Entertainers

An entertainer may refer to any person who is involved in amusing or entertaining audiences. An entertainer may be a film star, a circus clown, a singer or even a magician. A person, who attracts the attention and holds the interests of a large group of audiences for a particular period of time with his talent, is known as an entertainer. Entertainers existed as early as the 14th century, when the royal courts appointed entertainers, dancers and singers to entertain the guests and the royals in the kingdom. May royal events, also required entertainers to be present, for example in 1595, the celebrations of Queen Elizabeth I was graced by many entertainers. In the later part of the 20th century, there were significant developments in the field of technology and the electronic media emerged. With the arrival of the electronic media, the mass audiences were entertained with a variety of entertainment packages like music, movies, TV shows and the like. In the 21st century, the entertainment industry rapidly developed and expanded due to many factors like globalization and the global convergence of media. To learn more about famous and well-known entertainers in the world, move on to read their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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 1 Muhammad Ali

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 3, 2016

Widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali was a major figure of the 20th century. He was an inspirational figure for African-Americans during the civil rights movement. Because of his opposition to Vietnam War and his refusal to be drafted into military, Muhammad Ali became an icon for the larger counterculture generation.

 2 Bob Barker

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Famous As: Television Game Show Host
Birthdate: December 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Darrington, Washington, United States

Bob Barker is a retired TV game show host. Barker is credited with making CBS's The Price Is Right the longest-running daytime game show in the history of North American television, hosting the show from 1972 to 2007. Also an animal rights activist, Barker has supported groups like the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the United Activists for Animal Rights.

 3 Steve-O

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Famous As: Actor, Entertainer
Birthdate: June 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England

British-born American comedian and TV personality, Steve-O, gained international fame with his performance stunts in the TV series Jackass. Following a nomadic childhood, he graduated from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and began his career as a clown. He eventually started appearing on TV shows and became popular.

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 4 Mel Blanc

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Famous As: Voice Actor, Radio Personality
Birthdate: May 30, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: July 10, 1989

Mel Blanc was an American radio personality and voice actor. Dubbed The Man of a Thousand Voices, Blanc contributed immensely to the success of several theatrical cartoons by voicing famous characters, such as Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Barney Rubble, and Mr. Spacely. He was considered one of the most influential and important personalities in the voice acting industry.

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 5 Josephine Baker

Josephine Baker
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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: June 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 12, 1975
Nicknamed Black Pearl and Creole Goddess, Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to appear in a motion picture. She was a revue dancer, famous for her signature banana costume. A civil rights activist, she helped the French military during World War II. She adopted 12 children of different ethnicities.

 6 Betty Grable

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 18, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: July 2, 1973

Betty Grable was one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s. She starred in numerous big-budget movies and was at one point the highest-salaried American woman. She began her career as a preteen and gained prominence as a young woman. A celebrated sex symbol, she was the number-one pin-up girl of World War II. 

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 7 Mayte Garcia

Mayte Garcia
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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Rucker, Alabama, United States

Mayte Garcia is an American dancer, singer, and actress. She has worked with popular artists like Britney Spears. Mayte Garcia was married to record producer and musician, Prince, from 1996 to 2000. Mayte Garcia has also written a book titled The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince which was published in 2017.

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 8 Debbie McGee

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Famous As: Radio performer
Birthdate: October 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England, UK
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 9 Jack Benny

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Famous As: Comedian, Vaudevillian
Birthdate: February 14, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 26, 1974
Benjamin Kubelsky, better known as Jack Benny, was an American vaudeville violinist who later soared to fame with the radio/TV comedy show The Jack Benny Program. He became famous for his signature expression “Well!” He also appeared in films such as The Hollywood Revue of 1929 and Mr. Broadway.

 10 Alyssa Edwards

Alyssa Edwards
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Famous As: Drag Performer
Birthdate: January 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mesquite, Texas

Alyssa Edwards is an American choreographer, drag performer, and businessperson. She gained international prominence after participating in the reality competition TV series RuPaul's Drag Race in 2013. In June 2019, she was ranked fifth in New York magazine's most powerful drag queens in America list. Alyssa Edwards’ life and career inspired the 2018 docuseries Dancing Queen which premiered on Netflix.

