Famous People Born In 1934

Discover the most famous people born in 1934. The list includes people like Charles Manson, Carl Sagan, Ralph Nader, Leonard Cohen, Sophia Loren and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include journalists, political leaders, composers and poets born in 1934. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, India & Italy and many more countries.
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Maggie Smith
(One of Britain's Most Recognizable & Prolific Actresses)
Maggie Smith
46
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 28th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ilford, Essex, England

Veteran English actress, Maggie Smith, has an extensive career spanning almost seven decades. One of Britain's most recognizable actresses, she has appeared in more than 60 films and over 70 plays. Making her debut as a stage actress in the 1950s, she quickly moved on to TV and cinema. She has been honored with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's Legacy Award.

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Bill Russell
(One of the Greatest Basketball Players of All Time)
Bill Russell
39
Birthdate: 12th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana, United States
Died: July 31, 2022

Bill Russell was an American retired professional basketball player. Widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players ever, Russell led the US national basketball team to victory and helped his team win an Olympic gold at the 1956 Summer Olympics. Also known for his accomplishments in the civil rights movement, Russell was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

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Jane Goodall
(English Primatologist and Anthropologist Who is Considered World's Foremost Expert on Chimpanzees)
Jane Goodall
31
Listed In: Anthropologists
Birthdate: 3rd April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

Jane Goodall is an English anthropologist and primatologist. Goodall's research proved that chimpanzees could use tools like stalks of grass to fish out termites from termite holes; this also challenged the long-held belief that chimpanzees were vegetarians. Goodall also discovered that chimpanzees are capable of emotions like sorrow and joy. Goodall is also credited with founding the Jane Goodall Institute.

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Sophia Loren
(One of the Greatest Female Stars of Classical Hollywood Cinema)
Sophia Loren
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 20th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Known as the quintessential “femme fatale” of the "Golden Age of Hollywood," Sophia Loren rose from participating in a beauty pageant as a teenager, to being the first actor to win the Academy Award for a foreign-language movie. The Italian bombshell is also known for her affair with Cary Grant.

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Judi Dench
(English Actress Who is Regarded as One of the Britain's Best Actresses)
Judi Dench
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 9th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Heworth, York, United Kingdom

Judi Dench is one of the most respected and decorated English actresses of all time. Counted among the most influential people in the United Kingdom, Dame Judi Dench is a patron of more than 180 charities, such as York Against Cancer. Since 1985, she has been serving as the president of Questors Theatre.

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Carl Sagan
(Astronomer and Planetary Scientist Best Known for His Scientific Contribution in Research on Extraterrestrial Life)
Carl Sagan
32
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 9th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: December 20, 1996
Pulitzer- and Emmy-winning astrophysicist and author Carl Sagan was best known for co-writing the TV series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. His novel Contact was adapted into a film. He was known for his extensive research on extra-terrestrial life, had taught at major universities, and written countless papers and science books.
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Yuri Gagarin
(Soviet Pilot and Cosmonaut Who Became the First Man to Travel into Outer Space)
Yuri Gagarin
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Listed In: Astronauts
Birthdate: 9th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Klushino, Russia
Died: March 27, 1968
Yuri Gagarin was the first man to travel into outer space when he completed an orbit of the Earth aboard the Vostok 1 in 1961. Following this, he became a national hero in Russia. He had previously served as an Air Forces pilot. He tragically died in a MiG-15 crash.
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Leonard Cohen
(One of the Most Accomplished Canadian Folk-Rock Singer-Songwriters of His Generation)
Leonard Cohen
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 21st September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Westmount, Canada
Died: November 7, 2016

Leonard Cohen was one of the most popular Canadian celebrities of all time. After starting his career as a poet and novelist, Leonard went on to become a famous singer-songwriter, exploring themes like sexuality, religion, depression, and romantic relationships in his work. Leonard Cohen was one of the inspirations for Steven Clark and Matthew Bissonnette's 2002 film Looking for Leonard.

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Hank Aaron
(One of the Greatest Baseball Players in History)
Hank Aaron
34
Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 5th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Died: January 22, 2021

Baseball player Hank Aaron, also known as Hammer or Hammerin' Hank, is remembered for his stint with the MLB teams Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers. He also competed as part of the Negro League team Indianapolis Clowns. He was named to The Sporting News 100 Greatest Baseball Players.

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Roberto Clemente
(Puerto Rican Professional Baseball Right Fielder)
Roberto Clemente
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Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 18th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carolina, Puerto Rico
Died: December 31, 1972

Roberto Clemente was a Puerto Rican baseball player who represented the Pittsburgh Pirates in Major League Baseball (MLB). Apart from being a popular player, Clemente was also a great humanitarian whose impact is still being felt in MLB. Since his untimely death at the age of 38, Clemente has been the subject of several documentaries, articles, and books.

