Famous People Born In 1944

Discover the most famous people born in 1944. The list includes people like George Lucas, Michael Douglas, Diana Ross, Jerry Springer, Danny DeVito and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, composers, guitarists and journalists born in 1944. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Danny DeVito
(Actor, Director, Producer)
Danny DeVito
40
Birthdate: 17th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Neptune Township, New Jersey, United States

An award-winning actor, Danny DeVito overcame a rare genetic disorder called Fairbank's disease to become an influential figure in the American film industry. Along with Michael Shamberg, he founded a production company called Jersey Films, which went on to produce films like Pulp Fiction. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.

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George Lucas
(Filmmaker Known for Creating the 'Star Wars' & 'Indiana Jones' Franchises)
George Lucas
79
Birthdate: 14th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Modesto, California, United States
National Medal of Arts-winner George Lucas is best known for his iconic movie series Star Wars and Indiana Jones. He wished to the join the U.S. Air Force but was rejected, following which he studied film production at USC. He is also a Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee.
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Michael Douglas
(One of the Most Popular and Critically Acclaimed Actors of His Generation)
Michael Douglas
37
Birthdate: 25th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

One of the most decorated American actors, Michael Douglas is popular for playing a variety of roles. Apart from acting, Michael Douglas has received attention for his political activism and humanitarianism. A cancer survivor, Douglas serves as an inspiration to those suffering from the disease; he recovered from stage IV tongue cancer.

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Danny Trejo
34
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 16th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, United States

From working as a construction foreman to a regular visitor to the state prisons in California, Danny Trejo's future looked bleak. However, his boxing skills came to his rescue as he landed the job of training Eric Roberts for a boxing scene in one of his movies. Eventually, Trejo became a film star and part of an incredible rags-to-riches story.

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Sam Elliott
22
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 9th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Veteran actor, Sam Elliott, is best known for his work in movies like Hulk, Ghost Rider, The Big Lebowski and A Star Is Born. With his good looks and deep commanding voice, he became favourite for cowboy roles, like in TV series The Sacketts and movies Tombstone. However, the actor has also played various other characters in his long career.
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Diana Ross
(Lead Singer of 'the Supremes', the Best-Charting Female Group in History)
Diana Ross
67
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 26th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

With several prestigious honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, under her belt, Diana Ross is one of the most popular and influential singers of all time. In 1976, Billboard named her the Female Entertainer of the Century. She has influenced popular artists like Madonna, Beyoncé, and Michael Jackson.

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Jimmy Page
(Guitarist and Founder of the Rock Band 'Led Zeppelin')
Jimmy Page
21
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 9th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Heston, Middlesex, England

An English musician, songwriter, and record producer, Jimmy Page gained international recognition as the founder of the popular rock band Led Zeppelin. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and greatest guitarists of all time, Jimmy Page was ranked third in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Jimmy Page has influenced several popular guitarists.

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Rocky Johnson
(Professional Wrestler and Father of Actor and Former WWE Wrestler Dwayne Johnson)
Rocky Johnson
34
Birthdate: 24th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amherst, Canada
Died: January 15, 2020

The father of former WWE wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson, Rocky Johnson was a popular Canadian professional wrestler. He was the first black wrestler to win the Georgia Heavyweight Championship. He inspired several popular wrestlers, such as The Rock. He is also credited with helping wrestlers like Hulk Hogan establish themselves in the wrestling world.

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Joe Frazier
(The First Boxer to Defeat Muhammad Ali)
Joe Frazier
32
Listed In: Boxers
Birthdate: 12th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
Died: November 7, 2011
Joe Frazier, nicknamed “Smokin' Joe,” was a star heavyweight champion who won the boxing gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Known for his legendary 1971 “Fight of the Century” against Muhammad Ali and his defeat in the “Thrilla in Manila,” Frazier had scored 32 wins in his career.
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R. Lee Ermey
(American actor)
R. Lee Ermey
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 24th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Emporia, Kansas, U.S.
Died: April 15, 2018
R. Lee Ermey’s past as a Marine drill instructor later got him typecast in roles of authoritarian figures in movies. He is best remembered for his Golden Globe-nominated role in Full Metal Jacket. He also hosted the History Channel shows Mail Call and Lock n' Load with R. Lee Ermey.
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Harold Ramis
(American actor)
Harold Ramis
19
Birthdate: 21st November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: February 24, 2014
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Barry White
(Singer-songwriter)
Barry White
50
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 12th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Galveston, Texas, United States
Died: July 4, 2003

Barry White was an American musician, composer, singer-songwriter, and record producer. Renowned for his bass-baritone voice, White was one of the most popular vocalists of his generation. Having sold more than 100 million records worldwide, Barry White is counted among the best-selling musicians of all time.

