• Jimmy Hatlo

    1898 - 1963

    Jimmy Hatlo (1898 - 1963)

    Cartoonist. He is best remembered for his cartoon strip “They’ll Do It Every Time” that ran from 1929 until his death in 1963. Born James Cecil Hatlow, his father was a printer who immigrated from the Orkney Islands of Scotland. His family moved to Los Angeles, California when he was a young boy and growing […]

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  • Jimmy Hoffa

    1913 - 1975

    Jimmy Hoffa (1913 - 1975)

    Teamsters Leader. His death and burial have been in dispute for years.

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  • Jimmy Hoffa

    1913 - 1982

    Jimmy Hoffa (1913 - 1982)

    Hoffa was born in Brazil, Indiana, to Indiana natives John and Viola (née Riddle) Hoffa. His ancestors were Pennsylvania Dutch. His father died in 1920 when Hoffa was seven years old, and the family moved to Detroit in 1924, where Hoffa was raised and lived the rest of his life. Hoffa left school at age […]

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  • Jimmy Jewel

    1909 - 1995

    Jimmy Jewel (1909 - 1995)

    The son of a comedian and actor who also used the stage name Jimmy Jewel, the youngster made his stage debut in Robinson Crusoe in Barnsley, at the age of four, performed with his father from the age of 10 and subsequently became stage manager for the family show.  When young Jimmy started his own […]

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  • Jimmy MacDonald

    1906 - 1991

    Jimmy MacDonald (1906 - 1991)

    He was born in the family home at 268 West Street Crewe, Cheshire on May 19, 1906. His parents were Richard William MacDonald and Minnie Hall. The family emigrated to America when MacDonald was six months old. They travelled via the SS Haverford from Liverpool, England, arriving in Pennsylvania 15 days later.  As a young […]

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  • Jimmy Martin

    1927 - 2005

    Jimmy Martin (1927 - 2005)

    Jimmy Martin Beginning in 1949 Martin was lead vocalist for Bill Monroe‘s “Bluegrass Boys,”. Martin’s high voice mixed with Monroe’s tenor came to be known as the “high lonesome” sound. His influence radically changed Monroe’s music from the fast-paced but smooth style of the “original” 1945 band with Flatt and Scruggs. Martin challenged Monroe to […]

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  • Jimmy McHugh

    1894 - 1969

    Jimmy McHugh (1894 - 1969)

    Jimmy McHugh began his career in Boston, where he published about a dozen songs with local publishers. His first success was with the World War I song “Keep the Love-Light Burning in the Window Till the Boys Come Marching Home”, and this also came near the start of a decade-long collaboration with lyricist Jack Caddigan. […]

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  • Jimmy Miller

    1942 - 1994

    Jimmy Miller (1942 - 1994)

    Prior to working with the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Miller had been trained and was widely known as the protege of Stanley Borden (RKO, ARTIA, AFTER HOURS UNIQUE). Borden the original backer of Island Records, suggested Miller to Chris Blackwell, who in turn brought him to the UK where he rose to fame by producing successful […]

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  • Jimmy Piersall

    1929 - 2017

    Jimmy Piersall (1929 - 2017)

    Jimmy Piersall was selected to the American League All-Star team in 1954 and 1956. By the end of the 1956 season, in which he played all 156 games, he posted a league-leading 40 doubles, scored 91 runs, drove in 87, and had a .293 batting average. The following year, he hit 19 home runs and […]

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  • Jimmy Ruffin

    1936 - 2014

    Jimmy Ruffin (1936 - 2014)

    In 1966, Jimmy Ruffin heard a song about unrequited love written for The Spinners, and persuaded the writers that he should record it himself. His recording of “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” became a major success. The song reached #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on the R&B Chart. It also initially reached […]

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  • Jimmy Sangster

    1927 - 2011

    Jimmy Sangster (1927 - 2011)

