Famous People Born In 1929

Discover the most famous people born in 1929. The list includes people like Whitey Bulger, Audrey Hepburn, Anne Frank, Grace Kelly, Yasser Arafat and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, journalists, composers and philosophers born in 1929. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & India and many more countries.
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Martin Luther King Jr.
(African-American Civil Rights Movement Leader Who Used Civil Disobedience to Combat Racism)
Martin Luther King Jr.
121
Birthdate: 15th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: April 4, 1968

A leader in the civil rights movement in the mid-twentieth century, Martin Luther King Jr. is best remembered for advancing civil rights through nonviolence and civil disobedience. A man of Christian faith who was inspired by Indian freedom fighter Mahatma Gandhi’s nonviolent activism, he was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting racial inequality.  

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Anne Frank
(Diarist)
Anne Frank
100
Birthdate: 12th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: March 12, 1945

One of the numerous Jewish victims of the Holocaust, Anne Frank gained recognition posthumously after her diary Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was published. The diary, which has been widely read and translated into numerous other languages, details the lives of Anne Frank and her family when they went into hiding for two years, after Germany occupied Netherlands.

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Audrey Hepburn
(British Actress Who was Famous as a Film and Fashion Icon)
Audrey Hepburn
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 4th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ixelles, Belgium
Died: January 20, 1993

British actress Audrey Hepburn is counted among the greatest female screen legends in Golden Age Hollywood. Rising to prominence in the 1950s, she became one of the few people to win Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards. She devoted much of her time in her later life to UNICEF and was actively involved in humanitarian work.

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Jackie Kennedy
(First Lady of the United States from 1961 to 1963)
Jackie Kennedy
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Listed In: First Ladies
Birthdate: 28th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton, New York, United States
Died: May 19, 1994

Jackie Kennedy was a literature editor, photographer, and socialite who was once married to the former American President John F. Kennedy. She became the First Lady of the United States when her husband became the president. She was known for her iconic fashion style. She is considered one of the most popular and recognizable First Ladies in American history.

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Grace Kelly
(Former Actress and Princess Consort of Monaco (1956 - 1982))
Grace Kelly
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 12th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 14, 1982

Aptly named by her parents, Grace Kelly was one of the most graceful and talented actresses of her era, starring in 11 feature films and over 60 TV productions. A darling of Alfred Hitchcock movies, this Oscar winning actress left her successful Hollywood career after her wedding to Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and thus became the Princess of Monaco.

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Christopher Plummer
(One of the Most Accomplished Actors of His Era andthe Oldest Person to Win an Academy Award)
Christopher Plummer
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 13th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: February 5, 2021

Arguably the best Canadian actor of all time, Christopher Plummer is the only Canadian and one of the few actors to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting (winning Emmy, Tony, and Academy Award). He won the Academy Award at the age of 82, becoming the oldest person to do so. Not surprisingly, he is the most respected actor in Canada.

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Bob Newhart
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Deadpan and Slightly Stammering Delivery Style)
Bob Newhart
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Birthdate: 5th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States

American stand-up comedian Bob Newhart is renowned for his slightly stammering delivery style and dry humor for which he was honored with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2002. Over the years, his comedic style has influenced many comedians. Also an actor, he was ranked 17th on TV Guide's list of 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

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June Carter Cash
(Country Singer, Five-Time Grammy Award-Winner)
June Carter Cash
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 23rd June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maces Spring, Virginia, United States
Died: May 15, 2003

A woman of many talents, June Carter Cash was an American singer-songwriter, author, comedian, actress, and dancer. In 2003, she was named in Country Music Television's 40 Greatest Women of Country Music list. Her relationship with Johnny Cash inspired the 2005 film Walk the Line, where she was portrayed by Reese Witherspoon. June was also a well-known philanthropist.

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John Cassavetes
(One of the Most Influential American Directors of the Later Half of the 20th Century)
John Cassavetes
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Birthdate: 9th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 3, 1989
John Cassavetes is best remembered for his Academy Award-nominated performance in The Dirty Dozen and for his Academy Award-nominated screenplay and direction in Faces and A Woman Under the Influence, respectively. His movies explored the cinéma verité style of filmmaking and included frequent collaborations with his wife, Gena Rowlands.
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Arnold Palmer
(American Professional Golfer and One of the Greatest and Most Charismatic Players in the Sport’s History)
Arnold Palmer
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Listed In: Golfers
Birthdate: 10th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Latrobe, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 25, 2016

Arnold Palmer was an American golfer who won 62 PGA Tour titles in a career spanning over 60 years. Nicknamed The King, Palmer is considered one of the most charismatic and greatest players in the history of professional golf. He is seen as the first superstar who helped popularize the sport in the television age, which started in the '50s.

