• Dick Powell

    1904 - 1970

    Dick Powell (1904 - 1970)

    Dick Powell was born in Mountain View, the seat of Stone County in northern Arkansas. The family moved to Little Rock in 1914, where Powell sang in church choirs and with a local orchestras and started his own band. Powell attended the former Little Rock College, before he started his entertainment career as a singer […]

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  • Dick Sargent

    1930 - 1994

    Dick Sargent (1930 - 1994)

    Born Richard Stanford Cox in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, on April 19, 1930 to mother, Ruth McNaughton, daughter of John McNaughton who founded Los Angeles famed Union Stockyards. She appeared under the ‘nom-de-arte’ (stage name) of Ruth Powell, and had important supporting bit roles in such screen classics as The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Hearts […]

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  • Dick Tiger

    1929 - 1971

    Dick Tiger (1929 - 1971)

    Dick Tiger Nigerian professional boxer, world middleweight (160 pounds) and light heavyweight (175 pounds) champion during the 1960s. Tiger learned to box from British military officers stationed in Nigeria. He began his professional boxing career in his homeland in 1952, and he went on to win the Nigerian championship in the middleweight division before moving […]

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  • Dick Van Patten

    1928 - 2015

    Dick Van Patten (1928 - 2015)

    Dick Van Patten The round-faced actor who found lasting fame as the patriarch on TV’s “Eight is Enough,” has died. Van Patten’s rep confirmed the news of his death to FOX411. The actor died Tuesday in Santa Monica, California, of complications from diabetes. He was 86. Born in New York, the veteran entertainer began his […]

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  • Dick Wesson

    1922 - 1996

    Dick Wesson (1922 - 1996)

    Richard Lewis “Dick” Wesson (November 19, 1922 – April 25, 1996) was a prolific character actor, comedian, comedy writer, and producer. The dark haired man with a flat top haircut was frequently confused with announcer Dick Wesson. Wesson was born Richard Lewis Wesson on November 19, 1922 in Boston, Massachusetts. A comedian, impressionist and singer, Wesson […]

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  • Diem Brown

    1982 - 2014

    Diem Brown (1982 - 2014)

    Diem Brown Diem Brown (June 12, 1982 – November 14, 2014) was a recurring cast member on MTV’s reality television series The Challenge and entertainment reporter. Brown was also the founder and creator of MedGift, a website that provides support pages to people going through any medical or health experience. They provide resources to support […]

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  • Dieter Grau

    1913 - 2014

    Dieter Grau (1913 - 2014)

    Dieter Grau (April 24, 1913 – December 17, 2014) was a rocket scientist and member of the “von Braun rocket group”, at Peenemünde (1939–1945) working on the V-2 rockets in World War II. He was among the scientists who surrendered to the United States and traveled there, providing rocketry expertise via Operation Paperclip, which took […]

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  • Dimitra Arliss

    1932 - 2012

    Dimitra Arliss (1932 - 2012)

    Actress. Out of a 30 year career she is remembered as Loretta Salino, the hit-lady of 1973’s comedy classic “The Sting”. Raised in Ohio she had early theatrical ambitions and for many years was a company member at the Goodman Theater of Chicago; after relocating to New York Dimitra first attracted major notice in the […]

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  • Dirch Passer

    1926 - 1980

    Dirch Passer (1926 - 1980)

    When he was young, Passer was very shy, and had a dream of becoming an actor, but consented to his father’s wishes by attending J. Lauritzen’s sea training school near Svendborg in 1944. But since he had ongoing problems with seasickness, he later started at De frederiksbergske teatres Elevskole.  During the 1950s he formed a […]

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  • Dita Parlo

    1906 - 1971

    Dita Parlo (1906 - 1971)

    Dita Parlo (4 September 1906 – 12 December 1971), born Gerda Olga Justina Kornstädt in Stettin (present-day Szczecin), was a German film actress. Parlo made her first film appearance in Homecoming (Heimkehr) in 1928 and quickly became a popular actress in Germany. During the 1930s she moved easily between German and French films, achieving success in […]

