Famous People Born In Beirut

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Keanu Reeves
(Canadian Actor Known for His Films: 'Speed', 'Point Break' and 'The Matrix' Film Series)
Keanu Reeves
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Birthdate: September 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo

The star of John Wick, Speed and The Matrix films, Keanu Reeves has displayed his wide range as an actor, time and again. The humble Canadian actor has also famously given away his money to recognise the work of crew and to enable the production team to hire good actors.

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Mia Khalifa
(Media Personality, Former Pornographic Actress & Webcam Model)
Mia Khalifa
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Birthdate: February 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Steve Kerr
(American Professional Basketball Coach and Former Player)
Steve Kerr
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra

Professional basketball coach and former player, Steve Kerr, is currently the head coach of the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. He has won five NBA titles as a player and three as a head coach. He has been immensely successful as a coach, helping his team break the record for the most wins in an NBA season.

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Amal Clooney
(Lebanese-British Barrister Specialising in International Law and Human Rights & the Wife of Actor George Clooney)
Amal Clooney
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Amal Clooney is a Lebanese-British barrister, specializing in human rights and international law. Her clients include popular and influential personalities like Yulia Tymoshenko, Nadia Murad, and Julian Assange. Her work and philanthropic activities gained media coverage after her wedding to actor George Clooney. The Clooneys are well-known philanthropists and are founders of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

 5 
Serj Tankian
(Singer-songwriter)
Serj Tankian
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo

Serj Tankian is an Armenian-American record producer, singer, and songwriter. Tankian is credited with co-founding the popular band System of a Down. Renowned for his wide vocal range and unusual delivery, Serj Tankian is widely considered one of the best heavy metal vocalists of all time. Also a political activist, Tankian co-founded Axis of Justice, a non-profit organization.

 6 
Marcus Lemonis
(Chairman and CEO of 'Camping World')
Marcus Lemonis
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Businessman Marcus Lemonis was born in Beirut, amidst a civil war, and was adopted by an American couple. He is now the CEO and chairman of enterprises such as Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises. He also gained fame for his appearance on the CNBC reality show The Profit.
 7 
Mika
(Brit Award-Winning Singer Known for His Breakthrough EP 'Dodgy Holiday')
Mika
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo

Lebanese-born British singer Michael Holbrook Penniman Jr., also known as Mika, had moved to France as an infant and to Britain later, as his family escaped the war-torn Lebanon. Known for tracks such as Grace Kelly, he also earned a Grammy nomination for his single Love Today.

 8 
Gad Saad
(Canadian Professor and Youtuber Known for Applying Evolutionary Psychology to Marketing and Consumer Behaviour)
Gad Saad
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra

Lebanese-Canadian evolutionary-psychologist Gad Saad is best-known for applying evolutionary-psychology to marketing and consumer behaviour. He is a professor of marketing at Concordia University, an advisory fellow for the Centre for Inquiry Canada, and the Concordia University Research Chairman in Evolutionary Behavioural Sciences and Darwinian Consumption. He hosts the YouTube channel The Saad Truth and writes a blog for Psychology Today.

 9 
John Dolmayan
(Drummer of System of a Down)
John Dolmayan
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 15, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Yasmine Al Massri
(Actress and Dancer Best Known for Her Role in the TV Series ‘Quantico’)
Yasmine Al Massri
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Birthdate: November 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Born to an Egyptian mother and a Palestinian father in Lebanon, Yasmine Al Massri left to study multimedia in Paris at 20. A trained dancer, she later gained fame with the critically acclaimed Lebanese film Caramel and played twins in Quantico. She is also a human rights activist.
 11 
Michael Malarkey
(Actor)
Michael Malarkey
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Birthdate: June 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Elie Saab
(Fashion Designer)
Elie Saab
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer

Lebanese designer Elie Saab had started dressing up his sisters in scraps at age 10. Known for his ornate bridal couture, combining Western silhouettes and Middle-Eastern embellishments, he was the first non-Italian in the governing body of the Milan Fashion Week. He also ventured into interior design in Dubai.

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Nadine Nassib Njeim
(Actress and Miss Lebanon 2004)
Nadine Nassib Njeim
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Born to a Lebanese father and a Tunisian mother, Nadine Nassib Njeim was crowned Miss Lebanon 2004 and later represented Lebanon at the Miss Universe pageant. She exhibited her acting skills in series such as Samra. After being injured in the deadly 2020 Beirut explosion, she underwent a 6-hour surgery.

