• Phyllis Calvert

    1915 - 2002

    Phyllis Calvert (1915 - 2002)

    Born Phyllis Hannah Bickle in Chelsea, she trained at the Margaret Morris School of Dancing and performed from the age of ten, gaining her first film role at the age of 12, in The Arcadians (1927), also known as The Land of Heart’s Desire. Calvert performed in repertory theatre and in several films, before making […]

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  • Phyllis Diller

    1917 - 2012

    Phyllis Diller (1917 - 2012)

    Diller was born Phyllis Ada Driver in Lima, Ohio on July 17, 1917, the only child of Perry Marcus Driver (June 13, 1862 – August 12, 1948), an insurance agent, and Frances Ada (née Romshe; January 12, 1881 – January 26, 1949). She had German and Irish ancestry (the surname “Driver” had been changed from […]

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  • Phyllis Frelich

    1944 - 2014

    Phyllis Frelich (1944 - 2014)

    Frelich was born in Devils Lake, North Dakota to deaf parents Esther (née Dockter) and Phillip Frelich, and was the eldest of nine siblings (all deaf). She attended North Dakota School for the Deaf, graduating in 1962, and then went on to study at Gallaudet College (now known as Gallaudet University), a school for the […]

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  • Phyllis Love

    1925 - 2011

    Phyllis Love (1925 - 2011)

    Following her graduation in 1948 from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Technology (which later would merge with Mellon Institute of Industrial Research to form Carnegie Mellon University), Phyllis Love made her way to New York, where, in short order, Phyllis Love  would gain entry into the recently formed Actors Studio. Her small screen debut would come […]

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  • Pier Angeli

    1932 - 1971

    Pier Angeli (1932 - 1971)

    Born Anna Maria Pierangeli in Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy. Her twin sister is the actress Marisa Pavan. Pier Angeli made her film debut with Vittorio De Sica in Domani è troppo tardi (1950), after being spotted by director Léonide Moguy and De Sica. She was discovered by Hollywood, and MGM launched her in her first American […]

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  • Pierce Butler

    1866 - 1939

    Pierce Butler (1866 - 1939)

    Butler was born to Patrick and Mary Ann Butler, Catholic immigrants from County Wicklow, Ireland. (The pair met in Galena, Illinois, after having left the same part of Ireland because of the Irish Potato Famine.) Soon, the couple settled in Sciota, then Waterford, Dakota County, Minnesota. Their son Pierce Butler was the sixth of nine […]

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  • Pierre Brice

    1929 - 2015

    Pierre Brice (1929 - 2015)

    Pierre Brice was born in Brest, France. When he was 19, Brice enlisted in the French Army and fought in the First Indochina War. While patrolling in Indochina, one of his team triggered a mine and its explosion sent Brice whirling through the air, but left him virtually unhurt. Later he served as a paratrooper […]

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  • Platt Adams

    1885 - 1961

    Platt Adams (1885 - 1961)

    He was born in Belleville, New Jersey on March 23, 1885. He had a brother, Benjamin Willard Adams, also an Olympic athlete. In 1908 he finished fifth in the triple jump competition as well as in the standing high jump event. In the standing long jump competition he finished sixth. He also participated in the […]

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  • Pola Alonso

    1923 - 2004

    Pola Alonso (1923 - 2004)

    Cinema and T.V. actress, one of the most popular actresses of the Golden Age of Argentine Cinema. She participated in 15 movies and is well remembered for her marriage with the famed soccer player José Manuel Moreno.

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  • Polly Bergen

    1930 - 2014

    Polly Bergen (1930 - 2014)

    Bergen was born in Knoxville, Tennessee to Lucy (née Lawhorn) and William Hugh Burgin, a construction engineer. “Bill Bergen”, as he was later known, had singing talent and appeared with his daughter in several episodes of her 18-episode NBC comedy/variety show, The Polly Bergen Show, which aired during the 1957-1958 television season.  Bergen appeared in […]

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  • Pope John Paul II

    1920 - 2005

    Pope John Paul II (1920 - 2005)

    Pope John Paul II (Latin: Ioannes Paulus II), born Karol Józef Wojtyła (8 May 1920 ‒ 2 April 2005) was pope of the Catholic Church from 16 October 1978 until his death on 2 April 2005. In Catholicism, since his canonisation, he is referred to as Pope Saint John Paul II or Saint John Paul […]

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  • Porter Wagoner

    1927 - 2007

    Porter Wagoner (1927 - 2007)

    Porter Wagoner Porter Wagoner, a country singer who mixed rhinestone suits, a towering cotton-candy pompadour and cornball jokes with direct, simple songs over a career best known for his partnership with Dolly Parton, died Sunday in Nashville. He was 80 and lived in Nashville. He had been hospitalized with lung cancer, the Grand Ole Opry […]

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  • Preston Foster

    1900 - 1970

    Preston Foster (1900 - 1970)

    Preston Foster (August 24, 1900 – July 14, 1970), sometimes credited as Preston S. Foster, was an American stage and film actor. He also had a career as a vocalist. Preston Foster entered films in 1929 after acting on Broadway. He was still appearing on Broadway as late as November 1931, in the cast of the […]

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  • Princess Diana

    1961 - 1997

    Princess Diana (1961 - 1997)

    Princess Diana Diana, Princess of Wales (Diana Frances; née Spencer; 1 July 1961 – 31 August 1997), was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, who is the eldest child and heir apparent of Queen Elizabeth II. Diana was born into an aristocratic British family with royal ancestry as The Honourable Diana Frances Spencer. […]

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  • Priscilla Lane

    1915 - 1995

    Priscilla Lane (1915 - 1995)

    Priscilla Lane Priscilla Mullican was born on June 12, 1915, in Indianola, Iowa, a small college town south of Des Moines. She was the youngest of five daughters of Dr. Lorenzo Mullican, DDS, and his wife, Cora Bell Hicks. Dr. Mullican had a dental practice in Indianola. The family owned a large house with 22 […]

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  • Proof

    1973 - 2006

    Proof (1973 - 2006)

    DeShaun Dupree Holton was born to Sharallene “Pepper” Holton, a single mother. His father, McKinley Jackson, was a music producer who left to pursue his career prior to Holton’s birth. Holton grew up in Warren, Michigan where he met childhood friend and future musical collaborator Marshall Mathers, who would later rise to fame as Eminem. Originally […]

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  • Prudence Crandall

    1803 - 1890

    Prudence Crandall (1803 - 1890)

    Prudence Crandall was born on September 3, 1803 to Pardon and Esther Carpenter Crandall, a Quaker couple in the Hope Valley area in the town of Hopkinton, Rhode Island. At the age of 17, her father decided to move the family to the small town of Canterbury, Connecticut. She attended the Friends’ Boarding School in […]

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  • Prunella Ransome

    1943 - 2002

    Prunella Ransome (1943 - 2002)

    Born Prunella Jane Ransome in Croydon, Surrey, she later lived in Titchfield where her father Jimmy Ransome was a public school headmaster from 1952 to 1958. Ransome studied at Elmhurst School for Dance and began her performing career as a teenager. Ransome made her West End debut in a 1959 musical production of Jane Eyre with […]

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