Famous People Born In 1911

Discover the most famous people born in 1911. The list includes people like Ronald Reagan, Josef Mengele, Lucille Ball, Vincent Price, Robert Johnson and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, journalists, physicists and philosophers born in 1911. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Ronald Reagan
(40th President of the United States (1981-1989))
Ronald Reagan
132
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 6th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tampico, Illinois, United States
Died: June 5, 2004

An actor turned union leader turned politician, Ronald Wilson Reagan served as the 40th president of America. Hailed for his public speaking and communication skills, Reagan is one of the most popular Presidents of USA, mainly due to his ‘America First’ economic policies which led to a decrease in inflation and unemployment rates during his tenure.

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Lucille Ball
(Actress and Comedienne Best Known for Her Shows: 'I Love Lucy', 'The Lucy Show' and 'Here's Lucy')
Lucille Ball
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Birthdate: 6th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States
Died: April 26, 1989

One of the most popular actresses of the 1950s and 1960s, Lucille Ball created the sitcom, I Love Lucy, in 1951. In 1962, she started managing the Desilu Productions, becoming the first woman to run a major TV studio. The recipient of two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lucille Ball was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1984.

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Vincent Price
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 27th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: October 25, 1993

Vincent Price was an American actor who was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Remembered for his iconic voice, Price narrated many animation films and documentaries. His life inspired Tim Burton to direct a stop-motion film titled Vincent. Since he was also an ardent art collector, The Vincent Price Art Museum is named in his honor.

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Robert Johnson
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 8th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hazlehurst, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 16, 1938

Singer and guitarist Robert Johnson is remembered as a Delta blues legend. Lack of proper documentation of his early life led to various legends surrounding him, such as one that claimed he had made a deal with the Devil to excel in music. He also inspired an award-winning biography. 

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Ginger Rogers
(Actress and Dancer Best Known for Her Film ‘Kitty Foyle’)
Ginger Rogers
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 16th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Independence, Missouri, United States
Died: April 25, 1995

Ginger Rogers was an American actress, singer, and dancer. Often regarded as an American icon, Rogers played an important role in popularizing the Golden Age of Hollywood. After winning the Academy Award for portraying the title character in Kitty Foyle, Rogers became one of the highest-paid actresses during the 1940s. Her life inspired a musical titled Backwards in High Heels.

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Danny Kaye
(Actor, Comedian and Singer)
Danny Kaye
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 3, 1987
Danny Kaye is best remembered for his pantomimes, physical comedy, and patter songs, one of the most popular being Inchworm. Some of his most notable movies were the 1947 movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Court Jester, and Hans Christian Andersen. He was UNICEF’s first ambassador-at-large.
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Tennessee Williams
(One of the Finest American Playwrights of the 20th-Century Best Known for His Work ‘The Glass Menagerie’ )
Tennessee Williams
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Listed In: Playwrights
Birthdate: 26th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Columbus, Mississippi, United States
Died: February 25, 1983
Pulitzer Prize-winning Tennessee Williams is regarded as one of the most significant playwrights of the 20th century, and had also written short stories, essays, and poetry. He is best remembered for his plays A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
 
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Jean Harlow
(American Actress Who was the Leading Sex Symbol of the Early 1930s)
Jean Harlow
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 3rd March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: June 7, 1937

Jean Harlow was an actress and sex symbol. Nicknamed the Platinum Blonde and Blonde Bombshell, Harlow was famous for her femme fatale screen persona. She became one of the biggest Hollywood stars despite being in the industry for not more than nine years. Her life and career inspired several movies, such as Harlow and Hughes and Harlow: Angels in Hell.

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Roy Rogers
(King of the Cowboys)
Roy Rogers
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 5th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Died: July 6, 1998

Roy Rogers was an American singer, television host, and actor. Credited with co-founding one of America's earliest Western singing groups, Sons of the Pioneers, Rogers is widely regarded as one of the most famous Western stars of his generation. One of the earliest actors to popularize Western films, Roy Rogers was often referred to as the King of the Cowboys.

