• Lydia Bruce

    1931 - 2008

    Lydia Bruce (1931 - 2008)

    American Actress and Dancer. Born Lydia Slubowski, she began studying dance in her preteens and by her mid-teens, was invited by George Balanchine to join his junior dance company. As a young adult, she moved to Chicago to study acting at Loyola and at the Goodman Theater. After appearing in several stage productions, she moved […]

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  • Lydia Estes Pinkham

    1819 - 1883

    Lydia Estes Pinkham (1819 - 1883)

    Manufacturer of Home Remedy Medicine. Her motives were somewhat self-serving, but she is admired by many modern-day feminists for distributing information on women’s reproductive issues and is considered to be a crusader for women’s health issues in a time when women were ill-served by the medical profession. She was born Lydia Estes in Lynn, Massachusetts, […]

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  • Lydia Maria Francis Child

    1802 - 1880

    Lydia Maria Francis Child (1802 - 1880)

    Author. A native of Medford, Massachusetts, she wrote over fifty books, edited periodicals and wrote many poems during her lifetime. Her most popular book was “The Frugal Housewife” which had thirty-three editions and her most famous poem was the Thanksgiving classic “Over the River and Through the Woods to Grandfather’s House We Go”. In addition […]

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  • Lyle B. Chapman

    1890 - 1966

    Lyle B. Chapman (1890 - 1966)

    Law Enforcement Figure. He was one of the original members of Elliot Ness’ “The Untouchables.” A 1910 Colgate College football player and a World War I United States Army officer,  and being known to be a gifted investigator and physically strong, he was one of the first nine agents that Ness selected for his team, […]

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  • Lyle Barton

    1889 - 1971

    Lyle Barton (1889 - 1971)

    Actress. Appeared in motion pictures from the 1920s to the 1940s. Also known as Lyle Tayo, she appeared in several “Our Gang” comedies in the early 1930s, usually playing a mother or aunt to one of the kids. She worked with comedy legends Laurel and Hardy in some of their films, as well. Her grave […]

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  • Lyle Bettger

    1915 - 2003

    Lyle Bettger (1915 - 2003)

    Born in Philadelphia, the son of Frank Bettger, an infielder for the St Louis Cardinals. He left school in his late teens with the ambition of becoming an actor. Bettger graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. His theatrical debut was in Brother Rat at the Biltmore Theatre in New York […]

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  • Lyle Martin Alzado

    1949 - 1992

    Lyle Martin Alzado (1949 - 1992)

    Professional Football Player. He played for the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Raiders. A true defensive standout for the Broncos, he was the first Yankton (South Dakota) College player ever drafted by the NFL and was a two-time All-Conference pick. From those humble beginnings, his combination of quickness and strength provided him with […]

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  • Lyle S. Bettger

    1915 - 2003

    Lyle S. Bettger (1915 - 2003)

    Actor. Bettger is best remembered for his roles in the television shows, “The Court Of Last Resort” as ‘Sam Larsen’ from 1957 to 1958, and “The Grand Jury” in 1959 as ‘Henry Driscoll.’ He also appeared in over 31 films from 1950 to 1980 including, “No Man Of Her Own” (1950), “Hurricane Smith” (1952), “Destry” […]

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  • Lyle Wheeler

    1905 - 1990

    Lyle Wheeler (1905 - 1990)

    Lyle Reynolds Wheeler (February 2, 1905 – January 10, 1990) was an American motion picture art director. He received five Academy Awards — for Gone with the Wind (1939), Anna and the King of Siam (1946), The Robe (1953), The King and I (1956) and The Diary of Anne Frank (1959). Lyle Wheeler studied at the […]

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  • Lyman Bostock

    1950 - 1978

    Lyman Bostock (1950 - 1978)

    Lyman Bostock’s minor league stops were in Charlotte in 1972, Orlando in 1973, and Tacoma in 1974. His batting averages for those years were .294, .313, and .333, respectively. He was promoted to the major leagues in April 1975, and batted .282 in 98 games for Minnesota (and .391 in 22 games for the AAA […]