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Ed Asner
(Actor, played Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and gained prominence as a political activist.)
Ed Asner
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 15th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: August 29, 2021
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Amanda Blake
(Actress)
Amanda Blake
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 20th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, USA
Died: August 16, 1989
Illustrious as the sassy saloon owner, Miss Kitty, on Gunsmoke, Amanda Blake was a celebrated American actress. Also an animal lover, she ran one of the first successful programs for breeding cheetahs in captivity along with her husband, Frank Gilbert. She was also the third performer to be inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers, after Tom Mix and Gary Cooper.
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Barbara Walters
(Pioneering U.S. Television Journalist)
Barbara Walters
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Birthdate: 25th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 30, 2022

Barbara Walters is an American retired television personality and broadcast journalist. Renowned for her popularity with viewers, Walters appeared as the host of several popular TV shows. A pioneer for women in broadcasting, Walters became the first woman to co-host shows like Today and ABC Evening News. In 1996, she was named in TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars list.

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Yayoi Kusama
(Contemporary Artist)
Yayoi Kusama
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Birthdate: 22nd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan
Japanese contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama is known for her variety of artforms, including sculpture, installations, paintings, and fashion. She mingles elements such as feminism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism, and expresses her struggle with mental illness through her art. She has also published books and produced an award-winning film. 
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Vic Morrow
(Actor and Director Best Known for His ABC Drama Series ‘Combat!’)
Vic Morrow
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Birthdate: 14th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: July 23, 1982
Victor Morrow, father of actor Jennifer Jason Leigh, gained fame with the ABC series Combat! He also appeared in movies such as Blackboard Jungle and King Creole. A stunt helicopter crashed on top of Morrow and two child actors, during the filming of Twilight Zone: The Movie, and killed them.
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Jean Simmons
(Actress and Singer)
Jean Simmons
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 31st January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: January 22, 2010
Jean Simmons is best remembered as Ophelia from the 1948 movie Hamlet, a role that fetched her an Oscar nomination. She won an Emmy for The Thorn Birds and a Golden Globe for Guys and Dolls. She was also known for her association with the anti-drug charity Release.
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Chet Baker
(Trumpeter and Vocalist Known for Major Innovations in 'Cool Jazz')
Chet Baker
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 23rd December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yale, Oklahoma, United States
Died: May 13, 1988

Chet Baker was an American vocalist and jazz trumpeter. He achieved recognition during the 1950s and his innovations within cool jazz, a style of modern jazz music, earned him the nickname prince of cool. However, his drug addiction overshadowed much of his professional achievements. His life and work inspired the 2015 drama film Born to Be Blue.

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Lev Yashin
(One of the Greatest Goalkeeper in the History of Football)
Lev Yashin
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Listed In: Football Players
Birthdate: 22nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 20, 1990
Legendary Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin was nicknamed the Black Spider or the Black Panther for his signature all-black attire. He played in four World Cups and later also served as the deputy chairman of the Football Federation of his country. He became the only goalkeeper to win the Ballon d'Or.
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James Hong
(Actor)
James Hong
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Birthdate: 22nd February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
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Dick Clark
(Radio and Television Personality Best Known for Hosting ‘American Bandstand’ and the 'Pyramid' Game Show)
Dick Clark
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Birthdate: 30th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mount Vernon
Died: April 18, 2012
Emmy-winning radio and TV personality Dick Clark is best remembered as the host of American Bandstand for more than three decades. He had also hosted shows such as The $10,000 Pyramid and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. He also appeared in movies and co-owned theaters and music-themed restaurants.
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Vera Miles
(Retired Actress Best Known for Her Role as ‘Lila Crane’ in the Film ‘Psycho’ and ‘Psycho II’)
Vera Miles
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 23rd August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boise City, Oklahoma, United States

Retired actress Vera Miles is best known for her role in the classic 1960 film Psycho and its sequel. Crowned Miss Kansas in 1948, she ended up becoming the third runner-up in the Miss America contest. She started acting soon after and formed a close professional relationship with Alfred Hitchcock, appearing in many of his films.

