Gone, But Not Forgottenby rose77 | created - 25 Jan 2012 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
Actress | My Man Godfrey
Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. Her parents divorced in 1916 and her mother took the family on a trip out West. While there they decided to settle down in the Los Angeles area. After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the ...
Born: Jane Alice Peters
October 6, 1908 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Died: January 16, 1942 (age 33) in Table Rock Mountain, Nevada, USA
2. Frida Kahlo
Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderon was born on July 6, 1907 in Mexico City, Mexico. She was the seventh daughter of Guillermo Kahlo (born Carl Wilhelm Kahlo), a successful German photographer who emigrated to Mexico from Pforzheim, and of a Mexican-Indian mother, Matilde Calderón y González. ...
Born: Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón
July 6, 1907 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Died: July 13, 1954 (age 47) in Mexico City, Mexico
3. James Dean
Actor | East of Eden
James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to ...
Born: James Byron Dean
February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, USA
Died: September 30, 1955 (age 24) in Cholame, California, USA
4. Clark Gable
Actor | It Happened One Night
William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, to Adeline (Hershelman) and William Henry Gable, an oil-well driller. He was of German, Irish, and Swiss-German descent. When he was seven months old, his mother died, and his father sent him to live with his maternal aunt and uncle ...
Born: William Clark Gable
February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, USA
Died: November 16, 1960 (age 59) in Los Angeles, California, USA
5. Gary Cooper
Actor | High Noon
Born to Alice Cooper and Charles Cooper (not in film business). Gary attended school at Dunstable school England, Helena Montana and Iowa College, Grinnell, Iowa. His first stage experience was during high school and college. Afterwards, he worked as an extra for one year before getting a part in a...
Born: Frank James Cooper
May 7, 1901 in Helena, Montana, USA
Died: May 13, 1961 (age 60) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
Actress | Some Like It Hot
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. She became one of the world's most enduring iconic figures and is remembered both for her winsome embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and her tragic personal and professional struggles within the film industry. Her life and ...
Born: Norma Jeane Mortenson
June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: August 5, 1962 (age 36) in Los Angeles, California, USA
Actor | I Love Lucy
William Frawley was born in Burlington, Iowa. As a boy he sang at St. Paul's Catholic Church and played at the Burlington Opera House. His first job was as a stenographer for the Union Pacific Railroad. He did vaudeville with his brother Paul, then joined pianist Franz Rath in an act they took to ...
Born: William Clement Frawley
February 26, 1887 in Burlington, Iowa, USA
Died: March 3, 1966 (age 79) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
8. Alice Pearce
Actress | Bewitched
Making a career out of a post-nasal drip, this scene-stealing character comedienne was one of the best Broadway and Hollywood had to offer. It's too bad, then, that she wasn't utilized in films more often for this slight, chinless, parrot-faced, squawky-voiced bundle of (kill)joy could draw laughs ...
Born: October 16, 1917 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: March 3, 1966 (age 48) in Hollywood, California, USA
9. Vivien Leigh
Actress | A Streetcar Named Desire
If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time ...
Born: Vivian Mary Hartley November 5, 1913 in Darjeeling, West Bengal, British India. [now India] Died: July 8, 1967 (age 53) in Belgravia, London, England, UK
10. Marion Lorne
Actress | Strangers on a Train
Forever embraced as the mumbling, bumbling Aunt Clara on the Bewitched (1964) television series, endearing character actress Marion Lorne had a five-decade-long career on the stage before ever becoming a familiar TV household name.
Born Marion Lorne MacDougall on August 12, 1883 (other sources list ...
Born: Marion Lorne MacDougall
August 12, 1883 in West Pittston, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: May 9, 1968 (age 84) in New York City, New York, USA
11. Judy Garland
Actress | The Wizard of Oz
One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals.
She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in ...
Born: Frances Ethel Gumm
June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA
Died: June 22, 1969 (age 47) in Chelsea, London, England, UK
12. Sharon Tate
Actress | Valley of the Dolls
Sharon's early life was one of constant moving as her father served in the military. When she lived in Italy, she was voted "Homecoming Queen" of her high school. After being an extra in a few Italian films, Sharon headed to Hollywood where she would again start as an extra. Her first big break ...
Born: Sharon Marie Tate
January 24, 1943 in Dallas, Texas, USA
Died: August 9, 1969 (age 26) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
13. Billie Burke
Actress | The Wizard of Oz
Billie Burke was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885 in Washington, D.C. Her father was a circus clown, and as a child she toured the United States and Europe with the circus (before motion pictures and after the stage, circuses were the biggest form of entertainment in the...
Born: Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke
August 7, 1884 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Died: May 14, 1970 (age 85) in Los Angeles, California, USA
14. Jimi Hendrix
Soundtrack | Woodstock
Widely regarded as the greatest and most influential guitarist in rock history, Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, to African-American parents Lucille (Jeter) and James Allen Hendrix. His mother named him John Allen Hendrix and raised him alone while his father, Al ...