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Gladys Knight
(Singer-Songwriter)
Gladys Knight
25
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 28th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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Joe Cocker
(British Singer and Musician Known for His Album ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’)
Joe Cocker
11
Listed In: Rock Singers
Birthdate: 20th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Crookes, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Died: December 22, 2014

Grammy-winning artist Joe Cocker is best remembered for his tracks You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong. His chartbusting version of the Beatles song With a Little Help from My Friends was the theme song of the series The Wonder Years. He also received an OBE.

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Patti LaBelle
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 24th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
The Godmother of Soul Patti LaBelle is best known for her chartbusting song Lady Marmalade, released with her group Labelle. She has had a successful solo career, too, winning multiple Grammys. She has appeared on her own TV shows, released cookbooks, and has launched her line of food and bedding.
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John Rhys-Davies
( Best Known for Portraying 'Sallah' in the 'Indiana Jones' Movies)
John Rhys-Davies
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 5th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

John Rhys-Davies is best known as Gimli and the voice of Treebeard from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He is also known for voicing Cassim in Aladdin and the King of Thieves. His other notable projects include Shōgun, Sliders, and the James Bond film The Living Daylights.

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Stockard Channing
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Betty Rizzo’ in the Film ‘Grease’)
Stockard Channing
12
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 13th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, United States

Stockard Channing is an American actress best known for playing Abbey Bartlet on the political drama TV series The West Wing. Over the years, Channing has been contributing to the success of many TV series as an actress, for which she has received 13 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. A seven-time Tony Award nominee, Channing is also an important stage actress.

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Angela Davis
(Political Activist)
Angela Davis
55
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 26th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham

Activist, philosopher, academic and author, Angela Davis is a founding member of the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS). She has worked in the areas of feminism, class, race and the US prison system. She has also received criticism for supporting the erstwhile Soviet Union and has been accused of supporting political violence.

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Richard Belzer
(Stand-up Comedian, Actor, Author)
Richard Belzer
6
Birthdate: 4th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Died: February 19, 2023
Richard Belzer is best known as John Munch from the series Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: SVU. He continued to play the role in several other series and a TV movie. He has also written several books on conspiracy theories, of which two became bestsellers.
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Roger Daltrey
10
Birthdate: 1st March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hammersmith Hospital, London, England

Roger Daltrey is an English actor, film producer, singer, and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band The Who. Renowned for his soulful voice, Daltrey was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest singers of all-time list in 2010. Also known for his charity work, Daltrey has been a patron of the Children's Respite Trust since 2011.

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William Gary Busey
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Buddy Holly’ in the Film ‘The Buddy Holly Story’)
William Gary Busey
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 29th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baytown, Texas, United States
Gary Busey initially performed as a drummer for country stars and used the pseudonym “Teddy Jack Eddy.” He is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role in The Buddy Holly Story and his countless character and guest roles in both movies and series. He also appeared on Celebrity Rehab.
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Rutger Hauer
(Dutch Actor Known for His Films: 'Turkish Delight', 'Nighthawks' and 'Blade Runner')
Rutger Hauer
11
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 23rd January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Breukelen, Netherlands
Died: July 19, 2019

Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, tagged as the Best Dutch Actor of the Century by the Dutch public, gained spotlight with his debut film, Turkish Delight, the most successful film in the history of Dutch cinema. Moving on, he gained international recognition with other Dutch films like Spetters, and etched his name in Hollywood with films like Nighthawks and Blade Runner.   

