• Janet MacLachlan

    1933 - 2010

    Janet MacLachlan (1933 - 2010)

    MacLachlan was born Janet Angel MacLachlan in Harlem, New York; her mother, Iris South MacLachlan, and father, James MacLachlan, were both Jamaican-born and members of the Church of the Illumination. Attending P.S. 170 and Julia Ward Junior High School, MacLachlan graduated from Julia Richmond High School in 1950. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology […]

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  • Janet Margolin

    1943 - 1993

    Janet Margolin (1943 - 1993)

    Margolin was born in New York City, the daughter of Benjamin Margolin, an accountant who was born in Russia and was the founder and president of the Nephrosis Foundation, now the Kidney Foundation of New York. Her mother was Annette Margolin (née Lief, the daughter of Abraham and Nina Lief).  She attended the High School […]

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  • Janet Munro

    1934 - 1972

    Janet Munro (1934 - 1972)

    Janet Munro (28 September 1934 – 6 December 1972) was an English actress. Janet Munro starred in three Disney film releases, Darby O’Gill and the Little People (1959), Third Man on the Mountain (1959) and Swiss Family Robinson (1960), as well as The Horsemasters (1961), which aired on Disney’s weekly television series. Other film credits include […]

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  • Janette Carter

    1923 - 2006

    Janette Carter (1923 - 2006)

    Janette Carter (2 July 1923, Maces Spring, Virginia – 22 January 2006, Kingsport, Tennessee) was the last surviving child of A.P. and Sara Carter, of Carter Family musical fame. In 1976, she and community members built an 880-seat amphitheater, the Carter Family Fold, beside the store her father operated in Southwestern Virginia. Today, the Carter […]

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  • Janice Rule

    1931 - 2003

    Janice Rule (1931 - 2003)

    Janice Rule was born in Norwood, Ohio, to parents of Irish origin. Her father was a dealer in industrial diamonds. She began dancing at the Chez Paree nightclub at fifteen, which paid for ballet lessons, and was a dancer in the 1949 Broadway production of Miss Liberty. Rule also studied acting at the Chicago Professional School. She […]

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  • Janis Carter

    1913 - 1994

    Janis Carter (1913 - 1994)

    Janis Carter (October 10, 1913 – July 30, 1994) was a film and television actress working in the 1940s and 1950s. After attending Mather College in Cleveland, Ohio, Carter headed to New York in an attempt to start an opera career. Although unsuccessful in opera, she was working on Broadway when she was spotted on stage […]

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  • Janis Joplin

    1943 - 1970

    Janis Joplin (1943 - 1970)

    Janis Joplin Born in Port Arthur, Texas, her father was a cannery worker and her mother a registrar for a business college. Graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School, she was a member of the Glee Club and the Future Teachers of America. She attended Lamar State College and the University of Texas, where a fraternity […]

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  • Janos Starker

    1924 - 2013

    Janos Starker (1924 - 2013)

    Starker was born in Budapest to a father of Polish descent and a mother who had immigrated from Ukraine, both Jewish. His two older brothers were violinists, and the young János (named for the hospital in which he was born) was given a cello before his sixth birthday. A child prodigy, Starker made his first […]

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  • Jason Getsy

    1975 - 2009

    Jason Getsy (1975 - 2009)

    Jason Getsy Getsy was hired for US$5,000 to kill Charles Serafino, as well as any and all potential witnesses to the crime, in an argument over a lawn care business. On July 7, 1995, Getsy killed Charles Serafino’s mother, 66-year-old Ann Serafino, in Hubbard, Ohio, and shot Charles seven times, including once in the face […]

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  • Jason Massey

    1973 - 2001

    Jason Massey (1973 - 2001)

    Jason Massey In July 1993, James King was awakened early one morning by the sound of a car pulling up to his house, honking its horn twice, and driving away. A little later, when the car came by again, King looked out his window and observed a tan car turn off its headlights and park […]

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  • Jason Miller

    1939 - 2001

    Jason Miller (1939 - 2001)

