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Broadcast pioneer Ralph Edwards is best remembered as the creator and M.C. of two of the most popular shows in entertainment history, Truth or Consequences and This Is Your Life . He was born Ralph L...

4/19/2012 4/19/2012

Billy Graham MP

Montreat, NC, United States

Montreat, NC, United States

William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr. (born November 7, 1918) is an American evangelical Christian evangelist, who rose to celebrity status as his sermons were broadcast on radio and television. Graha...

6/25/2007 4/19/2012

Charles Elwood "Chuck" Yeager /ˈjeɪɡər/ (born February 13, 1923) is a retired major general in the United States Air Force and noted test pilot. He was the first pilot to ...

9/11/2008 4/19/2012

Lee de Forest MP (1873 - 1961)

Lee De Forest (August 26, 1873 – June 30, 1961) was an American inventor with over 180 patents to his credit. De Forest invented the Audion, a vacuum tube that takes relatively weak electric...

10/27/2009 4/19/2012

Lily Pons (1898 - 1976)

Lily Pons (April 12, 1898 – February 13, 1976) was a French-American operatic soprano and actress who had an active career from the late 1920s through the early 1970s. As an opera singer she s...

2/8/2012 4/19/2012

Miss Peggy Lee MP (1920 - 2002)

"Peggy Lee"

Peggy Lee (1920 – 2002) was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to sing...

3/31/2011 4/19/2012

Nat King Cole MP (1919 - 1965)

Nathaniel Adams Coles (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965), known professionally as Nat King Cole, was an American musician who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. Although an ac...

4/3/2010 4/19/2012

Karen Anne Carpenter MP 100 (1950 - 1983)

American singer and drummer Karen Carpenter is best remembered for her vocal performances as the lead singer for the soft-rock duo the Carpenters, who scored a string of Top 10 hits in the early '70s, ...

1/22/2011 4/19/2012

Hanna Kohner (1919 - 1990)

Holocaust survivor Hanna Bloch was a subject of the American television series This Is Your Life on May 27, 1953. Bloch grew up as a child of Jewish parents in Teplitz-Schönau in the Sudentenl...

9/12/2010 4/19/2012

Claire Phillips (December 2, 1908 – May 22, 1960), also known as Clara Fuentes or High Pockets, was an American spy who worked in the Japanese controlled Philippines during World War II. In 19...

8/10/2011 4/19/2012

Carlos Peña Romulo MP (1898 - 1985)

Carlos Peña Rómulo was a Filipino diplomat, politician, soldier, journalist and author. In his youth, he was the King Consort to the 1922 Manila Carnival Queen, Virginia Llamas, who event...

4/18/2008 4/19/2012

General Omar Bradley (1893 - 1981)

General of the Army Omar Nelson Bradley (February 12, 1893 – April 8, 1981) was one of the main U.S. Army field commanders in North Africa and Europe during World War II and a General of the...

11/24/2008 4/19/2012

General Mark W. Clark (1896 - 1984)

Mark Wayne Clark (May 1, 1896 – April 17, 1984) was an American general during World War II and the Korean War and was the youngest lieutenant general (three-star general) in the U.S. Army. He...

6/9/2011 4/19/2012

Casey Stengel (1890 - 1975)

Charles Dillon "Casey" Stengel (pronounced /ˈstɛŋɡəl/; July 30, 1890 – September 29, 1975), nicknamed "The Old Perfessor", was an American Major League Baseb...

1/19/2009 4/19/2012

Tris Speaker (1888 - 1958)

Tristram E. Speaker (April 4, 1888 - December 8, 1958), nicknamed "Spoke" and "The Grey Eagle", was an American baseball player. Considered one of the best offensive and defensive center fielders in ...

8/19/2011 4/19/2012

Barney Ross MP (1909 - 1967)

Barney Ross (born Dov-Ber "Beryl" David Rosofsky; December 23, 1909 – January 17, 1967) was an American professional boxer. Ross became a world champion in three weight divisions and was a dec...

2/21/2009 4/19/2012

Grantland Rice MP (1880 - 1954)

Influential sports journalist of the early 20th century, known for his elegant prose.

4/19/2011 4/19/2012

Alice Marble (b. September 28, 1913, Beckwourth, California – d. December 13, 1990, Palm Springs, California) was a World No. 1 American tennis player who won 18 Grand Slam championships (1936...