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  • Lyman Cornelius Smith

    1850 - 1910

    Lyman Cornelius Smith (1850 - 1910)

    Inventor, Businessman. Smith made his first fortune in the livestock commission business, capitalizing on the westward movement. In 1887 he began manufacturing breech-loading firearms. Rights to the L.C. Smith shotgun were sold to Hunter Arms Company in 1889 which continued to manufacture it until 1945 when the business was sold to Martin Firearms Company. On […]

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  • Lyman S. Ayres

    1824 - 1896

    Lyman S. Ayres (1824 - 1896)

    Businessman. Founded L.S. Ayres.  Family links:  Spouse:  Maria Helen Murray Ayres (1837 – 1911)*  Children:  Frederic Murray Ayres (1872 – 1940)*  Katherine Ayres Smitheram (1880 – 1949)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Lynda Lyon Block

    1948 - 2002

    Lynda Lyon Block (1948 - 2002)

    Lynda Cheryle Lyon was born February 8, 1948, in Orlando, Florida, to Francis (Frank) Stephen Lyon and Berylene Elisabeth Owen. Lynda, and her sister Denyce (born 1952), lost their father when she was 10, when he died of heart failure. Lynda and her mother were never close, and Block claimed that her mother was both […]

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  • Lyndon Brook

    1926 - 2004

    Lyndon Brook (1926 - 2004)

    Actor. The son of actor Clive Brook, he appeared in films such as “The Purple Rain” (1954), “Reach for the Sky” (1956), “Song Without End” (1960) and “The Hireling” (1973). He also is remembered for television series as “Churchill and the Generals” (1979) and “I, Claudius” (1976) as Silanus. (bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni)

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  • Lynn Anderson

    1947 - 2015

    Lynn Anderson (1947 - 2015)

    Lynn Anderson Anderson was born September 26th, 1947, in Grand Forks, North Dakota, to songwriters Casey and Liz Anderson, the latter of whom was a recording artist and writer, penning Merle Haggard’s “I Am a Lonesome Fugitive” and “(My Friends Are Gonna Be) Strangers.” Raised in Fair Oaks, California, Anderson frequently entered horse shows as […]

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  • Lynn Baggett

    1924 - 1960

    Lynn Baggett (1924 - 1960)

    Actress. Stage and screen figure and writer. Married to movie producer Sam Spiegel. (bio by: A.J. Marik)  Family links:  Spouse:  Samuel P Spiegel (1901 – 1985)* *Calculated relationshipCause of death: Overdose of sleeping pills

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  • Lynn Bari

    1913 - 1989

    Lynn Bari (1913 - 1989)

    Actress. She is remembered for her portray of sultry, statuesque man-killers in over 100 20th Century Fox films from the early 1930s through the 1940s. During World War II, she was a favorite American soldier’s pin-up girl with names like “The Woo Woo Girl” and “The Girl with the Million Dollar Figure.” Her film and […]

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  • Lynn Bogue Hunt

    1877 - 1960

    Lynn Bogue Hunt (1877 - 1960)

    Artist. He specialized in 20th Century national wildlife painting published in periodicals. His paintings and illustrations of ducks, hunters, charging elephants, fish, and other wildlife appeared on the covers of ‘Field and Stream” magazine, beginning in August, 1904 and lasting through the 1940s. His work also appeared on the covers of such publications as the […]

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  • Lynn Borden

    1937 - 2015

    Lynn Borden (1937 - 2015)

    Born Lynn Freyse in Detroit, Michigan to Bill (1898–1969) and Evelyn S. Freyse (1908–2003), her family moved to Cleveland, Ohio and later Tucson, Arizona, in hopes of coping with her mother’s health needs, which required a warm, dry climate. She had a brother, Steve. Lynn’s father, a Detroit native, was a cartoonist who drew the […]

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  • Lynn Cartwright

    1927 - 2004

    Lynn Cartwright (1927 - 2004)

    Actress. Born in McAlester, Oklahoma, she was a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Art, best known for her role as the older Dottie in the film “A League of Their Own” (1992). Her other film credits included “Black Patch” (1957), “The Wasp Woman” (1959), “All the Loving Couples” (1969), “The Seniors” (1978), “Love […]

