Famous People Who Died At 76

The list of famous people who died at 76 includes Aretha Franklin, Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking, Louis XIV of France, Augustus. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, actors, poets and composers and from other domains of life. This list of celebrities who died at 76 includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.
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Albert Einstein
(One of the Greatest Physicists of All Time, Best Known for Developing the Theory of Relativity)
Albert Einstein
210
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 14, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ulm, Germany
Died: April 18, 1955
Deemed as the most influential physicist of the 20th century, the German-born physicist Albert Einstein was one of the greatest minds to have ever lived. Even his name is now synonymous with the term genius. The father of Modern Physics is credited with developing the theory of relativity and explaining the photoelectric effect. The latter won him the Nobel Prize.
 2 
Stephen Hawking
(Theoretical Physicist - First to Set Out a Theory of Cosmology)
Stephen Hawking
270
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 8, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: March 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist, who despite being afflicted motor neurone disease that severely limited his physical abilities, was able to build a phenomenally successful career. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking was ranked 25 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, in 2002.

 3 
Aretha Franklin
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists in the World & 'Queen of Soul')
Aretha Franklin
151
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 16, 2018

Widely regarded as the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin was a singer-songwriter, actress, and civil rights activist. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Aretha was ranked number one on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2010. Having sold over 75 million records, she is also one of the best-selling musicians ever.

 4 
Augustus
(Roman Emperor)
Augustus
40
Birthdate: September 23, 0063
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: August 19, 0014

Augustus, the first Emperor of the Roman Empire, ruled from 27 BC to 14 AD. He transformed Rome from a republic to an empire after Julius Caesar’s assassination. He annexed new territories, brought about peace and prosperity and laid the foundation of an empire that lasted for nearly 1500 years. Historians regard him as an effective but controversial leader.

 5 
Orville Wright
(Co-inventor of First Successful Airplane)
Orville Wright
45
Birthdate: August 19, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: January 30, 1948

Orville Wright was an aviation pioneer who alongside his brother, Wilbur, built and flew the world's first successful motor-operated airplane, the Wright Flyer, a heavier-than-air aircraft. The three-axis control system developed by the brothers remains standard on fixed-wing aircraft of all kinds. Orville also served on the board of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).

 6 
Rue McClanahan
(Actress and Comedian Best Known for Her Role as Blanche Devereaux on TV Sitcom ‘The Golden Girls’)
Rue McClanahan
32
Birthdate: February 21, 1934
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.

 7 
Marquis de Lafayette
(French Aristocrat, Freemason and Military Officer Who Fought in the American Revolutionary War)
Marquis de Lafayette
23
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 6, 1757
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chavaniac-Lafayette, France
Died: May 20, 1834

Marquis de Lafayette was a French aristocrat and military officer, who  is remembered for fighting in the American Revolutionary War, as the commander of American troops in several battles. After returning to France, he played key roles in the French Revolution of 1789 and the July Revolution of 1830. Considered a hero in both America and France, he advocated the end of slavery.  

 8 
Jack Lemmon
16
Birthdate: February 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 27, 2001
John Lemmon is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning roles in Mister Roberts and Save the Tiger, and his Emmy-winning performance in Tuesdays with Morrie. His narration in Harry S Truman: A Journey to Independence earned him a Grammy nomination. He collaborated with Walter Matthau in many projects.
 9 
Jimmy Buffett
(Musician)
Jimmy Buffett
18
Birthdate: December 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pascagoula, Mississippi
Died: September 1, 2023

Jimmy Buffett is an American musician, singer-songwriter, actor, author, and businessman. Buffett, who owns the Margaritaville Cafe chain of restaurants, is one of the richest musicians in the world. Also known for his charity work, Jimmy Buffett is credited with founding a non-profit group called Save the Manatee Club, which works towards the conservation of manatees.

