• Dankmar Adler

    1844 - 1900

    Dankmar Adler (1844 - 1900)

    Adler was born in Stadtlengsfeld, Germany; his mother died when he was born. He came to the United States with his father Liebman, a rabbi, in 1854.  Adler served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Thereafter, he practiced in Chicago, from 1866 onward. He worked first with Augustus Bauer and next with Ozias […]

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  • Felix Adler

    1851 - 1933

    Felix Adler (1851 - 1933)

    Felix Adler was born in Alzey, Grand Duchy of Hesse, Germany, the son of a rabbi, Samuel Adler, a leading figure in European Reform Judaism. The family immigrated to the United States from Germany when Felix was six years old so that his father could accept the appointment as head rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in […]

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  • David Adler

    1882 - 1949

    David Adler (1882 - 1949)

    David Adler was born on January 3, 1882 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to a German Jewish family. He was the only son to Isaac David Adler, a prosperous wholesale manufacturer of men’s clothing, and Therese Hyman Adler. David Adler had one sister, Frances, who would go on to become a prominent interior designer. He also had […]

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  • Buddy Adler

    1908 - 1960

    Buddy Adler (1908 - 1960)

    Motion Picture Producer. Born E. Maurice Adler, he began his career writing short motion pictures for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studios. He became a producer for Columbia Studios in 1947 and after Darryl Zanuck left 20th Century Fox studios Buddy Adler took over as head of production. He then served as Production chief at Fox from 1956 […]

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  • Celia Adler

    1889 - 1979

    Celia Adler (1889 - 1979)

    Actress. A member of the famed Adler theatre family, she was known as the “First Lady of the Yiddish Theatre”. She was the daughter of noted stage actor Jacob Adler, and the half sister to actors Jay Adler and Luther Adler, and actress Stella Adler.  Family links:  Parents:  Jacob P. Adler (1855 – 1926)  Siblings: […]

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  • Sarah Adler

    1858 - 1953

    Sarah Adler (1858 - 1953)

    Actress. She is best remembered for her numerous acting roles on the stage before the advent of movies and television.  She was also the mother of a dynasty of actors and actresses, her seven children with Jacob Adler all entered the theater and became noted in their own right. She was noted as the first […]

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  • Stella Adler

    1901 - 1992

    Stella Adler (1901 - 1992)

    Actress. She appeared in the motion pictures “My Girl Tisa” (1948), “Shadow of The Thin Man” (1941), and “Love On Toast” (1938), and appeared in the television series “Suspense” (1949 to 1954). She was a well-known acting teacher who used the Stanislavsky ‘Method’ of acting and a member of the famed Adler Yiddish theatre family […]

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  • Jacob P. Adler

    1855 - 1926

    Jacob P. Adler (1855 - 1926)

    Actor. He was a major figure in early 20th Century Yiddish theatre.  Family links:  Spouse:  Sarah Adler (1858 – 1953)  Children:  Celia Adler (1889 – 1979)*  Charles Adler (1892 – 1955)*  Jay Adler (1896 – 1978)*  Stella Adler (1901 – 1992)*  Luther Adler (1903 – 1984)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Jay Adler

    1896 - 1978

    Jay Adler (1896 - 1978)

    Actor. He appeared in 21 television series/shows and 45 motion pictures, including “Scandal Sheet,” “The Bad and The Beautiful,” “Love Me or Leave Me,” “The Brothers Karamazov,” “The Story on Page One,” and “The Family Jewels”. He was the son of actor Jacob Adler and actress Sarah Adler, and the brother of actor Luther Adler […]

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  • Luther Adler

    1903 - 1984

    Luther Adler (1903 - 1984)

    Actor. He appeared in 28 television series/shows and 33 motion pictures, including “The Loves of Carmen,” “D.O.A.,” “The Last Angry Man,” “Cast a Giant Shadow,” “Voyage of the Damned” and “Absence of Malice”, He was the son of actor Jacob Adler and actress Sarah Adler, and the brother of actor Jay Adler and actress Stella […]

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  • Julius Ochs Adler

    1892 - 1955

    Julius Ochs Adler (1892 - 1955)