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Bob Hawke
(23rd Prime Minister of Australia)
Bob Hawke
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 9th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bordertown, Australia
Died: May 16, 2019
The 23rd Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke was the longest-serving Labour leader and electorally most successful leader in the history. During his tenure he instituted a unified wage accord among the country's fractious labour unions that resulted in achieving greater industrial harmony. He also holds the feat of being the third longest-serving Prime Minister of the country.
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Anne Meara
(Actress & Comedian)
Anne Meara
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Birthdate: 20th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: May 23, 2015
Comedian and actor Anne Meara, mother of actor Ben Stiller, was part of the comedy duo Stiller and Meara, along with her husband, Jerry Stiller. She appeared in series such as Archie Bunker's Place and many films, too. She also earned a Writers Guild Award for co-writing The Other Woman.
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Roxie Roker
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Helen Willis’ in the TV Series ‘The Jeffersons’)
Roxie Roker
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 28th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: December 2, 1995
Roxie Roker, mother of Lenny Kravitz, was best known for her portrayal of Helen Willis in the sitcom The Jeffersons. She and Franklin Cover played an interracial couple in the series, which was the first such instance on primetime TV. She was also associated with the Negro Ensemble Company.
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Katherine Helmond
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 5th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Galveston, Texas, United States
Died: February 23, 2019
Katherine Helmond is best known for her Golden Globe-winning roles of Jessica Tate in the sitcom Soap and Mona Robinson in Who's the Boss? Fans also loved her in her Emmy-nominated role of Lois Whelan in Everybody Loves Raymond. She has also voiced Lizzie in the Cars franchise. 
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Chuck Barris
(Game Show Host)
Chuck Barris
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Listed In: Game Show Hosts
Birthdate: 3rd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died: March 21, 2017

Game show creator, producer, and host Chuck Barris began his career at NBC in New York City as a page. Brilliant and creative, he moved up the ranks in the entertainment industry and was soon producing music for TV shows. He then opened his own production company and went ahead to gain fame as a game show creator.

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Francis Gary Powers
(American Military Officer)
Francis Gary Powers
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Listed In: Pilots
Birthdate: 17th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jenkins, Kentucky, United States
Died: August 1, 1977

Francis Gary Powers was an American pilot. His Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) U-2 spy plane was shot down in what came to be known as the 1960 U-2 incident. He was performing photographic aerial reconnaissance deep inside Soviet territory when the incident occurred. He survived and later worked as a helicopter pilot for KNBC in Los Angeles.

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Berry Gordy
(Record Executive)
Berry Gordy
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 28th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, MichiganDetroit, Michigan, United States
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Mohamed Al-Fayed
(Egyptian Businessman and Owner of 'Hôtel Ritz Paris')
Mohamed Al-Fayed
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Listed In: Hoteliers
Birthdate: 27th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: El-Gomorok, Alexandria

Mohamed Al-Fayed is a businessman whose son Dodi Fayed's death in a car crash alongside Diana, Princess of Wales became international news. Apart from being one of the richest businessmen in the world, Al-Fayed is also a humanitarian. In 1987, he established the Al Fayed Charitable Foundation, which aims at helping children living in poverty and children with life-limiting conditions.

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Frank Gehry
(Architect and Designer Whose Works are Considered Among the Most Important of Contemporary Architecture)
Frank Gehry
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Listed In: Designers
Birthdate: 28th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Canadian-born American architect and designer Frank Gehry is best known for designing the Guggenheim Museum in Spain, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in France, and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, U.S. He has won countless awards, such as the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Praemium Imperiale.
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Sergio Leone
(Italian Filmmaker Best Known for Creating the 'Spaghetti Western' Genre)
Sergio Leone
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Birthdate: 3rd January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: April 30, 1989

Best known as a pioneer of the Spaghetti Western genre, Sergio Leone was born to legendary Italian actors Vincenzo Leone and Edvige Valcarenghi. He dropped out of law to focus on films and created masterpieces such as Once upon a Time in America and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Buck Owens
(Musician)
Buck Owens
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 12th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sherman, Texas, United States
Died: March 25, 2006
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Lata Mangeshkar
(One of the Greatest Playback Singers of India)
Lata Mangeshkar
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Listed In: Playback Singers
Birthdate: 28th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Indore
Died: February 6, 2022

One of the most respected and best-known playback singers in India, Lata Mangeshkar is popularly known as the Nightingale of India. She had a long career of more than 60 years and was honoured with India's highest civilian award Bharat Ratna..

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Ursula K. Le Guin
(American Author Best Known for Her Works of Speculative Fiction)
Ursula K. Le Guin
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Birthdate: 21st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
Died: January 22, 2018

Ursula K. Le Guin was an American author. In a career spanning almost six decades, Ursula wrote about political and social themes like race and sexuality. Throughout her career, Ursula had a major influence on speculative fiction. Her book A Wizard of Earthsea is credited with inspiring ideas like 'wizard school', which was later popularized in the Harry Potter series.

