Famous People Born In 1914

Discover the most famous people born in 1914. The list includes people like Hedy Lamarr, Alec Guinness, Joe Louis, Joe DiMaggio, William S. Burroughs and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include soldiers, directors, novelists and political leaders born in 1914. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & India and many more countries.
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Hedy Lamarr
(Actress Best Known for Her Films 'Algiers', 'Lady of the Tropics' & 'Boom Town')
Hedy Lamarr
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Birthdate: 9th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 19, 2000

Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian-American actress whose early career was defined by her performance in the controversial Czech erotic film Ecstasy. Apart from gaining popularity as a beautiful Hollywood actress, Hedy Lamarr became known as an inventor after co-inventing frequency-hopping spread spectrum. Her career has inspired several works of art. She was also the inspiration behind the iconic character Catwoman.

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Joe DiMaggio
(One of the Greatest Baseball Players of All Time)
Joe DiMaggio
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Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 25th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Martinez, California, United States
Died: March 8, 1999
MLB center fielder Joe DiMaggio won nine World Series championships and bagged 13 All-Star games during his 13-year tenure with the New York Yankees. Nicknamed Joltin' Joe and The Yankee Clipper, the 3-time MVP is remembered for his unbeaten 56-game hitting streak record and his marriage to Marilyn Monroe.
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Alec Guinness
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 2nd April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 5, 2000

Alec Guinness went from being an ad copywriter, to a Shakespearean stage actor, to delivering an Academy Award-winning performance as Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai. He was part of the Royal Naval Reserve during World War II and received the knighthood for his contribution to arts.

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Joe Louis
(One of the Greatest and Most Influential Boxers of All Time.)
Joe Louis
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Listed In: Boxers
Birthdate: 13th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chambers County, Alabama, United States
Died: April 12, 1981
Boxer Joe Louis, or the Brown Bomber, was the world heavyweight champion from 1937 to 1949 and was the longest-reigning (single) heavyweight champion. The International Boxing Research Organization declared him the best heavyweight boxer of all time. He was also a skilled golfer and appeared in a 1952 PGA event.
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Peter Townsend
(aviator, writer)
Peter Townsend
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Listed In: Soldiers
Birthdate: 22nd November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yangon
Died: June 19, 1995
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Jonas Salk
(Medical researcher)
Jonas Salk
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Listed In: Virologists
Birthdate: 28th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: June 23, 1995

If the world is successful in its fight against polio, the credit goes to American virologist Jonas Salk who developed a vaccine for the disease. Described as a “miracle worker”, his concerns for humanity were reflected in the fact that he did not claim a patent for the vaccine. He founded the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, based in California.

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Jackie Coogan
(Actor)
Jackie Coogan
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Birthdate: 26th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: March 1, 1984
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Dylan Thomas
(Poet & Writer)
Dylan Thomas
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 27th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Swansea
Died: November 9, 1953

Dylan Thomas was a Welsh writer and poet who published popular poems, such as Do not go gentle into that good night, which was popularized in the 2014 movie, Interstellar, where Michael Caine's character recites the poem throughout the film. Dylan Thomas achieved tremendous popularity during his lifetime and remains popular after his untimely death at the age of 39.

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Richard Widmark
(Villainous Tommy Udo in his debut film, Kiss of Death)
Richard Widmark
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 26th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sunrise Township, Minnesota, United States
Died: March 24, 2008
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William S. Burroughs
(Best Known for His Third Novel 'Naked Lunch')
William S. Burroughs
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Birthdate: 5th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: August 2, 1997
Beat Generation author William S. Burroughs soared to fame with his novels Junkie and Naked Lunch, with the latter being at the center of a censorship issue. Also known by his pseudonym, "William Lee," he exhibited artwork such as the Gunshot Paintings. He accidentally shot and killed his second wife.
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Ray Walston
(Actor & Comedian)
Ray Walston
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 2nd November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, U.S.
Died: January 1, 2001
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Viola Desmond
(Businesswoman)
Viola Desmond
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Birthdate: 6th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Died: February 7, 1965

Though born bi-racial, Viola Desmond became a Black icon for her business acumen. After not being allowed to train as a beautician in Halifax, she moved to Montreal. Her beauty products, salon, and training institute, all catering specifically to Black women, filled a major void in the beauty industry.

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Jonathan Harris
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 6th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: November 3, 2002
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Norman Borlaug
(American Agronomist and Winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1970)
Norman Borlaug
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Birthdate: 25th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cresco, Iowa, United States
Died: September 12, 2009

Norman Borlaug was an American agronomist who played a key role in the Green Revolution, a set of research technology transfer initiatives that increased agricultural production, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. Nicknamed the Father of the Green Revolution, Borlaug was also honored with the Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work.