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Jerry Springer
(Broadcaster, 56th Mayor of Cincinnati)
Jerry Springer
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Listed In: Journalists
Birthdate: 13th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Highgate, London, England
Died: April 27, 2023

English-born American television presenter, actor, politician, and musician Jerry Springer is a multifaceted man. A qualified lawyer, he shifted to politics from law as a young man. After a few years, he moved to journalism and found considerable success. As a TV presenter, he is best known for the tabloid talk show, The Jerry Springer Show. 

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Craig T. Nelson
14
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 4th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States

Craig T. Nelson is an American stand-up comedian and actor. One of the earliest members of the popular comedy troupe The Groundlings, Nelson went on to form his own comedy team along with Rudy De Luca and Barry Levinson. Also an avid racer and motorsports fan, Nelson founded the Screaming Eagles Racing in 1992.

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Jacqueline Bisset
(Actress)
Jacqueline Bisset
6
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 13th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Weybridge, Surrey, England
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Michelle Phillips
(Actress and the Vocalist in the Musical Quartet 'The Mamas and the Papas')
Michelle Phillips
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Birthdate: 4th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States

Michelle Phillips is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and former model. She is credited with co-founding the folk rock vocal group The Mamas & the Papas and is the last surviving original member of the group. After the disbandment of the group, Phillips went on to establish herself as an actress, playing lead roles in TV films like The California Kid.

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Peter Cetera
(Lead Vocalist and Bassist of the Rock Band 'Chicago')
Peter Cetera
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 13th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Retired singer, songwriter, and bassist, Peter Cetera, first gained fame as an original member of the rock band Chicago. He later launched a successful solo career as well. He often collaborated with David Foster and Amy Grant over the course of his long career. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. 

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John Entwistle
(Musician & Songwriter who was The Bassist ‍for The Rock Band 'The Who')
John Entwistle
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Birthdate: 9th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 27, 2002

John Entwistle was an English singer-songwriter, bass guitarist, and music producer. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band, The Who, for which he served as the original bass guitarist and backing vocalist. Nicknamed Thunderfingers, Entwistle was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Bass Players list. He was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Alice Walker
(The First African-American Woman to Win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction)
Alice Walker
14
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 9th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Eatonton, Georgia, United States
Author Alice Walker is best known for her National Book Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple. She is credited with coining the term womanist, to mean feminist of color. Her marriage with Melvyn Roseman Leventhal was the first official interracial marriage in the state of Mississippi.
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Shelley Fabares
(American Actress and Singer Known for Her Role as ‘Mary Stone’ on the Sitcom ‘The Donna Reed Show’)
Shelley Fabares
14
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 19th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

Shelley Fabares is an American actress best known for playing Christine Armstrong in the popular television series, Coach, for which she received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Also known for her skills as a singer, Fabares recorded Lee Pockriss' and Lyn Duddy's song, Johnny Angel, in 1961, helping it reach the top position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Dennis Farina
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Joe Fontana’ in the TV Series ‘Law & Order’)
Dennis Farina
13
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 29th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 22, 2013
Dennis Farina went from being a CPD officer to an actor who is mostly cast in roles of police officers or mobsters. He is best known for his portrayal of Joe Fontana in Law and Order. He has also been part of movies such as Midnight Run and Get Shorty.
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Frank Oz
(Puppeteer & Actor Known for His Role of Yoda in the 'Star Wars' Series)
Frank Oz
3
Birthdate: 25th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hereford, England
Frank Oz started his career as a puppeteer, performing characters such as Miss Piggy in The Muppet Show, and Cookie Monster in Sesame Street. He then gained fame as the voice of Yoda in the Star Wars franchise. He has also directed movies such as Little Shop of Horrors.
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Peter Tosh
(Reggae Musician)
Peter Tosh
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 19th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westmoreland, Jamaica
Died: September 11, 1987
Abandoned by his parents as a child, Peter Tosh grew up learning music by watching others perform. Part of the Jamaican reggae group Bob Marley and the Wailers, he advocated for legalization of marijuana. He loved unicycling. He was shot dead during a robbery attempt by three gunmen.
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Al Michaels
(Sportscaster)
Al Michaels
2
Birthdate: 12th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Brenda Lee
(Singer-Songwriter Known for Her 1960 Hit 'I’m Sorry' and 1958’s 'Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree')
Brenda Lee
8
Listed In: Country Singers
Birthdate: 11th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Brenda Lee is a singer best-known for performing country music and pop. One of the earliest pop singers to enjoy a contemporary international following, Lee was among the most-charted singers during the 1960s. A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Lee is the only female performer to be inducted into both the Country Music and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.

