Famous People Born In 1919

Discover the most famous people born in 1919. The list includes people like Pierre Trudeau, Liberace, Jackie Robinson, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Edmund Hillary and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, soldiers, philosophers and poets born in 1919. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, India & Germany and many more countries.
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Jackie Robinson
(First African-American to Play in Major League Baseball)
Jackie Robinson
52
Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 31st January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cairo, Georgia, United States
Died: October 24, 1972
The first African-American to play in MLB in the modern era, Jackie Robinson helped herald the end of racial segregation in baseball. He broke the baseball color line and encouraged black players not to be confined to the Negro leagues alone. In 1962, he became a Baseball Hall of Fame inductee.
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Desmond Doss
(U. S. Army Corporal)
Desmond Doss
47
Listed In: Soldiers
Birthdate: 7th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lynchburg
Died: March 23, 2006

Desmond Doss was a US Army corporal. Doss served as a combat medic in World War II. For his actions during the Battle of Okinawa, Desmond Doss became the only conscientious objector to be honored with the prestigious Medal of Honor as he saved 75 men. His life and work inspired several books and the biographical war film Hacksaw Ridge.

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Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
(The Last Shah of Iran Who Ruled from 1941 to 1979)
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 26th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: July 27, 1980

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi served as the last king of Iran from 1941 to 1979. During his reign, Iran witnessed rapid military and industrial modernization and several social and economic reforms. During his rule, Iran also enjoyed a spike in economic growth, surpassing France, England, and the US. However, the Iranian Revolution, which was unusual in many ways, overthrew the king.

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Nat King Cole
(Singer and Jazz Pianist Best Known His Soft Baritone Voice)
Nat King Cole
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 17th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: February 15, 1965
Jazz pianist/singer Nat King Cole, father of singer Natalie Cole, is best remembered for tracks such as Too Young and Mona Lisa. His last album, L-O-V-E, was recorded while he battled lung cancer. With The Nat King Cole Show, he became the first African-American to host his own show.
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Evita Peron
(First Lady of Argentina from 1946 to 1952)
Evita Peron
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 7th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Toldos, Argentina
Died: July 26, 1952

Evita Peron was an Argentine actress, activist, politician, and philanthropist. She is best remembered for her service as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 to 1952. She also served as the President of a political party called Female Peronist Party. A staunch philanthropist, Evita Peron was the president of the Eva Perón Foundation, which operated from 1948 to 1955.

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Edmund Hillary
(One of the First Climbers to Have Reached the Summit of Mount Everest)
Edmund Hillary
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 20th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Died: January 11, 2008
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were the first to reach the top of Mount Everest, as part of the British expedition led by John Hunt. Hillary also reached both the poles. He later served as an ambassador to Nepal and founded the Himalayan Trust to help the people of Nepal.
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Pierre Trudeau
(15th Prime Minister of Canada)
Pierre Trudeau
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 18th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: September 28, 2000

Pierre Trudeau was a Canadian politician who served as the 15th prime minister of the country. His personality generated excitement within Canada's mass media, which gave rise to the term Trudeaumania. The effects of Trudeau's contribution to Canadian nationalism can still be felt in Canada. 

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Eva Gabor
(American Actress, Businesswoman, Singer and Socialite)
Eva Gabor
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 11th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: July 4, 1995

Apart from being the sister of renowned actor Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eva Gabor was a talented actor in her own right. Known as Lisa Douglas from the sitcom Green Acres and its sequel, she was also famous for her voice roles in Disney movies. She later launched a fashion collection, too.

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Jack Palance
(American Actor Who Was Known for Playing Tough Guys and Villains)
Jack Palance
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hazle Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 10, 2006

Jack Palance was an American actor known for playing villains and tough guys in the '50s and '60s. In 1992, he was made an inductee of the Western Performers Hall of Fame. It is widely believed that comic book artist Jack Kirby modeled Darkseid on Jack Palance. Jack Palance was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Donald Pleasence
(Actor)
Donald Pleasence
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 5th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Worksop
Died: February 2, 1995

Donald Pleasence was an English actor best remembered for his portrayal of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the popular 1967 James Bond movie You Only Live Twice. His performance in the film was later parodied by Canadian actor Mike Myers in the Austin Powers film series. Donald Pleasence was also an important theatre actor; he received four Tony Award nominations.

