• Mary Philbin

    1902 - 1993

    Mary Philbin (1902 - 1993)

    Born in Chicago, Illinois into a middle-class Irish American Catholic family, she began her acting career after winning a beauty contest sponsored by Universal Pictures. Her father John Philbin was born in Ballinrobe, County Mayo, Ireland.  Mary Philbin made her screen debut in 1921 and during the 1920s she became a highly successful film actress […]

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  • Mary Thom

    1944 - 2013

    Mary Thom (1944 - 2013)

    Thom was born in Akron, Ohio in 1944. Her father was an engineer. He worked in the steel industry. Her mother worked from home as a homemaker. Thom listened to jazz and enjoyed Shakespeare. She credits these two interests at triggering her interest in activism. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1966. While there, […]

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  • Mary Todd Lincoln

    1818 - 1882

    Mary Todd Lincoln (1818 - 1882)

    Mary was born in Lexington, in Kentucky as the fourth of seven children of Robert Smith Todd, a banker, and Elizabeth (Parker) Todd. Her family were slaveholders, and Mary was raised in comfort and refinement. When Mary was six, her mother died. Two years later, her father married Elizabeth “Betsy” Humphreys and they had nine […]

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  • Mary Ure

    1933 - 1975

    Mary Ure (1933 - 1975)

    Born in Glasgow, Mary Ure was the daughter of civil engineer Colin McGregor Ure and Edith Swinburne. She went to the independent Mount School in York, and trained for the stage at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Known for her beauty, Ure began performing on the London stage and quickly developed […]

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  • Mary Wollstonecraft

    1759 - 1797

    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 - 1797)

    Wollstonecraft was born on 27 April 1759 in Spitalfields, London. She was the second of the seven children of Edward John Wollstonecraft and Elizabeth Dixon. Although her family had a comfortable income when she was a child, her father gradually squandered it on speculative projects. Consequently, the family became financially unstable and they were frequently […]

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  • Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange

    1631 - 1660

    Mary, Princess Royal and Princess of Orange (1631 - 1660)

    Princess Mary Henrietta was born at St. James’s Palace, London. Charles I designated her Princess Royal in 1642, thus establishing the tradition that the eldest daughter of the British Sovereign might bear this title. The title came into being when Queen Henrietta Maria, the daughter of King Henry IV of France wished to imitate the […]

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  • Mary, Queen of Scots

    1542 - 1587

    Mary, Queen of Scots (1542 - 1587)

    Mary, Queen of Scots (8 December 1542 – 8 February 1587), also known as Mary Stuart[3] or Mary I of Scotland, was Queen of Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567 and Queen consort of France from 10 July 1559 to 5 December 1560.  Mary, the only surviving legitimate child of King James […]

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  • Mason Adams

    1919 - 2005

    Mason Adams (1919 - 2005)

    Adams was born in Brooklyn, New York. He earned an MA degree from the University of Michigan in Theatre Arts and Speech and also attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, studying theater arts. He made his stage debut in 1940, appearing in summer stock at Baltimore’s Hilltop Theater. Adams was heard on many radio programs during Radio’s […]

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  • Mathilde Franziska Anneke

    1817 - 1884

    Mathilde Franziska Anneke (1817 - 1884)

    Mathilde Franziska Anneke (April 3, 1817 – November 25, 1884) was a German feminist, socialist, and newspaper editor, owner, and reporter. Born Mathilde Franziska Giesler, her first marriage to Alfred von Tabouillot, a rich wine merchant, ended in divorce. The ensuing custody battle over the children influenced her feminist views greatly. She later married Fritz […]

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  • Matilda Joslyn Gage

    1826 - 1898

    Matilda Joslyn Gage (1826 - 1898)

    Matilda Gage spent her childhood in a house which was used as a station of the Underground Railroad. She faced prison for her actions under the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 which criminalized assistance to escaped slaves. Even though she was beset by both financial and physical (cardiac) problems throughout her life, her work for […]

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  • Matthew Wrinkles

    1960 - 2009

    Matthew Wrinkles (1960 - 2009)

    Matthew Wrinkles A convicted multiple murderer, sentenced to death. He served 14 years at Indiana State Prison located in Michigan City, Indiana, where he was also executed on December 11, 2009.  On July 21, 1994, Wrinkles murdered his wife, Debra Jean Wrinkles, his brother-in-law Tony Fulkerson, and Fulkerson’s wife, Natalie Fulkerson, at their residence in […]

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  • Maureen O’Sullivan

    1911 - 1998

    Maureen O’Sullivan (1911 - 1998)

    Maureen O’Sullivan She is best remembered for her role of Jane in the Tarzan movies of the 1930s and 1940s. Considered Ireland’s first film star, she is also remembered as the mother of actress Mia Farrow. Born Maureen Paula O’Sullivan in County Roscommon, Ireland, she was the daughter of Mary Fraser Lovatt and Charles Joseph […]

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  • Maureen Stapleton

    1925 - 2006

    Maureen Stapleton (1925 - 2006)

    Stapleton was born Lois Maureen Stapleton in Troy, New York, the daughter of John P. Stapleton and Irene (née Walsh) , and grew up in a strict Irish American Catholic family. Her father was an alcoholic and her parents separated during her childhood. Stapleton moved to New York City at the age of eighteen, and did […]

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  • Maurice Denham

    1909 - 2002

    Maurice Denham (1909 - 2002)

    Denham was born in Beckenham, Kent, the son of Eleanor Winifred (née Lillico) and Norman Denham. He was educated at Tonbridge School and trained as a lift engineer. Denham eventually became an actor in 1934 and appeared in live television broadcasts as early as 1938, continuing to perform in that medium until 1997. Like fellow […]

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  • Maurice Sendak

    1928 - 2012

    Maurice Sendak (1928 - 2012)

    Sendak was born in New York City in the borough of Brooklyn to Polish Jewish immigrant parents named Sadie (née Schindler) and Philip Sendak, a dressmaker. Sendak described his childhood as a “terrible situation” due to the death of members of his extended family during the Holocaust which exposed him at a young age to […]

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  • Maury Chaykin

    1949 - 2010

    Maury Chaykin (1949 - 2010)

    Chaykin was born in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Irving J. Chaykin (1912–2007), was born in Brooklyn, and was a professor of accountancy at City College of New York. His mother, Clarice Chaykin (née Bloomfield, 1921–2012), was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, but raised in Montreal, Quebec since the age of three. She graduated from Beth […]

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  • Max Baer

    1909 - 1959

    Max Baer (1909 - 1959)

    Max Baer The Heavyweight Champion of the World from 1934 to 1935, he was born in Omaha, Nebraska and dropped out of school in the eighth grade to work with his father on a cattle ranch and developed great strength. He turned pro in 1929 and progressed steadily through the ranks beating the likes of […]

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  • Max Duane Barnes

    1936 - 2004

    Max Duane Barnes (1936 - 2004)

    Max Duane Barnes Max D. Barnes, the co-writer of such hits as “Chiseled in Stone,” “Look at Us” and “Who’s Gonna Fill Their Shoes,” died early Sunday (Jan. 11) of pneumonia at Baptist Hospital in Nashville. He was 67. During his nearly 40 years as a professional writer, Barnes saw his songs recorded by George […]

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  • Max Schmeling

    1905 - 2005

    Max Schmeling (1905 - 2005)

    Max Schmeling Max Schmeling, the German heavyweight boxing champion who was miscast as a symbol of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime in his 1938 bout with Joe Louis, died in his native Germany. He was 99. Schmeling, who became the first fighter to beat Louis in their 1936 meeting, died on Wednesday in the German town […]

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  • Max Valier

    1895 - 1930

    Max Valier (1895 - 1930)

    Valier was born in Bozen (Bolzano) in the County of Tyrol (now South Tyrol) and in 1913 enrolled to study Physics at the University of Innsbruck. He also trained as a machinist at a nearby factory. His studies were interrupted by the First World War, during which he served in the Austro-Hungarian army’s air corps […]

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  • Max Wall

    1908 - 1990

    Max Wall (1908 - 1990)

    Max Wall was born Maxwell George Lorimer, son of the successful music-hall entertainer Jack (Jock) Lorimer, a Scottish comedy actor from Forfar, known for his songs and dancing, and his wife Stella (born Maud Clara Mitchison). He was born near the Oval, at 37 Glenshaw Mansions, Brixton Road, London SW9. In 1916, during a World […]

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  • Maximilian Schell

    1930 - 2014

    Maximilian Schell (1930 - 2014)

    Maximilian Schell Maximilian Schell (8 December 1930 – 1 February 2014) was an Austrian and Swiss film and stage actor, who also wrote, directed and produced some of his own films. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1961 American film Judgment at Nuremberg, his second acting role in Hollywood. His parents […]

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  • Maxine Audley

    1923 - 1992

    Maxine Audley (1923 - 1992)

    Maxine Audley was born in London, England on 29 April 1923. Her parents were Henry Julius Hecht and Katherine Arkandy, the coloratura soprano. Audley attended the Westonbirt School in Gloucestershire. She trained for the stage at the Tamara Daykharhanova School in New York and the London Mask Theatre School. Maxine Audley was married four times: […]

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  • May Allison

    1890 - 1989

    May Allison (1890 - 1989)

    Allison was born in Rising Fawn, Georgia, the youngest of five children born to Dr. John Simon (Sam) Allison and Nannie Virginia (Wise) Allison.  Violet eyed, Allison made her Broadway stage debut in the 1914 production of Apartment 12-K before settling in Hollywood, California in the early days of motion pictures. Allison’s screen debut was […]

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  • Maya Angelou

    1928 - 2014

    Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014)

    Maya Angelou Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.  Born on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Angelou was raised in […]

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  • Maya Plisetskaya

    1925 - 2015

    Maya Plisetskaya (1925 - 2015)

    Maya Mikhaylovna Plisetskaya (Russian: Ма́йя Миха́йловна Плисе́цкая; 20 November 1925 – 2 May 2015) was a Soviet-born ballet dancer, choreographer, ballet director, and actress, who held Spanish and Lithuanian citizenship. She danced during the Soviet era at the same time as another famed Russian ballerina Galina Ulanova, and in 1960 took over Ulanova’s title as […]

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  • Maybelle Carter

    1909 - 1978

    Maybelle Carter (1909 - 1978)

    Maybelle Carter Affectionately and even reverently known as “Mother” Maybelle, Maybelle Carter was one-third of country music’s original first family, the Carters. Born Maybelle Addington in May of 1909, she was related by marriage to A.P. and Sara Carter — she married A.P.’s brother Ezra. Maybelle Carter was the group’s guitarist and also played autoharp […]

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  • Meena Kumari

    1932 - 1972

    Meena Kumari (1932 - 1972)

    Meena Kumari was the third daughter of Ali Baksh and Iqbal Begum. Khursheed and Madhu were her two elder sisters. At the time of her birth, her parents were unable to pay the fees of the doctor who had delivered her, so her father left her at a Muslim orphanage. However, he picked her up […]

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  • Meg Wyllie

    1917 - 2002

    Meg Wyllie (1917 - 2002)

    Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she grew up in the Philippines, where her father worked as an engineer in sugar plantations and moved to New York City in the 1940s. In 1960, she was cast as Mrs. Shafer in the episode “The Captain’s Dilemma” of the CBS military sitcom/drama series, Hennesey, starring Jackie Cooper as a United […]

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  • Meinhardt Raabe

    1915 - 2010

    Meinhardt Raabe (1915 - 2010)

    Raabe was born in Watertown, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1937, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He later went on to get his MBA at Drexel University.  Raabe did not hear the words “midget” or “dwarf” until young adulthood, and for a long time believed no one else might also […]

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