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  • Lynn Castile

    1897 - 1977

    Lynn Castile (1897 - 1977)

    Actress. Appeared in Vaudeville, on stage, and in occasional B-movies . (bio by: A.J. Marik)

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  • Lynn Fontanne

    1887 - 1983

    Lynn Fontanne (1887 - 1983)

    Actress. She was born Lillie Louise Fontanne to Jules Pierre Antoine Fontanne and Frances Ellen Fontanne. She was once described as “one of the two most gifted comic actors” and the other was her husband Alfred Lunt. While attending a play in her hometown at the age of 10, she decided that she was going […]

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  • Lynn Merrick

    1919 - 2007

    Lynn Merrick (1919 - 2007)

    Actress. A sultry blonde, blue-eyed glamour girl of the 1940s, she appeared in over 40 films during that era. Born Marilyn Llewelling, she was one of 13 women selected in 1940 by the Motion Picture Publicists Association as a “Baby Star”, a selection process which was meant to highlight the most promising new film stars. […]

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  • Lynn Redgrave

    1943 - 2010

    Lynn Redgrave (1943 - 2010)

    Redgrave was born in Marylebone, London, to actors Sir Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson. Her sister is actress Vanessa Redgrave; her brother was actor and political activist Corin Redgrave. She was the aunt of writer/director Carlo Gabriel Nero and actresses Joely Richardson, Jemma Redgrave and Natasha Richardson and the sister in law of the director […]

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  • Lynn Russell Chadwick

    1914 - 2004

    Lynn Russell Chadwick (1914 - 2004)

    Artist. He was awarded the C.B.E.(Commander of the British Empire) in 1964 for his services to the arts. He was a British sculptor whose expressionistic, figurative works in welded iron and bronze. He died at home in Lypiatt Park in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England at 88 years old. He studied at Merchant Taylors’ School. He worked […]

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  • Lynn Russell Chadwick

    1914 - 2004

    Lynn Russell Chadwick (1914 - 2004)

    Artist. He was awarded the C.B.E.(Commander of the British Empire) in 1964 for his services to the arts. He was a British sculptor whose expressionistic, figurative works in welded iron and bronze. He died at home in Lypiatt Park in Stroud, Gloucestershire, England at 88 years old. He studied at Merchant Taylors’ School. He worked […]

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  • Lynn Taitt

    1934 - 2010

    Lynn Taitt (1934 - 2010)

    Born Nerlynn Taitt, in San Fernando, Trinidad, he got his start as a musician playing in local steel drum bands, before taking up the guitar aged 14. He formed his own band, which was booked by Byron Lee to perform at the 1962 independence celebrations in Jamaica. Lynn Taitt decided to stay in Jamaica, living […]

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  • Lynne Carol

    1914 - 1990

    Lynne Carol (1914 - 1990)

    Actress. Playing one of the most memorable characters in “Coronation Street,” she was the ever morose Martha Longhurst, one of the Ena Sharples “Snug Cronies.” She was always in her element as the gossipy type, playing off to the dominant Ena, (Violet Carson) and the mousy Minnie (Margot Bryant). After her character was “killed off” […]

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  • Lynne Carver

    1916 - 1955

    Lynne Carver (1916 - 1955)

    Actress. Born Virginia Reid Sampson, she was a leading lady in mostly western films from the mid 1930s to the late 1940s. She began her career as a member of the Goldwyn Girls performing in RKO Studios musicals and was billed as Virginia Reid in films such as “To Beat the Band” (1935). Her more […]

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  • Lynne Frederick

    1954 - 1994

    Lynne Frederick (1954 - 1994)

    Frederick was born in Hillingdon, Middlesex to Andrew Frederick (1914-1983) and Iris C. (née Sullivan) Frederick (1928-2006). Her mother became a casting director for Thames Television. Lynne’s parents separated when she was two years old, and she was brought up by her mother, Iris, and her grandmother, Cecilia, at Market Harborough, Leicestershire.  Having originally aspired […]

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