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Liberace
(Pianist, Actor, Singer and the Highest-Paid Entertainer in the World From the 1950s to 1970s)
Liberace
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Birthdate: 16th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: West Allis, Wisconsin, United States
Died: February 4, 1987
Known as “Mr. Showmanship,” pianist, singer, and actor Liberace shot to fame with The Liberace Show, which he ended regularly with his theme song I'll Be Seeing You. The highest-paid entertainer from the 1950s-1970s, he performed in concerts and tours frequently. He also released several autobiographies and cookbooks.
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J. D. Salinger
(American Author Best Known for His Novel 'The Catcher in the Rye')
J. D. Salinger
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1st January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: January 27, 2010
J. D. Salinger is best remembered for his controversial novel The Catcher in the Rye, which was banned in many school libraries due to its sexual content. His other notable works include the anthology Nine Stories and the novella Hapworth. He spent much of his life in seclusion. 
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Robert Stack
(Actor)
Robert Stack
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 13th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: May 14, 2003
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Mikhail Kalashnikov
(Inventor of 'AK-47' Assault Rifle, PK Machine Gun and 'RPK Light Machine Gun')
Mikhail Kalashnikov
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 10th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kur'ya, Russia
Died: December 23, 2013
Russian military leader Mikhail Kalashnikov is remembered for inventing the AK-47 assault rifle, along with other weapons such as the AKM, the AK-74, the PK machine gun, and the RPK light machine gun. He was named the Hero of the Russian Federation and received the Order of Military Merit.
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Slim Pickens
(Actor and Rodeo Performer)
Slim Pickens
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 29th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kingsburg, California, United States
Died: December 8, 1983
Louis Burton Lindley Jr., or Slim Pickens, gained fame for his roles in Westerns. His background as a rodeo performer helped him grab cowboy roles. Some of his most noteworthy movies were Dr. Strangelove and One-Eyed Jacks. He also appeared in series such as The Americans and Hee Haw.
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Jennifer Jones
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 2nd March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died: December 17, 2009
Jennifer Jones is best remembered for her Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning role in the film The Song of Bernadette. A former model, she also starred in movies such as Love Letters and Duel in the Sun. She survived a suicide attempt once and became a mental health advocate later.
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Martin Balsam
(American Actor Who Played Character Roles in Films, in Theatre, and on Television)
Martin Balsam
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 4th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: February 13, 1996
Martin Balsam established himself as a Tony-winning stage actor. He is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning role of Arnold Burns in A Thousand Clowns. He also played Juror #1 in 12 Angry Men and Milton Arbogast in Psycho, and was part of the series Archie Bunker's Place.
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Howard Keel
(Actor and Singer Known for His Rich Bass-Baritone Singing Voice and His Role in TV Series ‘Dallas’)
Howard Keel
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 13th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gillespie, Illinois, United States
Died: November 7, 2004

Howard Keel was an American actor. Renowned for his bass-baritone voice, Keel starred in several MGM musicals throughout the 1950s. Also known for his work in TV and films, Keel was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. In 1996, a Golden Palm Star was dedicated to him on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

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Doris Miller
(Navy Man)
Doris Miller
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Listed In: Soldiers
Birthdate: 12th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States
Died: November 24, 1943

Doris Miller was a US Navy cook third class. He became the first black American to be honored with the Navy Cross for saving the lives of many sailors aboard West Virginia by manning an anti-aircraft machine gun to shoot down Japanese planes during the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was killed in action while serving in World War II.

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Pete Seeger
(American Folk Singer Best-Known for His Songs: ‘Where Have All the Flowers Gone?’ & ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’)
Pete Seeger
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Listed In: Folk Singers
Birthdate: 3rd May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: January 27, 2014

Pete Seeger was an American social activist and folk singer. Seeger believed that the power of music could bring about a social change, an ideology that reflected on his works. Through his music, Seeger expressed his support towards counterculture, civil rights, environmental rights, international disarmament, and workers rights.

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Strother Martin
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 26th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kokomo, Indiana, United States
Died: August 1, 1980
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Tom Harmon
(American Football Players)
Tom Harmon
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 28th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rensselaer, Indiana, USA
Died: March 15, 1990
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Tennessee Ernie Ford
(American Singer and Television Host)
Tennessee Ernie Ford
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 13th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bristol, Tennessee, United States
Died: October 17, 1991
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Red Buttons
(Actor)
Red Buttons
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Birthdate: 5th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: July 13, 2006
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Doris Lessing
(Novelist)
Doris Lessing
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 22nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kermanshah, Iran
Died: November 17, 2013
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Howard Morris
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Birthdate: 4th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: May 21, 2005
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Vikram Sarabhai
(Scientist)
Vikram Sarabhai
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Listed In: Physicists
Birthdate: 12th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ahmedabad, India
Died: December 30, 1971

Padma Bhushan- and Padma Vibhushan-winning Indian scientist Vikram Sarabhai was born into the famous Sarabhai family of industrialists who were associated with the Indian Independence Movement. He made major contributions to India’s nuclear power and space research initiatives, developed textile research in India, and helped set up IIM-Ahmedabad.

