Famous People Born In Wilkes-Barre

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Mary McDonnell
(Actress best known for her roles in the films Dances with Wolves (1990), Independence Day (1996), Donnie Darko (2001))
Mary McDonnell
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Birthdate: April 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Florence Foster Jenkins
(American Socialite and Amateur Soprano)
Florence Foster Jenkins
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 19, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: November 26, 1944

Florence Foster Jenkins was an American socialite who was often ridiculed and mocked for her poor singing ability, which in turn made her popular. Known as the world's worst opera singer, Jenkins became a musical cult-figure in New York City due to her technical incompetence as an amateur soprano. Her life inspired several plays and films, including Florence Foster Jenkins.

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Michael Schoeffling
(Actor and Model Known for His Role as ‘Jake Ryan’ in the Film ‘Sixteen Candles’)
Michael Schoeffling
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: December 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Michael Schoeffling is an American former model and actor. He is known for playing important roles in films like Sixteen Candles, Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, Vision Quest, and Mermaids. After retiring from acting, Schoeffling started a woodworking shop and began producing handcrafted furniture. In 2005, he was named in Teen magazine's Biggest Hunks of the 1980s list.

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David Bohm
(One of the Most Significant Theoretical Physicists of the 20th Century)
David Bohm
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 20, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: October 27, 1992
Born to Jewish immigrants, David Bohm went against his father’s wish of joining his family’s furniture business and ventured into science instead. He later grew up to be an influential physicist and is now revered for his contribution to quantum mechanics and for introducing concepts such as Bohm’s diffusion.
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Joseph L. Mankiewicz
(Writer, Director, Producer)
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
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Birthdate: February 11, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 5, 1993
Polish-American screenwriter and director Joseph L. Mankiewicz won Academy Awards for his work in the movies All About Eve and Letter to Three Wives. He was associated with Paramount, MGM, and Twentieth Century Fox. He also had his own production company, Figaro, and directed the film Cleopatra, starring Elizabeth Taylor.
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Darlanne Fluegel
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Birthdate: November 25, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: December 15, 2017
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Benjamin Burnley
(Musician)
Benjamin Burnley
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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George Catlin
(American Painter, Adventurer, Traveler, Lawyer, and Author)
George Catlin
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Birthdate: July 26, 1796
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 23, 1872
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Franz Kline
(Abstract Expressionist Artist)
Franz Kline
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Birthdate: May 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 13, 1962

Franz Kline of the New York School is counted among the most significant artists of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Labelled as an action painter, Kline’s etched a niche with his seemingly spontaneous and intense style that focused more on actual brushstrokes and use of canvas instead on figures or imagery as exemplified in his masterpiece, Number 2 (1954).

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Bob Sura
(Basketball player)
Bob Sura
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Raye Hollitt
(American Actress and Bodybuilder)
Raye Hollitt
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Mary Jo Kopechne
(Political Campaign Specialist of Robert F. Kennedy)
Mary Jo Kopechne
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: July 18, 1969
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Rose O'Neill
(Cartoonist)
Rose O'Neill
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Birthdate: June 25, 1874
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: April 6, 1944
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Edward B. Lewis
(Geneticist)
Edward B. Lewis
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 20, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: July 21, 2004

Edward B. Lewis was an American geneticist who helped found evolutionary developmental biology, a field that compares the developmental processes of various organisms. In 1995, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Eric Wieschaus and Christine Nüsslein-Volhard. He also won several other prestigious awards like the National Medal of Science and the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize.

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William Daniel Phillips
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Britton Chance
(American Biochemist and Olympic Gold-Winning Sailor)
Britton Chance
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 24, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: November 16, 2010

American biochemist and biophysicist Britton Chance is remembered for developing techniques such as MRI and optical imaging. He also taught at the University of Pennsylvania and worked with Swedish Nobel laureate Hugo Theorell at the Nobel Institute. He was also an Olympic gold medal-winning sailor.

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John J. Yeosock
(Military personnel)
John J. Yeosock
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: February 15, 2012
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Aaron Fink
(Musician)
Aaron Fink
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 22, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Lou Teicher
(Pianist)
Lou Teicher
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: August 3, 2008