Born: Johnny Allen Hendrix
November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, USA
Died: September 18, 1970 (age 27) in Notting Hill, London, England, UK
15. Janis Joplin
Soundtrack | Watchmen
Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta, ...
Born: Janis Lyn Joplin
January 19, 1943 in Port Arthur, Texas, USA
Died: October 4, 1970 (age 27) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
16. Betty Grable
Actress | How to Marry a Millionaire
Elizabeth Ruth Grable was born on December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Lillian Rose (Hofmann) and John Charles Grable, a stockbroker. She had German, English, Irish, and Dutch ancestry. Her mother was a stubborn and materialistic woman determined to make her daughter a star. Elizabeth, who ...
Born: Elizabeth Ruth Grable
December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: July 2, 1973 (age 56) in Santa Monica, California, USA
17. Veronica Lake
Actress | Sullivan's Travels
Veronica Lake was born as Constance Frances Marie Ockleman on November 14, 1922, in Brooklyn, New York. She was the daughter of Constance Charlotta (Trimble) and Harry Eugene Ockelman, who worked for an oil company as a ship employee. Her father was of half German and half Irish descent, and her ...
Born: Constance Frances Marie Ockelman
November 14, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: July 7, 1973 (age 50) in Burlington, Vermont, USA
18. Agnes Moorehead
Actress | Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte
Agnes was born of Anglo/Irish ancestry near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal Opera ...
Born: Agnes Robertson Moorehead
December 6, 1900 in Clinton, Massachusetts, USA
Died: April 30, 1974 (age 73) in Rochester, Minnesota, USA
19. Rod Serling
Writer | The Twilight Zone
John Phillips is the name used by longtime television and film writer Rod Serling when he asked that his real name be removed as the writer of the pilot episode of the series "The New People" in 1969. While Serling's name remained as series developer, he was sufficiently annoyed with ABC- TV's ...
Born: Rodman Edward Serling
December 25, 1924 in Syracuse, New York, USA
Died: June 28, 1975 (age 50) in Rochester, New York, USA
20. Jack Cassidy
Actor | The Eiger Sanction
Actor. Jack Cassidy, by his own design, defied mere definition from the day he was born in Richmond Hills, New York in 1927 until his tragic death in 1976. An actor, singer, writer, designer - the consummate showman and irrefutable creative entity - his life never followed a simple path nor did it ...
Born: John Edward Joseph Cassidy
March 5, 1927 in Richmond Hill, New York, USA
Died: December 12, 1976 (age 49) in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
21. Minnie Riperton
Soundtrack | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Minnie Riperton was born November 8, 1947, in Chicago, Illinois, to Thelma Inez (Matthews) and Daniel Webster Riperton, a Pullman porter. At a young age, Riperton, the youngest of eight children, began taking dancing and ballet. Once she reached high school, she began singing in the Hyde Park A ...
Born: Minnie Julia Riperton
November 8, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: July 12, 1979 (age 31) in Los Angeles, California, USA
22. Vivian Vance
Actress | I Love Lucy
Born as Vivian Roberta Jones in Cherryvale, Kansas, she had a brother and four sisters. Her family moved to Independence, Kansas, and later studied drama under Anna Ingleman and William Inge. Their next move, to Albuquerque, New Mexico, brought her to that city's Little Theatre, which provided her ...
Born: Vivian Roberta Jones
July 26, 1909 in Cherryvale, Kansas, USA
Died: August 17, 1979 (age 70) in Belvedere, California, USA
23. Emmaline Henry
Actress | Rosemary's Baby
Emmaline Henry was born on November 1, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress and writer, known for Rosemary's Baby (1968), I Dream of Jeannie (1965) and I'm Dickens, He's Fenster (1962). She died on October 8, 1979 in Palm Springs, California, USA.
Born: November 1, 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: October 8, 1979 (age 50) in Palm Springs, California, USA
24. George Tobias
Actor | Sergeant York
American character actor who specialized in none-too-bright pals of the lead, though his range included villains and ethnic types. A native of New York City, he began acting at 15. He studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and played on Broadway with the Theatre Guild, and with the Provincetown ...
Born: July 14, 1901 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: February 27, 1980 (age 78) in Los Angeles, California, USA
25. Romy Schneider
Actress | L'important c'est d'aimer
Romy Schneider was born on 23 September 1938 in Vienna, Austria into a family of actors. Making her film debut at the age of 15, her breakthrough came two years later in the very popular trilogy Sissi (1955). Her mother, supervising her daughter's career, immediately approved Romy's participation ...
Born: Rosemarie Magdelena Albach-Retty
September 23, 1938 in Vienna, Austria
Died: May 29, 1982 (age 43) in Paris, France
26. Vic Morrow
Actor | Combat!
Vic Morrow was born in the Bronx, New York, to Jean (Kress) and Harry Morrow, an electrical engineer. His parents were Russian Jewish immigrants. Morrow dropped out of high school at 17 to join the U.S. Navy. When he left the Navy, he used the G.I. Bill to study pre-law at Florida State. While ...
