• Alfred Jackson Billes

    1902 - 1995

    Alfred Jackson Billes (1902 - 1995)

    Entrepreneur, Business Magnate. Founder of the Canadian Tire company.  Family links:  Spouse:  Muriel Moore Billes (____ – 1979)*  Children:  Alfred William Billes (1935 – 2007)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Alfred Joseph Balasic

    1896 - 1967

    Alfred Joseph Balasic (1896 - 1967)

    Cirus Performer. Vaudeville star with the Balasic Family acrobats. (bio by: Mark Balasi)

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  • Alfred Laliberté

    1878 - 1953

    Alfred Laliberté (1878 - 1953)

    Artist. Born in Ste-Élisabeth-de-Warwick, Arthabaska, Québec in 1878, he began carving with his pocket knife as a youth, produced woodcarvings so impressive that they gained the attention of the public. A Montreal newspaper, “La Presse,” organized a scholarship drive to raise money to send him to Paris, France to study art at the École des […]

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  • Alfred Marks

    1921 - 1996

    Alfred Marks (1921 - 1996)

    Marks was born as Ruchel Kutchinsky in Holborn, London. He left Bell Lane School at 14 and started in entertainment at the Windmill Theatre. He then served in the RAF as a Flight Sergeant in the Middle East where he arranged concerts for servicemen. He also worked as an auctioneer and engineer. He started in variety […]

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  • Alfred Marshall

    1842 - 1924

    Alfred Marshall (1842 - 1924)

    Alfred Marshall was born in Clapham, England, 26 July 1842. His father was a bank cashier and a devout Evangelical. Marshall grew up in the London suburb of Clapham and was educated at the Merchant Taylors’ School and St John’s College, Cambridge, where he demonstrated an aptitude in mathematics, achieving the rank of Second Wrangler […]

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  • Alfred P. Sloan

    1875 - 1966

    Alfred P. Sloan (1875 - 1966)

    Alfred P.Sloan (/sloʊn/; May 23, 1875 – February 17, 1966) was an American business executive in the automotive industry. He was a long-time President, chairman and CEO of General Motors Corporation. Sloan, first as a senior executive and later as the head of the organization, helped GM grow from the 1920s through the 1950s, decades […]

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  • Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr

    1875 - 1966

    Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr (1875 - 1966)

    American corporate executive and philanthropist, best known as the longtime chairman of General Motors Corporation (GM). He was born Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr. in New Haven, Connecticut on May 23, 1875, the son of a coffee and tea importer. In 1892, at the age of 17, he graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a […]

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  • Alfred Russel Wallace

    1823 - 1913

    Alfred Russel Wallace (1823 - 1913)

    Alfred Russel Wallace OM FRS (8 January 1823 – 7 November 1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist, and biologist. He is best known for independently conceiving the theory of evolution through natural selection; his paper on the subject was jointly published with some of Charles Darwin’s writings in 1858. This prompted Darwin to […]

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  • Alfred Ryder

    1916 - 1995

    Alfred Ryder (1916 - 1995)

    Alfred Ryder (born Alfred Jacob Corn; January 5, 1916 – April 16, 1995) was an American film, radio and television actor. Ryder is known for appearing in over one hundred television shows, including the starring role as a British criminal who could not be killed in Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond episode “The Devil’s Laughter’” […]

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  • Alfred Steele

    1900 - 1959

    Alfred Steele (1900 - 1959)

    Alfred Steele (April 24, 1900 – April 19, 1959) was an American soft drink businessman. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1923, where he played football, and became an ad executive. He first worked for The Coca-Cola Company, as vice president of marketing. He later became the CEO of the Pepsi-Cola Company in 1949. Under his […]

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  • Alfred Swaine Taylor

    1806 - 1880

    Alfred Swaine Taylor (1806 - 1880)

    Physician. Medical expert for trials. Authority on poisons. Quoted by Dorothy Sayers and Conan Doyle.

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  • Alfred Warner Hair, Sr.

    1918 - 1970

    Alfred Warner Hair, Sr. (1918 - 1970)

    Artist and Entrepreneur. He helped start a folk art movement known as the Highwaymen. In the segregated mid-1950s, this loosely affiliated group of black painters traveled across the state selling their Florida landscape paintings, often door-to-door. Hair and 25 members of the Highwaymen were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame in Tallahassee. Alfred […]

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  • Alfred Wright

    1830 - 1891

    Alfred Wright (1830 - 1891)

    Businessman. He was a successful perfume manufacturer and a deeply religious man, who found that many of his employees were not attending church on Sunday mornings because they were too tired after long hours working the other six days a week. As a result, he ordered all his factories to be closed at noon on […]

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  • Algis Budrys

    1931 - 2008

    Algis Budrys (1931 - 2008)

    Called “AJ” by friends, Budrys was born Algis Budrys in Königsberg in the then East Prussia, to a family which considered itself Lithuanian rather than German. In 1936, when Budrys was five years old, his father Jonas Budrys was appointed as the Lithuanian consul general in New York. Jonas Budrys continued to hold that position, […]

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  • Algur Hurtle Meadows

    1899 - 1978

    Algur Hurtle Meadows (1899 - 1978)

    Businessman. He and J.W. Gilliland, a petroleum expert, formed the General American Oil Company in 1936. In 1941 he became the president and major stockholder, and by 1959 his company had 2,990 oil wells in fifteen states and Canada. He gave more than $34 million to Southern Methodist University, and by 1992 his foundation had […]

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  • Alice Allyn

    1929 - 1976

    Alice Allyn (1929 - 1976)

    Actress. Born in Canada, she was most noted for the role of Alice on the television series “Baretta”, 1975 to 1978. For feature films, she appeared in “The Millionaire” (1958), “Operation Dames” (1959) and “All Fall Down” (1962). (bio by: John “J-Cat” Griffith)