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Max von Sydow
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 10th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lund, Sweden
Died: March 8, 2020

Max von Sydow was a Swedish actor and director. In an illustrious career spanning seven decades, Max contributed immensely to American and European cinema, theatre, and television. He appeared in 11 of Ingmar Bergman's films, including The Seventh Seal, which houses the iconic scene where Max's character challenges the personification of Death to a game of chess.

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Joan Plowright
(British Retired Actress)
Joan Plowright
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 28th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brigg, Lincolnshire, England

Joan Plowright is a retired actress who won several prestigious awards, such as a Tony Award and two Golden Globe Awards, during her career which spanned more than 70 years. During the 2004 New Year Honours, Plowright was appointed a Dame Commander for her contribution to the entertainment industry. The Plowright Theatre is named after Joan Plowright in her honor.

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Shakuntala Devi
(Human Computer)
Shakuntala Devi
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Listed In: Mathematicians
Birthdate: 4th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bangalore
Died: April 21, 2013

A child prodigy who was never formally educated, Shakuntala Devi became a mathematical genius earning the title of Human Computer for her exceptional calculating abilities. The Indian genius was also an astrologer and a gifted writer who authored books on maths, astrology, homosexuality in India and a crime thriller novel.

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André Previn
(Known for His Versatile Orchestral Compositions)
André Previn
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 6th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 28, 2019
German-American pianist and composer André Previn was a prominent figure in jazz and classical music. He composed tracks for MGM and won four Grammys and four Academy Awards. He was the music director of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and the main conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, among others.
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Bill Evans
(American Jazz Pianist Known for Lush Harmonies and Lyrical Improvisation)
Bill Evans
5
Birthdate: 16th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, United States
Died: September 15, 1980

Bill Evans was an American composer and jazz pianist. Many of his compositions and other works continue to influence jazz pianists and are played and recorded by several artists. His work has influenced players like Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Steve Kuhn, and Michel Petrucciani among many other musicians. Evans is an inductee of the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame.

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Chespirito
(One of the Greatest Comedians of All Time)
Chespirito
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Birthdate: 21st February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: November 28, 2014

Mexican comedian Roberto Gómez Bolaños became a cultural icon with his show Chespirito, which also starred him as the titular character and thus made him adopt Chespirito as his stage name later. He was a boxer before venturing into entertainment and had even dropped out of an engineering course.

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Roger Bannister
(The First Athlete to Run a Mile in Less Than Four Minutes)
Roger Bannister
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 23rd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harrow, England
Died: March 3, 2018

British middle-distance athlete and neurologist Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister was the first athlete to run a mile in less than four minutes. Before achieving such feat, Bannister set a British record in the 1500 metres during the 1952 Summer Olympics. In the medical field, Bannister became a neurologist and Master of Pembroke College, Oxford.

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Kishore Kumar
(Indian playback singer)
Kishore Kumar
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Birthdate: 4th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Khandwas, India
Died: October 13, 1987

A man of many talents, Kishore Kumar was an Indian actor, filmmaker, writer, music director, lyricist, and playback singer. One of the most popular Indian singers of his generation, Kishore Kumar sang in different genres and multiple Indian languages. In 1997, the Kishore Kumar Award was initiated for his contributions to Hindi cinema. Despite marrying four times, he remained a loner.

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Jane Powell
(Singer)
Jane Powell
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Birthdate: 1st April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, USA
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Bobby Bowden
(One of the Greatest College Football Coaches of All Time)
Bobby Bowden
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Listed In: Coaches
Birthdate: 8th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama
Died: August 8, 2021
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Zdzisław Beksiński
(Polish Painter During 20th-century)
Zdzisław Beksiński
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: 24th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sanok, Poland
Died: February 21, 2005
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Patricia Routledge
(Actress)
Patricia Routledge
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Birthdate: 17th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tranmere, Birkenhead, Cheshire, England, UK
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Anne Ramsey
(Actress)
Anne Ramsey
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 27th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: August 11, 1988
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Bud Spencer
(Italian Actor, Professional Swimmer and Water Polo Player)
Bud Spencer
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 31st October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: June 27, 2016
Italian actor Carlo Pedersoli, or Bud Spencer, gained fame with his Spaghetti Western and action-comedy films, teaming up with Terence Hill. Bud was also a skilled water polo player and an Olympic swimmer who specialized in 100-meter freestyle. He was a certified pilot and an avid philanthropist, too. 
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Don Draper
(Actor)
Don Draper
9
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 25th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Modesto, California, USA
Died: December 17, 1990
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Gordon Moore
(Businessman)
Gordon Moore
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Birthdate: 3rd January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco