credits include “The Affairs of Anatol” (1921), “The Silent Lover” (1926), and “Girl Crazy” (1929). Her career ended with […]

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  • Enid Bennett

    1893 - 1969

    Enid Bennett (1893 - 1969)

    Actress. Australian-born stage and screen figure. Married to actor/director Fred Niblo, Sr. and later to director Sidney Franklin

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  • Joan Geraldine Bennett

    1910 - 1990

    Joan Geraldine Bennett (1910 - 1990)

    Actress. The youngest of the three acting daughters of prominent stage and screen star Richard Bennett, she was the last of the sisters to enter films seriously, but she had the longest and, in retrospect, the most meaningful career of any of her family. Joan, like Constance and Barbara, was a gorgeous woman, slender and […]

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  • Constance Bennett

    1904 - 1904

    Constance Bennett (1904 - 1904)

    Stage and Screen Actress. She was the daughter of silent film idol Richard Bennett, and the sister of actress Joan Bennett. She was born in New York City. Her movie career was launched by Samuel Goldwyn in 1924 in the silent film Cytherea. This would the the first of more than 50 films in which […]

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  • Mabel Bennett

    1883 - 1940

    Mabel Bennett (1883 - 1940)

    Actress. Mother of Constance, Barbara and Joan Bennett. Stage actress and daughter of Rose Wood and stage actor Lewis Morrison. In films from 1914 to 1917. Married to Richard Bennett from 1903 to 1925. Married Eric Pinker in 1927. 

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  • Marjorie Bennett

    1896 - 1982

    Marjorie Bennett (1896 - 1982)

    Actress. Born in York, Australia. Died of cancer. Sister of actress Enid Bennett and Catherine Bennett. Appeared in “Kiss Me Deadly” (1955) and “Coogan’s Bluff” (1968).

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  • Mary Benny

    1905 - 1983

    Mary Benny (1905 - 1983)

    Actress, Comedienne. The real life wife of actor Jack Benny, she played the role of the long-suffering housewife who is given no money to run the household. Born Sadye Marks in Seattle, Washington, she first worked as a department store clerk, when she met Jack Benny, who was then a beginning radio star. She married […]

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  • Benny McCrary

    1946 - 2001

    Benny McCrary (1946 - 2001)

    Benny McCrary Entertainer. Born in Hendersonville, North Carolina, he along with his brother Billy, were identical twins. At 743 and 723 pounds and having 84 inch waists, the brothers were discovered by Life Magazine. They entered show business as carnival performers and appeared in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they were in a act playing the […]

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  • Lucille Benson

    1914 - 1984

    Lucille Benson (1914 - 1984)

    Actress. She was a plump, distinctive and marvelously quirky character, known for her roles in television and movies, from the 1950s to 1980s. Her career started in New York in the 1930s, appearing on Broadway in many plays. Taking a call to go to Hollywood, she made her film debut in “The Fugitive Kind” (1959). […]

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  • Sally Benson

    1897 - 1972

    Sally Benson (1897 - 1972)

    Sally Benson, the daughter of Alonzo Redway and Anna Prophater Smith, moved with her family from her birthplace of St. Louis to New York, where she attended the Horace Mann School, studied dance and then started working when she was 17 years old. At age 19, she married Reynolds Benson. The couple had a daughter […]

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  • Ezra Taft Benson

    1899 - 1994

    Ezra Taft Benson (1899 - 1994)

    Born on a farm in Whitney, Idaho, Benson was the oldest of eleven children. He was the great-grandson of Ezra T. Benson, who was appointed by Brigham Young a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1846. Benson began his academic career at Utah State Agricultural College (USAC), where he first met his […]

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  • Martin Benson

    1918 - 2010

    Martin Benson (1918 - 2010)

    He is remembered for his role as the Kralaholme in the original London production of The King and I, a role he recreated in the Oscar winning film version. Appearing in films for over six decades, Benson played mostly supporting characters or villains. His films include The Blind Goddess (1948), Wheel of Fate (1953), Interpol (1957), […]

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  • Lamont Bentley

    1973 - 2005

    Lamont Bentley (1973 - 2005)

    Artimus Lamont Bentley was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and moved to Los Angeles with his mother, Loyce, who wished to pursue a career as a professional singer. He began his career as a child actor appearing in television commercials and guest spots on various television series before landing a role on the short-lived but critically […]