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Rue McClanahan
(Actress and Comedian Best Known for Her Role as Blanche Devereaux on TV Sitcom ‘The Golden Girls’)
Rue McClanahan
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Birthdate: 21st February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Healdton, Oklahoma, United States
Died: June 3, 2010

Rue McClanahan was an actress and comedian. Apart from being an actress, McClanahan was also an animal welfare advocate and one of the first celebrity patrons of the popular animal rights organization, PETA. She also supported nonprofit organizations, such as Alley Cat Allies. A woman ahead of her time, Rue McClanahan was a supporter of same-sex marriage and gay rights.

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Shirley MacLaine
(American Actress Who is Known for Her Portrayals of Quirky, Strong-Willed and Eccentric Women)
Shirley MacLaine
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 24th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

Shirley MacLaine is one of the most decorated American actresses of all time, having won several prestigious awards, such as the Academy Award. Identified as one of the last surviving actresses from Hollywood Golden Age, Shirley MacLaine has played a key role in popularizing New Age spirituality in the West. She also believes in concepts, such as reincarnation.

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Brigitte Bardot
(French Actress and Singer Known for Her Films: ‘And God Created Woman’ and ‘Viva Maria!’)
Brigitte Bardot
37
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 28th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

Brigitte Bardot is a French former singer and actress. One of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, Bardot remains a major pop culture icon despite quitting the entertainment industry in 1973. Bardot is credited with popularizing the bikini. She also popularized the town of Armação dos Búzios and the city of St. Tropez in Brazil.

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Frankie Valli
(Best Known for His Unusually Powerful Lead Falsetto Voice and Frontman of the Rock Band 'The Four Seasons')
Frankie Valli
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Listed In: Pop Singers
Birthdate: 3rd May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States

Frankie Valli is an American singer who became famous as the lead singer of the band The Four Seasons, thanks to his powerful falsetto voice. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Frankie Valli was honored with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in May 2012.

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Alan Arkin
(Actor, Director & Screenwriter)
Alan Arkin
9
Birthdate: 26th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 29, 2023
Alan Arkin is best known for his Academy Award-winning role in Little Miss Sunshine. Fans also loved him in the movies Argo, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, and The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. He has also written several books and directed an Oscar-nominated short film.
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Bill Bixby
(Best Known for as Dr. David Banner in The TV Series 'The Incredible Hulk')
Bill Bixby
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 22nd January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: November 21, 1993
Actor/director/game-show panelist Bill Bixby is best known as Tim O'Hara from My Favorite Martian, as Anthony Blake from The Magician, and as Dr. David Banner from The Incredible Hulk. He has also delivered Emmy-nominated performances in the series Rich Man, Poor Man and The Courtship of Eddie's Father.
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Gloria Steinem
(American Feminist Journalist and Co-Founder of ‘Ms,' Magazine)
Gloria Steinem
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 25th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

Hailing from a humble background, Gloria Steinem went on to become a celebrated journalist and an iconic feminist. Founder of the New York magazine and Ms Magazine, her life has been dedicated to writing, talking and fighting for women’s rights, gender equality, legalisation of abortion, among other things. She brought issues like female genital mutilation to the forefront in America.

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Charley Pride
(Country Singer and One of Three African-American Members of the 'Grand Ole Opr')
Charley Pride
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 18th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sledge, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 12, 2020
Charley Pride was an American professional baseball player, guitarist, and singer. During the 1970s, Pride became the best-selling singer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. In his illustrious career, Pride won many awards including three American Music Awards and four Grammy Awards. In 2000, Pride was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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Tina Louise
(Author, Actress)
Tina Louise
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 11th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Tina Louise is an American actress who was in her prime during the late 1950s and 1960s. Since 1996, Tina Louise has also been volunteering at public schools in an attempt to improve child literacy. Also a published author, Louise's children's book When I Grow Up inspires children to believe in their goals.

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Wilford Brimley
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 27th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died: August 1, 2020

A stint at U.S. Marine Corps and a variety of jobs later, Wilford Brimley finally entered the world of acting, albeit as an extra. He established himself as a character actor and bagged his first leading role at the age of fifty. His notable work include Cocoon, The Natural and Our House. He is known for Quaker Oats commercials too.