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Jack LaLanne
(Fitness & Nutrition Expert, TV presenter)
Jack LaLanne
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Birthdate: 26th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: January 23, 2011
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Harry Caray
(Sports commentator)
Harry Caray
10
Birthdate: 1st March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: February 18, 1998
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Noor Inayat Khan
(British Resistance Agent in France in World War II)
Noor Inayat Khan
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Birthdate: 1st January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: September 13, 1944

Noor Inayat Khan was a British spy who served in a secret British World War II organization called Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the war. She was also the first female radio operator to be sent into occupied France from the UK to aid the French Resistance. She was subsequently caught and executed at a Nazi concentration camp.

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Desmond Llewelyn
(Welsh Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘Q’ in James Bond Films)
Desmond Llewelyn
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 12th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newport, Wales Newport, Wales
Died: December 19, 1999

Welsh actor, Desmond Llewelyn, is best known for his role as Q in many James Bond films over a span of four decades. Even though he originally wanted to be a minister, his interest shifted to acting while in high school. He served in the army during World War II and resumed his acting career afterward. 

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Norman Lloyd
(American Actor, Producer, Director and Centenarian)
Norman Lloyd
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Birthdate: 8th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 11, 2021
Norman Lloyd is known for his long association with Alfred Hitchcock, especially as a producer of the anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He appeared as Mr. Nolan in Dead Poets Society and as Dr. Daniel Auschlander in St. Elsewhere. He has also appeared in several Cavalcade of America radio plays.
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Thor Heyerdahl
(Norwegian Adventurer and Ethnographer Known for His ‘Kon-Tiki’ and ‘Ra’ Transoceanic Scientific Expeditions)
Thor Heyerdahl
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Listed In: Ethnologists
Birthdate: 6th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Larvik, Norway
Died: April 18, 2002
Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s early interest in nature was inspired by his museum worker mother’s keen interest in Darwin’s theory of evolution. He often went on treks accompanied by his dog and later lived on Fatu Hiva with his wife. His later expeditions included his Kon-Tiki and Easter Island trips.
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Louis de Funès
(Actor)
Louis de Funès
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 31st July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Courbevoie, France
Died: January 27, 1983
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Clayton Moore
(American actor)
Clayton Moore
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 14th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 28, 1999
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Mohammed Zahir Shah
(King of Afghanistan from 1933 to 1973)
Mohammed Zahir Shah
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 15th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: July 23, 2007

Mohammed Zahir Shah was the last king of Afghanistan, in power from 1933 until he was deposed in 1973. During his reign, he focused on modernizing the economy, improving Afghanistan’s relations with other countries, and creating a new constitution. Following his deposition, he remained in exile for many years before returning to Afghanistan.

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Sarah Churchill
(English Actress & Dancer and the Daughter of Winston Churchill)
Sarah Churchill
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 7th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 24, 1982
Sarah Churchill, daughter of British prime minister Winston Churchill, is best remembered for her performance as Anne Ashmond in the film Royal Wedding. She had also served as an air force interpreter during World War II. She also released many lithographic prints and paintings of her father.
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Robert Alda
(Actor)
Robert Alda
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 23rd February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 3, 1986
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Woody Strode
(One of the First Black American Players in the National Football League in the Postwar Era)
Woody Strode
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 25th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: December 31, 1994

One of the first Black football players of the NFL, Woody Strode was also a talented decathlete. He had dabbled in professional wrestling, too, but later gained fame solely for his film roles, such as that of gladiator Draba in Spartacus, for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination.

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Dorothy Lamour
(American Actress Known for Her Role in the 'Road To...' Movies)
Dorothy Lamour
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 10th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: September 22, 1996

Dorothy Lamour was an American singer and actress best remembered for her performance in the Road to... films, a series of seven successful comedy films. She is also remembered for her work in radio. Dorothy Lamour's contribution to the motion picture and radio industry earned her a couple of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Thurl Ravenscroft
(American Actor and Bass Singer)
Thurl Ravenscroft
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Birthdate: 6th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Norfolk
Died: May 22, 2005

American actor and bass-singer Thurl Ravenscroft is best-remembered for providing deep bass-voice for breakfast-cereal icon Tony the Tiger for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes breakfast-cereal for over five-decades and for creating and making popular the catchphrase "They're gr-r-reat!". Other notable works of Ravenscroft includes singing the Christmas song You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch and doing voice-over work and singing for Disney.  