Born: Victor Morozoff
February 14, 1929 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Died: July 23, 1982 (age 53) in Indian Dunes, California, USA
27. Ingrid Bergman
Actress | Notorious
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with ...
Born: August 29, 1915 in Stockholm, Sweden
Died: August 29, 1982 (age 67) in Chelsea, London, England, UK
28. Grace Kelly
Actress | Rear Window
On November 12, 1929, Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to wealthy parents. Her girlhood was uneventful for the most part, but one of the things she desired was to become an actress which she had decided on at an early age. After her high school graduation in 1947, Grace ...
Born: Grace Patricia Kelly
November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: September 14, 1982 (age 52) in Monaco
Actress | The Wizard of Oz
Margaret Hamilton was born December 9, 1902 in Cleveland, Ohio to Jennie and Walter Hamilton. She later attended Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and practiced acting doing children's theater while a Junior League of Cleveland member. Margaret had already built her resume with several...
Born: Margaret Brainard Hamilton
December 9, 1902 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Died: May 16, 1985 (age 82) in Salisbury, Connecticut, USA
30. Grayson Hall
Actress | The Night of the Iguana
Grayson Hall was born on September 18, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Shirley Grossman. She was an actress, known for The Night of the Iguana (1964), Dark Shadows (1966) and House of Dark Shadows (1970). She was married to Sam Hall and Ted (Bradbart) Brooks. She died on August 7, 1985 ...
Born: Shirley Grossman
September 18, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: August 7, 1985 (age 62) in New York, USA
31. Anne Baxter
Actress | All About Eve
Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923. She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, the world-renowned architect. Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City, which at that time was ...
Born: May 7, 1923 in Michigan City, Indiana, USA
Died: December 12, 1985 (age 62) in New York City, New York, USA
32. Ricky Nelson
Ricky Nelson was born on May 8, 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Eric Hilliard Nelson. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952) and Rio Bravo (1959). He was married to Kristin Harmon. He died on December 31, 1985 in De Kalb, Texas, USA.
Born: Eric Hilliard Nelson
May 8, 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA
Died: December 31, 1985 (age 45) in De Kalb, Texas, USA
33. Desi Arnaz
Producer | I Love Lucy
Desiderio Alberto Arnaz ye de Acha III was born in Santiago, Cuba on March 2, 1917. His father was the mayor of Santiago. The 1933 revolution led by Fulgencio Batista had landed his father in jail and stripped the family of its wealth, property and power. His father was released because of the ...
Born: Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y De Acha III
March 2, 1917 in Santiago, Cuba
Died: December 2, 1986 (age 69) in Del Mar, California, USA
34. Rita Hayworth
Actress | Gilda
Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17, 1918, in Brooklyn, New York, into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo Cansino Reina, was a dancer as was his father before him. He emigrated from Spain in 1913. Rita's American mother, Volga Margaret (Hayworth), who was of mostly ...
Born: Margarita Carmen Cansino
October 17, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 14, 1987 (age 68) in New York City, New York, USA
35. Hayden Rorke
Actor | When Worlds Collide
Hayden Rorke was best known as the ever suspicious "Dr. Alfred E. Bellows" on the 1960s TV series, I Dream of Jeannie (1965). Born in Brooklyn, New York, Rorke was educated at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and he began his stage career in the 1930s with the Hampden Theatrical Company. A ...
Born: William Henry Rorke
October 23, 1910 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: August 19, 1987 (age 76) in Toluca Lake, California, USA
36. Heather O'Rourke
Actress | Poltergeist
Heather Michele O'Rourke was born on December 27, 1975 in Santee, San Diego, California, to Kathleen, a seamstress, and Michael O'Rourke, a construction worker. She had German, Danish, English, and Irish ancestry.
Heather entered American cinematic pop-culture before first grade. She was sitting ...
Born: Heather Michele O'Rourke
December 27, 1975 in San Diego, California, USA
Died: February 1, 1988 (age 12) in San Diego, California, USA
37. Lucille Ball
Actress | I Love Lucy
The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their ...
Born: Lucille Désirée Ball
August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York, USA
Died: April 26, 1989 (age 77) in Beverly Hills, California, USA
Rebecca began modeling at the age of 16, going off to New York on her own to begin her career. Four months later, she found herself in Japan, modeling. Eventually, she landed a co-starring role on My Sister Sam (1986), for which she is now best known. In 1989 she also became a spokesperson for ...
Born: Rebecca Lucile Schaeffer
November 6, 1967 in Eugene, Oregon, USA
Died: July 18, 1989 (age 21) in Los Angeles, California, USA
39. Ava Gardner
Actress | The Night of the Iguana
Ava Lavina Gardner was born on December 24, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina, to Mary Elizabeth (née Baker) and Jonas Bailey Gardner. Born on a tobacco farm, where she got her lifelong love of earthy language and going barefoot, Ava grew up in the rural South. At age 18, her picture in the window ...
Born: Ava Lavinia Gardner
December 24, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina, USA
Died: January 25, 1990 (age 67) in Westminster, London, England, UK
40. David White
Actor | Bewitched
American stage actor who appeared frequently on television and occasionally but impressively in films. A Marine Corps veteran of the Second World War, he worked on Broadway and on tour in stage productions after the war. In the late 1950s, he became an increasingly familiar face on American ...
Born: Daniel David White
April 4, 1916 in Denver, Colorado, USA
Died: November 27, 1990 (age 74) in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
41. Dick York
Actor | Inherit the Wind
The gangly York is best remembered as the first and most frustrated "Darrin Stephens" on the long-running TV series Bewitched (1964). He left the series in 1969 because of a chronic back ailment. He later founded Acting for Life, a private fund-raising effort for the homeless which he managed from ...
Born: Richard Allen York
September 4, 1928 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Died: February 20, 1992 (age 63) in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
42. Marlene Dietrich
Soundtrack | Witness for the Prosecution
Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator ...
Marie Magdelene Dietrich von Losch (aka Marlene) was born in Berlin, Germany on December 27, 1901
Died: May 6, 1992 (age 90) in Paris, France
43. Audrey Hepburn
Actress | Breakfast at Tiffany's
Audrey Hepburn was born as Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. Her mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra, was of a Dutch descent, and her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian ancestry.
After her parents' divorce, ...
Born: Audrey Kathleen Ruston
May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Belgium
Died: January 20, 1993 (age 63) in Tolochenaz, Switzerland
44. Vincent Price
Actor | Laura
Actor, raconteur, art collector and connoisseur of haute cuisine are just some of the attributes associated with Vincent Price. He was born of Welsh ancestry to prosperous parents ("not rich enough to evoke envy but successful enough to demand respect"). His uniquely cultivated voice and persona ...
Born: Vincent Leonard Price Jr.
May 27, 1911 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: October 25, 1993 (age 82) in Los Angeles, California, USA
45. River Phoenix
Actor | My Own Private Idaho
River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally ...
Born: River Jude Bottom
August 23, 1970 in Madras, Oregon, USA
Died: October 31, 1993 (age 23) in West Hollywood, California, USA
46. John Candy
Actor | Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Candy was one of Canada's greatest and funniest character actors. His well-known role as the big hearted buffoon earned him classics in Uncle Buck (1989) and Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987). His career has handed him some dry spells but Candy always rebounded.
Born in Newmarket, Ontario, in ...
Born: John Franklin Candy
October 31, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: March 4, 1994 (age 43) in Durango, Mexico
47. Kurt Cobain
Soundtrack | Moulin Rouge!
Kurt Cobain was born on February 20 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. Kurt and his family lived in Hoquiam for the first few months of his life then later moved back to Aberdeen, where he had a happy childhood until his parents divorced. The divorce left Kurt's outlook on the world forever scarred. He...
Born: Kurt Donald Cobain
February 20, 1967 in Aberdeen, Washington, USA
Died: April 5, 1994 (age 27) in Seattle, Washington, USA
48. Dick Sargent
Actor | Bewitched
Sargent was a trim, handsome man with a longish chin. He played a variety of gawky businessmen roles in feature films before finding a niche in tv history as the second Darrin on "Bewitched". Shortly before his death, Sargent publicly proclaimed he was gay, and became what he called "a retroactive ...
Born: Richard Stanford Cox
April 19, 1930 in Carmel, California, USA
Died: July 8, 1994 (age 64) in Los Angeles, California, USA
49. Raul Julia
Actor | The Addams Family
Raul Julia was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Olga Arcelay, a mezzo-soprano singer, and Raúl Juliá, an electrical engineer. He graduated from Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola High School in San Juan. Here he studied the rigorous classical curriculum of the Jesuits and was always active ...
Born: Raul Rafael Carlos Julia y Arcelay
March 9, 1940 in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Died: October 24, 1994 (age 54) in Manhasset, New York, USA
Soundtrack | Don Juan DeMarco
Selena was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, a city 50 miles southeast of Houston, to Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Marcella Quintanilla. Abraham opened a Mexican restaurant, Papagayo, in Lake Jackson. Selena was 9-years-old when her father discovered her talent for singing. He formed a band consisting of...
Born: Selena Quintanilla
April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas, USA
Died: March 31, 1995 (age 23) in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Actress | Bewitched
Elizabeth Montgomery was born into show business. Her parents were screen actor Robert Montgomery and Broadway actress Elizabeth Allen. Elizabeth graduated from the Spence School in New York City and attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. After three years' intensive training, she made ...
Born: Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery
April 15, 1933 in Hollywood, California, USA
Died: May 18, 1995 (age 62) in Los Angeles, California, USA
52. Tupac Shakur
Soundtrack | Poetic Justice
Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he became good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith. His family moved again in 1988 to Oakland, California. His first breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital ...
