Famous People Who Have/Had Polio

Apart from dreaded epidemics such as AIDS and cancer, polio is another disease which has been plaguing the world since a really long time. Although the disease doesn’t have fatal consequences, it physically handicaps a person, preventing him/her from leading a normal life. The world has also witnessed many famous people who became victims of polio during their childhood. While a few overcame the disease at later stages of their lives, many others had to deal with problems caused by polio even in adulthood. Perhaps, many people still didn’t know that the former American president Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola are a few celebrities who had to deal with this challenge. Coppola, who is known for being the mastermind behind iconic movies such as ‘The Godfather’, is believed to be currently suffering from the disease, and is bed-ridden. However, a few others had to deal with problems like stuttering and limping, due to the impact caused by polio. Explore these biographies of famous people who had to deal with Polio. Go through this section to learn about their life stories, timelines, and interesting trivia & facts related to them.
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Neil Young
(Rock Singer-Songwriter Famous As The 'Godfather of Grunge')
Neil Young
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

One of rock and roll’s greatest songwriters and performers of all time, Neil Young has worked both solo as well with bands like Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The Grammy award winning musician’s notable albums include After the Gold Rush, Harvest, Harvest Moon and Ragged Glory. He strongly backs environmental and disability issues too.

Alice Roosevelt Longworth
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: February 20, 1980
Author and socialite Alice Roosevelt Longworth was the eldest child of American president Theodore Roosevelt, and his only child with his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee. Though Alice was married to Republican leader Nicholas Longworth III, she had a child through an affair with Senator William Edgar Borah. 
 3 
Walter Scott
(Novelist and Poet known for his Works Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and The Lady of the Lake)
Walter Scott
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 15, 1771
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: September 21, 1832

Walter Scott was a Scottish novelist, poet, historian, and playwright. Scott's ability as a writer and his knowledge of history made him a pioneering figure in the formation of the historical novel genre. An influential writer, many of his works remain classics of Scottish as well as English-language literature. Scott was admired by other prominent writers like Letitia Elizabeth Landon.

 4 
Judy Collins
(Singer-songwriter)
Judy Collins
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Ida Lupino
(Actress)
Ida Lupino
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Birthdate: February 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England, UK
Died: August 3, 1995
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 6 
James Drury
(Actor Known for Having Played the Title Role in the 90-Minute Weekly Western Television Series 'The Virginian')
James Drury
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Birthdate: April 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 6, 2020

James Drury was the quintessential tall, dark, and handsome Western hero of Hollywood in the 1950s and the 1960s. he had started his acting career at age 12. Interestingly he graduated in horticulture and animal husbandry. He is best remembered for his role in the NBC series The Virginian.

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Apolinario Mabini
(Filipino Revolutionary and the 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines)
Apolinario Mabini
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Talaga, Tanauan, Philippines
Died: May 13, 1903

The 1st prime minister of the Philippines, Apolinario Mabini led the Philippine Revolution and helped in drafting the Malolos Constitution. Born into a family of illiterate peasants, he became a lawyer, before joining the forces of revolutionary Emilio Aguinaldo. He spent most of his later years in exile, targeted by the US.

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Robin Cavendish
(British Advocate for Disabled People, Medical Aid Developer, and One of the Longest-Lived Responauts in Britain)
Robin Cavendish
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: March 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Middleton, Derbyshire, England
Died: August 8, 1994

Robin Cavendish was an English medical aid developer and advocate for disabled people. He is credited with aiding the development of medical devices aimed at providing independence to paralyzed people. One of Britain's longest-lived responauts, Cavendish was given three months to live at the age of 28. He lived for 64 years and his story inspired the 2017 film Breathe.

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Kerry Packer
(Australian Media Tycoon and One of Australia’s Most Powerful Media Proprietors of the 20th Century)
Kerry Packer
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 17, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: December 26, 2005

Australian media mogul Kerry Packer was the son of media pioneer Sir Frank Packer and later managed the Nine Network and the Australian Consolidated Press. Known for his flamboyant lifestyle and his love for gambling, he also established the competition known as World Series Cricket.

 10 
Bill Cullen
(Television personality)
Bill Cullen
2
Birthdate: February 18, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 7, 1990
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Paul Winchell
(Actor, Inventor, Voice actor, Television actor)
Paul Winchell
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Birthdate: December 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: June 24, 2005
 12 
Hans-Georg Gadamer
(Philosopher)
Hans-Georg Gadamer
2
Birthdate: February 11, 1900
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marburg, Germany
Died: March 13, 2002
 13 
Doc Pomus
(Singer)
Doc Pomus
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, United States
Died: March 14, 1991
 14 
Emmett Till
(Victim of Racial Violence)
Emmett Till
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 28, 1955

In the 1950s, a teenage African-American boy, Emmett Till was kidnapped, tortured and brutally killed for allegedly misbehaving with a white woman. Those responsible were never convicted but the brutality of the crime brought focus on racial discrimination and African-American Civil Rights Movement. It eventually played a crucial role in the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

 15 
Thomas Midgley, Jr.
(American Mechanical and Chemical Engineer)
Thomas Midgley, Jr.
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: May 18, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 2, 1944

Thomas Midgley Jr. was an American chemical and mechanical engineer. Midgley played a key role in the development of leaded gasoline and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which were later banned due to their negative impact on the environment and human health. Thomas Midgley Jr. was granted over 100 patents during his lifetime.

 16 
Laurent Schwartz
(Mathematician, University teacher, Entomologist)
Laurent Schwartz
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 5, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris
Died: July 4, 2002
 17 
Robert Anton Wilson
(Writer, Novelist, Philosopher, Essayist, Playwright, Psychologist, Science fiction writer)
Robert Anton Wilson
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: January 11, 2007
 18 
David Starkey
(Historian, Radio personality, Writer)
David Starkey
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Birthdate: January 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kendal
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Ken Robinson
(Author and Speaker Best Known for Preaching Creativity in Teaching)
Ken Robinson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 4, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: August 21, 2020

Ken Robinson was a British author and speaker. An influential figure, Robinson served as an international advisor to several non-profits, education and arts bodies, and government. From 1989 to 2001, he served as a professor at the University of Warwick. Born into a working class family from Liverpool, Robinson went on to win many honors including the George Peabody Medal.

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Tenley Albright
(American Former Figure Skater and Surgeon)
Tenley Albright
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 18, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newton Centre, Newton, Massachusetts, United States

Olympic figure-skating champion Tenley Albright was also a Harvard Medical School alumna and a qualified surgeon. A bout of mild polio in childhood couldn’t deter her spirit, and she ended up becoming the first female figure skater from the U.S. to win a gold medal at the Olympics.

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Odette Hallowes
(British 'Special Operations Executive' in France During the Second World War)
Odette Hallowes
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amiens, France
Died: March 13, 1995

Odette Hallowes was a Special Operations Executive agent during the Second World War. She was arrested by spy-hunter Hugo Bleicher on 16 April 1943 and was imprisoned in Ravensbrück for the rest of the war. Odette Hallowes was honored by the United Kingdom with the prestigious George Cross, becoming the first woman to receive the honor.

 22 
Ray Ewry
(American Track and Field Athlete and All-time Most Successful Olympian)
Ray Ewry
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 14, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Died: September 29, 1937
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 23 
Agata Buzek
(Actress & Model)
Agata Buzek
1
Birthdate: September 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pyskowice, Poland
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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B. S. Chandrasekhar
(Former cricketer who played as a leg spinner)
B. S. Chandrasekhar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mysuru, Karnataka, India
 25 
Milton H. Erickson
(Psychotherapist, Hypnotist, Hypnotherapist, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Writer)
Milton H. Erickson
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: December 5, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aurum
Died: March 25, 1980
 26 
Avery Dulles
(Jesuit Priest, Theologian and Cardinal of the Catholic Church)
Avery Dulles
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Auburn, New York, United States
Died: December 12, 2008

Avery Dulles was a Jesuit priest, cardinal of the Catholic Church, and theologian. Renowned for his skills as an author and lecturer, Dulles was associated with Woodstock College and the Catholic University of America from 1960 to 1974 and from 1974 to 1988, respectively. Over the course of his illustrious career, Avery Dulles received several prestigious honors and awards.

 27 
DuBose Heyward
(Author)
DuBose Heyward
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 31, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: June 16, 1940
 28 
Howard W. Hunter
(Lawyer)
Howard W. Hunter
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boise, Idaho, United States
Died: March 3, 1995
 29 
Francis George
(Archbishop Emeritus of Chicago)
Francis George
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 16, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: April 17, 2015

Francis Eugene Cardinal George was a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. From 1997 to 2014, he served as the Archbishop of Chicago. He also served as the Bishop of Yakima from 1990 to 1996. In 1998, he was created a cardinal and later served as president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) between 2007 and 2010.

 30 
Hildegard Knef
(Actress)
Hildegard Knef
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Birthdate: December 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ulm, Germany
Died: February 1, 2002
 31 
Florence B. Seibert
(American Biochemist Known for Isolating a Pure Form of 'Tuberculin')
Florence B. Seibert
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 6, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Easton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 23, 1991

Florence B. Seibert is remembered for developing the tuberculin test, which became the standard test for detecting TB. Defeating polio at age 3, she went on to win scholarships and made it to Yale. One of the greatest women biochemists of the U.S., she also contributed to intravenous drug therapy.

 32 
Philip Morrison
(Professor)
Philip Morrison
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Somerville, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 22, 2005
 33 
Pauline Campanelli
(Artist)
Pauline Campanelli
0
Birthdate: January 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: November 29, 2001
 34 
Zenta Maurina
(Writer)
Zenta Maurina
1
Birthdate: December 15, 1897
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lejasciems, Latvia
Died: April 25, 1978
 35 
Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla
(Indian International Para Athlete)
Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kota, Karnataka, India