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Cantinflas
(One of the Most Popular Entertainers in the History of Latin-American Cinema)
Cantinflas
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Birthdate: 12th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: April 20, 1993

Cantinflas was a Mexican actor, comedian, and filmmaker. Dubbed the Charlie Chaplin of Mexico, Cantinflas is best remembered for playing Passepartout in Around the World in 80 Days, for which he won a Golden Globe Award. Regarded as one of the most popular Mexican comedians of all time, Cantinflas is celebrated as a popular icon throughout Spain and Latin America. 

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Mahalia Jackson
(Singer, Television Personality)
Mahalia Jackson
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Listed In: Gospel Singers
Birthdate: 26th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Died: January 27, 1972

Mahalia Jackson was an American singer. During her career, which spanned four decades, Jackson played a major role in popularizing gospel blues in black churches across the United States. Regarded as one of the 20th century's most influential vocalists, Mahalia Jackson is credited with inspiring rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and soul singing styles.

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Merle Oberon
(Actress)
Merle Oberon
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 19th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bombay, British India
Died: November 23, 1979

Merle Oberon was a British actress best known for playing Kitty Vane in the movie, The Dark Angel, for which she received her only Academy Award nomination. After her death, Michael Korda wrote a roman à clef titled Queenie, a novel about Oberon's real-life events. For her achievements, Merle Oberon was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Ellen Corby
(Actress and Screenwriter Known for Her Role in Film ‘I Remember Mama’ and the TV Series 'The Waltons')
Ellen Corby
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Birthdate: 3rd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 14, 1999

Actress and screenwriter, Ellen Corby, is best known for her role in the TV  series The Waltons, for which she won three Emmy Awards. In a long and productive career that spanned over six decades, she appeared in over two hundred films and TV shows. In her later years, she also trained as a teacher of transcendental meditation.

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Maureen O'Sullivan
(Actress)
Maureen O'Sullivan
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 17th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland
Died: June 23, 1998
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Robert Taylor
(Actor, Pilot)
Robert Taylor
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Birthdate: 5th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Filley, Nebraska, United States
Died: June 8, 1969
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Bill Bowerman
(Co-founder of Nike, Inc.)
Bill Bowerman
14
Listed In: Coaches
Birthdate: 19th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Died: December 24, 1999
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Gypsy Rose Lee
(One of the First Burlesque Artists to Imbue a Striptease With Grace and Style)
Gypsy Rose Lee
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Birthdate: 8th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: April 26, 1970

Gypsy Rose Lee was an American vedette and burlesque entertainer best remembered for her striptease act. She was also an actress, playwright, and author whose memoir inspired the 1959 stage musical, Gypsy. Lee's life inspired several works of art, including a song titled Gypsy Rose Lee by The Distillers. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Władysław Szpilman
(Pianist Widely Known as the Central Figure in the 2002 'Roman Polanski' Film 'The Pianist')
Władysław Szpilman
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 5th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sosnowiec, Poland
Died: July 6, 2000

Władysław Szpilman was a Polish pianist of Jewish descent. He was a popular performer on Polish radio and in concert in the 1930s. He was also a prolific composer. He survived the Holocaust and was the central figure in the 2002 Roman Polanski film The Pianist. His son, Andrzej Szpilman, is also a composer and music producer. 

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Hubert Humphrey
(38th Vice President of the United States (1965-1969))
Hubert Humphrey
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 27th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wallace, South Dakota, United States
Died: January 13, 1978

The 38th vice president of the USA, Hubert Humphrey was an early skeptic of the Vietnam War; however, he had no choice but to support the war effort as President Lyndon B. Johnson wanted the war to go on. Thanks to his popularity, several buildings have been named after Humphrey. He has also been portrayed by actors like Bradley Whitford.

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Joseph Joe Barbera
(Director, Co-Founder of the Animation Studio and Production Company ‘Hanna-Barbera’)
Joseph Joe Barbera
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 24th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Delancey Street, New York, United States
Died: December 18, 2006

Joseph Barbera was an American animator, cartoon artist, storyboard artist, director, and producer. He is credited with co-producing Tom and Jerry along with William Hanna while working at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Barbera is also credited with co-founding the popular animation studio Hanna-Barbera which produced world-renowned programs like Scooby-Doo, The Flintstones, and The Smurfs. Hanna-Barbera's shows have been translated into over 28 languages.