    United States Army General, Journalist. The nephew of “New York Times” Adolph Ochs, was mentored by his uncle, and attended Princeton University. He served in the United States Army during World War I as a Major and battalion commander in the 306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division. He fought on the Western Front in France, […]

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  • Louis Adlon

    1908 - 1947

    Louis Adlon (1908 - 1947)

    Actor. The grandson of famed hotelier  Lorenz Adlon,  he was raised in the luxurious surroundings of Berlin, Germany’s Hotel Adlon,  which he was expected to inherit.  The rise of Adolph Hitler drove him into exile in Hollywood, California, where he married Rose Davies (sister of movie star  Marion Davies) and launched a career as an […]

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  • Lorenz Adlon

    1849 - 1921

    Lorenz Adlon (1849 - 1921)

    Businessman. He built the famous Hotel Adlon in Berlin, Germany in 1907. At one time it was the unofficial residence of Kaiser Wilhelm II, who preferred its comforts to the drafty halls of the Imperial Palace, and over the years it hosted celebrities ranging from Albert Einstein to Louise Brooks. It was an inspiration for […]

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  • Anton Adner

    1970 - 1822

    Anton Adner (1970 - 1822)

    German Folk Figure, Wood Artisan. It is believed that his birthplace was in Schonau, Bavaria, in the region of Berchtesgaden. He earned a modest living by building and selling his wooden creations that included toys and boxes, along with knitting picturesque socks. During his lifetime, the region of Berchtesgaden imposed strict commerce regulations in which […]

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  • John G. Adolfi

    1881 - 1933

    John G. Adolfi (1881 - 1933)

    Motion Picture Director.  Best known for his early 1930s films starring famed British actor George Arliss.  Born in New York City,  he began as an actor in stock and made his screen debut in the Vitagraph one-reeler “The Spy” (1907). He switched to directing in 1913 and turned out scores of silent potboilers for Fox […]

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  • Edvin Adolphson

    1893 - 1979

    Edvin Adolphson (1893 - 1979)

    Actor, Motion Picture Director. He was active through a 50 year career, and appeared in over 500 roles. His debut was made in 1912, but his breakthrough came 1923 in the film “Friare från Landsvägen”. He appeared with Ingrid Bergman in “Only One Night” (1939), and is noted for his roles in the film “Änglar, […]

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  • Olle Adolphson

    1934 - 2004

    Olle Adolphson (1934 - 2004)

    Composer. He was one of Sweden´s most celebrated composers and singer, and was known for renewing of the old Swedish song-tradition “visa”. He studied guitar in Spain, and subsequently made his debut, with the collection of songs “Aubade” (1956). Some of his most beloved songs were made in collaboration with lyricist Beppe Wolgers, for instance […]

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  • Renée Adorée

    1898 - 1933

    Renée Adorée (1898 - 1933)

    Renée Adorée Actress. The child of circus performers, her first experience with show business came when she too began working in the circus as a young child. She began acting as a teenager in France, performing in minor plays, as well as dancing with the Folies-Bergères. During one of her troupe’s tours of Europe, World […]

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  • Theodor W. Adorno

    1903 - 1969

    Theodor W. Adorno (1903 - 1969)

    Philosopher. He wrote on Sociology and Musicology. Among his works are “The Culture Industry,” “Aesthetic Teory,” “Critical Models, “Philosophie der neuen Musik,” “Klangfiguren,” “Aspekte der Hegel’schen Philosophie,” and a book about composer Gustav Mahler. His last work was “Minima Morialia.” (bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni)  Family links:  Spouse:  Margarete Karplus Adorno (1902 – 1993)* […]

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  • Theodor Adorno

    1903 - 1969

    Theodor Adorno (1903 - 1969)

    Theodor Adorno (/əˈdɔːrnoʊ/; German: [aˈdɔʀno]; born Theodor Ludwig Wiesengrund; September 11, 1903 – August 6, 1969) was a German philosopher, sociologist, and composer known for his critical theory of society. He was a leading member of the Frankfurt School of critical theory, whose work has come to be associated with thinkers such as Ernst Bloch, Walter Benjamin, […]