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Florence Henderson
(American Actress)
Florence Henderson
14
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 14th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dale, Indiana, United States
Died: November 24, 2016
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Jamie Farr
(Best Known for His Role of Cross-Dressing Corporal 'Maxwell Q. Klinger' in the Sitcom 'M*A*S*H')
Jamie Farr
9
Birthdate: 1st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

Jamie Farr is an American actor and comedian best known for his portrayal of Maxwell Q. Klinger in the popular war comedy-drama TV series, M*A*S*H. In 1985, Jamie Farr was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the American entertainment industry.

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George Segal
(American Actor Who Became Popular in the 1960s and 1970s for Playing Both Dramatic and Comedic Roles)
George Segal
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 13th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York City, United States
Died: March 23, 2021
George Segal is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and his Golden Globe-winning performance in A Touch of Class. He pioneered the trend of retaining the Jewish surname in showbiz. He is a skilled banjo player and has also released three albums.
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Garry Marshall
(Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director & Producer)
Garry Marshall
7
Birthdate: 13th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: July 19, 2016

Garry Marshall was an American screenwriter, actor, and filmmaker. He is credited with creating the popular television series Happy Days and its several spin-offs. He is also credited with co-creating other TV series like Laverne & Shirley and Mork & Mindy. Makin' It, a 1979 sitcom starring David Naughton, was also co-created by Garry Marshall.

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Joanna Moore
(American Film and Television Actress)
Joanna Moore
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 10th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Parrott, Georgia, United States
Died: November 22, 1997

Joanna Moore was an American actress whose career reached its peak during the 1960s when she was often featured in popular TV shows like Alfred Hitchcock Presents. However, she lost her popularity to drug and alcohol abuse, which worsened during the 1970s and 1980s. Eventually, she started making headlines for the wrong reasons and died of lung cancer in 1997.

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Bob Uecker
(Baseball player)
Bob Uecker
12
Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 26th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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Shirley Jones
(Actress Known for Her Role as 'Shirley Partridge' in the Television Sitcom 'The Partridge Family')
Shirley Jones
8
Birthdate: 31st March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charleroi, Pennsylvania, United States

Shirley Jones is an American singer and actress whose portrayal of a prostitute named Lulu Bains in the 1960 film Elmer Gantry earned her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Thanks to her skills as a singer, Jones has appeared in several musical films like Oklahoma, The Music Man, and Carousel. She has also been a long-time supporter of PETA.

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Richard Chamberlain
(Actor and Singer Known for His TV Series: ‘Shōgun’ and ‘The Thorn Birds’)
Richard Chamberlain
4
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 31st March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, California, United States
With a career spanning over forty decades, Richard Chamberlain first rose to fame in the 1980s. He became a teen idol and also won a Golden Globe Award for his performance in Dr. Kildare. He gained prominence for his performances in The Bourne Identity, The Thorne Birds and Shogun.
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Marty Feldman
(Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Poet)
Marty Feldman
2
Birthdate: 8th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London
Died: December 2, 1982
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Victor French
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Birthdate: 4th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States
Died: June 15, 1989

Victor French was an American actor remembered for playing important roles in television series, such as Carter Country, Highway to Heaven, and Little House on the Prairie. The son of actor and stuntman Ted French, Victor followed in the footsteps of his father and started his career as a stuntman before establishing himself as a successful actor.

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Roger Maris
(Baseball player)
Roger Maris
4
Listed In: Baseball Players
Birthdate: 10th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hibbing, Minnesota, United States
Died: December 14, 1985
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Sydney Pollack
(Film Director and Producer Best Known for His Movie 'Out of Africa')
Sydney Pollack
11
Birthdate: 1st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Died: May 26, 2008
Sydney Pollack is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning direction in the film Out of Africa and was also nominated for the same award for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and Tootsie. He also acted in films such as Eyes Wide Shut and series such as Will & Grace.
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Bart Starr
(American football quarterback and coach)
Bart Starr
5
Birthdate: 9th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: May 26, 2019
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Brian Epstein
(Businessperson, Impresario, Talent agent, Talent manager)
Brian Epstein
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Listed In: Celebrities
Birthdate: 19th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Liverpool
Died: August 27, 1967
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Eileen Atkins
(Actress and Occasional Screenwriter Known for Her Film ‘Gosford Park’)
Eileen Atkins
6
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 16th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Clapton, London, England
Eileen Atkins is best known for her BAFTA- and Emmy-winning performance in the miniseries Cranford. A talented Shakespearean theater actor, she has also won three Olivier Awards and four Drama Desk Awards. She is a breast cancer survivor and has received the honors CBE and DBE.
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Ralph Nader
(American Lawyer and Politician Known for His Involvement in Consumer Protection and Environmentalism)
Ralph Nader
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 27th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Winsted, Connecticut, United States
Ralph Nader’s book Unsafe at Any Speed was his critique of the safety measures of U.S. automobile manufacturers. His activism has led to the passage of acts such as the Consumer Product Safety Act. One of Time’s 100 Most Influential Americans, he inspired the documentary An Unreasonable Man
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Jackie Wilson
(Singer)
Jackie Wilson
4
Birthdate: 9th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit
Died: January 21, 1984
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Vivian Liberto
(American Homemaker, Author and First Wife of Singer Johnny Cash)
Vivian Liberto
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Listed In: Family Members
Birthdate: 23rd April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died: May 24, 2005