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Fares Fares
(Actor)
Fares Fares
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Birthdate: April 29, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Josef Fares
(Film director)
Josef Fares
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Birthdate: September 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Haaz Sleiman
(Film actor)
Haaz Sleiman
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Birthdate: July 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Ardem Patapoutian
(Known for his work in characterizing the PIEZO1, PIEZO2, and TRPM8 receptors that detect pressure, menthol, and temperature)
Ardem Patapoutian
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
 18 
Cyrine Abdelnour
(Lebanese Singer and Actress Known for Her Hit Single 'Law Bas Fe Aini')
Cyrine Abdelnour
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces

Lebanese diva Cyrine Abdelnour made her mark in modelling working with fashion-designers like Zuhair Murad. She received the title Model of the World. She has acted in many Arabic television serials and films and won four Murex D'or awards as the best Lebanese actress. Her song Law Bas Fe Aini emerged as one of the most-popular Lebanese songs in 2006.   

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Edmond Safra
(Lebanese-Brazilian Banker )
Edmond Safra
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 3, 1999

Edmond Safra was a Lebanese Brazilian banker. His father was a prominent banker, and he began his career working at his father’s bank. He was hardworking, ambitious, and street-smart and started earning millions while still in his teens. He was also a major philanthropist. He died in an arson that attracted wide media interest.  

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Rony Seikaly
(Basketball player)
Rony Seikaly
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)
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Samir Bannout
(Lebanese Retired Professional Bodybuilder and Coach)
Samir Bannout
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Hovik Keuchkerian
(Actor)
Hovik Keuchkerian
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Birthdate: November 14, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Delphine Seyrig
(Actress and Film-Director Known for Her Role 'Colette de Montpellier' in Film ‘The Day of the Jackal’)
Delphine Seyrig
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: October 15, 1990

Lebanese-born-French actress and film-director Delphine Seyrig played diverse roles in films and stage works. She garnered international recognition performing in the film Last Year at Marienbad and bolstered her career with other films like The Day of the Jackal and Muriel ou Le temps d'un retour. A prominent feminist-figure in France, Seyrig also directed films like Sois belle et tais-toi.   

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Joseph Safra
(Lebanese Brazilian Banker and Businessman Who Was the Chairman of All 'Safra' Companies)
Joseph Safra
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: December 10, 2020

Joseph Safra was a Swiss-based Lebanese Brazilian banker and businessman. A billionaire, he ran the Brazilian banking and investment empire, Safra Group, and was the chairman of all Safra companies. At the time of his death in 2020, he was the richest person in Brazil. He was married to a Greek-born woman named Vicky and had four children. 

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Mahmoud Charr
(German Professional Heavyweight Boxer)
Mahmoud Charr
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Ali Soufan
(FBI agent)
Ali Soufan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1971 AD
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Malcolm Kerr
(American Political Scientist)
Malcolm Kerr
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Birthdate: October 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: January 18, 1984
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Ragheb Alama
(Lebanese Singer, Dancer and Television Star)
Ragheb Alama
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini

Lebanese singer and TV personality Ragheb Alama started his career with the TV talent show Studio El Fan. The Murex d'Or Award-winning artist is now one of the most popular Arab music artists of the world. A philanthropist, too, he launched the Saint George Schools to educate Arab children.

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Massari
(singer, musician)
Massari
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Known for his unique style which has been greatly influenced by Middle Eastern melodies,  Lebanese-Canadian singer and composer Massari began his journey in early 2000s, incorporating in his music, elements of R&B, pop and hip hop, winning several awards and nominations for that. Fluent in English French and Arabic, he has also been highly influenced by Syrian singer George Wassouf.

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Ibrahim Maalouf
(Jazz Trumpeter & Composer Known for His Work in the Classical, Jazz, and Jazz-Rock Fusion Genres)
Ibrahim Maalouf
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Ibrahim Maalouf is a French-Lebanese composer and jazz trumpeter. In addition to his many studio albums, Maalouf is also known for his contribution as a composer for many movie soundtracks and symphonic orchestras. In 2014, he was honored at the French Music Awards with the prestigious Best World Music Artist award.

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Amin Maalouf
(Lebanese-Born French Author and Journalist)
Amin Maalouf
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces

One of the greatest authors and journalists born in Lebanon, Amin Maalouf initially reported major political events around the world. He is known for his internationally bestselling French books, such as Samarkand and Balthasar's Odyssey. His novels usually have a historical setting, with war and migration as prominent themes.