8/13/2011 4/19/2012

Jack Dempsey MP (1895 - 1983)

"Jack Dempsey"

William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983), known as the The Manassa Mauler, was an American professional boxer. He was a cultural icon of the 1920s. He held the World Heavyw...

11/7/2008 4/19/2012

Betty White Ludden (born January 17, 1922), better known as Betty White, is an American actress, comedienne, singer, author, and television personality. With a career spanning seven decades, she is bes...

1/11/2012 4/19/2012

Gloria Swanson MP (1899 - 1983)

"Gloria May Josephine Svensson"

Legendary actress Gloria Swanson is considered to be one of the biggest stars of the silent era as well as a fashion icon, especially under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille. In 1929, Swanson successfu...

2/17/2008 4/19/2012

Alexis Smith (1921 - 1993)

"Alexis Smith"

Alexis Smith (June 8, 1921 – June 9, 1993) was a Canadian-born stage, film, and television actress. She appeared in several major Hollywood movies in the 1940s and had a notable career on Broa...

3/20/2012 4/19/2012

Dinah Shore MP (1916 - 1994)

"Dinah Shore"

Dinah Shore (born Frances Rose Shore; February 29, 1916 – February 24, 1994) was an American singer, actress, and television personality. She reached the height of her popularity as a recordin...

12/25/2011 4/19/2012

Debbie Reynolds MP

"Frannie", "Aba Dabba", "Debbie Reynolds"

Entertainer Debbie Reynolds embodied the cheerful bounce and youthful innocence of the post World War II era, buoying the genre's good-natured hokum with her sincere charm and energy. One of a long lin...

12/4/2008 4/19/2012

Minnie Pearl MP (1912 - 1996)

"Minnie Pearl"

Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon (October 25, 1912 – March 4, 1996), known professionally as Minnie Pearl, was an American country comedienne who appeared at the Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 yea...

11/25/2011 4/19/2012

Ethel Merman MP (1908 - 1984)

"Ethel Merman"

Ethel Merman (January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was an American actress and singer. Known primarily for her powerful voice and roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed...

2/15/2012 4/19/2012

Mary Virginia Martin (1913 - 1990)

Mary Virginia Martin (December 1, 1913 – November 3, 1990) was an American actress and singer. She originated many roles over her career including Nellie Forbush in South Pacific and Maria in ...

3/25/2012 4/19/2012

Jayne Mansfield MP (1933 - 1967)

"Vera Jayne Palmer", "Jayne Mansfield"

She was an American actress working both on Broadway and in Hollywood. One of the leading blonde sex symbols of the 1950s, Mansfield starred in several popular Hollywood films that emphasized her plati...

7/12/2010 4/19/2012

Myrna Loy MP (1905 - 1993)

Myrna Loy (August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993) was an American actress. Trained as a dancer, she devoted herself fully to an acting career following a few minor roles in silent films. Original...

8/23/2010 4/19/2012

A sunny personality and a gorgeous singing voice brought actress Shirley Jones to the Broadway stage, which in turn led to her career in Hollywood. She was a natural for big-screen musicals, but defied...

8/12/2010 4/19/2012

Ruth Gordon (1896 - 1985)

Ruth Gordon Jones (October 30, 1896 – August 28, 1985), better known as Ruth Gordon, was an American actress and writer. She was perhaps best known for her film roles such as Minnie Castevet, ...

11/7/2010 4/19/2012

Kathie Lee Gifford (born Kathryn Lee Epstein, August 16, 1953) is an American television host, singer, songwriter and actress, best known for her 15-year run (1985–2000) on the talk show Live ...

8/26/2011 4/19/2012

Phyllis Diller MP (1917 - 2012)

"Phyllis Donovan"

Recognizable by her trademark laugh, American actress and comedienne Phyllis Diller created a stage persona of a wild-haired, eccentrically dressed housewife who makes self-deprecating jokes about her ...

11/16/2011 4/19/2012

Bette Davis MP (1908 - 1989)

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989) was an American actress of film, television and theatre. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic characters, she was highly...

6/11/2007 4/19/2012

Anne Baxter MP (1923 - 1985)

Anne Baxter was an American actress known for her performances in films such as The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), All About Eve (1950), The Razor's Edge (1946) and The Ten Commandments (1956). Baxter...

2/7/2009 4/19/2012

Swedish siren Ann-Margret was spotted by comedian George Burns , who hired her for his Las Vegas show and arranged for several professional doors to be opened for his protégée. Her show-s...

