Famous People Born In 1937

Discover the most famous people born in 1937. The list includes people like Saddam Hussein, Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Jane Fonda, Anthony Hopkins and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, composers, presidents and novelists born in 1937. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, India & France and many more countries.
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Morgan Freeman
(One of the Best Actors of His Generation Noted for His Distinctive Deep Voice)
Morgan Freeman
59
Birthdate: 1st June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Prominent character actor, Morgan Freeman, has appeared in a range of film genres playing versatile roles. He is known for his distinctive deep voice. In a career spanning over half a century, he has received various accolades, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Besides acting, he is an advocate of environmental causes.

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Jack Nicholson
(The Most Nominated Male Actor in the History of Academy Awards)
Jack Nicholson
44
Birthdate: 22nd April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Neptune City, New Jersey, United States

From being a stage and B movie actor, Jack Nicholson went on to become one of Hollywood’s most versatile actors and a huge star. The three time Academy award winning legendary actor has, in his six decades career, delivered performances that have become iconic. His notable performances include One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and As Good as It Gets.

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Anthony Hopkins
(Known for His Role as ‘Hannibal Lector’ in Jonathan Demme's ‘The Silence of the Lambs’)
Anthony Hopkins
71
Birthdate: 31st December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Margam, Wales, United Kingdom

Highly renowned Welsh actor, Anthony Hopkins is best known for his portrayal of a cannibalistic serial killer in the movie The Silence of the Lambs. The portrayal earned him prestigious awards and also a place in the list of best villains of all time. Other notable films of the celebrated character actor include Remains of the Day, Nixon and Amistad.

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George Carlin
(One of the Most Important and Influential Stand-Up Comedians of All Time)
George Carlin
22
Birthdate: 12th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: June 22, 2008

Counted amongst the most influential stand-up comedians, George Carlin was known for his dark comedy. His comedy routine, Seven Dirty Words, was hugely controversial and played a critical role in Supreme Court’s ruling to censor offensive material on broadcast media. In his career, he released many comedy albums, starred in 14 HBO special, authored books and acted in numerous films.

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Dustin Hoffman
(Actor and Filmmaker Known for His Role as ‘Benjamin Braddock’ in the Iconic Film ‘The Graduate’)
Dustin Hoffman
35
Birthdate: 8th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

One of the most respected and decorated actors of his generation, Dustin Hoffman is the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors Award and AFI Life Achievement Award among many other prestigious awards. As a cancer survivor, Dustin Hoffman also serves as an inspiration to many people suffering from cancer.

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Jane Fonda
(Actress)
Jane Fonda
58
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 21st December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Jane Fonda is hailed as one of the best actresses ever and has won two Oscars. She has acted in popular and acclaimed films like Barefoot in the Park, Barbarella, Klute, Coming Home, Julia, The Morning After, The China Syndrome and California Suite. She’s also known for her exercise videos and is famous for her opposition to the Vietnam War.

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Waylon Jennings
(Country Singer Known for First no.1 Single 'Dreaming My Dreams')
Waylon Jennings
26
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 15th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Littlefield, Texas, United States
Died: February 13, 2002
Waylon Jennings was one of the pioneers of outlaw country music. He began performing on KVOW radio, at age 12, and then performed with several bands, such as The Texas Longhorns, The Waylors, and The Highwaymen. He also contributed to Wanted! The Outlaws, the first platinum country album. 
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Suzanne Pleshette
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Emily Hartley’ in the TV Series ‘The Bob Newhart Show’)
Suzanne Pleshette
16
Birthdate: 31st January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn Heights, New York, United States
Died: January 19, 2008
Suzanne Pleshette is best remembered for her Golden Globe-nominated role in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds. She also appeared as Emily Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show and was nominated for both the Emmy and the Golden Globe for her portrayal of real-life hotelier Leona Helmsley in her biopic.
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Merle Haggard
(Country Singer & Leader of the Band ‘The Strangers’)
Merle Haggard
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 6th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oildale, California, United States
Died: April 6, 2016
Country singer Merle Haggard initially gained fame performing with The Strangers. He had several brushes with the law in his younger days, before he launched his music career. His songs reflected the angst of the working class. He won several accolades, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Hunter S. Thompson
(Journalist, Author and Founder of the Gonzo Journalism Movement)
Hunter S. Thompson
62
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 18th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 20, 2005

Hunter S. Thompson was an American author and journalist. He is credited with creating his own subgenre of New Journalism called the gonzo journalism. The author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was later adapted into a film, Thompson was famous for his lifelong use of drugs and alcohol. His books have had a major impact on counterculture.

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Colin Powell
(The First African-American Secretary of State)
Colin Powell
60
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 5th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: October 18, 2021

A veteran politician who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell was the first African-American Secretary of State. A member of the Republican Party, he was an army man prior to entering politics. He was a  four-star general at the time of his retirement. After leaving politics, he pursued a career as a public speaker.

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Marlo Thomas
(Actress)
Marlo Thomas
13
Birthdate: 21st November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
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David Hockney
(Painter)
David Hockney
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 9th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bradford

Painter, photographer, printmaker, and stage designer David Hockney is best known for his works such as Portrait of an Artist, which became the most expensive piece of art by a living artist ever auctioned, at $90 million. His works have explored themes such as homosexuality. He has synesthesia, too.

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Billy Dee Williams
(Best Known for His Role of 'Lando Calrissian' in the 'Star Wars' Film Franchise)
Billy Dee Williams
6
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 6th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Actor, voice actor, and artist Billy Dee Williams first rose to fame for his role in the Star Wars franchise in the early 1980s. Making his Broadway theater debut as a child actor, he went on to pursue a career as an artist. Eventually, he started acting again and achieved success as both an actor and an artist.

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George Takei
(Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘Hikaru Sulu’ in the 'Star Trek' TV Series and Films)
George Takei
48
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 20th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
George Takei is best known as Hikaru Sulu from the series Star Trek and later reprised the role in several Star Trek films. He initially did voice work for English-dubbed Japanese movies. A vocal LGBT rights activist, he himself is gay. His Facebook page has a huge fan base.
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Max Baer Jr.
(Actor Known for His Role of Jethro Bodine in the Sitcom 'The Beverly Hillbillies')
Max Baer Jr.
6
Birthdate: 4th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States

Max Baer Jr. is an American actor, comedian, director, and producer best known for portraying the dim-witted Jethro Bodine in the popular television sitcom, The Beverly Hillbillies. Although his role in the series increased his popularity, it also subdued his acting career as he became a victim of typecasting. Max Baer Jr. then turned his attention towards directing and producing.

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Rubin Carter
(American-Canadian Middleweight Boxer, Wrongfully Convicted and Imprisoned for Murder)
Rubin Carter
15
Listed In: Boxers
Birthdate: 6th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Clifton, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 20, 2014

Rubin Carter was an American-Canadian boxer whose boxing career was overshadowed by his murder conviction; after serving almost 20 years of prison term, it was revealed that he was wrongfully convicted of murder. His autobiography, The Sixteenth Round, which he had written during his time in prison, inspired the 1999 film, The Hurricane, where Denzel Washington played Rubin Carter.

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Connie Francis
(One of the Best-Selling Pop Singers Known for Her Song ‘Who's Sorry Now’ )
Connie Francis
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Listed In: Pop Singers
Birthdate: 12th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States

Pop singer and former actress, Connie Francis, was one of the top female vocalists of the late 1950s and early 1960s. She started performing in small festivities as a child and decided to pursue a career in entertainment. She struggled for a few years as a young woman before she could establish herself as a successful singer and actress. 

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Shirley Bassey
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Birthdate: 8th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Wales

Shirley Bassey is one of the most popular Welsh singers of all time. Blessed with an expressive voice, Shirley Bassey is renowned for recording the theme songs of popular James Bond movies, such as Moonraker, Diamonds Are Forever, and Goldfinger. In 2000, she was appointed a DBE for services to performing arts.

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Loretta Swit
(Best Known for Her Role as Major ‘Margaret Houlihan’ in the TV Series ‘M*A*S*H’)
Loretta Swit
10
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 4th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States

Loretta Swit is a veteran American stage and small screen actress who became a household name with her award-winning portrayal of Major Margaret ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan in M*A*S*H, a comedy-drama series on CBS television. Apart from playing a wide range of character roles on television and stage, she also appeared in movies and hosted a documentary on the Korean war.