    Miller was born John Anthony Miller in Queens, New York to Mary Claire (née Collins), a teacher, and John A. Miller, an electrician. His ancestry included Irish Catholic “with some admixture of German.” His family moved to Scranton, Pennsylvania in 1941, where Miller was educated at St. Patrick’s High School and the Jesuit-run University of Scranton. […]

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  • Jason Raize

    1975 - 2004

    Jason Raize (1975 - 2004)

    Born in Oneonta, New York, Raize grew up in the Catskills in upstate New York and started acting as a teenager, when his stepmother enrolled him in a summer Shakespeare workshop. In high school, after moving with his father to Oneonta, Raize performed in high school plays and with Oneonta’s Orpheus Theatre. He moved to […]

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  • Jason Robards

    1922 - 2000

    Jason Robards (1922 - 2000)

    Robards was born in Chicago, the son of Hope Maxine (née Glanville) Robards and Jason Robards, Sr., an actor who regularly appeared on the stage and in such early films as The Gamblers (1929). Robards was of German, English, Welsh, Irish, and Swedish descent. The family moved to New York City, when Jason Jr. was still […]

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  • Jawaharlal Nehru

    1889 - 1964

    Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 - 1964)

    Jawaharlal Nehru (14 November 1889 – 27 May 1964) was the first Prime Minister of India and a central figure in Indian politics for much of the 20th century. He emerged as the paramount leader of the Indian independence movement under the tutelage of Mahatma Gandhi and ruled India from its establishment as an independent […]

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  • Jay Adams

    1961 - 2014

    Jay Adams (1961 - 2014)

    Jay Adams was born in a part of Santa Monica, California known to locals as “Dogtown”. He grew up with his mother and his stepfather, Kent Sherwood. He began skating and surfing at the age of four. Sherwood worked at Dave Sweet’s Surf Shop under Pacific Ocean Park, where Adams was introduced to skateboarding by […]

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  • Jay D. Scott

    1952 - 2001

    Jay D. Scott (1952 - 2001)

    Jay D. Scott (August 21, 1952 – June 14, 2001) was executed by the U.S. state of Ohio for the 1983 murder of a delicatessen owner in Cleveland. He was the second man put to death by Ohio since it reinstated the death penalty in 1981.  On May 6, 1983, Vinnie M. Price, owner and […]

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  • Jay Eaton

    1899 - 1970

    Jay Eaton (1899 - 1970)

    Jay Eaton was an American character actor whose career spanned both the silent and sound film eras. Born on March 17, 1899 in Union, New Jersey, Eaton entered the film industry with a featured role in the 1920 silent film, Her First Elopement. Over the next 32 years, according to some sources, he would appear […]

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  • Jay Wesley Neill

    1965 - 2002

    Jay Wesley Neill (1965 - 2002)

    In 1983, Neill joined the United States Army. He met Robert Grady Johnson in February 1984 at a bar and became romantically involved. Neill was discharged in the summer of 1984 after disclosing that he was homosexual and quickly began having financial difficulties.  Neill and Johnson shared an apartment in Lawton, Oklahoma and a joint […]

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  • Jay Youngblood

    1955 - 1985

    Jay Youngblood (1955 - 1985)

    Jay Youngblood American professional wrestler better known by his ring name Jay Youngblood. He wrestled in the National Wrestling Alliance‘s Jim Crockett Promotions in a tag team with Ricky Steamboat. In addition, he wrestled with Florida Championship Wrestling and the American Wrestling Association. Romero started wrestling in 1975 in Amarillo under a mask and calling […]

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  • Jayne Mansfield

    1933 - 1967

    Jayne Mansfield (1933 - 1967)

    Jayne Mansfield In Biloxi, Mississippi, for an engagement at the Gus Stevens Supper Club, Mansfield stayed at the Cabana Courtyard Apartments near the club. After an evening appearance on June 28, 1967, Mansfield, her lover Sam Brody, their driver, Ronnie Harrison, with three of her children – Miklós, Zoltán and Mariska – set out in […]

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  • Jayne Meadows

    1919 - 2015

    Jayne Meadows (1919 - 2015)