2/24/2011 4/19/2012

June Allyson (1917 - 2006)

"Ella", "June Allyson"

June Allyson (born Eleanor Geisman) was an American film and television actress, popular in the 1940s and 1950s. She was a major MGM contract star. Allyson won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress f...

1/8/2010 4/19/2012

Jonathan Winters MP (1925 - 2013)

Jonathan Harshman Winters III (born November 11, 1925) is an American comedian, actor, and artist. Winters was born in Bellbrook, Ohio, the son of Alice Kilgore (née Rodgers), a radio personal...

2/11/2009 4/19/2012

William A. Wellman (1896 - 1975)

William Augustus Wellman (February 29, 1896 – December 9, 1975) was an American film director. Although Wellman began his film career as an actor, he worked on over 80 films, as director, prod...

12/9/2011 4/19/2012

Richard Wayne "Dick" Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer with a career spanning six decades. Van Dyke starred in the films Bye Bye Birdie, Mary Poppin...

10/20/2008 4/19/2012

Danny Thomas (1912 - 1991)

"Jake", "Amos Jacobs", "Alphonsus Yakhoob", "Amos Muzyad Yakhoob Kairouz"

Best remembered as the star of Make Room for Daddy during television's first golden age, Danny Thomas was more than just another nightclub entertainer turned sitcom star. Along with partner Sheldon Leo...

4/13/2009 4/19/2012

Mack Sennett (1880 - 1960)

"Mack Sennett"

Mack Sennett (January 17, 1880 – November 5, 1960) was a Canadian-born American director and was known as the innovator of slapstick comedy in film. During his lifetime he was known at times a...

2/21/2012 4/19/2012

Charles Sherman Ruggles (1886 - 1970)


Charles "Charlie" Sherman Ruggles was an American comic actor that had one of the longest careers in Hollywood, lasting more than 60 years and encompassing more than 100 films. He made his film debut i...

4/19/2010 4/19/2012

Mickey Rooney MP (1920 - 2014)

Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr. ) born September 23, 1920. American film actor and entertainer whose film, television, and stage appearances span nearly his entire lifetime. He has won multiple ...

7/3/2007 4/19/2012

Gilbert Roland (1905 - 1994)

Gilbert Roland (December 11, 1905 – May 15, 1994) was a Mexican-born American film actor. Private Gilbert Roland served in the U.S. armed forces in World War 2. He was born Luis Antonio D�...

8/23/2010 4/19/2012

Roy Rogers MP (1911 - 1998)

"Roy Rogers", "King of the Cowboys"

U.S. actor and singer Roy Rogers was called the "King of the Cowboys" during his long career as a folksy singing hero of movies and TV. He was an original member of the cowboy singing group The Sons of...

7/26/2008 4/19/2012

Vincent Price MP (1911 - 1993)

Known for his distinctive voice and serio-comic attitude in a series of horror films, Vincent Price is best remembered for his roles in the Roger Corman adaptations from Edgar Allan Poe. Vincent Leon...

1/13/2009 4/19/2012

Ole Olsen (1892 - 1963)

Note: Ole Olsen is on the left in the photo; his partner, Chic Johnson is on the right. ) John Sigvard "Ole" Olsen (6 November 1892 – 26 January 1963) was an American vaudevillian and comedi...

6/26/2011 4/19/2012

Audie Leon Murphy, 1LT MP (1924 - 1971)

A legend in his own time, Audie Murphy was the most decorated American Army soldier of World War II who went on to become a celebrated movie star for over two decades in the post-war era, appearing in ...

12/11/2008 4/19/2012

Tom Moore (1883 - 1955)

Thomas J. Moore was an Irish-born American actor and director. He appeared in at least 186 motion pictures from 1908 to 1954. Frequently cast as the romantic lead, he starred in silent movies as well a...

11/18/2009 4/19/2012

Victor McLaglen (1886 - 1959)

MR. VICTOR McLAGLEN RUGGED GOOD NATURE Mr. Victor McLaglen, a British-born film actor, died in Hollywood on Saturday at the age of 72. Born in Tunbridge Wells on December 11, 1886, the eldest of ...

9/11/2009 4/19/2012

Oliver Hardy MP (1892 - 1957)

"Babe Hardy", "Oliver Hardy", "Oliver Norvell Hardy", "Oliver N. Hardy"

American comedic actor Oliver Hardy was one half of the famous Laurel and Hardy, the classic double act that began in the era of silent films and lasted nearly 30 years, from 1927 to 1955. Hardy’...