 10 
T. S. Eliot
(Best Known as a Leader of the Modernist Movement in Poetry)
T. S. Eliot
74
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 26, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: January 4, 1965
American-born British poet T. S. Eliot is best remembered for his poems The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land, and Ash Wednesday, and his plays such as Murder in the Cathedral. He won the Nobel Prize for literature and became a prominent figure of Modernist poetry.  
 11 
Jack Kirby
(Co-Creator of The Superhero 'Captain America' in 1940 with Joe Simon)
Jack Kirby
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 28, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 6, 1994
Jacob Kurtzberg, or Jack Kirby, initially published comics under various other pseudonyms, such as "Jack Curtiss" and "Curt Davis." He worked with Marvel, where he co-created characters such as The Fantastic Four and the X-Men, along with Stan Lee. He then joined DC, where he created the Fourth World Saga
 12 
Carroll O’Connor
16
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: June 21, 2001

Carroll O'Connor was an American actor, director, and producer. In a TV career that spanned 40 years, O'Connor popularized several fictional characters, including Archie Bunker from the sitcom All in the Family, for which he received four Emmy Awards. In 1996, he was ranked 38th on the 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list published by TV Guide.

 13 
Danny Kaye
(Actor, Comedian and Singer)
Danny Kaye
9
Birthdate: January 18, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 3, 1987
Danny Kaye is best remembered for his pantomimes, physical comedy, and patter songs, one of the most popular being Inchworm. Some of his most notable movies were the 1947 movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Court Jester, and Hans Christian Andersen. He was UNICEF’s first ambassador-at-large.
 14 
Leonhard Euler
(Mathematician, Physicist)
Leonhard Euler
31
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 15, 1707
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Basel
Died: September 18, 1783

Leonhard Euler was a Swiss physicist, mathematician, logician, geographer, astronomer, and engineer. He is credited with making influential and important mathematical discoveries, such as graph theory and infinitesimal calculus. Widely regarded as one of the greatest and most prolific mathematicians of all time, Leonhard Euler also made pioneering contributions to analytic number theory and topology.

 15 
George II of Great Britain
(Former King of Great Britain & Ireland (1727 - 1760))
George II of Great Britain
16
Birthdate: November 10, 1683
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: October 25, 1760
George II was the king of Great Britain from 1727 to 1760. He had negligible control over his country’s policies, as the Parliament took most of the significant decisions back then. His participation in the 1743 Battle of Dettingen made him the last British monarch to fight in a battle.
 16 
Raymond Burr
(Actor)
Raymond Burr
10
Birthdate: May 21, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Westminster, Canada
Died: September 12, 1993
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 17 
Wes Craven
(Film director, Screenwriter)
Wes Craven
11
Birthdate: August 2, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: August 30, 2015
 18 
Eva Gabor
(American Actress, Businesswoman, Singer and Socialite)
Eva Gabor
11
Birthdate: February 11, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: July 4, 1995

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

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Charles Nelson Reilly
(Best Known for His TV Shows “Match Game” and “The Ghost & Mrs. Muir”)
Charles Nelson Reilly
11
Birthdate: January 13, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 25, 2007

Charles Nelson Reilly was an American actor, director, comedian, and drama teacher. He was best known for his work on the television panel game show Match Game where he was a regular panelist between 1973 and 1991. He was also known for voicing popular animated characters like Humpty Dumpty, Mr. Toad, and Dirty Bubble.

 20 
Rubin Carter
(American-Canadian Middleweight Boxer, Wrongfully Convicted and Imprisoned for Murder)
Rubin Carter
15
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 6, 1937
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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Suzanne Somers
(Actress)
Suzanne Somers
10
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 16, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Bruno, California, United States
Died: October 15, 2023
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 22 
Louis XIV of France
(King of France from 1643 to 1715)
Louis XIV of France
27
Birthdate: September 5, 1638
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Died: September 1, 1715

Louis XIV of France reigned as the King of France from 1643 to 1715. Louis XIV is the longest-reigning monarch of a sovereign country in the history of Europe. Under his rule, France often asserted its military prowess and emerged as the most dominant European monarchy. His life inspired several films, such as The Taking of Power by Louis XIV.

 23 
John Muir
(Naturalist)
John Muir
17
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 21, 1838
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dunbar
Died: December 24, 1914

John Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist, environmental philosopher, glaciologist, botanist, zoologist, and author. Nicknamed Father of the National Parks and John of the Mountains, Muir was an influential proponent of the preservation of wilderness in the US. He is credited with co-founding the American conservation organization, The Sierra Club. Muir is considered a hero by many environmentalists around the world.

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Ferruccio Lamborghini
(Founder of Automobili Lamborghini)
Ferruccio Lamborghini
8
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 28, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Renazzo di Cento, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Died: February 20, 1993

Born to a farmer, Ferruccio Lamborghini started fiddling with his father’s tractors and was soon able to make full tractors out of scratch. He gradually created an auto empire named after him that is world-renowned for its luxury sports cars and SUVs. He retired to devote himself to winemaking later.

 25 
Alvin York
(One of the Most Decorated United States Army Soldiers of World War I)
Alvin York
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fentress County, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 2, 1964

One of the most decorated United States Army soldiers of World War I, Alvin York is best remembered for leading an attack on a German machine-gun nest. The son of a poor blacksmith, he started working as a child to contribute to his family income. After joining the army, he became known for his courage and valor.

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Jim Backus
(American Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘Thurston Howell III’ in the TV Sitcom ‘Gilligan's Island’)
Jim Backus
9
Birthdate: February 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: July 3, 1989
Jim Backus is best known as Thurston Howell III from Gilligan's Island and as Frank Stark from Rebel Without a Cause. He also became popular as the voice of the animated character Mr. Magoo. He was also a skilled golfer and has his own show, The Jim Backus Show.
 27 
Majel Barrett
(Actress)
Majel Barrett
8
Birthdate: February 23, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
Died: December 18, 2008

Majel Barrett was an American actress best known for playing Christine Chapel in Star Trek: The Original Series. She also played important roles in the subsequent Star Trek series like The Next Generation. She became known as the First Lady of Star Trek due to her association with Star Trek and her marriage to the creator of Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry.

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Richard Crenna
(Film, Television and Radio Actor)
Richard Crenna
2
Birthdate: November 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 17, 2003
Richard Crenna is best remembered as Luke McCoy from the series The Real McCoys. He played Sam Trautman in the Rambo franchise and delivered an Emmy-winning role in The Rape of Richard Beck. Fans also loved him in the film The Flamingo Kid and the series Slattery's People.
 29 
Scatman Crothers
(Actor and Musician)
Scatman Crothers
10
Birthdate: May 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Terre Haute, Indiana, United States
Died: November 22, 1986

Scatman Crothers was an American musician and actor. Also a prolific voice-over actor, Crothers contributed immensely to the success of several animated TV series, such as Harlem Globetrotters, The Transformers, and Hong Kong Phooey. For his contribution to the American TV and film industry, Scatman Crothers was awarded a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 30 
Lionel Barrymore
(Actor & Director Best Known for His Role as ‘Mr. Potter’ in the Film ‘It's a Wonderful Life’)
Lionel Barrymore
5
Birthdate: April 28, 1878
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: November 15, 1954

One of the earliest members of the famous Barrymore family of actors, Lionel Barrymore remains best known for his portrayal of Mr. Potter in the 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. Unlike many of his descendants, Barrymore also composed music. For his contribution to motion picture and radio, Barrymore was honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 31 
Corazon Aquino
(Former President of Phillipines)
Corazon Aquino
47
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 25, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paniqui, Tarlac
Died: August 1, 2009
Corazon Aquino, or Cory Aquino, was the first female president of the Philippines. She led the People Power Revolution after her husband Senator Benigno Aquino Jr.’s assassination and ended the 21-year dictatorial reign of President Ferdinand Marcos. In 1986, Corazon was named Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year.
 32 
Adolf Dassler
(German Entrepreneur and Founder of ‘Adidas')
Adolf Dassler
6
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 3, 1901
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Herzogenaurach, Germany
Died: September 6, 1978

Adolf Dassler was a German cobbler-turned-entrepreneur who established the German sportswear company Adidas. His older brother, Rudolf Dassler, established Puma. The two brothers initially operated the Dassler Brothers Sports Shoe Factory. Adolf was a pioneer in designing athletic shoes and in selling them through endorsements from athletes.

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Rory Calhoun
13
Birthdate: August 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 28, 1999
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 34 
J. M. W. Turner
(Romantic painter)
J. M. W. Turner
4
Birthdate: April 23, 1775
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 19, 1851

J. M. W. Turner was an English printmaker, painter, and watercolorist best remembered for his imaginative landscapes and expressive colorizations. Intensely reclusive and eccentric throughout his life, Turner lived in poor health and squalor for the last few years of his life. He was portrayed by actor Timothy Spall in the 2014 biographical film, Mr. Turner.