    Jayne Meadows was born Jane Meadows Cotter in 1919 in Wuchang, one of three sections of Wuhan in the Hubei Province (where the Cotter family was relocated after a bomb fell on their home in Wu Chang [clarification needed]; the other two sections are Hanyang and Hankou), the daughter of American Episcopal missionary parents, the […]

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  • Jean Acker

    1893 - 1978

    Jean Acker (1893 - 1978)

    Jean Acker was born Harriet “Hattie” Ackers on October 23, 1893 in Trenton, New Jersey. Her father was Joseph Ackers, said to be of Cherokee descent. Her mother Margaret (unconfirmed) was Irish. In the 1900 census, Hattie is with Joseph and her grandparents, but no wife of Joseph is listed. In fact, he is reported […]

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  • Jean Arthur

    1900 - 1991

    Jean Arthur (1900 - 1991)

    Actress. She appeared in nearly 100 films from the silent era of the 1920s to her final film, the 1953 classic “Shane”, in which she starred with Allan Ladd and Van Heflin. Until her start in talkies, she kept her hair brunette, but shortly after the era of sound came to movies, she began bleaching […]

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  • Jean Bartik

    1924 - 2011

    Jean Bartik (1924 - 2011)

    In 1945, the Army was recruiting math majors for the war effort; her faculty adviser noticed a job advertisement for an Army project in Philadelphia and suggested Bartik apply. She was hired by the University of Pennsylvania to work for Army Ordnance at Aberdeen Proving Ground to calculate ballistics trajectories by hand as a human […]

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  • Jean Bethke Elshtain

    1941 - 2013

    Jean Bethke Elshtain (1941 - 2013)

    Elshtain was born on January 6, 1941 in Windsor, Colorado and grew up in Timnath, Colorado. She was from a Lutheran background. She received an AB Colorado State University and masters degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Colorado. She received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Massachusetts in 1973, […]

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  • Jean Byron

    1925 - 2006

    Jean Byron (1925 - 2006)

    Actress. Best remembered as ‘Natalie Lane,’ mother of Patty Duke on the 1960s series, “The Patty Duke Show.” Before acting, she worked briefly as a singer and entertainer on a local area radio show. She made a handful of films, but her career mainly consisted of numerous guest-starring roles on television. In 1963 she began […]

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  • Jean Engstrom

    1920 - 1997

    Jean Engstrom (1920 - 1997)

    Jean Engstrom was born Flora Jean Bovie,  in Michigan on July 25, 1920, the eldest of two children  born to Clarence Augustus Bovie (1892-1928), an artist  and commercial illustrator,  and Nona Iola Cochrun (1895-1976) After her father’s death due to a cerebral hemorrhage in 1928, 1930 census records show that she and her mother and […]

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  • Jean Eugene Robert Houdin

    1805 - 1871

    Jean Eugene Robert Houdin (1805 - 1871)

    Jean Eugene Robert Houdin Master of magic Robert-Houdin was born Jean Eugène Robert in Blois, France, on 6 December 1805—a day after his autobiography said he was. His father, Prosper Robert, was one of the best watchmakers in Blois. A skillful artisan and hard worker, Prosper Robert’s main ambition was to provide for his family, […]

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  • Jean Gabin

    1904 - 1976

    Jean Gabin (1904 - 1976)

    Gabin was born Jean-Alexis Moncorgé in Paris, the son of Madeleine Petit and Ferdinand Moncorgé, a cafe entertainer whose stage name was Gabin. He grew up in the village of Mériel in the Seine-et-Oise (now Val-d’Oise) département, about 22 mi (35 km) north of Paris. The son of cabaret entertainers, he attended the Lycée Janson […]

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  • Jean Hagen

    1923 - 1977

    Jean Hagen (1923 - 1977)

    Hagen was born as Jean Shirley Verhagen in Chicago, to Christian Verhagen (born August 10, 1890 – died April 1983), a Dutch immigrant, and his Chicago-born wife, Marie. The family moved to Elkhart, Indiana, when she was 12, and she subsequently graduated from Elkhart High School. She studied drama at Northwestern University and worked as […]

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