• L. C. Greenwood

    1946 - 2013

    L. C. Greenwood (1946 - 2013)

    Greenwood was born in Canton, Mississippi. He graduated from Arkansas AM&N (now University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff), where he became a member of the Beta Theta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. He was also named the 1968 Ebony All-American defensive lineman in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC).  Greenwood was drafted by the Pittsburgh […]

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  • L. Frank Baum

    1856 - 1919

    L. Frank Baum (1856 - 1919)

    Author and Journalist. Lyman Frank Baum (who used “Frank” as his Christian name throughout his life) showed a remarkable inclination for journalism from an early age, publishing his own small newspaper and stamp-collecting magazine while still in his teens. He would run several small publications through his adult life, taking jobs with newspapers like the […]

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  • L.L. Bean

    1872 - 1967

    L.L. Bean (1872 - 1967)

    Businessman, Mail Order Magnate, Author. He is remembered as the founder of the successful mail order company L.L. Bean. Born Leon Leonwood Bean, one of six boys, he showed an early interest in business by selling steel traps. When he was 12 years old, his parents died only four days apart and he moved to […]

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  • La Jana

    1905 - 1940

    La Jana (1905 - 1940)

    Dancer. A pretty brunette trained as a classical ballerina, she is remembered for her many appearances in German films and stage revues. Born Henriette Margarethe (“Henny”) Hiebel, she was raised in Frankfurt from a young age, and studied at the Frankfurt Opera Ballet where she made her initial professional stage appearances at around age eight. […]

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  • Lady Elizabeth Southerden Thompson Butler

    1846 - 1933

    Lady Elizabeth Southerden Thompson Butler (1846 - 1933)

    Artist.  Encouraged by her parents to sketch and paint from an early age, she began studying art about 1862, and in 1866 entered the Female School of Art in London.  As a young woman, she and her younger sister, poet and essayist Alice Meynell, and their parents spent much time in Italy, and there the […]

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  • Lady Hazel Martyn Lavery

    1880 - 1935

    Lady Hazel Martyn Lavery (1880 - 1935)

    Hazel Martyn was the daughter of a Chicago industrialist of Irish descent. In 1904, she was on holiday in Brittany, where she met John Lavery (q.v.), thirty years her senior, who had been a widower since 1891. Hazel was engaged to a Canadian doctor, who died shortly after their marriage; and, in 1910, she married […]

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  • Lady Helen Violet Bonham Carter

    1887 - 1969

    Lady Helen Violet Bonham Carter (1887 - 1969)

    British politician, baroness. She was the only daughter among five children of Liberal Prime Minister H. H. Asquith by his first wife, Helen. Unlike her brothers she had no formal school education but was educated by governesses, later spending time in both Dresden and Paris perfecting her languages. In 1915 Violet married her father’s principal […]

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  • Lady Pauline Laetitia Tennant Rumbold

    1927 - 2008

    Lady Pauline Laetitia Tennant Rumbold (1927 - 2008)

    Actress, Poet, Socialite. A noted beauty and performer in her youth, she was later a respected author. Born to wealth and privilege, she was raised initially on a Wiltshire estate though her aristocratic father David Tennant allowed the too-attractive-for-her-own-good Pauline to rub elbows with many noted personalities of the day at his Soho nightspot, The […]

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  • Lady Rachel Kempson Redgrave

    1910 - 2003

    Lady Rachel Kempson Redgrave (1910 - 2003)

    Actress. She was an acclaimed British figure of theater, television, and motion pictures. She is the matriarch of the Redgrave acting dynasty. She married actor Michael Redgrave in 1935 and became Lady Redgrave when Sir Michael was Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1959. Mother of actors Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave and Corin Redgrave. Grandmother […]

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  • Laird Cregar

    1913 - 1944

    Laird Cregar (1913 - 1944)

    Laird Cregar was tested for the second lead in The Letter and made screen tests for MGM and Paramount. The producer and director of Oscar Wilde were reported as preparing an independent company to star Cregar in The Life of Mohammed. He was then tested by 20th Century Fox, who considered him as a replacement […]