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Boz Scaggs
(Singer)
Boz Scaggs
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 8th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, USA
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Pattie Boyd
(Model, Ex-Wife of George Harrison)
Pattie Boyd
12
Listed In: Models
Birthdate: 17th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Taunton
Pattie Boyd set the tone for British fashion of the 1960s. She married Beatles star George Harrison and inspired many of his songs. She then married Eric Clapton. Pattie’s photographs of Harrison and Clapton were exhibited as Through the Eye of a Muse. She also works for addiction recovery.
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Jeffrey Tambor
(Awarded a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Pfefferman.)
Jeffrey Tambor
8
Birthdate: 8th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
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Jeff Beck
(Guitarist, Composer, Musician, Jazz guitarist, Songwriter)
Jeff Beck
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 24th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: England

Jeff Beck is a British rock guitarist renowned for his association with popular rock bands like The Yardbirds, Beck, Bogert & Appice, and The Jeff Beck Group. Regarded as one of the greatest and most influential players in history, Beck has won several awards like the Grammy Awards. He has also appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine thrice.

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Rick Barry
(Basketball Player and Radio Personalities)
Rick Barry
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 28th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
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Frank Sinatra Jr.
(Singer-Songwriter, Actor and Son of Actor Frank Sinatra)
Frank Sinatra Jr.
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 10th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Died: March 16, 2016

The son of popular actor and singer Frank Sinatra, Frank Sinatra Jr. followed in the footsteps of his father to become a singer-songwriter and conductor. He was kidnapped at age 19 and released two days later. The kidnapping was rumored to be a publicity stunt to promote his singing career, which he established around the same time.

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Meredith MacRae
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 30th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: July 14, 2000
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Dennis Franz
4
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 28th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maywood, Illinois, United States
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Geraldine Chaplin
(Actress and Daughter of Charlie Chaplin)
Geraldine Chaplin
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 31st July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Geraldine Chaplin, daughter of legendary comedian Charlie Chaplin, is best known for her Golden Globe-nominated role in Doctor Zhivago. She has also appeared on Broadway, in her father’s biopic, and in several Spanish and French films. She portrayed Wallis, Duchess of Windsor in the Netflix series The Crown.
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Bobby Womack
(Singer, Songwriter, Musician, and Record Producer)
Bobby Womack
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 4th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: June 27, 2014

Bobby Womack began his career with his family band The Valentinos, after gaining a record deal with The Soul Stirrers singer Sam Cooke. He later began a solo career and became famous for tracks such as Lookin’ for a Love. He also contributed to the soundtrack of Across 110th Street.

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Ric Ocasek
(Primary Co-Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band ‘The Cars’)
Ric Ocasek
9
Listed In: Rock Singers
Birthdate: 23rd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: September 15, 2020
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Mary Wilson
(Singer, musician, autobiographer)
Mary Wilson
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Birthdate: 6th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Detroit
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John Paul DeJoria
(Businessperson)
John Paul DeJoria
7
Birthdate: 13th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Once a homeless person who slept in his car, John Paul DeJoria became a billionaire hair-care magnate, as the co-founder of Paul Mitchell and the Patrón Spirits Company. He started off as a door-to-door salesman, peddling his shampoo brand in LA salons. He is now part of The Giving Pledge.
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Ian McDiarmid
(Best Known for His Villainous Role of 'Emperor Palpatine' from the 'Star Wars' Film Series)
Ian McDiarmid
10
Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 11th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland

Best known to fans as Emperor Palpatine or Darth Sidious in the Star Wars movie series, Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid also had a successful career in British theater. His performance as Teddy in the play Faith Healer won him a Tony Award, while he earned an Olivier Award for the play Insignificance.

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Jill Clayburgh
(Actress)
Jill Clayburgh
5
Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 30th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: November 5, 2010