9/4/2008 4/19/2012

Buster Keaton MP (1895 - 1966)

"Buster Keaton"

Known as "The Great Stone Face," Keaton got big laughs out of his relentlessly blank expression in silent film comedies like The Saphead (1920), Sherlock, Jr. (1924), and his famous The General (1927)....

3/26/2008 4/19/2012

Boris Karloff MP (1887 - 1969)

"Billy", "the Uncanny", "Boris Karloff"

from the New York Times obituary, which ran Tuesday, February 4, 1969: In his later years the actor lived in and near London. His films were still billed as horror movies, although he objected to t...

8/15/2009 4/19/2012

Charlton Heston MP (1923 - 2008)

Wikipedia Biographical Summary: "... Charlton Heston born John Charles Carter (October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008) was an American actor of film, theatre and television. Heston is known for heroi...

11/27/2008 4/19/2012

Jean Pierre Carl Büron (1886 - 1956)


Jean Pierre Hersholt (12 July 1886 – 2 June 1956) was a Danish-born actor who lived in the United States, where he was a leading film and radio talent, best known for his 17 years starring on ...

9/28/2011 4/19/2012

Andy Griffith MP (1926 - 2012)

While he will mostly be remembered for his roles on The Andy Griffith Show (1960-68) and Matlock (1986-95) which made TV history, Andy Griffith is also a Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer. ...

12/4/2010 4/19/2012

Peter Graves MP (1926 - 2010)

"Peter Graves"

Peter Graves was a familiar face from decades of assorted TV shows, best remembered as the mysterious Jim Phelps, commander of the Impossible Missions Force (IMF) on TV's Mission: Impossible. As a bo...

11/9/2008 4/19/2012

James Garner MP (1928 - 2014)

With a career spanning more than five decades, James Garner has starred in several television series which includes his roles as Bret Maverick, in the popular 1950s western-comedy series, Maverick; Jim...

3/10/2007 4/19/2012

Tennessee Ernie Ford MP (1919 - 1991)

Ernest Jennings Ford February 13, 1919-October 17, 1991 Parents: Clarence Ford 1884- and Maud Long 1887- Wives: Betty Heminger d. 1989 Beverly Wood 1921-2001 Children with Betty Heminger:...

1/7/2009 4/19/2012

Kirk Douglas MP

"Kirk Douglas"



Kirk Douglas (born Issur Danielovitch) is an American actor and film producer recognized for his prominent cleft chin, his gravelly voice and his recurring roles as the kinds of characters Douglas hims...

11/14/2009 4/19/2012

Bobby Darin MP (1936 - 1973)

"Bobby Darin"

Grammy winning singer, songwriter and Oscar nominated actor, Bobby Darin aimed at the American dream. He married a teen movie queen, but then found out that his sister was really his mother, and died y...

2/8/2009 4/19/2012

Curtis Wain Gates (1916 - 1991)

"Actor Ken Curtis (Festus Haggen", "Gunsmoke)"

Ken Curtis (July 2, 1916 – April 28, 1991) was an American singer and actor best known for his role as Festus Haggen on the long-running CBS western television series Gunsmoke. Early years ...

2/14/2012 4/19/2012

Lou Costello (1906 - 1959)

Louis Francis "Lou" Costello (March 6, 1906 – March 3, 1959) was an American actor and comedian best known as half of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Bud Abbott. Costello was famous...

1/4/2011 4/19/2012

Merian Caldwell Cooper (1893 - 1973)

Merian Caldwell Cooper - amerykański filmowiec, reżyser i scenarzysta, a także podpułkownik pilot Wojska Polskiego, służący w lotnictwie polskim podczas...

3/26/2012 4/19/2012

Jackie Coogan (1914 - 1984)

John Leslie Coogan (October 26, 1914 – March 1, 1984), known professionally as Jackie Coogan, was an American actor who began his movie career as a child actor in silent films. Many years late...

2/27/2012 4/19/2012

Dick Clark MP (1929 - 2012)

"Dick Clark"

Known for hosting the longest-running series on the ABC television network, American Bandstand, which played an important role in promoting rock music and gave many important acts their first national ...

5/30/2010 4/19/2012

Johnny Cash MP 100 (1932 - 2003)

"Johnny Cash", "J.R. Cash"

Johnny Cash , born John R. Cash , (February 26, 1932 - September 12, 2003) was a Grammy Award-winning American country singer-songwriter. Cash is widely considered to be one of the most influential Ame...