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Hume Cronyn
(Canadian-American Actor and Writer)
Hume Cronyn
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, Canada
Died: June 15, 2003

Born to a politician father and a brewery heiress mother, actor Hume Cronyn, initially showed promise as a boxer. He teamed up with Alfred Hitchcock for films such as Shadow of a Doubt. The film The Seventh Cross, set in Nazi Germany, earned him an Academy Award nomination.

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William Golding
(Novelist)
William Golding
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 19th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newquay
Died: June 19, 1993

William Golding was a British playwright, novelist, and poet whose novel Rites of Passage earned him the Booker Prize in 1980. In 1983, Golding was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature. In 1988, William Golding was knighted for his contributions to literature. In 2008, he was mentioned in The Times' list of 50 greatest British writers since 1945

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Jeanette Nolan
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Birthdate: 30th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 5, 1998
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Lee J. Cobb
(American Film and Stage Actor)
Lee J. Cobb
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 8th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: February 11, 1976

Lee J. Cobb was an American actor best remembered for playing intimidating, arrogant, and abrasive characters. He received two nominations for the prestigious Academy Award under the Best Supporting Actor category. Also renowned for his theatre work, Lee J. Cobb was inducted posthumously into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1981. 

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Terry-Thomas
(Actor)
Terry-Thomas
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Birthdate: 14th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 8, 1990
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Broderick Crawford
5
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 9th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: April 26, 1986
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Marshall McLuhan
(Canadian Philosopher Known for His Work in the Field of Media Theory)
Marshall McLuhan
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Listed In: Philosophers
Birthdate: 21st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Died: December 31, 1980
Canadian philosopher Herbert McLuhan revolutionized media theory with his concept of "global village." He predicted the World Wide Web three decades before its invention and is also remembered for coining the expression “the medium is the message.” His works include Understanding Media, The Gutenberg Galaxy, and The Mechanical Bride
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Phil Silvers
(American Entertainer and Comedic Actor)
Phil Silvers
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Birthdate: 11th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 1, 1985

Phil Silvers was an American comedian and entertainer. Dubbed the King of Chutzpah, Silvers won two Primetime Emmy Awards and two Tony Awards during his illustrious career that spanned almost six decades. In 1996, he was ranked 31st on TV Guide's list of 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. Silvers’ work has inspired other comedians like Dick Van Dyke.

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Võ Nguyên Giáp
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 25th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lệ Thủy District, Vietnam
Died: October 4, 2013

Võ Nguyên Giáp was a politician who also served in the Vietnam People's Army as an army general. Regarded as one of the 20th century's greatest military strategists, Giáp played key roles as a military commander in the First Indochina War and in the Second Indochina War. He is also credited with laying the foundation for the Annamite Range trail.

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Klaus Fuchs
(Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy)
Klaus Fuchs
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 29th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rüsselsheim, German Empire
Died: January 28, 1988

German theoretical physicist Klaus Fuchs worked on many significant theoretical calculations relating to the first nuclear weapons. He was also an atomic spy who provided information about nuclear weapons production to the Soviet Union during World War II. He was convicted and jailed for nine years, following which he resumed his career as a physicist.

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Josh Gibson
(One of the Best Power Hitters and Catchers in Baseball History.)
Josh Gibson
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Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 21st December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Buena Vista, Georgia, United States
Died: January 20, 1947
Joshua Gibson, or the Back Babe Ruth, was one of the most powerful hitters and catchers in the history of baseball. He had a long stint with the Negro League team the Homestead Grays. He was the second Negro League inductee of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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Butterfly McQueen
(Actress)
Butterfly McQueen
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 7th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
Died: December 22, 1995
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Josef Mengele
(German Physician Known for His Atrocities at the Auschwitz II Concentration Camp)
Josef Mengele
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Listed In: War Criminals
Birthdate: 16th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bavaria, Germany
Died: February 7, 1979

Known as Angel of Death, Dr. Josef Mengele was the chief doctor of Auschwitz concentration camp and was responsible for killing thousands of Jews as well as torturing the prisoners mercilessly and conducting inhuman experiments on them. These included injecting them with chemicals and stitching twin children together. Despite his horrible crimes, the infamous Nazi doctor could never be captured.