    James Henry Kinmel “Jimmy” Sangster (2 December 1927 – 19 August 2011) was a British screenwriter and director, known for his work for horror film producers Hammer Film Productions, including scripts for The Curse of Frankenstein (the first British horror film to be shot in colour) and Dracula (US: Horror of Dracula). Jimmy Sangster originally worked […]

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  • Jimmy Wakely

    1914 - 1982

    Jimmy Wakely (1914 - 1982)

    Jimmy Wakely Singer. Born James Clarence Wakely in Mineola, Arkansas, he was a country music entertainer and one of the last vocalists to make it in movies as a singing cowboy. In 1937, he formed The Bell Boys, a country Western singing group which toured and evolved into the Jimmy Wakely Trio and was featured […]

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  • Jimmy Wilde

    1892 - 1969

    Jimmy Wilde (1892 - 1969)

    Jimmy Wilde Born William James Wilde, Jimmy Wilde worked in the coal mines as a boy and started boxing at the age of sixteen in fairground booths where crowds were amazed by his toughness and ability to knock down much bigger opponents. Indeed throughout his career his opponents were usually larger and heavier than him. […]

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  • Jinx Falkenburg

    1919 - 2003

    Jinx Falkenburg (1919 - 2003)

    Actress. Born as Eugenia Lincoln Falkenburg in Barcelona, Spain, to Eugene L. Falkenburg, an engineer, and his wife, Marguerite “Mickey” Crooks Falkenburg, an accomplished amateur tennis player. Her Mother gave her the nickname Jinx, thinking the name would bring her good luck, the name stuck with her throughout her life. Receiving her first media attention […]

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  • Jinzo Naruse

    1970 - 1970

    Jinzo Naruse (1970 - 1970)

    Prominent educator during the Meiji and Taisho eras. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett)

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  • Jitoku Akatsuka

    1970 - 1970

    Jitoku Akatsuka (1970 - 1970)

    Artist. Also known as “Heizaemon Akatsuka, he is famous for his works in gold lacquer, using the “maki-e” technique, as well for some of his oil paintings. A member of the “Teikoku Geijutsu-in (Imperial Art Academy), many of his creations are on display in museums in metropolitan Tokyo and other areas of Japan. (bio by: […]

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  • Jiverly Wong

    1967 - 2009

    Jiverly Wong (1967 - 2009)

    At about 10:30 a.m. EDT, Jiverly Wong barricaded the rear door of the Binghamton American Civic Association building with a vehicle registered in his father’s name. He was described as wearing a bullet-proof vest, a bright green nylon jacket, and dark-rimmed glasses. Jiverly Wong entered through the front door, firing a number of bullets at people […]

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  • Jo Ann Marlowe

    1935 - 1991

    Jo Ann Marlowe (1935 - 1991)

    Child Actress. Born Jo Ann Mares in Schuyler, Nebraska to Edward and Theora Mares. Jo Ann was discovered on a family vacation in Hollywood at age 4 by a Warner Brothers director in a restaurant. Relocating the family to California, the little pint size actress adopted the stage name Jo Ann Marlowe. She would act […]

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  • Jo Ann Robinson

    1912 - 1992

    Jo Ann Robinson (1912 - 1992)

    Born near Culloden, Georgia, she was the youngest of twelve children. She attended Fort Valley State College and then became a public school teacher in Macon, where she was married to Wilbur Robinson for a short time. Five years later, she went to Atlanta, where she earned an M.A. in English at Atlanta University. After […]

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  • Jo De Winter

    1921 - 2016

    Jo De Winter (1921 - 2016)

    Actress. She was an American actress who was best known for her role in Dirty Harry (1971), Gloria (1982) and Bird (1988). Born Juanita Daussat in Sacramento, California. She appeared on Broadway in Children of a Lesser God, and onstage in Europe in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Between 1965 and 2002 she made […]