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  • Alice Backes

    1923 - 2007

    Alice Backes (1923 - 2007)

    Actress. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, she was a character actress who appeared in numerous films and television shows from the 1940s to the 1990s. After making her debut in the 1948 film “Up in Central Park”, Backes appeared in “I Want To Live!” (1958), “It Started with a Kiss” (1959), “The Glory Guys” […]

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  • Alice Brady

    1892 - 1939

    Alice Brady (1892 - 1939)

    Actress. Born Mary Rose Brady in New York City, New York, she began her career in the theatre in 1911, at age 18. In 1914, she made her motion picture debut in the silent picture “As Ye Sow”. She appeared in 53 films in the next 10 years, all while continuing to perform on stage, […]

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  • Alice Calhoun

    1900 - 1966

    Alice Calhoun (1900 - 1966)

    Born Alice Beatrice Calhoun in Cleveland, Ohio, she made her film debut in a role not credited in 1918 and went on to appear in another forty-seven films between then and 1929. As a star with Vitagraph in New York City, she moved with the company when it relocated to Hollywood. In the comedy, The […]

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  • Alice Cary

    1820 - 1871

    Alice Cary (1820 - 1871)

    Poet, Author. Her first published poem appeared in the Sentinel, a Cincinnati Universalist newspaper, when she was 18. Among her books were two volumes of reminiscent sketches entitled “Clovernook Papers” (1852, 1853), three novels and several volumes of poetry. She also began writing regularly, both poetry and prose, for the National Era in Washington, D.C., […]

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  • Alice Elizabeth Nunn

    1927 - 1988

    Alice Elizabeth Nunn (1927 - 1988)

    Actress. Best known for her role as ‘Large Marge” in the 1985 comedy motion picture  “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure”, she appeared in other notable films such as “Johnny Got his Gun” (1971), “Mame” (1974), “Airport 1975” (1974), “The Fury” (1978), “Mommie Dearest” (1981), (1985), “Trick or Treat” (1986) and “Who’s That Girl” (1987). Her television […]

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  • Alice Elvira Freeman Palmer

    1855 - 1902

    Alice Elvira Freeman Palmer (1855 - 1902)

    Educator. She served as President of Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, becoming the first woman to head a nationally known college in the United States.  Family links:  Parents:  James Warren Freeman (1828 – 1909)  Elizabeth Josephine Higley Freeman (1837 – 1910)  Spouse:  George Herbert Palmer (1842 – 1933)  Siblings:  Alice Elvira Freeman Palmer (1855 – […]

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  • Alice Faye

    1915 - 1998

    Alice Faye (1915 - 1998)

    Alice Faye Ms. Faye’s warm, husky contralto and demure sexuality in ”Tin Pan Alley,” ”Hello, Frisco, Hello” and ”Alexander’s Ragtime Band” made her one of Hollywood’s top 10 moneymaking stars in 1938 and 1939. Under contract to 20th Century Fox for a little over a decade, during which she made 32 movies, Ms. Faye walked […]

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  • Alice Ghostley

    1923 - 2007

    Alice Ghostley (1923 - 2007)

    Ghostley was born in Eve, Vernon County, Missouri in 1923, to Edna Muriel (née Rooney) and Harry Francis Ghostley, who worked as a telegraph operator. She grew up in Henryetta, Oklahoma. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Oklahoma but dropped out to pursue a career in theatre. Ghostley first came to Broadway […]

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  • Alice Hollister

    1886 - 1973

    Alice Hollister (1886 - 1973)

    Alice Hollister (September 28, 1886 – February 24, 1973) was an American silent film actress who appeared in 85 films between 1911 and 1925. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, she is believed to have been the daughter of French-Canadian immigrants. In 1903, at age seventeen, she married George K. Hollister who a few years later became a […]

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  • Alice Joyce

    1890 - 1955

    Alice Joyce (1890 - 1955)

    Alice Joyce Actress. A popular star of the silent film era, she was called “The Madonna of the Screen” for her ethereal beauty and the serene aura she projected, regardless of the roles she played. Joyce was born in Kansas City, Missouri. After working as a telephone operator and fashion model, she entered films with […]

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  • Alice Lake

    1895 - 1967

    Alice Lake (1895 - 1967)

    Born in Brooklyn, New York, Lake began her career as a dancer. She made her screen debut in 1912, and she appeared in a number of comedy shorts by Mack Sennett. Lake was often the leading lady of Roscoe Arbuckle in comedies like Oh Doctor! (1917) and The Cook (1918). Arbuckle directed both films and […]

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  • Alice Lon

    1926 - 1981

    Alice Lon (1926 - 1981)

    By age 6, Alice Lon was taking lessons in piano, singing, and dancing. When she was 10, she was featured as a singer, earning $20 per week on her own radio program in Henderson, Texas. In her teens, she traveled across Texas, performing in a variety of venues. She attended Kilgore College in Texas and […]

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  • Alice Maison

    1900 - 1976

    Alice Maison (1900 - 1976)

    Actress. She appeared in 22 movies from 1917 to 1923. She became well known for It Pays to Exercise (1918), and Oh, Promise Me (1922). Alice was an original Mack Sennett Bathing Beauty but left Hollywood for Broadway to pursue her true passion of dancing. She was also a dance partner of Rudolph Valentino’s on […]

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  • Alice Marble

    1913 - 1990

    Alice Marble (1913 - 1990)

    Born in the small town of Beckwourth, Plumas County, California, Marble moved with her family at the age of five to San Francisco. A tomboy, she excelled in many sports, including baseball; but her brother persuaded her to try the more ladylike tennis. She quickly mastered the game, playing in Golden Gate Park. She suffered […]

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