Died On May 21st

Discover the most famous people who died on May 21. The list includes people like Rajiv Gandhi, Jane Addams, Hernando de Soto, John Garfield, Barbara Cartland. Famous personalities featured on this list, include philosophers, journalists, soldiers and poets and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, United Kingdom & France and many more countries.
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Henry VI of England
(King of England)
Henry VI of England
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Birthdate: December 6, 1421
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Windsor Castle, Berkshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: 1471

The only child of Henry V, Henry VI of England served as the king of England for almost 40 years. He also served as the disputed king of France between 1422 and 1453, becoming the only English monarch to serve as the king of France. He founded educational institutions like Eton College, All Souls College, Oxford, and King's College, Cambridge.

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Clint Walker
(Actor)
Clint Walker
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Birthdate: May 30, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hartford, Illinois, USA
Died: 2018
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
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Phineas Gage
(American Railroad Construction Foreman)
Phineas Gage
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: July 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grafton County, New Hampshire, United States
Died: 1860

Phineas Gage was a railroad construction foreman. He is best remembered for surviving an accident which destroyed much of the left frontal lobe of his brain; during the accident, a large iron rod was driven through his head. Gage's personality was said to have changed after the accident, which contributed immensely to studies about the brain's role in determining personality.

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John Gielgud
(Former Actor best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26)
John Gielgud
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Birthdate: April 14, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: South Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Died: 2000
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Jane Addams
(Reformer and Social Activist Who Became the First American Woman to be Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize)
Jane Addams
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: September 6, 1860
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cedarville, Illinois, U.S.
Died: 1935

Jane Addams was an American social worker, reformer, settlement activist, public administrator, sociologist, and author. Addams was a prominent leader in the history of women's suffrage and social work in the USA. She is credited with co-founding one of America's most popular settlement houses, the Hull House in Chicago. Addams is also credited with co-founding the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Howard Morris
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Birthdate: September 4, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: 2005
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John Garfield
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Birthdate: March 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 1952
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Barbara Cartland
(Writer, Known as the ‘Queen of Romance’, One of the Best-Selling Authors Worldwide of the 20th Century)
Barbara Cartland
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 9, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edgbaston, Birmingham, England
Died: 2000
 9 
Katherine Dunham
(One of the Most Successful Dancers of the 20th Century)
Katherine Dunham
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: June 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States
Died: 2006

Dancer, choreographer, and social activist Katherine Dunham was also a qualified anthropologist. She experimented with various ritual dances, and her innovations included a ballet performance based on Caribbean dance. She also pioneered the Dunham Technique of dance pedagogy and used the pen-name Kaye Dunn to write several works.

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Mark Reynolds Hughes
(Businessman)
Mark Reynolds Hughes
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: La Mirada, California, United States
Died: 2000
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Venustiano Carranza
(44th President of Mexico)
Venustiano Carranza
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 29, 1859
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cuatrociénegas Municipality, Mexico
Died: 1920

Venustiano Carranza was one of the most important leaders of the Mexican Revolution, which transformed the Mexican government and culture. A powerful and influential person, Carranza served as the head of state for two years before serving as the 44th president of Mexico from 1916 to 1920.

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Dorothy Macmillan
(Socialite)
Dorothy Macmillan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 28, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lancashire, United Kingdom
Died: 1966
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Eric Hoffer
(Writer, Philosopher, Psychologist)
Eric Hoffer
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Listed In:
Birthdate: July 25, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 1983

Social philosopher and author Eric Hoffer was rendered half-blind at 7 due to an accident but regained his sight at 15. Orphaned in his 20s, he took up odd jobs, and once even contemplated suicide. His first book, The True Believer, catapulted him to fame, and he never looked back.