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Ara Malikian
(Armenian Violinist and Musician)
Ara Malikian
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
 33 
Nicolas Hayek
(Entrepreneur)
Nicolas Hayek
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 19, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: June 28, 2010
 34 
Gabriel Yared
(Academy Award and Grammy Award-winning French-Lebanese composer who wrote the score for "The English Patient" from 1996)
Gabriel Yared
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
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Jill Kelley
Jill Kelley
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Julia Boutros
(Lebanese Singer Known for Her Songs 'Ghabet Shams El Haq' and 'Wein el Malayeen')
Julia Boutros
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries

A singer, known for her patriotic songs, Julia Boutros is also the wife of former defense minister of Lebanon, Elias Bou Saab. She soared to fame with tracks such as Ghabet Shams El Haq and once donated the profits garnered from one of her tracks to the Lebanese victims of the Israel-Lebanon conflict.

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Yasmine Hamdan
(Lebanese Electro-Pop Singer-Songwriter Based in Paris)
Yasmine Hamdan
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Birthdate: 1976 AD

Singer Yasmine Hamdan began her career with the rock band Lombrix and then soared to fame as part of Soapkills, an indie electro-pop band, with Zeid Hamdan. An Arab music icon, she later stepped into the French electronic new wave scene. Now married to filmmaker Elia Suleiman, she stays in Paris.

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Karl Wolf
(Musician, Singer, Songwriter)
Karl Wolf
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries

Lebanese-Canadian musician Karl Wolf soared to fame with his cover version of Toto's Africa. Born to musician parents in Beirut, he moved to Sharjah and then to Montreal with his family. His hits include tracks such as Butterflies and collaborations such as Yalla Habibi. He is also part of the collective BAE.

 39 
Émile Lahoud
(11th President of Lebanon (1998 - 2007))
Émile Lahoud
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 12, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Former president of Lebanon, Émile Lahoud was initially part of the Lebanese army and navy. The son of pro-independence politician and military general Jamil Lahoud, he had a 30-year military career and was part of the Lebanese Civil War, too. He also strengthened the Lebanese army with the help of Syria.

 40 
Samir Geagea
(Lebanese Politician and Executive Chairman of the Lebanese Forces)
Samir Geagea
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Known as Al-Hakim, or The Doctor, Lebanese politician Samir Geagea was initially part of the Kataeb Party and then joined the Lebanese Forces. Born into a family of farmers, he had started studying medicine before the civil war forced him to take up a military and political career.

 41 
Walid Jumblatt
(Lebanese Politician)
Walid Jumblatt
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 7, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo

Walid Jumblatt is a Lebanese Druze politician who has been serving as the leader of the popular Progressive Socialist Party for many years now. A former militia commander, Walid Jumblatt also played a key role in the Syrian Civil War. Since the late-1970s, Walid Jumblatt has been the subject of photography like many other political leaders around the world. 

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Gebran Tueni
(Lebanese Politician and Editor of 'An Nahar' - Assassinated as Part of Syria's Opponents in Lebanon)
Gebran Tueni
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Birthdate: September 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: December 12, 2005

Gebran Tueni, who served as director-editorialist of An Nahar, gained international attention writing a front-page letter to Bashar Assad for withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon. Tueni cofounded Qornet Shehwan Gathering, contributed to Cedar Revolution demonstrations and became Member of Parliament of Lebanon. He was killed in 2005 as part of a series of assassinations that struck Lebanon since 2004. 

 43 
Mona Hatoum
(Installation artist)
Mona Hatoum
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Birthdate: 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Tammam Salam
(Prime Minister of Lebanon (2014 - 2016), Acting President of Lebanon (2014 - 2016))
Tammam Salam
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus

Lebanese politician Tammam Salam served as Minister of Culture from 2008 to 2009. He was assigned to form new government following resignation of Najib Mikati's government. Supported by March 14 Alliance as also by Mikati, Salam served as Prime Minister of Lebanon from February 2014 to December 2016 and as acting President of Lebanon from May 2014 to October 2016.  

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Arturo Ruas
(Professional Wrestler)
Arturo Ruas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 11, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Assi El Helani
(Lebanese Singer & Actor)
Assi El Helani
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Popular Lebanese singer-actor Assi El Helani is also known as The Knight of the Arab Song. Known for his hit tracks such as Shou Bkhaf Alayki, Habibi Yalli Nasini, and Wani Mareq Mareet, he was 17 when he began his career on the show Studio Al Fan.

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Prince Moulay Ismail of Morocco
(Family Member)
Prince Moulay Ismail of Morocco
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Paul Mazzolini
(Singer)
Paul Mazzolini
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 49 
Neal Conan
(Radio personality, Journalist)
Neal Conan
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Birthdate: November 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: August 10, 2021
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Nada Zeidan
(Qatari Rally Driver)
Nada Zeidan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 11, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra