• James Mitose

    1916 - 1981

    James Mitose (1916 - 1981)

    James Mitose James Masayoshi (Masakichi Kosho Kenposai) Mitose was born in Kailua-Kona, North Kona District, Hawaii on December 30, 1916. On October 22, 1920, at the age of four, he and his two sisters were taken by their mother back to Japan to be given formal education and upbringing with family living there. While there, […]

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  • James Monroe

    1758 - 1831

    James Monroe (1758 - 1831)

    James Monroe was the fifth President of the United States (1817–1825). Monroe was the last president who was a Founding Father of the United States and the last president from the Virginia dynasty and the Republican Generation. He was of French and Scottish descent. Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Monroe was of the planter class […]

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  • James Napoli

    2024 - 1992

    James Napoli (2024 - 1992)

    Organized Crime Figure. He was a Capo in the Genovese Organized Crime Family. He controlled one of the largest gambling operations in the United States from the 1950s though the 1980s.

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  • James Polk

    1795 - 1849

    James Polk (1795 - 1849)

    James Polk 11th President of the United States (1845–1849). Polk was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He later lived in and represented Tennessee. A Democrat, Polk served as the 17th Speaker of the House of Representatives (1835–1839) and Governor of Tennessee (1839–1841). Polk was the surprise (dark horse) candidate for president in 1844, defeating […]

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  • James Q. Wilson

    1931 - 2012

    James Q. Wilson (1931 - 2012)

    James Wilson completed his B.A. at the University of Redlands in 1952, where he was the national collegiate debate champion in 1951 and 1952. He completed an M.A. (1957) and a Ph.D. (1959) in political science at the University of Chicago. From 1961 to 1987, he was the Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University. […]

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  • James Rebhorn

    1948 - 2014

    James Rebhorn (1948 - 2014)

    James Rebhorn James Robert Rebhorn (September 1, 1948 – March 21, 2014) was an American actor who appeared in over 100 films, television series, and plays. At the time of his death, he had recurring roles in the current series White Collar and Homeland. Early and personal life Rebhorn was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the […]

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  • James Stewart

    1908 - 1997

    James Stewart (1908 - 1997)

    James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908, in Indiana, Pennsylvania, the son of Elizabeth Ruth (née Jackson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. Stewart had Scottish and Irish ancestry, and was raised as a Presbyterian. He was descended from veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and the […]

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  • James Villiers

    1933 - 1998

    James Villiers (1933 - 1998)

    James Michael Hyde Villiers (29 September 1933 – 18 January 1998) was an English character actor and a familiar face on British television. He was particularly memorable for his plummy voice and ripe articulation. Born in London and educated at Wellington College, Berkshire and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, ‘Gentleman Jim’ Villiers (pronounced Villers) was […]

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  • James Wheaton

    1924 - 2002

    James Wheaton (1924 - 2002)

    James Wheaton (January 11, 1924 – June 9, 2002), was an American motion picture and television actor. He may be best known as the voice actor “OMM” in George Lucas’s THX 1138, a role for which he was chosen over Orson Welles. Wheaton also appeared in Trouble Comes to Town and Sanford and Son. In the […]

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  • James Whitmore

    1921 - 2009

    James Whitmore (1921 - 2009)

    Born in White Plains, New York to Florence Belle (née Crane) and James Allen Whitmore, Sr., a park commission official, Whitmore attended Amherst Central High School in Snyder, New York for three years, before transferring to the Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut, on a football scholarship. He went on to study at Yale University, also […]

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  • Jamie Coots

    1971 - 2014

    Jamie Coots (1971 - 2014)

    Coots grew up in Middlesboro, Ky. He was a third-generation snake handler. He was the pastor of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name, a church founded by his grandfather, Tommy Coots, in 1978. He began handling snakes at age 23. His son, Cody “Little Cody” Coots, is also active in his father’s church. Coots primarily […]

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  • Jamie Gillis

    1943 - 2010

    Jamie Gillis (1943 - 2010)

    Gillis was born into a Jewish family and named Jamey Ira Gurman in New York City and graduated from Columbia University. His parents named him Jamie after the Tyrone Power character in the film The Black Swan (1942), and he took the name Gillis from the girlfriend he was living with when he made his […]

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  • Jan Hooks

    1957 - 2014

    Jan Hooks (1957 - 2014)

    Jan Hooks Janet Vivian “Jan” Hooks (April 23, 1957 – October 9, 2014) was an American actress and comedian best known for her work on Saturday Night Live, where she was a repertory player from 1986-91, and continued making cameo appearances until 1994. Her subsequent work included a regular role on the final two seasons […]

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  • Jane Adams

    1921 - 2014

    Jane Adams (1921 - 2014)

    Jane Adams was born in San Antonio, Texas and received a full scholarship to Juilliard, which she turned down to spend years studying at the Pasadena Playhouse. From there she got her start on Lux Radio Theatre and then with the Harry Conover Modeling Agency, where she was given her nickname “Poni”. (This was supposedly […]

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  • Jane Appleton Pierce

    1806 - 1863

    Jane Appleton Pierce (1806 - 1863)

    Born in Hampton, New Hampshire, the daughter of Reverend Jesse Appleton, a Congregationalist minister, and Elizabeth Means-Appleton, Jane was a petite, frail, shy, melancholy figure. After the death of her father, who had served as president of Bowdoin College not long before Franklin enrolled there, she moved at age 13 into the mansion of her […]

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  • Jane Austen

    1775 - 1817

    Jane Austen (1775 - 1817)

    Austen’s parents, George Austen (1731–1805), and his wife Cassandra (1739–1827), were members of substantial gentry families. George was descended from a family of woollen manufacturers, which had risen through the professions to the lower ranks of the landed gentry. Cassandra was a member of the prominent Leigh family. They married on 26 April 1764 at […]