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  • Anita Berber

    1899 - 1928

    Anita Berber (1899 - 1928)

    Dancer, Actress. She was the daughter of a classical violinist and a cabaret singer. She studied dance with Rita Sacchetto and founder of rhythmic gymnastics Emile Jacques-Dalcroze. She began dancing professionally in 1917. Between 1918 and 1925, she also appeared in more than 20 silent movies, including Richard Ostwald’s sex education films and his 1919 […]

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  • Georgy Timofeyevich Beregovoy

    1921 - 1995

    Georgy Timofeyevich Beregovoy (1921 - 1995)

    Beregovoy was born on April 15, 1921, in Fedorivka, Poltava Oblast, Soviet Union (now Ukraine). He graduated from a school in 1938 at Yenakieve, Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine. He joined the Soviet Air Forces (VVS) in 1941, and was soon assigned to a ground-attack unit flying the Ilyushin Il-2 “Shturmovik”. He flew some 185 combat sorties […]

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  • Elsa Berenguer

    2021 - 2006

    Elsa Berenguer (2021 - 2006)

    Actress. She was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. An award-winning stage, screen and television actress, Berenguer was a member of the stage group “La Nueva Máscara”, in the late 1950s. She received the prestigious Molière Award in 1974 for her work on the play “Sabor a Miel” and in 1981 the Estrella de Mar Award […]

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  • Sandy Baron

    1936 - 2001

    Sandy Baron (1936 - 2001)

    Sanford Beresofsky was born in Brooklyn, New York, grew up in the Brownsville neighborhood and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in East New York; and while he was a student at Brooklyn College, to which he received a scholarship, changed his name to Sandy Baron—taking his inspiration from the nearby Barron’s Bookstore. He started […]

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  • Adam Williams

    1922 - 2006

    Adam Williams (1922 - 2006)

    Williams was born in Wall Lake, Iowa. A veteran “bad guy” actor of 1950s film and TV who began his career after distinguished World War II military service as a United States Navy pilot, for which he received the Navy Cross. In 1952, Williams played the lead, a Los Angeles woman killer, in the film, […]

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  • Gene Nelson

    1920 - 1996

    Gene Nelson (1920 - 1996)

    Born Leander Eugene Berg in Astoria, Oregon, he moved to Seattle when he was one year old. He was inspired to become a dancer by watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films when he was a child. After serving in the Army during World War II during which he also performed in the musical This […]

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  • Polly Bergen

    1930 - 2014

    Polly Bergen (1930 - 2014)

    Bergen was born in Knoxville, Tennessee to Lucy (née Lawhorn) and William Hugh Burgin, a construction engineer. “Bill Bergen”, as he was later known, had singing talent and appeared with his daughter in several episodes of her 18-episode NBC comedy/variety show, The Polly Bergen Show, which aired during the 1957-1958 television season.  Bergen appeared in […]

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  • Frances Bergen

    1922 - 2006

    Frances Bergen (1922 - 2006)

    Actress. The wife of entertainer Edgar Bergen and mother of actress Candice Bergen. She started her career as a model in New York. She was “the Chesterfield Cigarette Girl” and “the Ipana Girl” in magazines and on billboards. At age 19 she caught the eye of her future husband at one of his shows. He […]

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  • Chris Alcaide

    1922 - 2004

    Chris Alcaide (1922 - 2004)

    Alcaide was born John (“Jack”) Berger to parents George and Frances Conroy Berger in the traditionally steel city of Youngstown, the seat of Mahoning County in eastern Ohio, and served from 1943 to 1946 in the United States Army during World War II. He came to Hollywood, California, after the war to launch his acting […]

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  • Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Sr.

    1926 - 2012

    Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Sr. (1926 - 2012)

    He was born on February 5, 1926, in New York City to Jewish parents Arthur Hays Sulzberger and Iphigene Bertha Ochs (daughter of Adolph Ochs, the former publisher and owner of The New York Times and the Chattanooga Times). Sulzberger graduated from the Loomis Institute and then enlisted into the United States Marine Corps during […]

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  • Alan Reed

    1907 - 1977

    Alan Reed (1907 - 1977)

    Born Herbert Theodore Bergman in New York City, he majored in journalism at Columbia University, and then began his acting career in the city, eventually working on Broadway. He was Jewish. For a time, he continued to list himself either as Bergman or Alan Reed, depending on the role he was playing (Reed for more comedic […]

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