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Alejandro Rey
(Argentine-American Actor and Television Director )
Alejandro Rey
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Birthdate: February 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 1987
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Louis Johnson
(record producer, jazz musician)
Louis Johnson
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: 2015
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Geoffrey de Havilland
(Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Test pilot, Aviator, Entrepreneur)
Geoffrey de Havilland
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: July 27, 1882
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: High Wycombe
Died: 1965

Aviation pioneer and aircraft designer Geoffrey de Havilland is best remembered for his double-engine warplane Mosquito and the jet airliner Comet. He was part of the Royal Flying Corps and had been knighted for his achievements. He was also the founder of the De Havilland Aircraft Company.

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John Frost
(paratrooper)
John Frost
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 31, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pune
Died: 1993

A major figure of The Parachute Regiment, which was operational during World War II, British Army airborne officer John Frost was also a two-time Distinguished Service Order awardee. He led campaigns and operations in places such as Malta, Libya, Sicily, and Italy, before retiring to focus on farming.

 18 
Williamina Fleming
(Scottish Astronomer Famous for Her Discovery of the 'Horsehead Nebula')
Williamina Fleming
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 15, 1857
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland
Died: 1911

Born in Scotland, Williamina Fleming moved to the U.S. with her husband, where she began working as a housekeeper for Harvard Observatory director Edward C. Pickering. Pickering secured her a job at the observatory, and Fleming went on to establish a classification and cataloguing system for stars.

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Vaughn Monroe
(Singer, Musician)
Vaughn Monroe
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: 1973
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Niki de Saint Phalle
(French-American Sculptor, Painter and Filmmaker)
Niki de Saint Phalle
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Birthdate: October 29, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: 2002

Niki de Saint Phalle was a French-American painter, sculptor, and filmmaker. She gained prominence as a monumental sculptor as not many women were renowned for their skills as monumental sculptors. Also remembered for her social work, Niki was one of the earliest artists to spread awareness about AIDS through art. She also wrote extensively in English and French.

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Gene Wood
(Television personality)
Gene Wood
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Birthdate: October 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quincy, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 2004
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Kenneth Clark
(Art Historian)
Kenneth Clark
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Birthdate: July 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mayfair, London, England
Died: 1983
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Chevalier d'Éon
(French Diplomat and Spy)
Chevalier d'Éon
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 5, 1728
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tonnere, France
Died: 1810

Chevalier d'Éon not just fought for France in the Seven Years' War but was also a spy. Interestingly, he led the first half of his life as a man and the second half as a woman. In his unpublished memoir, he claimed he was a woman raised as a man.

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Bill Hunter
(Actor)
Bill Hunter
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Birthdate: February 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ballarat, Australia
Died: 2011
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Carl Wilhelm Scheele
(Swedish German Chemist Who Discovered Oxygen)
Carl Wilhelm Scheele
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 9, 1742
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stralsund, Germany
Died: 1786

Born to a German merchant, Carl Wilhelm Scheele was initially trained as a pharmacist but later switched to chemistry. He began his academic career in Sweden. He is best known for discovering oxygen, apart from countless chemical elements such as barium and chlorine and many organic acids.

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Allyn Ann McLerie
(Actress, Singer)
Allyn Ann McLerie
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Birthdate: December 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Grand-Mère, Quebec, Canada
Died: 2018
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James Franck
(Physicist)
James Franck
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 26, 1882
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamburg, German Empire
Died: 1964

James Franck was a German physicist. Along with fellow physicist Gustav Hertz, he jointly received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1925. He had a prominent academic career and served as the director of the Second Institute for Experimental Physics at the University of Göttingen. He later moved to USA and participated in the Manhattan Project during World War II.

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Hugo de Vries
(Botanist, Biologist, Geneticist, University teacher)
Hugo de Vries
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 16, 1848
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Haarlem
Died: 1935
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Tommaso Campanella
(Philosopher Known for His Work 'la Città Del Sole' an Important Early Utopian Work)
Tommaso Campanella
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Birthdate: September 5, 1568
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stilo, Italy
Died: 1639

Tommaso Campanella was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, astrologer, and poet. His heterodox views often brought him into conflict with the authorities, and he was imprisoned for several years. In prison, he wrote The City of the Sun, a utopia describing an egalitarian theocratic society. He also defended astronomer Galileo Galilei in his first trial. 

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Fitz John Porter
(Military Officer)
Fitz John Porter
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 31, 1822
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Died: 1901
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Ralph Miliband
(Former Sociologist who published The State in Capitalist Society in 1969)
Ralph Miliband
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Birthdate: January 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: 1994
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Les Aspin, Jr.
(United States Representative)
Les Aspin, Jr.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 21, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: 1995
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Lash LaRue
(Actor)
Lash LaRue
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Birthdate: June 15, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gretna, Louisiana, United States
Died: 1996
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Franz von Suppé
(Austrian Composer of Light Operas)
Franz von Suppé
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 18, 1819
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Split, Croatia
Died: 1895

Austrian composer Franz von Suppé was a major figure of the 19th-century light music in both Austria and Germany. He mostly performed at Viennese theaters such as Theater an der Wien. Some of his best-known works are Leichte Kavallerie, or Light Cavalry, and Dichter und Bauer, or Poet and Peasant.

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Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk
(Politician)
Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1443 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: 1524
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Princess Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily
(Princess)
Princess Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 14, 1784
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Royal Palace of Caserta, Caserta, Italy
Died: 1806
 37 
Klaus Mann
(Writer)
Klaus Mann
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 18, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: 1949
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James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose
(Poet, Viceroy and Captain General of Scotland)
James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 25, 1612
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: 1650

Known as The Great Montrose, James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose was not just a Scottish nobleman and military leader but also a talented poet. He won many battles for Charles I but was defeated in the Battle of Carbisdale, following which he was hanged to death in the Edinburgh marketplace.

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Conrad IV of Germany
(King)
Conrad IV of Germany
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Birthdate: April 25, 1228
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Andria, Italy
Died: 1254
 40 
Robert Harley, 1st earl of Oxford
(English statesman)
Robert Harley, 1st earl of Oxford
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 5, 1661
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1724
 41 
Blue Mitchell
(Trumpeter)
Blue Mitchell
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 13, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Died: 1979
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Christian Jürgensen Thomsen
(Danish Antiquarian Who Developed Early Archaeological Techniques and Methods)
Christian Jürgensen Thomsen
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Birthdate: December 29, 1788
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: 1865

Christian Jürgensen Thomsen was a Danish antiquarian best remembered for developing early archaeological methods and techniques. In 1816, he was selected as the head of an organization, which later became the National Museum of Denmark. Christian Jürgensen Thomsen is credited with mentoring future archaeologists like Bror Emil Hildebrand and J. J. A. Worsaae.  

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Billy Walker
(Singer)
Billy Walker
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 14, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ralls, Texas, United States
Died: 2006
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Alejandro DeTomaso
(Businessman)
Alejandro DeTomaso
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 10, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: 2003
 45 
Jassem Al-Kharafi
(Kuwaiti billionaire businessman)
Jassem Al-Kharafi
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 1940 AD
Birthplace: Kuwait City
Died: 2015
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Princess Jeguk
(Empress)
Princess Jeguk
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Birthdate: June 28, 1259
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mongol Empire
Died: 1297
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Ioan Petru Culianu
(Historian)
Ioan Petru Culianu
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Iași, Romania
Died: 1991
 48 
Ernst Zermelo
(Former Mathematician, Logician known for his role in developing Zermelo–Fraenkel axiomatic set theory and his proof of the well-ordering theorem)
Ernst Zermelo
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 27, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 1953
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Eleanor H. Porter
(Novelist)
Eleanor H. Porter
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 19, 1868
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Littleton, New Hampshire, United States
Died: 1920
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Vanessa Brown
(Actress)
Vanessa Brown
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Birthdate: March 24, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 1999