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 11 Jon Pertwee

Jon Pertwee
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 7, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England, UK
Died: May 20, 1996

 12 Chang Bunker

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Famous As: Showmen
Birthdate: May 11, 1811
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Meklong, Thailand
Died: January 17, 1874

Chang Bunker was a Siamese-American man and one-half of the popular conjoined twin brothers. Chang and his conjoined twin Eng were two of the most studied human beings during the 19th century. They toured the United States and Europe as part of their freak shows, gaining financial success and fame. They are credited with coining the colloquial term Siamese twins.

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 13 Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: September 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: October 13, 1974
Sports reporter and TV personality Ed Sullivan is best remembered as the host and creator of the variety show named The Toast of the Town, later renamed The Ed Sullivan Show. One of TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time, he was also a skilled columnist.

 14 General Tom Thumb

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Famous As: Circus performer
Birthdate: January 4, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Died: July 15, 1883

General Tom Thumb was a dwarf best remembered as a performer in P. T. Barnum's circus. He achieved significant fame as a performer and has been portrayed by several actors in films, such as The Mighty Barnum and Jules Verne's Rocket to the Moon. In the 2017 movie The Greatest Showman, General Tom Thumb was played by Sam Humphrey.

 15 Don Ameche

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 31, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States
Died: December 6, 1993
Don Ameche started as a comedian and vaudeville performer. He later gained fame on radio, too, appearing in the sketch comedy The Bickersons. He also earned a 20th Century Fox contract, appeared in movies such as Trading Places, and won an Academy Award for his role in Cocoon.

 16 Gypsy Rose Lee

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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: January 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, USA
Died: April 26, 1970

Gypsy Rose Lee was an American vedette and burlesque entertainer best remembered for her striptease act. She was also an actress, playwright, and author whose memoir inspired the 1959 stage musical, Gypsy. Lee's life inspired several works of art, including a song titled Gypsy Rose Lee by The Distillers. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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 17 Roy Horn

Roy Horn
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Famous As: Magician
Birthdate: October 3, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rosenheim, Gau Munich-Upper Bavaria, German Reich
Died: May 8, 2020

Roy Horn was a German-American entertainer and magician. He was one half of the magician duo Siegfried & Roy. Horn and Siegfried were famous for appearing alongside tigers and lions. From 1990 to 2003, their show performed at The Mirage was considered the most-visited show in Las Vegas. Their act inspired the biographical movie Siegfried & Roy: The Magic Box.

 18 Kagney Linn Karter

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA

Kagney Linn Karter is an American model, pornographic actress, and former stripper. Over the years, Karter has received many awards and nominations for her performance in pornographic movies. In 2012, she was featured in a BBC documentary titled Twilight of the Porn Stars which focuses on the porn industry and the lives of popular porn stars.

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 19 Rolf Harris

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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: March 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bassendean, Australia
Australian singer, painter, and TV personality Rolf Harris is remembered for songs such as Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport and Two Little Boys, and for inventing the wobble board. He was a champion swimmer in his adolescence. He also spent almost 3 years in prison for assaulting underage girls. 

 20 Chris Pontius

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Famous As: Actor, Television actor
Birthdate: July 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasadena

Chris Pontius is an American actor and stunt performer. After appearing in the popular reality slapstick comedy TV series Jackass, Pontius went on to contribute as a writer for the comedy film Jackass: The Movie, a continuation of the series. He then went on to contribute as a writer for the subsequent Jackass movies, including Jackass 3D and Jackass Forever.

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 21 David Gest

David Gest
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Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: May 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: April 12, 2016

David Gest was an American television personality and producer. He is credited with founding the American Cinema Awards Foundation. He is also credited with putting together the last reunion of the Jacksons and Michael Jackson by producing the TV special Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration.