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  • Lale Andersen

    1905 - 1972

    Lale Andersen (1905 - 1972)

    Singer, Actress.  She is best remembered as the first singer of  “Lili Marleen” (1939), which became one of the most popular songs of World War II.  Born Liese Lotte Helene Berta Bunnenberg in Lehe, Germany (now a part of the city of Bremerhaven), she married Paul Ernst Wilke, a local painter, at the age of […]

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  • Laleh Bijani

    1974 - 2003

    Laleh Bijani (1974 - 2003)

    Medical Figure. She was the second of 29-year-old craniopagus twins to pass away after a 50-hour surgical procedure to separate them. Although the twins were successfully separated, her sister Ladan Bijani died first and Laleh died 90 minutes later, due to loss of blood during surgery. The twins were from a family of 11 children […]

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  • Laly Soldevila

    1933 - 1979

    Laly Soldevila (1933 - 1979)

    Actress. A native of Barcelona, Catalunya, she began her career on stage in the 1950s. In 1957, she moved to Madrid, where played in “La Celestina” directed for the stage for Luis Escobar. Also, she triumphed as comic vedette in the musical revue “Te Espero en el Eslava.” On stage, she is remembered on “El […]

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  • Lamar Hunt

    1932 - 2006

    Lamar Hunt (1932 - 2006)

    On the strength of his great inherited oil wealth, Lamar Hunt applied for a National Football League expansion franchise but was turned down. In 1959, professional football was a distant second to Major League Baseball in popularity, and the thinking among NFL executives was that the league must be careful not to “oversaturate” the market […]

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  • Lamont Bentley

    1973 - 2005

    Lamont Bentley (1973 - 2005)

    Artimus Lamont Bentley was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and moved to Los Angeles with his mother, Loyce, who wished to pursue a career as a professional singer. He began his career as a child actor appearing in television commercials and guest spots on various television series before landing a role on the short-lived but critically […]

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  • Lana Clarkson

    1962 - 2003

    Lana Clarkson (1962 - 2003)

    Clarkson was born in Long Beach, California to Donna and James M. Clarkson, and was raised in the hills of Sonoma County, California. She has a brother, Jessee J. Clarkson, and a sister Fawn. While living in Northern California, she attended Cloverdale High School and also Pacific Union College Preparatory School. During the Christmas season […]

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  • Lana Guitry

    1917 - 1990

    Lana Guitry (1917 - 1990)

    Actress who began her relationship with the actor Sacha Guitry  in May 1945 and became his fifth wife in November 1949. (bio by: David Conway)

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  • Lana Turner

    1921 - 1995

    Lana Turner (1921 - 1995)

    Lana Turner Turner was well known inside Hollywood circles for dating often, changing partners often, and for never shying away from the topic of how many lovers she had in her lifetime. However, she claimed that sex was not important to her and that she was more of a romantic, stating: “All those years that […]

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  • Lancelot “Capability” Brown

    1970 - 1783

    Lancelot “Capability” Brown (1970 - 1783)

    Famed British landscape designer. He served as head gardener at Stowe before moving to London in 1751. He then purchased a small estate at Fenstanton and Hilton in 1767, later acquiring the manor of Fenstanton in 1770. His work is still thriving today across the country at many of the most famous estates in the […]

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  • Lane Bradford

    1922 - 1973

    Lane Bradford (1922 - 1973)

    Lane Bradford (August 29, 1922 – June 7, 1973) was an American actor. Bradford was born in Yonkers, New York, the son of actor John Merton (1901-1959). Lane Bradford was the brother of actor Robert Lavarre. Bradford appeared in many television series and “B” western movies. On stage, he co-starred in Desperadoes’ Outpost (1952), The Great Sioux […]

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  • Lane Chandler

    1899 - 1972

    Lane Chandler (1899 - 1972)