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Bobby Charlton
(One of the Greatest Football Players of All Time)
Bobby Charlton
17
Listed In: Football Players
Birthdate: 11th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ashington, Northumberland, England
Died: October 21, 2023

Widely considered one of the greatest players ever, Bobby Charlton was an important member of the England national football team that emerged victorious at the 1966 FIFA World Cup. The recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Ballon d'Or, Charlton received a knighthood in 1994. 

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Ridley Scott
(Film Producer, Director)
Ridley Scott
14
Listed In: Directors
Birthdate: 30th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: South Shields, England

British film director, Ridley Scott,is hailed as a master of his craft and his movies are known for their visual style and intricate details. Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, American Gangster, Prometheus, Alien: Covenant and The Martian are some of his acclaimed and successful films. He was knighted in 2003.

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Elinor Donahue
5
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 19th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington

Veteran actress, Elinor Donahue, is best known for her role in the 1950s American sitcom Father Knows Best. She began acting as a child and appeared in many dancing-chorus films. As a young woman, she acted in numerous films and TV shows and became an accomplished actress. She has had an extensive career spanning almost seven decades. 

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Vanessa Redgrave
(Is an English Actress, Activist)
Vanessa Redgrave
21
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 30th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
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Jerry Reed
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Jerry Reed
12
Birthdate: 20th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: September 1, 2008

Jerry Reed was an American guitarist, country music singer, songwriter, composer, and actor. He won three Grammy Awards and two Country Music Association awards during his illustrious career. In 2017, he was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Jerry Reed was also inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Ratan Tata
(Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons)
Ratan Tata
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 28th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Surat

Ratan Tata is a well-known Indian industrialist and the former charman of Indian multinational conglomerate Tata Sons. His reign as chairman was marked by acquisitions of iconic global brands, such as Tetley, Jaguar Land Rover and Corus by the Tata Group. Ratan Tata was instrumental in turning Tata Group from a largely India-centrist group into a global business.

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Warren Beatty
(Only Perosn to be Nominated at the Oscars Twice for Acting, Directing, Writing and Producing his Movies 'Heaven Can Wait' and 'Reds')
Warren Beatty
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Birthdate: 30th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States

One of the most acclaimed and celebrated American filmmakers of all time, Warren Beatty has received 15 Oscar nominations as actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He has also been involved in politics as a supporter of the Democratic Party; he played an important role in organizing fundraising for George McGovern's presidential campaign. He is also known for his Casanova image.

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Richard Petty
(The Most Accomplished Driver in the History of Stock Car Racing)
Richard Petty
1
Listed In: Race Car Drivers
Birthdate: 2nd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Level Cross, North Carolina, United States
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Valentina Tereshkova
(The First and Youngest Woman in Space)
Valentina Tereshkova
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 6th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bol'shoe Maslennikovo, Russia
Former cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova is currently part of the Russian State Duma. In 1963, she became the first woman to fly into space when she went on a solo mission aboard the Vostok 6. She has won many honors, such as the Hero of the Soviet Union.
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James MacArthur
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Danny Williams’ in the TV Series ‘Hawaii Five-O’)
James MacArthur
7
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 8th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: October 28, 2010
James MacArthur is best remembered as Danno from Hawaii Five-O. He had also been part of popular Disney movies such as Swiss Family Robinson and Kidnapped. He earned a Theatre World Award for his Broadway appearance in Invitation to a March and a BAFTA nomination for The Young Stranger.
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Ned Beatty
(Actor)
Ned Beatty
13
Birthdate: 6th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 13, 2021

Ned Beatty was an American actor who appeared in over 160 films during an illustrious career that spanned 50 years. Over the course of his career, Ned Beatty was nominated for several prestigious awards such as the Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Golden Globe Award.

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Madeleine Albright
(64th United States Secretary of State (1997 - 2001))
Madeleine Albright
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Birthdate: 15th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Smíchov, Prague, Czechia
Died: March 23, 2022
Madeleine Albright served as the U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001, under Bill Clinton, and was the first woman to hold the post. The Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee also chaired the Albright Stonebridge Group and taught at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
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Lou Holtz
( Former American Football Player, Coach, and Analyst)
Lou Holtz
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 6th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Follansbee, West Virginia, United States

Lou Holtz has been the head football coach of teams such as the New York Jets. He led Notre Dame to be the national champions. Holtz became the only coach to guide four programs to the final top 20. The College Football Hall of Famer later became an ESPN analyst.

