• Jean Adair

    1873 - 1953

    Jean Adair (1873 - 1953)

    Actress. Born Violet McNaughton in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, she worked in touring stock companies before making her theatre stage debut in September 1910 in the show “Mother”. Much of her subsequent career was on the stage and she is probably best known for originating the role of the sweet tempered serial killer ‘Aunt Martha’ in […]

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  • Jean Anouilh

    1910 - 1987

    Jean Anouilh (1910 - 1987)

    Playwright.

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  • Jean Anthelme Brillat Savarin

    1755 - 1826

    Jean Anthelme Brillat Savarin (1755 - 1826)

    Lawyer, he was an amateur of french cooking and wrote “La Physiologie du gožt.”

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  • Jean Arp

    1887 - 1966

    Jean Arp (1887 - 1966)

    Artist, Poet. Born in Strasbourg, France, he began his career as a poet, before he developed a succesful work on sculpture and painting (but never abandoing writing poetry). He was a founding member of the Dada movement, becoming one of the most respected abstract artists of his time. In 1950, he executed a relief for […]

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  • Jean Arp

    1887 - 1966

    Jean Arp (1887 - 1966)

    Artist, Poet. Born in Strasbourg, France, he began his career as a poet, before he developed a succesful work on sculpture and painting (but never abandoing writing poetry). He was a founding member of the Dada movement, becoming one of the most respected abstract artists of his time. In 1950, he executed a relief for […]

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  • Jean Arthur

    1900 - 1991

    Jean Arthur (1900 - 1991)

    Actress. She appeared in nearly 100 films from the silent era of the 1920s to her final film, the 1953 classic “Shane”, in which she starred with Allan Ladd and Van Heflin. Until her start in talkies, she kept her hair brunette, but shortly after the era of sound came to movies, she began bleaching […]

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  • Jean Bailey

    1970 - 1970

    Jean Bailey (1970 - 1970)

    Famous mezzo soprano singer. (bio by: Kieran Smith)

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  • Jean Bartik

    1924 - 2011

    Jean Bartik (1924 - 2011)

    In 1945, the Army was recruiting math majors for the war effort; her faculty adviser noticed a job advertisement for an Army project in Philadelphia and suggested Bartik apply. She was hired by the University of Pennsylvania to work for Army Ordnance at Aberdeen Proving Ground to calculate ballistics trajectories by hand as a human […]

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  • Jean Bethke Elshtain

    1941 - 2013

    Jean Bethke Elshtain (1941 - 2013)

    Elshtain was born on January 6, 1941 in Windsor, Colorado and grew up in Timnath, Colorado. She was from a Lutheran background. She received an AB Colorado State University and masters degrees in history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Colorado. She received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University in Massachusetts in 1973, […]

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  • Jean Byron

    1925 - 2006

    Jean Byron (1925 - 2006)

    Actress. Best remembered as ‘Natalie Lane,’ mother of Patty Duke on the 1960s series, “The Patty Duke Show.” Before acting, she worked briefly as a singer and entertainer on a local area radio show. She made a handful of films, but her career mainly consisted of numerous guest-starring roles on television. In 1963 she began […]

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  • Jean Carmet

    1920 - 1994

    Jean Carmet (1920 - 1994)

    Jean Carmet (25 April 1920 – 20 April 1994) was a French actor. Jean Carmet began working on stage and then in film in the early 1940s becoming a very popular comedic actor in his native country. He is best known internationally for his role as a French colonist in the 1976 film, La Victoire en […]

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  • Jean Carson

    1923 - 2005

    Jean Carson (1923 - 2005)

    Actress. Best known for her roles as ‘Daphne’ in “Hello Doll,” and ‘Naomi’ on television’s The Andy Griffith Show. She also appeared on the Twilight Zone episode “A Most Unusual Camera.” Other appearances include Gomer Pyle USMC, Perry Mason, and The Untouchables. (bio by: Zoneboy) Cause of death: Stroke

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  • Jean Cayrol

    1911 - 2005

    Jean Cayrol (1911 - 2005)

    Jean Cayrol (French: [kɛʁɔl]; 6 June 1911 – 10 February 2005) was a French poet, publisher, and member of the Académie Goncourt born in Bordeaux. He is perhaps best known for writing the narration in Alain Resnais’s 1955 documentary film, Night and Fog. He was a major contributor to the subversive, philosophical French publication Tel […]

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  • Jean Chevrier

    1915 - 1975

    Jean Chevrier (1915 - 1975)

    Actor. Most remembered in films such as: “Escape from Saigon,” “The Long Teeth,” “Amazons of Rome” and “The Affairs of Messalina.” He was married to actress Marie Bell. (bio by: MC)

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  • Jean Cocteau

    1889 - 1963

    Jean Cocteau (1889 - 1963)

    Poet, painter, writer, and director. Jean Cocteau was born on July 5, 1889, in Maisons-Laffitte, France, a village 12 miles outside Paris, to Georges and Eugénie (née) Lecomte Cocteau. He and his two older siblings were brought up in comfortable household in Paris, where they were introduced to the arts by their parents. Their father, […]

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  • Jean Coutu

    1925 - 1999

    Jean Coutu (1925 - 1999)

    Canadian man of theatre, cinema and television. It is with the theatre, that at the age at 17 he began his career, with the company founded by of Father Émile Legault, the “Compagnions de Saint-Laurent.” Although his stage career was very promising, it is really in 1954 with the character of the “Survenant” in the […]