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  • Divya Bharti

    1974 - 1993

    Divya Bharti (1974 - 1993)

    Divya Bharti was born on 25 February 1974, in Mumbai, India, as the child of Om Prakash Bharti, an insurance officer, and his second wife, Meeta Bharti. She had a younger brother named Kunal and two half siblings who were the result of her father’s first marriage. She spoke Hindi, English and Marathi fluently. In […]

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  • Dixie Carter

    1939 - 2010

    Dixie Carter (1939 - 2010)

    Carter was born in McLemoresville, Tennessee, and spent many of her early years in Memphis. She attended college at the University of Memphis and Rhodes College.  In college, she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority. In 1959, Carter competed in the Miss Tennessee pageant, where she placed first runner-up to Mickie Weyland. […]

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  • Dixie Evans

    1926 - 2013

    Dixie Evans (1926 - 2013)

    Dixie Evans (August 28, 1926 – August 3, 2013), born as Mary Lee Evans, was an American burlesque dancer and stripper. Evans is probably best remembered for her burlesque parody as Marilyn Monroe. Evans entered show-business as a model and later chorus girl before becoming a star dancer. By the early 1950s she was a […]

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  • Dixie Hall

    1970 - 2015

    Dixie Hall (1970 - 2015)

    Dixie Hall Dixie Hall, bluegrass and country music songwriter and wife of Country Music Hall of Fame member Tom T. Hall, passed away on Jan. 16. “Miss Dixie,” as she was often known, was 80 years old. She had, in recent years, been diagnosed with a brain tumor and had other health troubles. Born Iris […]

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  • DJ AM

    1973 - 2009

    DJ AM (1973 - 2009)

    Goldstein was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to a Jewish family. As a child, he was verbally abused by his father, whom Goldstein called “unbelievably cruel.” His father abused drugs and alcohol and was sent to jail for committing bank fraud and later died due to complications from AIDS. Goldstein attended the elite Quaker school Friends’ […]

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  • Doc Holliday

    1851 - 1887

    Doc Holliday (1851 - 1887)

    Doc Holliday A gunfighter and professional gambler, he is remembered for his friendship with Wyatt Earp and his involvement in the notorious Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona that resulted in the killing of three members of the Cochise County Cowboys, a loosely associated group of outlaw cowboys in Pima and Cochise County […]

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  • Dolley Madison

    1768 - 1849

    Dolley Madison (1768 - 1849)

    The first girl in her family, Dolley Payne was born on May 20, 1768, in the Quaker settlement of New Garden, North Carolina, in Guilford County to John Payne Jr. and Mary Coles Payne. Her parents, both Virginians, had moved there in 1765. Her mother, Mary Coles, a Quaker, had married John Payne, a non-Quaker, […]

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  • Dolores Costello

    1903 - 1979

    Dolores Costello (1903 - 1979)

    Dolores Costello was born in Pittsburgh, the daughter of actors Maurice Costello and Mae Costello (née Mae Altschuk). She was of Irish and German descent. She and her younger sister, Helene, made their first film appearances in the years 1909–1915 as child actresses for the Vitagraph Film Company. They played supporting roles in several films […]

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  • Dolores Faith

    1941 - 1990

    Dolores Faith (1941 - 1990)

    She was born Dolores Faith Hedges, July 15, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio. She was of Hungarian-Italian descent. She lost her hearing at age 4 from an accident but it later returned by age 8. A natural blonde, she died her hair black to better match her olive skin. She graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School in […]

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  • Dolores Gray

    1923 - 2002

    Dolores Gray (1923 - 2002)

    Born as Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein (but known by Sylvia Dolores Vernon growing up) to Barbara Marguerite Gray (born Marguerite Gray) and Harry Vernon Finkelstein (Stage Name Harry Vernon) in Los Angeles, California. Both her mother and father were Vaudeville actors – which is how they met. Gray’s parents divorced when she was a young child. […]