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Forrest Tucker
9
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 12th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Plainfield, Indiana, United States
Died: October 25, 1986
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Gene Barry
(Actor)
Gene Barry
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Birthdate: 14th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: December 9, 2009
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Sam Wanamaker
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Birthdate: 14th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 18, 1993
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Alan Young
(Actor)
Alan Young
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 19th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: North Shields, England
Died: May 19, 2016

While his asthma attacks in childhood made him addicted to radio, it also made Alan Young host his own radio show by 17. He soared to fame with his Emmy-winning radio/TV comedy show The Alan Young Show. The Disney star later became popular as the voice of Scrooge McDuck.

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Kathleen Freeman
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Birthdate: 17th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 23, 2001
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Jayne Meadows
(Actress)
Jayne Meadows
1
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 27th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wuchang District, Wuhan, China
Died: April 26, 2015
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Dino De Laurentiis
(Film producer)
Dino De Laurentiis
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Birthdate: 8th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Torre Annunziata, Italy
Died: November 10, 2010
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Richard Todd
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 11th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: December 3, 2009

Richard Todd was an Irish actor best remembered for his portrayal of Corporal Lachlan MacLachlan in the movie The Hasty Heart, for which he won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination. One of the most bankable actors of his generation, Richard Todd was frequently listed among the most popular British stars throughout the 1950s. 

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Jon Pertwee
(Actor)
Jon Pertwee
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Birthdate: 7th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England, UK
Died: May 20, 1996
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Margot Fonteyn
(English Ballet Dancer)
Margot Fonteyn
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: 18th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reigate, England
Died: February 21, 1991

Margot Fonteyn was an English ballerina who spent her entire dancing career at the Royal Ballet. She was eventually appointed prima ballerina assoluta of the Royal Ballet by Queen Elizabeth II. Margot Fonteyn achieved international fame after a tour of the US in 1949. She also helped popularize ballet in the US by appearing on TV before and after WWII.

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Andy Rooney
(Radio and Television Writer)
Andy Rooney
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Birthdate: 14th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albany, New York
Died: November 4, 2011
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Lawrence Tierney
(Actor)
Lawrence Tierney
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 15th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: February 26, 2002
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Anne Buydens
(Philanthropist, Producer and Wife of Actor Kirk Douglas)
Anne Buydens
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 23rd April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: April 29, 2021

Anne Buydens is a philanthropist and film producer. She is best known for her 65-year-marriage with American actor Kirk Douglas. A cancer survivor, Anne Buydens works towards raising money for cancer research. She is credited with establishing Research for Women's Cancers, which raised money to help set up a research facility in Los Angeles.

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Rocky Graziano
(Boxer)
Rocky Graziano
2
Listed In: Boxers
Birthdate: 1st January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 22, 1990
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Jock Mahoney
(Actor)
Jock Mahoney
4
Birthdate: 7th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: December 14, 1989
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Art Blakey
(Drummer)
Art Blakey
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 11th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: October 16, 1990
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Joseph Wapner
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Listed In: Judges
Birthdate: 15th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 26, 2017
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Carole Landis
(Actress)
Carole Landis
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 1st January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fairchild, Wisconsin, USA
Died: July 5, 1948
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Betty Garrett
(Actress)
Betty Garrett
2
Birthdate: 23rd May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri
Died: February 12, 2011
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Frances Bay
(Actress)
Frances Bay
2
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 23rd January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mannville, Alberta, Canada
Died: September 15, 2011
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Iris Murdoch
(Irish & British Novelist Best Known for Her Novels: 'Under the Net', 'The Sea, the Sea' and 'The Bell')
Iris Murdoch
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Birthdate: 15th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: February 8, 1999

One of the most popular Irish-born British novelists, Iris Murdoch is remembered for her psychological novels, which had a good dose of sexuality, philosophy, morality, and comic elements. While she won the Booker Prize for The Sea, the Sea, the Oxford alumnus had also worked for the HM Treasury and the UN.

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George Gobel
(Actor)
George Gobel
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Birthdate: 20th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: February 24, 1991
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Marie Windsor
(Actress)
Marie Windsor
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 11th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marysvale, Utah, U.S.
Died: December 10, 2000