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E. G. Marshall
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
Died: August 24, 1998
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Richard Basehart
(Actor)
Richard Basehart
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 31st August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zanesville, Ohio, USA
Died: September 17, 1984
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Tove Jansson
(Finnish Penwoman and the Author of the Children’s Book Series 'Moomin')
Tove Jansson
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Birthdate: 9th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: June 27, 2001
Finnish author Tove Jansson was the woman behind the phenomenally successful children’s books and comics on the fictional white hippo-like creatures she called Moomins. While the Moomins books have been translated into more than 50 languages, Jansson’s literary works also include several other novels and short stories.
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María Félix
(Film icon throughout the '40s and '50s for her role in movies such as Doña Bárbara and The Devil is a Woman)
María Félix
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 8th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Álamos, Mexico
Died: April 8, 2002
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Ralph Waldo Ellison
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 1st March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Died: April 16, 1994
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Julio Cortazar
(Novelist & Translator)
Julio Cortazar
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 26th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium
Died: February 12, 1984

Julio Cortázar was an Argentine novelist, essayist, and short story writer. Counted among the founders of a literary movement called the Latin American Boom, Cortázar is credited with influencing a generation of Spanish-speaking writers and readers in Europe and America. He is also regarded as one of the most innovative authors of his time.

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Kevin McCarthy
(Actor)
Kevin McCarthy
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 15th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: September 11, 2010
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Octavio Paz
(Writer, Poet, Diplomat and Noble Prize Laureate)
Octavio Paz
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 31st March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: April 19, 1998
Born into a family of intellectuals, Nobel Prize-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz had been introduced to literature through his grandfather’s library. Apart from poetry, he had also written essays on art, politics, and culture. As a Mexican diplomat, he had been to countries such as India and France.
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Jack Parsons
(Researcher)
Jack Parsons
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 2nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 17, 1952

Rocketry pioneer Jack Parsons is best remembered as one of the founders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He also co-established the Aerojet Engineering Corporation and developed the first rocket engine that used a propellant. He was also known for his multiple sexual affairs and sex cult rituals.

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Hank Snow
(Country Singer Best Known for Songs: 'I’m Moving On' and 'The Golden Rocket')
Hank Snow
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 9th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: December 20, 1999

Hank Snow was a Canadian-American country music artist who had an extensive career spanning half a century. He rose to fame in the 1950s and released around 140 albums during his career. He endured extreme difficulties as a youngster and sought solace in music, eventually becoming one of the most influential artists in all of country music. 

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Tenzing Norgay
(Nepali-Indian Sherpa Mountaineer One of the First People to Set Foot on the Summit of Mount Everest)
Tenzing Norgay
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Listed In: Mountaineers
Birthdate: 29th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Khumbu, Nepal
Died: May 9, 1986

Nepali-Indian Sherpa mountaineer, Tenzing Norgay, was one of the first two individuals known to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the other being Edmund Hillary. He was named one of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century by Time magazine. In his later years, he became the first Director of Field Training of the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute.

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Paul Rand
(Art Director)
Paul Rand
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Listed In: Art Directors
Birthdate: 5th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 26, 1996
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Sun Ra
(American composer)
Sun Ra
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 22nd May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.
Died: May 30, 1993
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Jerry Siegel
(Co-Creator of the DC Comics Superhero 'Superman')
Jerry Siegel
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Birthdate: 17th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: January 28, 1996

Legendary American comic book writer Jerry Siegel whose best-known creation was the iconic comic superhero Superman, which he co-created with comic artist Joe Shuster. Known for his stint with DC Comics, he also created other characters such as Doctor Occult, Superboy, and The Spectre. He also worked for Marvel and Charlton Comics.

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David Wayne
(Actor)
David Wayne
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 30th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Traverse City, Michigan, United States
Died: February 9, 1995
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Lilli Palmer
(Actress)
Lilli Palmer
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 24th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Poznań, Poland
Died: January 27, 1986
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Robert Wise
(Film Director)
Robert Wise
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Birthdate: 10th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Winchester, Indiana, United States
Died: September 14, 2005
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Jack Dunphy
(Novelist)
Jack Dunphy
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 22nd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 26, 1992
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Harold Russell
(American 'Second World War' Veteran and Actor)
Harold Russell
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Birthdate: 14th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: January 29, 2002
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Parley Baer
(Actor)
Parley Baer
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 5th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died: November 22, 2002
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Ernest Tubb
(Singer-songwriter)
Ernest Tubb
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 9th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Crisp, Texas, United States
Died: September 6, 1984
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Romain Gary
(French Diplomat & Novelist)
Romain Gary
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 21st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vilnius, Republic Of Lithuania
Died: December 2, 1980

Romain Gary was a French novelist, diplomat, and film director of Jewish origin. He also served as an aviator during World War II. One of France’s most popular and prolific writers, he is the only author to have won the Prix Goncourt twice. He had a troubled personal life and died of suicide in 1980.