Born: Lesane Parish Crooks
June 16, 1971 in East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 13, 1996 (age 25) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
53. Princess Diana
Self | Gala Performance
Diana was born July 1, 1961 at 7:45pm weighing 7lb 12oz at Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England. She had her christening at Sandringham Church in Norfolk. Her full name is Lady Diana Frances Spencer. On July 29, 1981 she married her Prince Charming - Prince Charles of Wales, the eldest son of ...
Born: Diana Frances Spencer
July 1, 1961 in Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England, UK
Died: August 31, 1997 (age 36) in Paris, France
54. Mae Questel
Actress | National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Her Orthodox Jewish family were totally averse to her having an entertainment career. Her parents and grandparents forced her to leave the Theatre Guild school (New York) while still a teenager and had their wills drawn up accordingly so as to discourage this career choice.
Studied drama at Columbia...
Born: Mae Kwestel
September 13, 1908 in The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: January 4, 1998 (age 89) in New York City, New York, USA
55. Irene Vernon
Actress | Fireside Theatre
Irene Vernon was born on January 16, 1922 in Mishawaka, Indiana, USA as Irene Vergauwen. She was an actress, known for Fireside Theatre (1949), Bewitched (1964) and The Sound of Fury (1950). She was married to Emmanuel Rosenberg. She died on April 21, 1998 in South Bend, Indiana.
Born: Irene Vergauwen
January 16, 1922 in Mishawaka, Indiana, USA
Died: April 21, 1998 (age 76) in South Bend, Indiana, USA
56. Sandra Gould
Actress | Bewitched
Short and with a very familiar chubby, chipmunk-like face and even more familiar abrasive tone, Brooklyn-born comedienne Sandra Gould kicked into high gear at a fairly early age. With small Broadway roles and scores of radio programs such as "My Friend Irma" and "Duffy's Tavern", the latter in ...
Born: July 23, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: July 20, 1999 (age 82) in Burbank, California, USA
57. Carroll O'Connor
Actor | All in the Family
Carroll was born in Manhattan and raised in Forest Hills, a heavily Jewish community in New York City's borough of Queens. After graduating from high school in 1942, O'Connor joined the Merchant Marines and worked on ships in the Atlantic. In 1946, he enrolled at the University of Montana to study ...
Born: John Carroll O'Connor
August 2, 1924 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Died: June 21, 2001 (age 76) in Culver City, California, USA
58. Matthew Ansara
Actor | To Protect and Serve
Matthew Ansara was born on August 29, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Matthew Michael Ansara. He was an actor, known for To Protect and Serve (2001), Con Games (2001) and One World (1998). He was married to Julie Ansara. He died on June 25, 2001 in Monrovia, California.
Born: Matthew Michael Ansara
August 29, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: June 25, 2001 (age 35) in Monrovia, California, USA
59. Jack Lemmon
Actor | The Apartment
Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Lankford Noel and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to Rivers ...
Born: John Uhler Lemmon III
February 8, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Died: June 27, 2001 (age 76) in Los Angeles, California, USA
60. Fred Rogers
Actor | MisteRogers' Neighborhood
Fred Rogers was the host of the popular long-running public television children's show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. The show debuted in Pittsburgh in 1967 and was picked up by PBS the next year, becoming a staple of public TV stations around the United States. Rogers' mild manner, cardigan sweaters...
Born: Fred McFeely Rogers
March 20, 1928 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: February 27, 2003 (age 74) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
61. Gregory Peck
Actor | To Kill a Mockingbird
Eldred Gregory Peck was born on April 5, 1916 in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only ...
Born: Eldred Gregory Peck
April 5, 1916 in La Jolla [now in San Diego], California, USA
Died: June 12, 2003 (age 87) in Los Angeles, California, USA
62. John Ritter
Actor | Sling Blade
Jonathan Southworth Ritter was born in Burbank, California, on September 17, 1948. He was the son of legendary country singer/actor Tex Ritter and his wife, actress Dorothy Fay. The couple married in 1941 and had their first child, Tom Ritter, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. John was ...
Born: Jonathan Southworth Ritter
September 17, 1948 in Burbank, California, USA
Died: September 11, 2003 (age 54) in Burbank, California, USA
63. Marlon Brando
Actor | Apocalypse Now
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in ...
Born: Marlon Brando Jr.
April 3, 1924 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA
Died: July 1, 2004 (age 80) in Los Angeles, California, USA
64. Janet Leigh
Actress | Psycho
Janet Leigh was the only child of a couple who often moved from town to town. Living in apartments, Janet was a bright child who skipped several grades and finished high school when she was 15. A lonely child, she would spend much of her time at movie theaters. She was a student, studying music and...
Born: Jeanette Helen Morrison
July 6, 1927 in Merced, California, USA
Died: October 3, 2004 (age 77) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
Actor | Superman
Christopher D'Olier Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City, to journalist Barbara Johnson (née Barbara Pitney Lamb) and writer/professor F.D. Reeve (Franklin D'Olier Reeve). He came from an upper-class family; his paternal grandfather was CEO of Prudential Financial, and one of his ...