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  • Jean d’Yd

    1880 - 1964

    Jean d’Yd (1880 - 1964)

    Actor. He alternated between supporting and leading roles in films such as: “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” “The Room Upstairs,” “The Eternal Return” and “Martin Roumagnac” with Marlene Dietrich (bio by: MC)

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  • Jean Darling

    1922 - 2015

    Jean Darling (1922 - 2015)

    Jean Darling Child star of the Our Gang comedies who went on to perform as an adult in Broadway musicals and radio shows The popularity of the long-running Our Gang series of comedy shorts (1922-44), created by the producer Hal Roach, which followed the adventures of a group of poor urban children, made unlikely film […]

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  • Jean Dasté

    1904 - 1994

    Jean Dasté (1904 - 1994)

    Actor. Primarily a stage performer, he made occasional but distinguished appearances in the French cinema. Daste is best remembered for his work with director Jean Vigo, who gave him the lead roles in his films “Zero for Conduct” (1933) and “L’Atalante” (1934). His other screen credits include “Boudu Saved from Drowning” (1932), “The Crime of […]

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  • Jean De Briac

    1891 - 1970

    Jean De Briac (1891 - 1970)

    Actor. French-born character player of Hollywood films. His most notable roles were in silent films, as The Knifer in Clara Bow’s “Parisian Love” (1925) and as the Stage Director in Greta Garbo’s “The Divine Woman” (1928). After talkies arrived De Briac was typed as a French waiter or maitre d’, even in movies with Parisian […]

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  • Jean de Brunhoff

    1899 - 1937

    Jean de Brunhoff (1899 - 1937)

    French Author, Illustrator. He is best remembered for creating the Babar the Elephant books, about an orphaned baby elephant, that was first appeared in 1931 and became an instant success. Born the youngest of four children, his father was a publisher. He attended Protestant schools, including the prestigious Ecole Alsacienne. During the latter part of […]

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  • Jean Del Val

    1891 - 1975

    Jean Del Val (1891 - 1975)

    Actor. A veteran Frence performer for more then five decades, he appeared in over 100 films. He began his career in the silent film era making his big screen debut in “Fortunes of Fifi” (1917), followed by “Hearts Desire” (1917). Some of his most memorable movies included “Sea Legs” (1930), “The Flying Deuces” (1939), “The […]

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  • Jean Despujols

    1886 - 1965

    Jean Despujols (1886 - 1965)

    French Painter. His greatest body of work is held in toto at the Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. These works depict French Indochina before the destruction of World War II and the wars that followed it. He fled to the United States to escape the Nazi occupation of France, and […]

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  • Jean Duceppe

    1923 - 1990

    Jean Duceppe (1923 - 1990)

    Actor. A native of Montreal, Duceppe began acting at the age of 17. In 1953 he moved from stage to television when he appeared on the highly popular “La Famille Plouffe” and would later be seen on other television series such as “Rue de l’anse,” “Rue des Pignons,” and “Terre humaine.” Over his career he […]

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  • Jean Engstrom

    1920 - 1997

    Jean Engstrom (1920 - 1997)

    Jean Engstrom was born Flora Jean Bovie,  in Michigan on July 25, 1920, the eldest of two children  born to Clarence Augustus Bovie (1892-1928), an artist  and commercial illustrator,  and Nona Iola Cochrun (1895-1976) After her father’s death due to a cerebral hemorrhage in 1928, 1930 census records show that she and her mother and […]

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  • Jean Eugene Robert Houdin

    1805 - 1871

    Jean Eugene Robert Houdin (1805 - 1871)

    Jean Eugene Robert Houdin Master of magic Robert-Houdin was born Jean Eugène Robert in Blois, France, on 6 December 1805—a day after his autobiography said he was. His father, Prosper Robert, was one of the best watchmakers in Blois. A skillful artisan and hard worker, Prosper Robert’s main ambition was to provide for his family, […]

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  • Jean François Joseph Clerc

    1868 - 1952

    Jean François Joseph Clerc (1868 - 1952)

    Early Film Actor.

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  • Jean Gabin

    1904 - 1976

    Jean Gabin (1904 - 1976)

    Gabin was born Jean-Alexis Moncorgé in Paris, the son of Madeleine Petit and Ferdinand Moncorgé, a cafe entertainer whose stage name was Gabin. He grew up in the village of Mériel in the Seine-et-Oise (now Val-d’Oise) département, about 22 mi (35 km) north of Paris. The son of cabaret entertainers, he attended the Lycée Janson […]

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  • Jean Gascon

    1920 - 1988

    Jean Gascon (1920 - 1988)

    Jean Gascon, CC (December 21, 1920 – April 13, 1988) was a Canadian opera director, actor, and administrator. Originally bent on a career in medicine, Mr. Gascon abandoned it for the stage after considerable work with amateur groups in Montreal. A scholarship in 1946 from the Government of France enabled him to study dramatic art in […]

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  • Jean Gordon

    1915 - 1946

    Jean Gordon (1915 - 1946)

    Jean Gordon’s mother, Louise Raynor Ayer, daughter of Boston industrialist Frederick Ayer, was a half-sister of Patton’s wife Beatrice. Her father Gordon, a well-known Boston lawyer, died of leukemia when she was eight years old. The same age as Patton’s younger daughter Ruth Ellen and her best friend, Jean spent many of her vacations with […]

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