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  • Jo Van Fleet

    1914 - 1996

    Jo Van Fleet (1914 - 1996)

    Actress. She won an Academy Award in 1955 for “East of Eden”. She also won a Tony award for her role in “Trip to Bountiful”. (bio by: Ron Moody)

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  • Joachim Gottschalk

    1904 - 1941

    Joachim Gottschalk (1904 - 1941)

    Actor. One of Germany’s most popular young actor’s, Gottschalk played in seven movies. In 1941, the Gestapo accused his wife (actress Meta Wolff) of rassenschande (racial defilement), giving her and her eight year old son one day to pack and leave the country. (bio by: MC)  Family links:  Spouse:  Meta Wolff Gottshalk (1902 – 1941)* […]

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  • Joan Aiken

    1924 - 2004

    Joan Aiken (1924 - 2004)

    Joan Aiken produced more than a hundred books, including more than a dozen collections of fantasy stories, plays and poems, and modern and historical novels for adults and children. She was a lifelong fan of ghost stories, particularly those of M. R. James, Fitz James O’Brien and Nugent Barker. Some of her books focus on […]

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  • Joan Alexander Stanton

    1915 - 2009

    Joan Alexander Stanton (1915 - 2009)

    Actress. Primarily a radio performer, she is remembered for portraying reporter Lois Lane in over 1,600 episodes of “Superman” during the 1940s. Born Louise Abras, she was raised in Brooklyn after her father’s early death and took the “Joan” half of her professional name to honor Joan Crawford, though the origin of “Alexander” is unclear. […]

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  • Joan Banks

    1918 - 1998

    Joan Banks (1918 - 1998)

    Actress. Born in Petersburg, West Virginia, she became a regular on the 1930s radio series “Gangbusters”, where she met and married actor Frank Lovejoy. For feature films, she appeared in dramas with her husband in “Cry Danger” (1951) and “Washington Story” (1952). She became better known as a supporting actor on various television series such […]

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  • Joan Barclay

    1914 - 2002

    Joan Barclay (1914 - 2002)

    Actress. Born Mary Elizabeth Greear, she made her screen debut in “The Gaucho,” which starred Douglas Fairbanks Sr. Later she co-starred in several B-Westerns including: “Six-Gun Rhythm” with Tex Fletcher; and “Riding the Wind.” Also she was the heroine in serials such as “The Shadow of Chinatown” and “Blake of Scotland Yard.”  (bio by: MC) […]

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  • Joan Bennett

    1910 - 1990

    Joan Bennett (1910 - 1990)

    Actress. The youngest of the three acting daughters of prominent stage and screen star Richard Bennett, she was the last of the sisters to enter films seriously, but she had the longest and, in retrospect, the most meaningful career of any of her family. Joan, like Constance and Barbara, was a gorgeous woman, slender and […]

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  • Joan Blondell

    1906 - 1979

    Joan Blondell (1906 - 1979)

    Joan Blondell Actress. In a fifty year career, Joan Blondell juggled a duel career while acting, dancing and singing in some 80 films, she had a very successful stage career with many appearance on Broadway. Her early acting demeanor was brassy, wisecracking and happy go lucky, but after leaving Warner Brothers, becoming an independent actress, […]

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  • Joan Brickhill

    1924 - 2014

    Joan Brickhill (1924 - 2014)

    Actress. Called the “First Lady Of South African Musical Theatre”, she is remembered for starring in dozens of stage productions. Raised within the show business milieu, she made her professional bow at two and proved to be one of the rare child prodigies with staying power; over the coming decades she was a constant presence […]

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  • Joan Brossa

    1919 - 1998

    Joan Brossa (1919 - 1998)

    For him, expression had priority over content, and Joan Brossa managed to give his poetry the appearance of plays on words. His lyrical work is connected with the theatre while the totality of his literature (more of 80 books, all written in the Catalan language) is impregnated with the theatrical dimension as he always employed […]

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