Vivian Liberto was an American author and homemaker. She started hogging the limelight after marrying singer and actor, Johnny Cas,h with whom she had four daughters, including Rosanne Cash, who went on to become a singer-songwriter. Vivian Liberto’s 2007 book I Walked the Line formed the basis of the documentary movie My Darling Vivian, which was directed by Matt Riddlehoover.

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Pat Boone
(Actor, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer)
Pat Boone
14
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1st June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville
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Wole Soyinka
(Author, Poet, Playwright)
Wole Soyinka
13
Birthdate: 13th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Abeokuta

Wole Soyinka is a Nigerian playwright, poet, and essayist. In 1986, he became the first sub-Saharan African to be honored with the Nobel Prize in Literature. As a young man, he worked with the Royal Court Theatre in London. In Nigeria, he was actively involved in the country’s freedom struggle. He has taught at various international universities.

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Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.
(United States Army General)
Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.
8
Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 22nd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 27, 2012
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Betty Shabazz
(Educator and Activist Best Known as the Wife of African-American Activist Malcolm X)
Betty Shabazz
12
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 28th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pinehurst, Georgia, United States
Died: June 23, 1997

Civil rights activist and educator Betty Shabazz, or Betty X, was the wife of Black nationalist leader Malcolm X. Raised by her adoptive parents in Detroit, she met Malcolm X at a Nation of Islam event in Harlem. She died when her apartment was set on fire set by her grandson.

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Inger Stevens
(Swedish-American Actress Best Known for Her TV Series ‘The Farmer's Daughter’)
Inger Stevens
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 18th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: April 30, 1970

Inger Stevens was a Swedish-American actress whose promising career was cut short when she committed suicide at age 35. Stevens is remembered for her performance in TV series like The Farmer's Daughter, for which she received the Golden Globe for Best TV Star – Female in 1963. Her performance in the series also earned her an Emmy nomination in 1964.

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Del Shannon
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Songwriter, Guitarist, Musician)
Del Shannon
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 30th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Grand Rapids
Died: February 8, 1990
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Alan Bates
(British Actor Best Known for His Films: 'The Fixer', 'Whistle Down the Wind' and 'A Kind of Loving')
Alan Bates
10
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 17th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Allestree, Derby, England
Died: December 27, 2003

Alan Bates was an English actor who achieved popularity during the 1960s by playing important roles in films like Whistle Down the Wind and A Kind of Loving. The same decade, he also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Yakov Shepsovitch Bok in the 1968 British drama film The Fixer.   

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James Drury
(Actor Known for Having Played the Title Role in the 90-Minute Weekly Western Television Series 'The Virginian')
James Drury
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 6, 2020

James Drury was the quintessential tall, dark, and handsome Western hero of Hollywood in the 1950s and the 1960s. he had started his acting career at age 12. Interestingly he graduated in horticulture and animal husbandry. He is best remembered for his role in the NBC series The Virginian.

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Louise Fletcher
(Actress)
Louise Fletcher
4
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 22nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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Audre Lorde
(American Poet Whose Poems Expressed Anger and Outrage at Civil and Social Injustices)
Audre Lorde
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 18th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: November 17, 1992

Author and poet Audre Lorde is remembered as a firebrand feminist and a champion for the LGBT community. Openly lesbian, she penned iconic volumes such as Cables to Rage and The Black Unicorn. She also recorded her 14-year struggle with cancer in The Cancer Journals and A Burst of Light.

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Barry Humphries
(Actor, Author and Comedian Best Known for His Character ‘Dame Edna Everage’ on TV Show)
Barry Humphries
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Birthdate: 17th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kew, Australia
Australian comedian and satirist Barry Humphries is best known for his stage/TV alter egos Sir Les Patterson and Dame Edna Everage. He has also written plays for London's West End and also published an award-winning autobiography. Known for his Dadaist humor, he is also a skilled landscape painter.
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Harlan Ellison
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 27th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: June 28, 2018