Born: September 25, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: October 10, 2004 (age 52) in Mount Kisco, New York, USA
66. Anne Bancroft
Actress | The Graduate
Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in the Bronx, the daughter of Michael Italiano (1905-2001), a dress pattern maker, and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010), a telephone operator. She made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock (1952) in 1952 and over the next five years appeared in a lot of...
Born: Anna Maria Louise Italiano
September 17, 1931 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Died: June 6, 2005 (age 73) in New York City, New York, USA
67. Charles Rocket
Actor | Dumb and Dumber
Charles Rocket was born on August 28, 1949 in Bangor, Maine, USA as Charles Adams Claverie. He was an actor, known for Dumb and Dumber (1994), Dances with Wolves (1990) and Titan A.E. (2000). He was married to Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Crellin. He died on October 7, 2005 in Canterbury, Connecticut, USA.
Born: Charles Adams Claverie
August 24, 1949 in Bangor, Maine, USA
Died: October 7, 2005 (age 56) in Canterbury, Connecticut, USA
Actress | Back to the Future
Though she was known best for drawing laughs as whiny, excitable characters throughout her raucous film and TV career, actress/comedienne Wendie Jo Sperber showed a brave, compassionate and humane side in the last years of her life. The Los Angeles-born performer developed a driving passion for ...
Born: September 15, 1958 in Hollywood, California, USA
Died: November 29, 2005 (age 47) in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, USA
69. Don Knotts
Actor | The Andy Griffith Show
Don Knotts, the legendary television character actor, was born Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, to William Jesse Knotts and the former Elsie L. Moore. He was the youngest of four sons in a family that had been in America since the 17th century.
His first stint as an...
Born: Jesse Donald Knotts
July 21, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
Died: February 24, 2006 (age 81) in Los Angeles, California, USA
Actress | Reds
Academy Award-winner Maureen Stapleton was born June 21, 1925 in Troy, New York, to Irene (née Walsh) and John P. Stapleton. Her family was of Irish descent. Maureen moved to New York City at the age of eighteen and did modeling to pay the bills. Already a Tony Award-winner, she made her Academy ...
Born: Lois Maureen Stapleton
June 21, 1925 in Troy, New York, USA
Died: March 13, 2006 (age 80) in Lenox, Massachusetts, USA
71. Kasey Rogers
Actress | Strangers on a Train
Kasey Rogers was born Josie Imogene Rogers in Morehouse, Missouri, to Ina Mae (Mocabee) and Eben Elijah Rogers. She moved with her family to California at age two and a half. She got the nickname "Casey" when her neighborhood playmates discovered how well she handled a baseball bat ("I could hit a ...
Born: Josie Imogene Rogers
December 15, 1925 in Morehouse, Missouri, USA
Died: July 6, 2006 (age 80) in Los Angeles, California, USA
72. Bruno Kirby
Actor | City Slickers
Native New Yorker and Italianate Bruno Kirby tended towards assertive, pushy, streetwise characters and was armed with a highly distinctive scratchy tenor voice that complemented his slim eyes and droopy puss and accentuated his deadpan comedic instincts on film and TV. The well-regarded character ...
Born: Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu Jr.
April 28, 1949 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: August 14, 2006 (age 57) in Los Angeles, California, USA
73. Yvonne De Carlo
Actress | The Ten Commandments
Yvonne De Carlo was born Margaret Yvonne Middleton on September 1, 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was three when her father abandoned the family. Her mother turned to waitressing in a restaurant to make ends meet--a rough beginning for an actress who would, one day, be one of ...
Born: Margaret Yvonne Middleton
September 1, 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Died: January 8, 2007 (age 84) in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
74. Alice Ghostley
Actress | To Kill a Mockingbird
Whether portraying a glum, withering wallflower, a drab and dowdy housewife, a klutzy maid or a cynical gossip, eccentric character comedienne Alice Ghostley had the ability to draw laughs from the skimpiest of material with a simple fret or whine. Making a name for herself on the Tony-winning ...
Born: Alice Margaret Ghostley
August 14, 1924 in Eve, Missouri, USA
Died: September 21, 2007 (age 83) in Studio City, Los Angeles, California, USA
75. Heath Ledger
Actor | Brokeback Mountain
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised ...
Born: Heath Andrew Ledger
April 4, 1979 in Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Died: January 22, 2008 (age 28) in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
76. Dick Martin
Producer | Laugh-In
Dick Martin, the comedian and television director who achieved TV immortality as the co-host of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967) as the comic foil to straight man Dan Rowan, was born on January 30, 1922 in Battle Creek, Michigan. The young Martin was a writer for the popular radio sit-com "...
Born: Thomas Richard Martin
January 30, 1922 in Battle Creek, Michigan, USA
Died: May 24, 2008 (age 86) in Santa Monica, California, USA
77. Sydney Pollack
Director | Tootsie
Sydney Pollack was an Academy Award-winning director, producer, actor, writer and public figure, who directed and produced over 40 films.
Sydney Irwin Pollack was born July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA, to Rebecca (Miller), a homemaker, and David Pollack, a professional boxer turned pharmacist...
Born: Sydney Irwin Pollack
July 1, 1934 in Lafayette, Indiana, USA
Died: May 26, 2008 (age 73) in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California, USA
78. George Carlin
Actor | Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
George Denis Patrick Carlin was born and raised in Manhattan, New York City, to Mary (Bearey), a secretary, and Patrick John Carlin, an advertising manager for The Sun; they had met while working in marketing. His father was from Donegal, Ireland, and his mother was Irish-American. His parents ...
Born: George Denis Patrick Carlin
May 12, 1937 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: June 22, 2008 (age 71) in Santa Monica, California, USA
79. Estelle Getty
Actress | The Golden Girls
She was truly one mother of a mom...on stage, on film and on TV. A favorite firecracker on 80s and 90s television, tiny character player Estelle Getty became best known for her carping, meddlesome moms -- complete with bemused, cynical looks, irreverent digs and dead-pan Henny Youngman-like ...
Born: Estelle Scher
July 25, 1923 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: July 22, 2008 (age 84) in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
80. Paul Newman
Actor | The Hustler
Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born on January 26, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Arthur Sigmund Newman (died 1950) and Theresa Fetsko (died 1982). His elder brother was , Arthur S. Newman Jr., named for ...
Born: Paul Leonard Newman
January 26, 1925 in Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA
Died: September 26, 2008 (age 83) in Westport, Connecticut, USA
81. Bettie Page
Self | Striporama
Bettie Page's life was filled with cult myth, mystery and sadness. Her image captured the imagination of a generation with her free spirit and unabashed sensuality, during an era of strong sexual repression. She was the quintessential pin-up, tacked up on walls in military barracks and garages; ...
Born: Betty Mae Page
April 22, 1923 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Died: December 11, 2008 (age 85) in Los Angeles, California, USA
82. Bea Arthur
Actress | The Golden Girls
Actress-comedienne Bea Arthur was born Bernice Frankel on May 13, 1922 in New York City to a Jewish family. She grew up in Maryland, where her parents ran a dress shop. At 12 years old, she was the tallest girl in her school at 5'9".
She earned the title of "Wittiest Girl" in her school, and her ...
Born: Bernice Frankel
May 13, 1922 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: April 25, 2009 (age 86) in Brentwood, Los Angeles, California, USA
83. Michael Jackson
Soundtrack | Michael Jackson: Thriller
Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson (no relation to Joe Jackson, also a musician), had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Michael's ...
Born: Michael Joseph Jackson
August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana, USA
Died: June 25, 2009 (age 50) in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
84. John Hughes
Writer | The Breakfast Club
John Hughes was born on February 18, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan, USA as John Wilden Hughes Jr. He was a writer, known for The Breakfast Club (1985), Planes, Trains & Automobiles (1987) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986). He was married to Nancy Hughes. He died on August 6, 2009 in Manhattan, ...
Born: John Wilden Hughes Jr.
February 18, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan, USA
Died: August 6, 2009 (age 59) in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
85. Patrick Swayze
Actor | Dirty Dancing
Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas, to Patsy Swayze (née Yvonne Helen Karnes), a choreographer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze, a chemical plant engineer draftsman. His mother owned a dance school in Houston, where Patrick was also a student. His father passed away in 1982. ...
Born: Patrick Wayne Swayze
August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas, USA
Died: September 14, 2009 (age 57) in Los Angeles, California, USA
86. Corey Haim
Actor | The Lost Boys
Corey Haim was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Judy Haim, an Israeli-born data processor, and Bernie Haim, a clothing sales representative. He has a sister, Carol, and a half-brother, Daniel. His family is Jewish. He was raised mostly in Willowdale.
Corey appeared in 26 episodes of the early 1980s ...
Born: Corey Ian Haim
December 23, 1971 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: March 10, 2010 (age 38) in Burbank, California, USA
87. Dixie Carter
Actress | Designing Women
Dixie is the middle of three children. Her father owned several small retail stores. Early on, she dreamed of being an opera singer, but a botched tonsillectomy at age 7 spoiled any chances for that dream. Still, she sang regularly and studied classical music. She can play the piano, trumpet, and ...
Born: Dixie Virginia Carter
May 25, 1939 in McLemoresville, Tennessee, USA
Died: April 10, 2010 (age 70) in Houston, Texas, USA
88. Peter Steele
Soundtrack | Freddy vs. Jason
Peter Steele was born on January 4, 1962 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Petrus T. Ratajczyk. He was an actor, known for Freddy vs. Jason (2003), Night of the Demons (2009) and Oz (1997). He died on April 14, 2010 in New York City.
Born: Petrus T. Ratajczyk
January 4, 1962 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: April 14, 2010 (age 48) in New York City, New York, USA
89. Lynn Redgrave
Actress | Gods and Monsters
Actress of both the English and American stage and screen, Lynn Redgrave was born in Marylebone, London, England, into one of the world's most famous acting dynasties. As the daughter of Rachel Kempson and Sir Michael Redgrave, sister of Vanessa Redgrave and Corin Redgrave, and granddaughter of Roy...
Born: Lynn Rachel Redgrave
March 8, 1943 in Marylebone, London, England, UK
Died: May 2, 2010 (age 67) in Kent, Connecticut, USA
90. Dennis Hopper
Actor | Easy Rider
With an amazing cinematic career of more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was a multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, regarded by many as one of the true "enfants terribles" of Hollywood. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Marjorie Mae (Davis) and James Millard ...
Born: Dennis Lee Hopper
May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, USA
Died: May 29, 2010 (age 74) in Venice Beach, California, USA
91. Rue McClanahan
Actress | The Golden Girls
A New York stage actress in the 1950s, McClanahan was plucked from the stage by Norman Lear for roles on All in the Family (1971) and later Maude (1972). For two years (1982 - 1984), she played "Aunt Fran" on Mama's Family (1983) until her character was killed off and she joined the cast of Golden ...
Born: Eddi-Rue McClanahan
February 21, 1934 in Healdton, Oklahoma, USA
Died: June 3, 2010 (age 76) in New York, New York, USA
92. Glenn Shadix
Actor | Beetlejuice
William G. Scott was born in 1952 in Bessemer, Alabama. He attended Birmingham-Southern College for two years. He lived in New York City prior to moving to Hollywood in the late 1970s.
Changing his name to Glenn Shadix, he made his film debut in the poorly received The Postman Always Rings Twice (...
Born: William Glenn Scott
April 15, 1952 in Bessemer, Alabama, USA
Died: September 7, 2010 (age 58) in Birmingham, Alabama, USA
93. Harold Gould
Actor | Patch Adams
Harold Gould earned a Ph.D. in theatre and taught speech and drama at Cornell University. Pursuing off-Broadway work in the 1950s, he decided to practice what he preached and became a full-time professional actor in the 1960s. He has appeared in hundreds of TV shows since, usually playing a father,...
Born: Harold Vernon Goldstein
December 10, 1923 in Schenectady, New York, USA
Died: September 11, 2010 (age 86) in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
94. Greg Giraldo
Actor | Common Law
Greg Giraldo was born on December 10, 1965 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Gregory C. Giraldo. He was a writer and actor, known for Common Law (1996), Z Rock (2008) and Greg Giraldo: Midlife Vices (2009). He was married to MaryAnne McAlpin-Giraldo. He died on September 29, 2010 in New ...
Born: Gregory C. Giraldo
December 10, 1965 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 29, 2010 (age 44) in New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA
95. Lisa Blount
Actress | An Officer and a Gentleman
Lisa Blount's mother found her dead in her home after two days of not being able to reach her. No signs of foul play were reported by Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper but he did not release cause of death. The police report listed her death as 'natural'. Her husband, Ray McKinnon, had been out...
Born: July 1, 1957 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
Died: October 25, 2010 (age 53) in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
96. Jill Clayburgh
Actress | Bridesmaids
It came as no surprise to film aficionados when, in 1999, Entertainment Weekly named Jill Clayburgh on its list of Hollywood's 25 Greatest Actresses. For decades, she delivered stellar performances in a wide variety of roles.
Jill Clayburgh was born in 1944 in New York City, into a wealthy family, ...
Born: April 30, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA
Died: November 5, 2010 (age 66) in Lakeville, Connecticut, USA
97. Maria Schneider
Actress | Ultimo tango a Parigi
Maria Schneider was a French actress. At age 19 she became famous for Bernardo Bertolucci's film Last Tango in Paris (1972), and The Passenger (1975).
As a teenager, she adored films, going to the cinema up to four times a week. She left home at 15 after an argument with her mother and went to Paris...
Born: Marie Christine Gélin
March 27, 1952 in Paris, France
Died: February 3, 2011 (age 58) in Paris, France
98. Michael Gough
Actor | Batman
Tony Award-winning English actor Michael Gough, best known for playing the butler Alfred Pennyworth in the first four Batman (1989, 1992, 1995 & 1997) movies and for playing the arch-criminal Dr. Clement Armstrong in The Avengers (1961) episode "The Cybernauts", was an accomplished performer on ...
Born: Francis Michael Gough
November 23, 1916 in Kuala Lumpur, British Malaya [now Malaysia]
Died: March 17, 2011 (age 94) in London, England, UK
99. Elizabeth Taylor
Actress | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked ...
Born: Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor
February 27, 1932 in Hampstead, London, England, UK
Died: March 23, 2011 (age 79) in Los Angeles, California, USA
100. Mary Murphy
Actress | The Wild One
This actress' two-decade career produced only one single stand-out film role but that one role as the "good girl" who redeems "bad boy" Marlon Brando's tough biker in the cult flick The Wild One (1953) put Mary Murphy at the head of the acting class for one brief shining moment. In others, she ...
Born: January 26, 1931 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Died: May 4, 2011 (age 80) in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA