• Ingrid Bergman

    1915 - 1982

    Ingrid Bergman (1915 - 1982)

    Actress. She was an international star of films, television and on the stage. Ingrid Bergman made 50 films in her movie career winning two best Actress Oscars, an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award. Some of her films: Intermezzo, Casablanca, Walk in the Spring Rain, Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde, For Whom the Bell Tolls, […]

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  • Edgar Bergen

    1903 - 1978

    Edgar Bergen (1903 - 1978)

    Edgar Bergen American ventriloquist and radio comedian whose career in vaudeville, radio, and motion pictures spanned almost 60 years. Bergen was best known as the foil of his ventriloquist’s dummy Charlie McCarthy. The Edgar Bergen-Charlie McCarthy Show was a permanent fixture on American network radio from 1937 until 1957. Other characters created by Bergen, such […]

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  • Steffi Duna

    1910 - 1992

    Steffi Duna (1910 - 1992)

    Born Stephanie Berindey in Budapest of Czech extraction, Steffi Duna started dancing at the age of nine and first attracted attention as a thirteen-year-old ballet dancer in Europe. Duna made her first stage appearance performing dramatized fairy tales at the Children’s Theater of Budapest. Initially opposed to the idea, her father sent her to the […]

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  • Barbara Berjer

    1920 - 2002

    Barbara Berjer (1920 - 2002)

    Actress. She was born Barbara Berger but changed her last name to Berjer for the proper pronunciation. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from DePaul University in 1943. She moved to New York City and pursued a successful acting career in daytime television. She played Bridget Connell on “Another World” from 1985 to […]

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  • Eleanor Lambert

    1903 - 2003

    Eleanor Lambert (1903 - 2003)

    Lambert was born in Crawfordsville, Indiana. She attended the John Herron School of Art and the Chicago Art Institute to study fashion. Lambart wanted to be a sculptor but went into advertising. She started at an advertising agency in Manhattan, dealing mostly with artists and art galleries.  She was married twice, firstly to Wills Conner, […]

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  • Emile Berliner

    1851 - 1929

    Emile Berliner (1851 - 1929)

    Berliner was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1851 into a Jewish merchant family. Though raised in a Jewish family, he later became an agnostic. He completed an apprenticeship to become a merchant, as was family tradition. While his real hobby was invention, he worked as an accountant to make ends meet. To avoid being drafted […]

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  • Milton Berle

    1908 - 2002

    Milton Berle (1908 - 2002)

    Milton Berle Comedy legend Milton Berle was born as Milton Berlinger in New York City on July 12, 1908. He started his career by impersonating Charlie Chaplin at as a young boy. After winning a Chaplin look-alike contest at the age of 5, he began landing film roles. Berle appeared in numerous silent films, including […]

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  • Mina Bern

    1911 - 2010

    Mina Bern (1911 - 2010)

    Actress, Singer. Though she appeared on Broadway and in a number of Hollywood films, she shall be best remembered as a star of the Yiddish theater scene of New York. Born Mina Bernholtz in what is now Poland, she was introduced to the stage early on with the traveling group Ararat. Fleeing the Nazi invasion […]

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  • Claude Bernard

    1813 - 1878

    Claude Bernard (1813 - 1878)

    Bernard was born in 1813 in the village of Saint-Julien near Villefranche-sur-Saône. He received his early education in the Jesuit school of that town, and then proceeded to the college at Lyon, which, however, he soon left to become assistant in a druggist’s shop. Despite having a religious education, Bernard was an agnostic. His leisure […]

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  • Nora Bernard

    1890 - 1955

    Nora Bernard (1890 - 1955)

    Actress in 84 silent films from 1908 – 1941 including: “Ramona,” “The Failure,” “A Chance Deception,” “Princess Romanoff,” “Little Women” and “The Great Shadow.”

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  • Sarah Bernhardt

    1844 - 1923

    Sarah Bernhardt (1844 - 1923)

    French Classical Actress.

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  • Sid Bernstein

    1918 - 2013

    Sid Bernstein (1918 - 2013)

    Sid Bernstein was born in New York City in 1918, and was adopted by a Russian Jewish family. He studied journalism at Columbia University, before working in a ballroom and joining the US Army in 1943. During World War II, he was stationed in Britain, and also served in France with the 602nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery […]

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  • Ben Blue

    1901 - 1975

    Ben Blue (1901 - 1975)

    Born to a Jewish family in Montreal, Quebec, Blue emigrated to Baltimore, Maryland at the age of nine, where he won a contest for the best impersonation of Charlie Chaplin. At the age of fifteen he was in a touring company and later became a stage manager and assistant general manager. He became a dance […]

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  • Elmer Bernstein

    1922 - 2004

    Elmer Bernstein (1922 - 2004)

    Bernstein was born in New York City, the son of Selma (née Feinstein, 1901-1991), from Ukraine, and Edward Bernstein (1896-1968), from Austria-Hungary. He was not related to the celebrated composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein; but the two men were friends, and even shared a certain physical similarity. Within the world of professional music, they were […]

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  • Simone Berriau

    1896 - 1984

    Simone Berriau (1896 - 1984)

    Actress, Theater Producer. Raised in France, she moved to Morocco at 15, and soon married her first husband, a French Army colonel whose name she took. She made her theatrical debut at the Opera-Comique in a production of “Pelleas et Melisande” under the name Simone Berry. Thru the 1930s, she appeared in a dozen movies, […]

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  • Flo Bert

    1898 - 1981

    Flo Bert (1898 - 1981)

    Actress. She appeared in the films, “I’m From Arkansas” (1944), and “The She-Creature” (1956). Also a stage actress she appeared as ‘Cinderella’ on Broadway in the play, “Cinderella On Broadway: A Fantasy Of The Great White Way” which opened on June 24, 1920, and it ran for 126 performances. She also played ‘Miss Moffet’ in […]

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  • Billy Barty

    1924 - 2000

    Billy Barty (1924 - 2000)

    Barty co-starred with Mickey Rooney in the Mickey McGuire shorts, a comedy series of the 1920s and 1930s based on the Toonerville Folks comics. Small for his age even then, Barty would impersonate very young children alongside brawny authority figures or wild animals, making these threats seem even larger by comparison. In the 1933 film Gold […]

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  • Marie Windsor

    1919 - 2000

    Marie Windsor (1919 - 2000)

    Windsor, unofficially appointed “Miss Utah of 1939″ by the Chamber of Commerce of Marysvale, Utah, trained for the stage under Maria Ouspenskaya.[a] After working for several years as a telephone operator, a stage and radio actress, and a bit and extra player in films, she began playing feature and lead parts in 1947. The 5’9” actress’s […]

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  • Jean Louis

    1907 - 1997

    Jean Louis (1907 - 1997)

    Jean Louis (born Jean Louis Berthault: October 5, 1907 in Paris, France – April 20, 1997 in Palm Springs, California, USA) was a French-born, Hollywood costume designer and an Academy Award winner for Costume Design. Before coming to Hollywood he worked in New York for fashion entrepreneur Hattie Carnegie, where the clientele included Joan Cohn, […]

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  • Marcellin Berthelot

    1827 - 1907

    Marcellin Berthelot (1827 - 1907)

    The fundamental conception that underlay all Berthelot’s chemical work was that all chemical phenomena depend on the action of physical forces which can be determined and measured. When he began his active career it was generally believed that, although some instances of the synthetic production of organic substances had been observed, on the whole organic […]

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  • Francesca Bertini

    1892 - 1985

    Francesca Bertini (1892 - 1985)

    Actress. Born Elena Seracini Vitiello. Described as one of the first divas of cinema. She made her film debut in 1907 with “La Dea del Mare”. With the movies “Lucrezia Borgia,” “Giulietta e Romeo,” and “L’arrivista,” Her popularity obtained gigantic dimensions as they are hardly imaginable today. In 1921 she married the Swiss banker Paul […]

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  • Mary Bertrand

    1871 - 1955

    Mary Bertrand (1871 - 1955)

    Actress. Born Mary Bertrand Steenbergen in Illinois, she began her career in the early 1900s, performing at the Liberty Theatre New York and on Broadway. For feature films she appeared in “The Wife Takes A Flyer” (1942) and “Tahiti Honey” (1943).

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  • 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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  • Joseph Louis François Bertrand

    1822 - 1900

    Joseph Louis François Bertrand (1822 - 1900)

    Bertrand was a professor at the École Polytechnique and Collège de France. He was a member of the Paris Academy of Sciences and was its permanent secretary for twenty-six years. He was the son of physician Alexandre Jacques François Bertrand and the brother of archaeologist Alexandre Bertrand. His father died when Joseph was only nine […]

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  • Marcel Alexandre Bertrand

    1847 - 1907

    Marcel Alexandre Bertrand (1847 - 1907)

    Marcel Alexandre Bertrand (July 2, 1847 – February 13, 1907) was a French geologist born in Paris. He was the son of mathematician Joseph Louis François Bertrand (1822–1900), and son-in-law to physicist Éleuthère Mascart (1837-1908).  He was a student at the École Polytechnique, and beginning in 1869 he attended the Ecole des Mines de Paris. […]

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  • Margeurite Bertrandias

    1891 - 1968

    Margeurite Bertrandias (1891 - 1968)

    Actress. Appearing in more than 60 Westerns melodramas, she was ‘Margaret Fowler’ in “A Daughter of the City,” (1915) ‘Mary Lawton’ in “The Man of Bronze,” (1918) ‘Eileen Arden’ in “Forbidden Lover” (1923) and ‘Julia’ in “The Palm Beach Girl”(1926). She died for injuries from road accident.

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  • Jöns Jacob Berzelius

    1779 - 1848

    Jöns Jacob Berzelius (1779 - 1848)

    Born at Väversunda in Östergötland in Sweden, Berzelius lost both his parents at an early age. Relatives in Linköping took care of him, and there he attended the school today known as Katedralskolan. He then enrolled at Uppsala University where he learned the profession of medical doctor from 1796 to 1801; Anders Gustaf Ekeberg, the […]

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  • Annie Besant

    1847 - 1933

    Annie Besant (1847 - 1933)

    Annie Besant (1 October 1847 – 20 September 1933) was a prominent British socialist, theosophist, women’s rights activist, writer and orator and supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule.  In 1867, Annie at age 20, married Frank Besant, a clergyman, and they had two children, but Annie’s increasingly anti-religious views led to a legal separation in […]

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  • Bibi Besch

    1940 - 1996

    Bibi Besch (1940 - 1996)

    Actress. She is best remembered for her role of ‘Dr. Carol Marcus’ in the motion picture “Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan” (1982). Born Bibiana Huber in Vienna, Austria, her mother was actress Gusti Huber. She came to the USA after World War II as a child, and grew up in Chappaqua, New York. […]

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  • Ted Bessell

    1935 - 1996

    Ted Bessell (1935 - 1996)

    Born in Flushing, New York, Bessell grew up in Manhasset on Long Island, New York. He was originally gearing up for a career as a classical musician. As a 12-year-old child prodigy, he performed a piano recital at Carnegie Hall. Bessell played lacrosse in high school with future football star and actor Jim Brown. However, after […]

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