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  • Jane Croly

    1829 - 1901

    Jane Croly (1829 - 1901)

    Jane Cunningham was born in England, the daughter of a Unitarian minister, Reverend Joseph Cunningham, and his wife Jane Scott. The family emigrated to the United States when young Jane was twelve. The family first lived in Poughkeepsie, New York and later in Southbridge Massachusetts.  Jane first became interested in journalism while a student; she […]

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  • Jane Darwell

    1879 - 1967

    Jane Darwell (1879 - 1967)

    Born Patti Woodard to William Robert Woodard, president of the Louisville Southern Railroad, and Ellen Booth in Palmyra in Marion County in northeastern Missouri, she originally intended to become a circus rider, then later an opera singer. Her father objected, however, and she compromised by becoming an actress but changed her name to Jane Darwell […]

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  • Jane Froman

    1907 - 1980

    Jane Froman (1907 - 1980)

    Ellen Jane Froman was born in University City, Missouri, the daughter of Elmer Ellsworth Froman and Anna T. Barcafer. Her childhood and adolescence were spent in the small Missouri town of Clinton. Her father left her mother when Jane was about 5 years old. She developed a stutter around this time, which plagued her all […]

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  • Jane Greer

    1924 - 2001

    Jane Greer (1924 - 2001)

    The five-foot five Greer began life as Bettejane Greer in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Charles Durell McClellan Greer, Jr., and his wife, Bettie. In 1940, at age 15, Greer suffered from a facial palsy, which paralyzed the left side of her face. She recovered, but it has been speculated that the condition contributed to […]

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  • Jane Henson

    1934 - 2013

    Jane Henson (1934 - 2013)

    Jane Nebel Henson Jane Nebel Henson met Jim Henson in a puppetry class at the University of Maryland and soon after became an integral creative and business partner in what would become the world famous Muppets. As a fine arts education major studying at the University of Maryland in 1954, Jane Nebel shared with Jim […]

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  • Jane Hylton

    1927 - 1979

    Jane Hylton (1927 - 1979)

    Talent-spotted in her teens, Jane Hylton was a product of the Rank Organisation’s Company of Youth (more commonly referred to as the Rank Charm School), which took promising young actors and groomed them for a career in film. The programme turned out some genuine stars such as Dirk Bogarde and Diana Dors, but most alumni […]

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  • Jane Kean

    1923 - 2013

    Jane Kean (1923 - 2013)

    Kean and her older sister, Betty (1914 (some sources cite 1915 or 1916) – 1986), formed a comedy duo that worked the nightclub circuit throughout the 1940s/50s, and the two appeared on Broadway as sisters in the short-lived 1955 musical, Ankles Aweigh. Jane Kean was the sister-in-law of actor Lew Parker, best known as Lou […]

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  • Jane Russell

    1921 - 2011

    Jane Russell (1921 - 2011)

    Jane Russell Russell had three husbands: Bob Waterfield, (a UCLA All American, Cleveland Rams quarterback, Los Angeles Rams quarterback, Los Angeles Rams head coach, and Pro Football Hall of Fame member (married on April 24, 1943, then divorced in July 1968)); actor Roger Barrett, (married on August 25, 1968, until his death of a heart […]

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  • Jane Wyatt

    1910 - 2006

    Jane Wyatt (1910 - 2006)

    Jane Waddington Wyatt was born on August 12, 1910, in Mahwah, New Jersey, but raised in Manhattan. Her father, Christopher Billopp Wyatt, Jr., was a Wall Street investment banker, and her mother, the former Euphemia Van Rensselaer Waddington, was a drama critic for the Catholic World. Both of her parents were Roman Catholic converts. Wyatt had […]

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  • Janet Achurch

    1864 - 1916

    Janet Achurch (1864 - 1916)

    Born as Janet Sharp on 17 January 1864 in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, her mother died during childbirth and she was reared by her father William Prior Sharp, an insurance agent. Her maternal grandparents, James and Mary Achurch, managed the Theatre Royal in Manchester. She became an actress after ending her education in 1881 and joining Sarah […]

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  • Janet Blair

    1921 - 2007

    Janet Blair (1921 - 2007)

    Actress. She was a singer in Hal Kemp’s Band when she signed with Columbia Studios in 1941. She made her film debut in “Three Girls on the Town” and held lead roles in “Broadway” (1944), “The Fabulous Dorseys,” “The Fuller Brush Man”(1946) and “The Black Arrow”(1948). After Columbia dropped her contract, she turned to acting […]

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  • Janet Brown

    1923 - 2011

    Janet Brown (1923 - 2011)

    Actress. Though she had a long and respected career on the British stage and television she shall undoubtedly be remembered for an uncanny ability to impersonate Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Educated in her hometown she took to the stage early and during World War II worked entertaining the troops. Janet made her silver screen bow […]

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  • Janet Carroll

    1940 - 2012

    Janet Carroll (1940 - 2012)

    Janet Carroll was born Janet Thiese in Chicago, the daughter of Hilda Catherine (Patton) and George Nicholas Thiese. She received formal theatrical training and began acting professionally in the late 1960s, appearing in numerous productions in local theaters. She then became a regular at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri, where she acted during five […]

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  • Janet Gaynor

    1906 - 1984

    Janet Gaynor (1906 - 1984)

    Gaynor was born Laura Augusta Gainor (some sources stated Gainer) in Germantown, Philadelphia. Nicknamed “Lolly” as a child, she was the youngest of two daughters born to Laura and Frank De Witt Gainor. Frank Gainor worked as a theatrical painter and paperhanger. When Gaynor was a toddler, her father began teaching her how to sing, […]

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