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Georges Pompidou
(President of France (1969 - 1974), Prime Minister of France (1962 - 1968))
Georges Pompidou
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 5th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montboudif, French Third Republic France
Died: April 2, 1974

Georges Pompidou was a French politician whose tenure as prime minister of France between 1962 and 1968 was the longest in the history of France. From 1969 to 1974, Pompidou served as president of France. He is credited with mending France's relationship with the US and maintaining positive relations with many other countries. 

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Spike Jones
(Musician)
Spike Jones
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Birthdate: 14th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Died: May 1, 1965
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Bill Monroe
(Singer-songwriter)
Bill Monroe
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 13th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rosine, Kentucky, United States
Died: September 9, 1996
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Luis Walter Alvarez
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Listed In: Physicists
Birthdate: 13th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco
Died: September 1, 1988

Experimental physicist and Nobel laureate Luis Walter Alvarez is best remembered for inventing the liquid hydrogen bubble chamber, which enabled the discovery of countless short-lived resonance particles. The University of California, Berkeley professor and MIT scientist had also been part of the development of the atomic bomb.

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Nicholas Ray
(Director)
Nicholas Ray
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Listed In: Directors
Birthdate: 7th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Galesville, Wisconsin, USA
Died: June 16, 1979
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Emil Cioran
(One of the Finest Philosophers and Critical Writers from Romania)
Emil Cioran
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 8th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rasinari, Romania
Died: July 20, 1995
Born to a priest father, Romanian philosopher Emil Cioran grew up to include religious and melancholic themes in his works. His award-winning bestseller A Short History of Decay was followed by books such as The Trouble with Being Born, all of which spoke of illness and suicide.
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Elizabeth Bishop
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 8th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 6, 1979
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Michael Hordern
(Actor)
Michael Hordern
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 3rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hertfordshire, England
Died: May 2, 1995
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Fe del Mundo
(Pediatrician)
Fe del Mundo
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Listed In: Pediatricians
Birthdate: 27th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Intramuros
Died: August 6, 2011

Fe del Mundo was a Filipina paediatrician who achieved international recognition in 1977 when she was honored with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service. In 1980, she was named National Scientist of the Philippines, becoming the first woman to be named so. Del Mundo is credited with founding Philippines' first pediatric hospital.

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Bernard Herrmann
(American Composer and Conductor)
Bernard Herrmann
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 29th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 24, 1975
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Juan Manuel Fangio
(Argentine Race Car Driver Who Won the World Drivers' Championship Five Times)
Juan Manuel Fangio
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 24th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Balcarce, Buenos Aires Balcarce, Argentina
Died: July 17, 1995

Juan Manuel Fangio was an Argentine race car driver who dominated the first 10 years of Formula One racing. He won the World Drivers' Championship on five occasions, a record which was broken by Michael Schumacher after 46 years. Juan Manuel Fangio is also the only Argentine racer to have won the prestigious Argentine Grand Prix.

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Naguib Mahfouz
(Novelist)
Naguib Mahfouz
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 11th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cairo, Egypt
Died: August 30, 2006

Nobel Prize-winning Egyptian author Naguib Mahfouz had previously worked in the Egyptian civil service. Initially a short story writer, he later wrote novels such as Al-Thulāthiyyah, or The Cairo Trilogy. His novel Children of the Alley was banned for its religious references and led him to be stabbed by Islamists.

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Hank Greenberg
(Baseball player)
Hank Greenberg
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Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 1st January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York, United States
Died: September 4, 1986
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Nino Rota
(Composer)
Nino Rota
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 3rd December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: April 10, 1979
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Samuel Reshevsky
(American Chess Grandmaster)
Samuel Reshevsky
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Listed In: Chess Players
Birthdate: 26th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ozorkow, Poland
Died: April 4, 1992
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Louise Bourgeois
(Artist Best Known for Her Large-Scale Sculpture and Installation Art)
Louise Bourgeois
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 25th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 31, 2010

Louise Bourgeois was a French-American artist best remembered for her large-scale installation art and sculpture. Also a prolific printmaker and painter, Bourgeois explored a variety of themes, such as sexuality and death. In 1997, she was awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 2009, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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Euell Gibbons
(Outdoorsman)
Euell Gibbons
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 8th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarksville, Texas, United States
Died: December 29, 1975