• Jean Harlow

    1911 - 1937

    Jean Harlow (1911 - 1937)

    Jean Harlow Jean suffered from scarlet fever at the age 15 in 1926. This may have contributed to her untimely death from kidney disease on June 7, 1937 at the age of 26. Production for Harlow’s final film Saratoga, co-starring Clark Gable, was scheduled to begin filming in March 1937. However, production was delayed when […]

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  • Jean Hersholt

    1886 - 1956

    Jean Hersholt (1886 - 1956)

    Jean Hersholt was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, the son of Claire (née Petersen) and Henry Hersholt, actors who worked with the Danish Folk Theatre. Hersholt toured Europe performing with his family when he was young. He then graduated from the Copenhagen Art School. His first two films were made in Germany in 1906. He emigrated […]

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  • Jean Louis

    1907 - 1997

    Jean Louis (1907 - 1997)

    Jean Louis (born Jean Louis Berthault: October 5, 1907 in Paris, France – April 20, 1997 in Palm Springs, California, USA) was a French-born, Hollywood costume designer and an Academy Award winner for Costume Design. Before coming to Hollywood he worked in New York for fashion entrepreneur Hattie Carnegie, where the clientele included Joan Cohn, […]

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  • Jean Marais

    1913 - 1998

    Jean Marais (1913 - 1998)

    A native of Cherbourg, France, Marais was a son of Alfred Emmanuel Victor Paul Villain-Marais and his wife, the former Aline Marie Louise Vassord. Marais starred in several movies directed by Jean Cocteau, for a time his lover and a lifelong friend, most famously Beauty and the Beast (1946) and Orphée (1949). Marais played over 100 […]

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  • Jean Negulesco

    1900 - 1993

    Jean Negulesco (1900 - 1993)

    Born in Craiova, he attended Carol I High School. In 1915 Jean Negulesco moved to Vienna, and then went to Bucharest in 1919, where he worked as a painter before becoming a stage decorator in Paris. In 1927 he went to New York City for an exhibition of his paintings and settled there. He then […]

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  • Jean Nidetch

    1923 - 2015

    Jean Nidetch (1923 - 2015)

    Nidetch was born in Brooklyn, New York, to David Slutsky, a cab driver, and Mae Slutsky, a manicurist. A graduate of Girls’ High School, Nidetch received a partial scholarship to Long Island University but was unable to attend due to a lack of financial resources. Instead, Nidetch enrolled in a business course at City College […]

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  • Jean Parker

    1915 - 2005

    Jean Parker (1915 - 2005)

    Actress. Best remembered as ‘Beth’ in the 1933 version of “Little Women,” opposite Katharine Hepburn, Frances Dee, and Joan Bennett. Jean Parker was born Lois Mae Green to Louis Green, a well-known gunsmith and hunter, and Melvina Burch. She was discovered by Ida Koverman, Louis B. Mayer’s personal assistant when she posed for a poster […]

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  • Jean Rogers

    1916 - 1991

    Jean Rogers (1916 - 1991)

    Rogers was born Eleanor Dorothy Lovegren in Belmont, Massachusetts. Her father was an immigrant from Malmö, Sweden. She had hoped to study art. In 1933, though, she won a beauty contest sponsored by Paramount Pictures, which led to her career in Hollywood. Rogers starred in several serials for Universal between 1935 and 1938, including Ace […]

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  • Jean Simmons

    1929 - 2010

    Jean Simmons (1929 - 2010)

    Simmons was born in Lower Holloway, London, to Charles Simmons, a gymnast, and his wife, Winifred (née Loveland) Simmons. Jean was the youngest of four children with siblings Edna, Harold and Lorna. She began acting at the age of 14. During the Second World War, the Simmons family was evacuated to Winscombe, Somerset. Her father, […]

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  • Jean Stapleton

    1923 - 2013

    Jean Stapleton (1923 - 2013)

    Stapleton was born in Manhattan, New York City, to Joseph E. Murray (a billboard advertising salesman) and Marie Stapleton Murray (an opera singer). At age 18, while she was a student at Manhattan’s Hunter College, she began her career in 1941 in summer stock theatre, and made her New York debut in the Off-Broadway play […]

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  • Jean-Michel Frank

    1895 - 1941

    Jean-Michel Frank (1895 - 1941)

    Jean-Michel Frank was born in Paris, a son of Léon Frank, a banker, and his wife and cousin, the former Nanette Frank. From 1904, he attended the Lycée Janson de Sailly in Paris. He began law school in 1911, but in 1915, he was hit by the double blow of the death of his two […]

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  • Jean-Pierre Aumont

    1911 - 2001

    Jean-Pierre Aumont (1911 - 2001)

    Aumont was born Jean-Pierre Philippe Salomons in Paris, the son of Suzanne (née Cahen; 1885–1940), an actress, and Alexandre Salomons, owner of La Maison du Blanc (a linen department store). His mother’s uncle was well-known stage actor George Berr (died 1942). His father was from a Dutch Jewish family; his mother’s family were French Jews. […]

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  • Jeanette MacDonald

    1903 - 1965

    Jeanette MacDonald (1903 - 1965)

    Jeanette MacDonald Actress and Singer. She is best remembered for her partnership with singer Nelson Eddy in a series of movies during the 1930s. A talented lyrical soprano, she had a wide vocal range, E above high C, close to three octaves. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Daniel and Anne MacDonald, she first became a […]

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  • Jeanette Nolan

    1911 - 1998

    Jeanette Nolan (1911 - 1998)

    Jeanette Nolan Was an American radio, film, and television actress who was nominated for four Emmy Awards. Nolan graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in her native Los Angeles, California. In 1935, Nolan married actor John McIntire; the couple remained together until his death in 1991. The couple had two children, one of whom was […]

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  • Jeanne Bice

    1939 - 2011

    Jeanne Bice (1939 - 2011)

    Bice was born on July 20, 1939, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, where she was also raised. She later moved to the nearby town of Ripon, Wisconsin as an adult. Bice and her husband, Arlow “Butch” Bice Jr., had a son and a daughter, Tim and Lee. She opened her first store, a women’s apparel […]

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  • Jeanne Cagney

    1919 - 1984

    Jeanne Cagney (1919 - 1984)

    She was born in New York City, the younger sister of film actor James Cagney and actor/producer William Cagney. She married Jack Morrison on June 6, 1953; they had two children. Cagney died in Newport Beach, California from lung cancer, aged 65.  She appeared in 19 films between 1939 and 1965, including four films with […]

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  • Jeanne Cooper

    1928 - 2013

    Jeanne Cooper (1928 - 2013)

    Jeanne Cooper Wilma Jeanne Cooper (October 25, 1928 – May 8, 2013), best known as Jeanne Cooper, was an American actress, best known for her Emmy Award winning role as Katherine Chancellor on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless (1973–2013). At the time of her death, she was eighth on the all-time […]

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  • Jeff Buckley

    1966 - 1997

    Jeff Buckley (1966 - 1997)

    Jeff Buckley Musician. Born in Anaheim, California, he was a singer, songwriter, guitarist, whom emerged in New York City’s avant-garde club scene in the 1990’s. Signed to Columbia Records, he released his first album “At Sin-é” (1993) followed by his full-band album, “Grace” (1994). With the success of the albums, he went on an extensive […]

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  • Jeff Corey

    1914 - 2002

    Jeff Corey (1914 - 2002)

    Jeff Corey was born Arthur Zwerling[citation needed] in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Mary (née Peskin) and Nathan Zwerling. He attended the Feagin School of Dramatic Art and took part in the New York Federal Theatre Project. He worked with Jules Dassin, Elia Kazan, John Randolph and other politically liberal theatrical personalities. Although he […]

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  • Jeff Hanneman

    1964 - 2013

    Jeff Hanneman (1964 - 2013)

    Hanneman was born January 31, 1964, in Oakland, California, and grew up in Long Beach in a family containing several war veterans: his father fought in Normandy during World War II and his brothers in Vietnam, making warfare a common conversation topic at the dinner table. War films were popular on TV at the time, […]

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  • Jeffrey Dahmer

    1960 - 1994

    Jeffrey Dahmer (1960 - 1994)

    Serial Killer, having killed an estimated 16 men and boys.   Jeffrey Dahmer was born on May 21, 1960 in West Allis, Wisconsin, the first son of Joyce Annette (née Flint) and Lionel Herbert Dahmer. Dahmer’s mother worked as a teletype machine instructor, whereas his father was a student at Marquette University, working towards a degree […]

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  • Jenni Rivera

    1969 - 2012

    Jenni Rivera (1969 - 2012)

    Entertainer.  American-born Dolores Janney Rivera Saavedra, better known as Jenni Rivera and ‘The Diva of Banda’, released her first studio album in 2003 with ‘Homejane A Las Grandes’ and went on to sell over 15 million albums worldwide in the banda and nortena genre.  In 2008, the Latin Grammy-nominated artists tenth studio album became her […]

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  • Jennifer Jones

    1919 - 2009

    Jennifer Jones (1919 - 2009)

    Jennifer Jones Best known for her performance in “A Song for Bernadette,” for which she won the Academy Award in 1944. She was born Phyllis Lee Isley, the only child of Phillip and Flora Mae Isley, owners and stars of a theatrical stock company. Her family traveled the country performing plays under a tent. Phyllis […]

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  • Jeremy Elliot Applegate

    1965 - 2000

    Jeremy Elliot Applegate (1965 - 2000)

    Actor. Appeared in the role of ‘Peter Dawson,’ the straight laced friend to Veronica (played by Wynona Ryder), in the hit movie “Heathers” in 1989. Through the 1980s, he had many guest star and recurring roles on shows like “My Two Dads,” “Our House,” and “21 Jump Street.”

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  • Jeremy Slate

    1926 - 2006

    Jeremy Slate (1926 - 2006)

    He attended a military academy and joined the United States Navy when he was sixteen. He was barely eighteen when his destroyer assisted in the Normandy Invasion on D-Day (June 6, 1944). After the war he attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, where he graduated with honors in English. He was also president […]

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  • Jerome Cowan

    1897 - 1972

    Jerome Cowan (1897 - 1972)

    Jerome Palmer Cowan (October 6, 1897 – January 24, 1972) was an American stage, film, and television actor. At eighteen he joined a travelling stock company, shortly afterwards enlisting in the United States Navy during World War I. After the war he returned to the stage and became a vaudeville headliner, then gained success on […]

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  • Jerome Howard

    1903 - 1952

    Jerome Howard (1903 - 1952)

    Jerome Howard He was the youngest of Jennie and Solomon Horwitz’s five sons, and because of his status as family baby, his mother would often call him “My baby,” leading his four much-older brothers to tease him by calling him Baby and later Babe, a nickname he later grew to like so much he often […]

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  • Jerry Blackwell

    1949 - 1995

    Jerry Blackwell (1949 - 1995)

    Jerry Blackwell Jerry Blackwell began his career in the 1970s. Despite his considerable bulk, Blackwell was quite nimble and a gifted worker, able to throw a standing dropkick and take bumps in the ring. In 1976, he wrestled in Pennsylvania, where he faced such wrestlers as Dominic DeNucci and Ivan Putski; in the latter match, […]

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  • Jerry Buss

    1933 - 2013

    Jerry Buss (1933 - 2013)

    Born in Salt Lake City, Buss was raised by his divorced mother, Jessie. When he was nine years old, he moved with his mother to Los Angeles; they moved to Kemmerer, Wyoming, three years later when she remarried. Buss earned a scholarship to the University of Wyoming, graduating with a B.S. degree in two and […]

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  • Jerry Coleman

    1924 - 2014

    Jerry Coleman (1924 - 2014)

    Born in San Jose, California, Coleman graduated from Lowell High School, then spent his entire playing career with the New York Yankees. He played six years in the Yankees’ minor league system before reaching the big club in 1949. Coleman hit .275 in his first year and led all second basemen in fielding percentage. He […]

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