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  • Iris Adrian

    1912 - 1994

    Iris Adrian (1912 - 1994)

    Iris Adrian Hostetter was an only child, born to Adrian Earl Hostetter and Florence (née Van Every), who wed in 1909 in Los Angeles, California. She was raised by her single mother in Los Angeles. Iris won a beauty pageant and worked with the Ziegfeld Follies before she entered films at the end of the […]

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  • Adrian

    1903 - 1959

    Adrian (1903 - 1959)

    Costume Designer. Born in Naugatuck, Connecticut, to Jewish immigrant parents Gilbert and Helena (Pollack) Greenberg. He attended the New York School for Fine and Applied Arts. In 1922, he transferred to NYSFAA’s Paris campus and while there was hired by Irving Berlin. Adrian then designed the costumes for Berlin’s The Music Box Revue. After creating […]

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  • Endre Ady

    1877 - 1919

    Endre Ady (1877 - 1919)

    Poet, Journalist. He was known as the “Founder of Modern Hungarian Lyric Poetry”.  Family links:  Spouse:  Csinszka Ady* *Calculated relationship

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  • Aeschylus

    1970 - 1970

    Aeschylus (1970 - 1970)

    Playwright, Director, Composer. One of the three giants of Ancient Greek drama, along with Sophocles and Euripides. He lived from 525 to 456 BC. Aeschylus has been called “The Father of Tragedy” for his fundamental innovations in writing and stagecraft. Of his estimated 90 plays, only seven have come down to us complete and his […]

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  • William Fritz “Dick the Bruiser” Afflis

    1929 - 1991

    William Fritz “Dick the Bruiser” Afflis (1929 - 1991)

    Born in Delphi, Indiana, Afflis grew up in Lafayette, Indiana, graduating from Lafayette Jefferson High School where he played football and wrestled. Afflis played varsity football at Purdue University and played for the Green Bay Packers in the early 1950s, as a lineman, before he became a pro wrestler.  In the late 1950s, Dick the […]

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  • William Afflis

    1929 - 1991

    William Afflis (1929 - 1991)

    William Afflis started his career in Chicago in 1955 under the Bruiser moniker where he faced Verne Gagne and Lou Thesz. From there into the late 1950s, Dick the Bruiser wrestled live every Thursday on TV in the Detroit area. His typical opponent was “an up and coming young (unknown) wrestler” who would be pulverized […]

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  • Alexander Afinogenov

    1904 - 1941

    Alexander Afinogenov (1904 - 1941)

    Playwright. One of the more talented Soviet playwrights to emerge in the years before World War II, he managed to retain his individuality in the face of Stalinist repression. Alexander Nikolayevich Afinogenov was born in Skopin, Russia, and raised in Yaroslavl. He had an early interest in literature, turning out three books of poetry while […]

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  • Fred L. “Freddie” Agabashian

    1913 - 1989

    Fred L. “Freddie” Agabashian (1913 - 1989)

    Auto Race Car Driver. He was an 11-time veteran of the Indianapolis 500 who is best remembered as the winner of the pole position for the 1952 Classic driving the Cummins Diesel Special. After retiring from competition, he assisted Sid Collins as a color commentator for the race for many years. (bio by: Warrick L. […]

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  • John Agar

    1921 - 2002

    John Agar (1921 - 2002)

    Agar was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Lillian (née Rogers) and John Agar, Sr., a meat packer. He was educated at the Harvard School for Boys in Chicago and Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois. He graduated from Trinity-Pawling Preparatory School in Pawling, New York, but did not attend college. He and […]

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  • Aarthi Agarwal

    1984 - 2015

    Aarthi Agarwal (1984 - 2015)

    Aarthi Agarwal (March 5, 1984 – June 6, 2015) was an Indian-American actress who primarily worked in Telugu cinema, also known as Tollywood. Aarthi Agarwal was born on March 5, 1984, to a Gujarati family. Her father, Shashank, is in the hotel business and her mother, Veema, is a homemaker. She has two siblings. At around […]

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