 22 Bonnie Langford

Bonnie Langford
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hampton Court, Surrey, England, UK
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 23 Marcel Marceau

Marcel Marceau
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: September 22, 2007

 24 Jaina Lee Ortiz

Jaina Lee Ortiz
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Ord National Monument, California, United States
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 25 Noël Wells

Noël Wells
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, USA

Noël Wells is an American actress, musician, comedian, director, and writer. From voicing Kelsey Pokoly in the Cartoon Network series Craig of the Creek to appearing on Saturday Night Live as a featured player, Noël Wells has been a prominent entertainer over the years. A multi-talented personality, Wells also displays her photographs in exhibitions.

 26 Neil Tennant

Neil Tennant
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: North Shields, Tyne-and-Wear, England, UK

 27 Sahara Davenport

Sahara Davenport
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Famous As: Drag Queen
Birthdate: December 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: October 1, 2012

Sahara Davenport was an American reality television personality, drag queen, singer, and classically trained dancer. She came into prominence after appearing in the popular reality competition TV series RuPaul's Drag Race in 2010. Davenport, who struggled with drug addiction throughout her life, died of heart failure, at the age of 27.

 28 Mamie Van Doren

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rowena, South Dakota, United States

Mamie Van Doren is an American former model, singer, and actress. Van Doren achieved popularity during the 1950s and is best known for her performance in the 1957 American teen film Untamed Youth. In 2005, she was honored with a Golden Palm Star. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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 29 Virginia Mayo

Virginia Mayo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: January 17, 2005

One of the first to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Virginia Clara Jones was possibly Warner Brothers' biggest box-office money-maker in late 1940s. Beginning her career with vaudevilles, she quickly signed contracts first with Goldwyn and later with Warner Brothers, giving out numerous hits, including Oscar-winning The Best Years of Our Lives and White Heat.

 30 James A. Bailey

James A. Bailey
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Famous As: Impresario
Birthdate: July 4, 1847
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: April 11, 1906

James A. Bailey was an American impresario and circus ringmaster. He is credited with co-founding one of the greatest circus companies of all time, Barnum and Bailey's Circus. A year after his death, his widow sold the circus to the Ringling brothers, resulting in the formation of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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 31 Michel Lotito

Michel Lotito
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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: June 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grenoble, France
Died: June 25, 2007
Featured on Ripley’s 100 Best BIONS, Michel Lotito was known for his bizarre diet, consisting of glass and metal parts, TV sets, bicycles, and even a Cessna 150 airplane. The Guinness record holder was nicknamed Monsieur Mangetout, meaning Mr. Eat-All. The French entertainer died of natural causes later.

 32 Phil Silvers

Phil Silvers
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Famous As: Actor, Stage actor, Television actor
Birthdate: May 11, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 1, 1985

Phil Silvers was an American comedian and entertainer. Dubbed the King of Chutzpah, Silvers won two Primetime Emmy Awards and two Tony Awards during his illustrious career that spanned almost six decades. In 1996, he was ranked 31st on TV Guide's list of 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. Silvers’ work has inspired other comedians like Dick Van Dyke.

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 33 Helene Fischer

Helene Fischer
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Krasnoyarsk, Russian SFSR, USSR [now Russia]

Helene Fischer is a German singer, dancer, actress, and TV presenter. She attended the Frankfurt Stage & Musical School to study singing and acting. She made her debut in 2005 and found immediate success. Eventually, she started singing in English as well. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including 17 Echo awards and four "Krone der Volksmusik" prizes. 

 34 Rajpal Yadav

Rajpal Yadav
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India

 35 Brett Rossi

Brett Rossi
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Famous As: Glamour Model
Birthdate: May 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fontana, California, USA

Brett Rossi is an American entertainer, glamor model, pornographic film actress, and dancer. Over the years Rossi has performed in more than 170 pornographic films, winning the prestigious AVN Award in 2012. Brett Rossi has used her popularity to raise issues regarding the treatment of porn stars within the American adult film industry.

 36 Eric Morecambe

Eric Morecambe
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Famous As: actor, comedian
Birthdate: May 14, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Morecambe
Died: May 28, 1984

 37 Maurice Chevalier

Maurice Chevalier
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: September 12, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 1, 1972
Best remembered for the song Valentine and the musical Gigi, French musician Maurice Chevalier not only fought in World War I, but was also injured and later imprisoned. During World War II, he reluctantly agreed to perform in exchange of the release of a few French prisoners. 

 38 Jenna Ushkowitz

Jenna Ushkowitz
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

Jenna Ushkowitz is a Korean-born American singer, actress, podcast host, and producer. She is the recipient of the prestigious Tony Award which she won as a producer for a musical titled Once on This Island. Ushkowitz is also known for her activism and charity work; she has worked with non-profit organizations like Oceana, Kindred Foundation, and the NOH8 Campaign.

 39 Terri Nunn

Terri Nunn
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baldwin Hills, California, USA

Terri Nunn is an American actress and singer best known for fronting the popular new wave band Berlin. A multi-talented personality, Nunn also appears in movies and TV shows, such as RuPaul's Drag Race. In 2008, she contributed immensely to Carrie Borzillo's book Cherry Bomb by imparting sex and dating advice.

 40 Deepak Adhikari

Deepak Adhikari
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mahisha, West Bengal, India

 41 Don Ho

Don Ho
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Famous As: Best known for theme song Tiny Bubbles
Birthdate: August 13, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kaka'ako, Hawaii, United States
Died: April 14, 2007

 42 Ernie Wise

Ernie Wise
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Famous As: Comedian, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bramley, Leeds
Died: March 21, 1999

 43 Emo Philips

Emo Philips
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Famous As: Actor, Film actor
Birthdate: February 7, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago

An American actor and stand-up comedian, Emo Philips is famous as much for his unique look as for his on-stage antics, appearing as a highly intelligent, but restless and nervous individual.  That apart, he has also been featured in numerous film and television roles and has recorded three comedy albums, the first of which won the 1985 New Music Award.

 44 Deniece Williams

Deniece Williams
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, USA

The daughter of singer parents, Deniece Williams grew up singing gospel. Though she initially aspired to be a nurse and an anesthetist, she later took up music full-time and began performing at nightclubs. The Grammy-winning artist soared to fame with tracks such as They Say and I Believe in You.

 45 Don Arden

Don Arden
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Famous As: Businessman, Talent manager
Birthdate: January 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: July 21, 2007

 46 Wavy Gravy

Wavy Gravy
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Famous As: Comedian, Street artist, Circus performer, Writer
Birthdate: May 15, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: East Greenbush

Wavy Gravy is an American peace activist and entertainer best known for his countercultural beliefs and hippie persona. He is credited with founding or co-founding many organizations, such as the Hog Farm, Seva Foundation, and Camp Winnarainbow. During the 1960s, he founded a secret society called the Phurst Church of Phun which aimed at opposing the Vietnam War.

 47 Adrian Cronauer

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Famous As: Lawyer, Radio personality
Birthdate: September 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh

Adrian Joseph Cronauer, a United States Air Force Radio and Television Broadcasting Specialist, posted in Vietnam during 1965-1966, opened his show, the Dawn Buster, with "Goooooood morning Vietnam!", an experience that later inspired the 1987 film, Good Morning, Vietnam. In later years, he practiced law, specializing in information and communications law, concurrently continuing to remain involved with radio and television.

 48 Dolores Hope

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: September 19, 2011

Born Dolores L. DeFina, she became Dolores Hope after her marriage to actor and comedian, Bob Hope.  A fine singer and a woman of words, she entertained American overseas soldiers for fifty years, recording her first CD, Dolores Hope: Now and Then, at the age of eighty-three. e.

 49 Frank Lentini

Frank Lentini
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Famous As: Entertainer
Birthdate: May 18, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rosolini, Italy
Died: September 21, 1966

Frank Lentini was a Sicilian-American sideshow performer who was featured in several circuses including the famous Barnum and Bailey circus. Lentini gained popularity as he was born with a parasitic twin, which resulted in a third leg. In a career spanning more than four decades Lentini worked with every major circus in the US.

 50 Anna Haining Bates

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Famous As: Circus performer
Birthdate: August 6, 1846
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Annan, Canada
Died: August 5, 1888
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