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Linda Lavin
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Alice Hyatt’ in the TV Series ‘Alice’)
Linda Lavin
13
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 15th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States

Recognized for her award-winning portrayal of a widow in the popular CBS television series Alice, Linda Lavin is a familiar name on the small screen. Having Russian roots, the veteran American actress also acted in a number of plays including Broadway Bound for which she won the Tony Award. She appeared in feature films and featured in cabaret shows.

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Garrett Morris
(Actor & Comedian Who Was Part of the Original Cast of the Sketch Comedy Program 'Saturday Night Live')
Garrett Morris
6
Birthdate: 1st February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Garrett Morris is best known as part of Saturday Night Live, where he played characters such as Chico Escuela and the News for the Hard of Hearing translator. He also played Uncle Junior on The Jamie Foxx Show and Earl Washington in 2 Broke Girls.
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Don Everly
(Singer)
Don Everly
8
Listed In: Country Singers
Birthdate: 1st February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brownie, Kentucky, United States
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Jackie Collins
(Novelist)
Jackie Collins
11
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 4th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Died: September 19, 2015
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Frank Vincent
(American Actor Who Often Portrayed Mobsters)
Frank Vincent
6
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 15th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: North Adams, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 13, 2017

Frank Vincent was an American actor, author, and musician best known for appearing in many Martin Scorsese movies, such as Raging Bull, Casino, and Goodfellas. Known for his large frame, Frank Vincent was often cast to play the role of gangsters. In 1999, his service to the entertainment industry was honored with an Italian American Entertainer of the Year Award.

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Harald V of Norway
(King of Norway)
Harald V of Norway
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 21st February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Skaugum, Norway

Harald V of Norway ascended the throne after the demise of his father, King Olav V. A sports enthusiast, he represented Norway in sailing at three Olympic Games. He also became a patron of World Sailing. The King is an admiral, the Supreme Commander of the Norwegian Armed Forces and a four-star general.

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Bruce McLaren
(New Zealand Formula One Driver, Engineer & Inventor)
Bruce McLaren
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 30th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Died: June 2, 1970

Bruce McLaren was a New Zealand engineer, inventor, racing car designer, and driver. He is credited with founding McLaren Automotive in 1963. Formula One's successful team, McLaren, is named after him. McLaren has been inducted into various halls of fame, including the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, and International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

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Richard Jordan
(Actor)
Richard Jordan
6
Birthdate: 19th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: August 30, 1993
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Dyan Cannon
(First Woman to be nominated for Oscars Both in Front of and Behind the Camera)
Dyan Cannon
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Birthdate: 4th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, United States
Dyan Cannon is best known for her Academy Award-nominated roles in Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and Heaven Can Wait. She has also written, directed, and produced the Academy Award-nominated film Number One. She has appeared in series such as Ally McBeal and Three Sisters, too.
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Yvonne Craig
(Best Known for Her Role as 'Batgirl/Barbara Gordon' in the 1960s Television Series 'Batman')
Yvonne Craig
3
Birthdate: 16th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Taylorville, Illinois, United States
Died: August 17, 2015

Yvonne Craig was an American actress best known for her portrayal of Batgirl in the iconic 1960s TV series Batman. Such was her popularity that she was called a pioneer of female superheroes during the 1960s. Also remembered for her skills as a ballet dancer, Yvonne Craig's training as a ballerina helped her a lot while performing stunts in Batman.

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Herb Brooks
(American Ice Hockey Coach)
Herb Brooks
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 5th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Died: August 11, 2003
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Sally Kellerman
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 2nd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Died: February 24, 2022
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Johnnie Cochran
(American Lawyer and Civil Activist Best Known for Defending and Acquitting 'O. J. Simpson')
Johnnie Cochran
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 2nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Died: March 29, 2005
Johnnie Cochran was an American civil activist and lawyer. Cochran played an important role in the acquittal of former football player O. J. Simpson in connection with the murder of the latter's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson. Cochran had also represented other celebrities like Michael Jackson, Sean Combs, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, Riddick Bowe, and Jim Brown to name a few.
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Bobby Driscoll
5
Birthdate: 3rd March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
Died: March 30, 1968
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Mary Ann Mobley
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 17th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 9, 2014
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Chad Everett
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 11th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Died: July 24, 2012
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Barbara Windsor
(English Actress Known for her Roles in the ;Carry On' Films)
Barbara Windsor
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 6th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shoreditch, London, England