12/25/2007 4/19/2012

Leo Carrillo (1880 - 1961)

Although he played stereotypical Latinos, Leo Carrillo was part of an old and respected Californian family who could trace his roots back to the conquistadores. He is best remembered for his role from ...

1/25/2011 4/19/2012

George Burns MP (1896 - 1996)

"Nattie", "George Burns"

His arched eyebrow and cigar smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century. In his ninety years in show business, George Burns had time for three careers. His first ...

2/1/2010 4/19/2012

Ernest Borgnine MP (1917 - 2012)

"Ernest Borgnine"

Ernest Borgnine (born Ermes Effron Borgnino ; January 24, 1917) is an American actor of television and film. His career has spanned more than six decades. He was an unconventional lead in many films ...

2/15/2012 4/19/2012

Mel Blanc MP (1908 - 1989)

"The Man Of A Thousand Voices"

Mel Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) is best remembered for his work with Warner Bros. during the "Golden Age of American animation" (and later for Hanna-Barbera television productions) as...

12/4/2008 4/19/2012

Bill Bixby MP (1934 - 1993)


Bill Bixby (born Wilfred Bailey Bixby ) was an American film and television actor, director and frequent game show panelist whose career spanned over three decades. For the course of his long career, h...

7/2/2010 4/19/2012

Jim Backus (1913 - 1989)


For five decades, Jim Backus entertained audiences in radio, television and film. Among his most famous roles are the voice of Mr. Magoo, the rich Herbert Updike of the Alan Young radio show, Joan Davi...

1/13/2009 4/19/2012

Lew Ayres (1908 - 1996)

After appearing opposite Greta Garbo in The Kiss (1929), Lew Ayres starred in the Academy Award- winning film All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) for which he rose to fame. However, he is best rememb...

8/25/2009 4/19/2012

Cliff Arquette (1905 - 1974)

Actor and comedian Cliff Arquette rose to fame playing the character "Charley Weaver." For his contribution to radio, Arquette was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6720 Hollywood Bl...

9/21/2007 4/19/2012

Steve Allen MP (1921 - 2000)

Stephen Valentine Patrick William "Steve" Allen (December 26, 1921 – October 30, 2000) was an American television personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer. Though he got hi...

2/15/2012 4/19/2012

Starting out as a child actor in 1915, Ben Alexander's first roles were played in the films of such directors as Cecil B. DeMille and D.W. Griffith. He later graduated to juvenile leads and supporting ...

2/23/2011 4/19/2012

Bob Hope MP (1903 - 2003)

A superstar of radio, film and television during the 1940s and 1950s, Bob Hope was also noted for his work with the US Armed Forces and his numerous USO shows entertaining American military personnel. ...

3/25/2009 4/19/2012

Dudley Stuart John Moore MP (1935 - 2002)

Multi-talented British comedian and actor Dudley Moore was best known for his comic performance as a drunk millionaire in the 1981 film "Arthur" and his role as a composer grappling with a midlife cris...

6/10/2009 4/19/2012

The only professional boxer to win the heavy-weight championship three times, Muhammad Ali provided leadership and an example for African American men and women around the world with his political and ...

9/2/2010 4/19/2012

Sir David Frost, OBE MP (1939 - 2013)

"Sir David Paradine Frost, OBE (7 April 1939 – 31 August 2013) was an English journalist, comedian, writer, media personality and daytime TV game show host. After graduating from Cambridge Unive...

9/20/2010 4/19/2012

Ronald W. Reagan, 40th President of the USA MP (1911 - 2004)

"Ron", "Ronnie"

40th President of the United States. Historic Speech "Tear Down This (Berlin) Wall". The Ronald Reagan Freedom Award is only given to "those who have made monumental and lasting contributions to th...

6/26/2007 4/19/2012

Lowell Thomas (1892 - 1981)

Lowell Thomas was a well known American writer, radio and television commentator, and travel author.He is best known as the man who made Lawrence of Arabia famous. So varied were Thomas's activities ...

1/2/2009 4/19/2012

Stan Laurel MP (1890 - 1965)

Best remembered as the first half of the comedy team Laurel and Hardy, Stan Laurel's film acting career stretched between 1917 and 1951 and included a starring role in the Academy Award winning film Th...

6/16/2008 4/19/2012