    Lane Chandler was born as Robert Chandler Oakes on a ranch near Culbertson, Montana, the son of a horse rancher. At an early age, the family relocated to Helena, Montana, where he graduated from high school. He briefly attended Montana Wesleyan College (which later merged and became part of Rocky Mountain College), but quit to […]

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  • Langston Hughes

    1902 - 1967

    Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967)

    Renowned Poet Lauerate of African Americans. He translated the joy, pain and love of African Americans to the world. He is buried at the Schomburg Library of African American Culture in Harlem. (bio by: Dianne Washington)  Family links:  Parents:  Caroline Mercer Langston Clark (1873 – 1938)Cause of death: Cancer

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  • Lani Kai

    1936 - 1999

    Lani Kai (1936 - 1999)

    Lani Kai, whose real name was George Clarence Dennis James Von Ruckleman Woodd III, represented the image of the handsome, native Polynesian man for viewers of a television series in the early 1960s. His big break in show business came when he accompanied his mother to a casting call for the TV series Adventures in […]

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  • Lani Agrati O’Grady

    1954 - 2001

    Lani Agrati O’Grady (1954 - 2001)

    Actress. Born Lanita Rose Agrati in Walnut Creek, California, to Lou A. Agrati and to Mary B. (née Castellino), a children’s talent agent. Lanita changed her name to Lani O’Grady after landing the role on the television show Eight is Enough. She began acting at the age of 13 with a role in the television […]

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  • Lanna Saunders

    1941 - 2007

    Lanna Saunders (1941 - 2007)

    Actress. She is best remembered by many for the role of Marie Horton in the popular daytime television soap opera “Days of Our Lives”, and for her performances as Barbara in the Broadway musical “Milk and Honey”. Her other memorable stage credits include “The Changeling”, “Never Live Over a Pretzel Factory” and “Philadelphia, Here I […]

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  • Laraine Day

    1920 - 2007

    Laraine Day (1920 - 2007)

    Day was born La Raine Johnson in Roosevelt, Utah, one of eight children in an affluent Mormon family. She had a twin brother, Lamar. The family later moved to California where she began her acting career with the Long Beach Players. She was a 1938 graduate of Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California. In […]

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  • Larri Thomas

    1932 - 2013

    Larri Thomas (1932 - 2013)

    American Actress and Dancer. Born Lida Thomas, she began her career by appearing in a string of television commercials before appearing in such films as ‘Road to Bali’ (1952), ‘House of Wax’ (1953), ‘Artists and Models’ (1955) and ‘Guys and Dolls’ (1955) for which she became one of the six ‘Goldwyn Girls’, hand-picked by Sam […]

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  • Larry Hagman

    1931 - 2012

    Larry Hagman (1931 - 2012)

    Larry Hagman Actor, Producer, and Director. He will be remembered for two iconic television roles: As the comical Major Anthony Nelson in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie, and for the villainous Texas oil tycoon, J.R. Ewing on the prime-time hit Dallas. Hagman was born in Weatherford, Texas, near Fort Worth. His parents divorced in […]

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  • Larry Brown

    1951 - 2004

    Larry Brown (1951 - 2004)

    Author, Writer. A native of Oxford, Mississippi, Brown, took up writing while working as a firefighter. Brown’s works include, “Facing The Music” (1988), “Big Bad Love” (1990), Dirty Work” (1989), “On Fire” (1995), “Father And Son” (1996), “Joe” (1991), “Fay” (2000), “Billy Ray’s Farm (2001), and “The Rabbit Factory” (2003). His books have also been […]

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  • Larry Butler

    1942 - 2012

    Larry Butler (1942 - 2012)

    Larry Butler country music producer/songwriter. From the mid-1970s through the 1980s, he worked with Kenny Rogers. Many of his albums with Rogers went either gold or platinum and accumulated many millions of sales around the world. These albums include Kenny Rogers (1976), The Gambler (1978), Gideon (1980) and I Prefer The Moonlight (1987). Rogers and […]

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