 35 
Scott Wilson
(American Actor)
Scott Wilson
2
Birthdate: March 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Thomasville, Georgia, United States
Died: October 6, 2018
 36 
Will Geer
(Actor, Musician and Social Activist Known for His Role as ‘Zebulon Walton’ in the TV Series ‘The Waltons’)
Will Geer
10
Birthdate: March 9, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Frankfort, Indiana, United States
Died: April 22, 1978
Actor and social activist Will Geer actively participated in the labor movements of the the 1930s and 1940s in New York and Southern California. He traveled across the U.S. with singer Woody Guthrie, during the Great Depression. Hollywood blacklisted him as a result of his leftist activities.
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Washington Irving
(Author, Historian, Diplomat)
Washington Irving
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 3, 1783
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: November 28, 1859

Widely known as the first American man of letters, Washington Irving penned the legendary tales of Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which are also called the first short stories by an American author. He had also had a brief stint as a lawyer.

 38 
Buck Owens
(Musician)
Buck Owens
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sherman, Texas, United States
Died: March 25, 2006
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 39 
Martin Balsam
(American Actor Who Played Character Roles in Films, in Theatre, and on Television)
Martin Balsam
4
Birthdate: November 4, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: February 13, 1996
Martin Balsam established himself as a Tony-winning stage actor. He is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning role of Arnold Burns in A Thousand Clowns. He also played Juror #1 in 12 Angry Men and Milton Arbogast in Psycho, and was part of the series Archie Bunker's Place.
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Bob Keeshan
(Actor, TV Producer)
Bob Keeshan
5
Birthdate: June 27, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lynbrook, New York
Died: January 23, 2004
Bob Keeshan created and played the titular role in the children's program Captain Kangaroo, which was the longest-running national children's TV program. He was also seen as Clarabell the Clown on Howdy Doody. He had won five Emmys and three Peabody Awards, and was a Clown Hall of Fame inductee.
 41 
Ethel Merman
(Actress and Singer Who was Known as 'the Undisputed First Lady of the Musical Comedy Stage')
Ethel Merman
7
Birthdate: January 16, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Astoria, New York, United States
Died: February 15, 1984
Tony- and Grammy-winning actor/singer Ethel Merman is remembered for her legendary musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun and Hello, Dolly! Known as the First Lady of the musical comedy stage, she has been part of films such as Anything Goes and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
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Boris Yeltsin
(Former President of Russia)
Boris Yeltsin
30
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Butka
Died: April 23, 2007
Boris Yeltsin served as the first president of Russia, from 1990 to 1999. He contributed to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. His regime was marked by capitalism, monopoly, inflation, and corruption. He introduced a modified constitution that increased the presidential powers. He later abruptly announced his resignation on TV.
 43 
Arnold Schoenberg
(One of the Most Influential Composers of the 20th Century)
Arnold Schoenberg
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 13, 1874
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Leopoldstadt, Vienna, Austria
Died: July 13, 1951
Austrian-born composer Arnold Schoenberg was part of the German Expressionist Movement and led the Second Viennese School. Being Jewish, he was banned by the Nazis and later became an American citizen. Known for his twelve-tone technique, he coined the term developing variation and formed motifs without a centralized melodic idea.
 44 
Ric Ocasek
(Primary Co-Lead Vocalist of the Rock Band ‘The Cars’)
Ric Ocasek
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: September 15, 2020
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 45 
Edward Elgar
(Composer)
Edward Elgar
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 2, 1857
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Broadheath, England
Died: February 23, 1934
 46 
Bob Einstein
(Actor)
Bob Einstein
7
Birthdate: November 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: January 2, 2019
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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Bing Russell
(Actor and Owner of the ‘Portland Mavericks’)
Bing Russell
10
Birthdate: May 5, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brattleboro, Vermont, United States
Died: April 8, 2003

Bing Russell was an American actor whose career spanned nearly 40 years. Perhaps Bing Russell's biggest contribution to the American entertainment industry is his son Kurt Russell. Also a baseball enthusiast, Russell owned the Portland Mavericks, a professional baseball team, which was featured in a 2014 documentary titled The Battered Bastards of Baseball.

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Christian X
(Former King of Denmark (1912 - 1947))
Christian X
7
Birthdate: September 26, 1870
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Charlottenlund, Denmark
Died: April 20, 1947
Christian X was the first Danish royal to complete high school, although he took up military education after this, following the royal tradition. He showed his resistance to Germans when he went on horse rides regularly during the German occupation. He later became an invalid after falling from his horse.
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Al Jarreau
(Musician)
Al Jarreau
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: February 12, 2017
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Judy Carne
(Actress)
Judy Carne
3
Birthdate: April 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Northamptonshire, England
Died: September 3, 2015
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)