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  • Dolores Michaels

    1933 - 2001

    Dolores Michaels (1933 - 2001)

    Michaels was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Raymond Roscoe Michaels and his wife Esther Marie Holcomb.). Her father had been a professional baseball player who was a catcher with the Chicago Cubs. He then became a food broker. Michaels had the same birthday as Franklin D. Roosevelt, and was born only five weeks before he […]

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  • Dom DeLuise

    1933 - 2009

    Dom DeLuise (1933 - 2009)

    Dom DeLuise DeLuise was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Italian American parents Vincenza “Jennie” (née DeStefano), a homemaker, and John DeLuise, a public employee (garbage collector). He was the youngest of three children, having an older brother, Nicholas “Nick” DeLuise, and an older sister, Antoinette DeLuise-Daurio. DeLuise graduated from Manhattan’s High School of Performing […]

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  • Dom Mintoff

    1916 - 2012

    Dom Mintoff (1916 - 2012)

    Mintoff was born in Bormla. He attended a seminary before enrolling at the University of Malta. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science and, later, as an architect and civil engineer (1937). That same year he received a Rhodes Scholarship and pursued his studies at Hertford College, Oxford, where he received a Masters in Science […]

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  • Don Adams

    1923 - 2005

    Don Adams (1923 - 2005)

    Don Adams Born Donald James Yarmy to a Hungarian-Jewish father and Irish Catholic mother, Adams dropped out of high school and served in the US Marine Corps during World War II. He began in show business as a stand-up comic and impressionist, gaining notice in 1954 as a winner on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts, which […]

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  • Don Beddoe

    1903 - 1991

    Don Beddoe (1903 - 1991)

    Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Beddoe made his Broadway acting debut in 1929, receiving top billing (over a young Spencer Tracy) in Nigger Rich.  After a decade of stage work and bit parts in films, Beddoe began more prominent film roles in the late 1930s. He was usually cast as fast-talking reporters and the like. His […]

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  • Don Bexley

    1910 - 1997

    Don Bexley (1910 - 1997)

    Bexley was born on March 10, 1910 in either Jamestown, Virginia or Detroit, Michigan to the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bexley. His father was a Bible scholar and teacher and his mother a classical vocalist. “I was born with a flair for the stage, as I had always been a clown – even during […]

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  • Don Cornelius

    1936 - 2012

    Don Cornelius (1936 - 2012)

    Don Cornelius Cornelius was born on Chicago’s South Side on September 27, 1936, and raised in the Bronzeville neighborhood. Following his graduation from DuSable High School in 1954, he joined the United States Marine Corps and served 18 months in Korea. He worked at various jobs following his stint in the military, including selling tires, […]

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  • Don Drysdale

    1936 - 1993

    Don Drysdale (1936 - 1993)

    Don Drysdale During Drysdale’s 14-year baseball career, the fierce 6-foot-6 right-hander, nicknamed “Big D,” compiled a 209-166 record with a career earned-run average of 2.95. He pitched in five World Series and eight Major League All-Star games. Drysdale’s broadcasting partners, Vin Scully and Ross Porter, were told of Drysdale’s death shortly before Saturday night’s game […]

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  • Don Galloway

    1937 - 2009

    Don Galloway (1937 - 2009)

    Galloway was born in Brooksville, Kentucky, the son of Malee (Poe) and Paul Smith Galloway, a contractor. Galloway began his television career in 1962 in the New York-based soap opera The Secret Storm as the first actor to play Kip Rysdale. His first nighttime video stint was on Tom, Dick and Mary, one-third of the […]

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  • Don Gibson

    1928 - 2003

    Don Gibson (1928 - 2003)

    Don Gibson was born in Shelby, North Carolina, into a poor working-class family, and he dropped out of school in the second grade.  His first band was called Sons of the Soil, with whom he made his first recording in 1948.  In 1957, he journeyed to Nashville to work with producer Chet Atkins and record “Oh Lonesome Me” and “I Can’t Stop Loving […]

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