Famous People Who Have/Had Polio

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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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F. D. Roosevelt
(32nd President of the United States)
F. D. Roosevelt
37
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hyde Park, New York, United States
Died: April 12, 1945
 2 
Neil Young
(Rock Singer-Songwriter Famous As The 'Godfather of Grunge')
Neil Young
16
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 3 
Emmett Till
(Victim of Racial Violence)
Emmett Till
28
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 28, 1955
 4 
Matthew Fox
(American Actor Best Known for His Role in the TV Series: 'Party of Five' and 'Lost')
Matthew Fox
8
Birthdate: July 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Abington Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Judy Collins
(Singer-songwriter)
Judy Collins
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
Alice Roosevelt Longworth
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: February 20, 1980
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Walter Scott
(Novelist and Poet known for his Works Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and The Lady of the Lake)
Walter Scott
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 15, 1771
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: September 21, 1832
 8 
Ida Lupino
(Actress)
Ida Lupino
4
Birthdate: February 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England, UK
Died: August 3, 1995
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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James Drury
(Actor Known for Having Played the Title Role in the 90-Minute Weekly Western Television Series 'The Virginian')
James Drury
1
Birthdate: April 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 6, 2020
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Kerry Packer
(Australian Media Tycoon and One of Australia’s Most Powerful Media Proprietors of the 20th Century)
Kerry Packer
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 17, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: December 26, 2005
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Apolinario Mabini
(Revolutionary leader)
Apolinario Mabini
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Talaga, Philippines
Died: May 13, 1903
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Paul Winchell
(Actor, Inventor, Voice actor, Television actor)
Paul Winchell
4
Birthdate: December 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: June 24, 2005
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Hans-Georg Gadamer
(Philosopher)
Hans-Georg Gadamer
1
Birthdate: February 11, 1900
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marburg, Germany
Died: March 13, 2002
 14 
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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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
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Laurent Schwartz
(Mathematician, University teacher, Entomologist)
Laurent Schwartz
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 5, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris
Died: July 4, 2002
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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
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: March 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Middleton, Derbyshire, England
Died: August 8, 1994
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Thomas Midgley, Jr.
(Mechanical and chemical engineer)
Thomas Midgley, Jr.
1
Birthdate: May 19, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 2, 1944
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Ken Robinson
(Author and Speaker Best Known for Preaching Creativity in Teaching)
Ken Robinson
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 4, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: August 21, 2020
 20 
David Starkey
(Historian, Radio personality, Writer)
David Starkey
1
Birthdate: January 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kendal
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Tenley Albright
(American Former Figure Skater and Surgeon)
Tenley Albright
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 18, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newton Centre, Newton, Massachusetts, United States
 22 
Robert Anton Wilson
(Writer, Novelist, Philosopher, Essayist, Playwright, Psychologist, Science fiction writer)
Robert Anton Wilson
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: January 11, 2007
 23 
Ray Ewry
(Athlete)
Ray Ewry
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 14, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Died: September 29, 1937
Height: 6'1" (185 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
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Odette Hallowes
(British 'Special Operations Executive' in France During the Second World War)
Odette Hallowes
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amiens, France
Died: March 13, 1995
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Agata Buzek
(Actress & Model)
Agata Buzek
0
Birthdate: September 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pyskowice, Poland
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Milton H. Erickson
(Psychotherapist, Hypnotist, Hypnotherapist, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Writer)
Milton H. Erickson
2
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: December 5, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aurum
Died: March 25, 1980
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Avery Dulles
(Jesuit Priest, Theologian and Cardinal of the Catholic Church)
Avery Dulles
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Auburn, New York, United States
Died: December 12, 2008
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DuBose Heyward
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 31, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: June 16, 1940
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Howard W. Hunter
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boise, Idaho, United States
Died: March 3, 1995
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Hildegard Knef
2
Birthdate: December 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ulm, Germany
Died: February 1, 2002
Francis Eugene Cardinal George
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 16, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: April 17, 2015
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Florence B. Seibert
(American Biochemist Known for Isolating a Pure Form of 'Tuberculin')
Florence B. Seibert
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 6, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Easton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 23, 1991
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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
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Zenta Maurina
0
Birthdate: December 15, 1897
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lejasciems, Latvia
Died: April 25, 1978
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Pauline Campanelli
0
Birthdate: January 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: November 29, 2001
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Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla
(International para Athlete)
Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kota, Karnataka, India