• Jerry Weintraub

    1937 - 2015

    Jerry Weintraub (1937 - 2015)

    Jerry Weintraub Weintraub’s career as a promoter took a giant step in 1970 when after a lengthy courtship he persuaded Elvis Presley’s manager, Col. Tom Parker, to let him promote Presley concerts. It was at a time when Presley was beginning to do live shows after years of concentrating on movies. The relationship began with […]

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  • Jane Weir

    1916 - 1937

    Jane Weir (1916 - 1937)

    Actress. She made only four films, all of them in 1937: “Souls at Sea”, “Artists and Models”, “The Singing Marine” and “Criminals in the Air”. She died after an appendectomy. (bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni)

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  • Jules White

    1900 - 1985

    Jules White (1900 - 1985)

    In 1933, Jules White was appointed head of Columbia Pictures’ short-subject division, which became the most prolific comedy factory in Hollywood. In a time when theaters were playing more double-feature programs, fewer short comedies were being made; by the mid-1930s the three major comedy producers — Hal Roach, Educational Pictures and Universal Pictures — scaled […]

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  • Hilde Weissner

    1909 - 1987

    Hilde Weissner (1909 - 1987)

    Actress.  Leading lady and later character performer in German films.  Born in Stettin,  Germany (now Szczecin,  Poland),  she made her acting debut in 1929 at the Schiller-Theatre in Hamburg-Altona,  and entered films in 1934.  Weissner’s credits include “Pappi” (1936),  “The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes” (1937),  “The Rothschilds” (1940),  “Diesel” (1942),  “Tromba,  The Tiger Man” […]

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  • Harry Houdini

    1874 - 1926

    Harry Houdini (1874 - 1926)

    Harry Houdini Harry Houdini died of peritonitis, secondary to a ruptured appendix at 1:26 p.m. on October 31, 1926 in Room 401 at Detroit’s Grace Hospital, aged 52. In his final days, he optimistically held to a strong belief that he would recover, but his last words before dying were reportedly, “I’m tired of fighting.” Eyewitnesses […]

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  • Theodore Hardeen

    1876 - 1945

    Theodore Hardeen (1876 - 1945)

    Theodore Hardeen was born as Ferenc Dezső Weisz (also spelled Ferencz Dezso Weisz) in Budapest, Hungary, and went by the name of Theodore Weiss when the family was living in Appleton, Wisconsin. He was known as “Deshi” and later “Dash” by his parents. In 1893, Hardeen performed with Houdini at Coney Island as “The Brothers Houdini”. […]

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  • Elisabeth Welch

    1904 - 2003

    Elisabeth Welch (1904 - 2003)

    American Singer and Actress. She developed her career in England. Her professional stage debut was in “Blackbirds” in 1928. She also appeared in “Nymph Errant” (1933), “Glamorous Night” (1935), “It’s In the Bag” (1937), “No Time for Comedy” (1941), and “Pippin” (1973). She play in a few films such as “Song of Freedom” (1936), “Fiddlers […]

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  • Richard Welch

    1929 - 1975

    Richard Welch (1929 - 1975)

    Richard Welch, who was born in Hartford, Connecticut, was recruited to the CIA in 1951 upon graduation from Harvard, where he studied classics. His first assignment as a case officer was in Athens working as a civilian employee of the U.S. Department of the Army (1952–59). From 1960-64, he served in Cyprus, and then in […]

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  • Bob Welch

    1945 - 2012

    Bob Welch (1945 - 2012)

    Bob Welch was a key member of the pop group Fleetwood Mac in the early 1970s before scoring several minor hits as a solo performer, died June 7 at his home in Nashville. He was 65. According to police, he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He left a suicide note. Mr. Welch was a […]

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  • Felix Weihs De Weldon

    1907 - 2003

    Felix Weihs De Weldon (1907 - 2003)

    Artist. He was the sculptor of over 1,200 monuments, the most famous piece being the United States Marine Corps monument that depicts the six Flag Raisers on Iwo Jima at Arlington National Cemetery.

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  • Meri Welles

    1937 - 1973

    Meri Welles (1937 - 1973)

    Actress. Born in Dallas, Texas, she was a character performer best remembered for role as Lorraine, in “The Little Shop of Horrors” (1960). She also appeared in “The Ladies Man” (1961), “The Pink Panther”(1963), “Cleopatra” (1963) and “A House is Not a Home” (1964). For television her credits include, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”, “The Deputy”, “The […]

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  • Dorothy “Dottie” Coonan Wellman

    1913 - 2009

    Dorothy “Dottie” Coonan Wellman (1913 - 2009)

    Actress and Dancer. She appeared in a number of films in the early 1930s, and was the fifth, and last, wife of director William Wellman. Raised in Los Angeles from early childhood, she quit school at 14 to persue her dream of becoming a dancer. After joining the troupe of choreographer Busby Berkeley, she danced […]

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  • Julie Bishop

    1914 - 2001

    Julie Bishop (1914 - 2001)

    Bishop was born Jacqueline Wells and used her birth name professionally through 1941. She also appeared on stage (and in one film) as Diane Duval. She was a child actress, beginning her career in 1923. Early on, she appeared in several Laurel and Hardy films (Any Old Port! and The Bohemian Girl), and she settled […]

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  • Doris Wells

    1941 - 1988

    Doris Wells (1941 - 1988)

    Actress. Born Doris Marina Buonafina in Caripito, a little oil town of Monagas State, Venezuela, at 15 years of age, and coinciding with the migration of her family to Caracas, she became a student of the Juana Sujo’s School of Theater, graduating in 1960. Her debut in television was in the polemic Venezuelan TV series […]

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  • Alice Stebbins Wells

    1873 - 1957

    Alice Stebbins Wells (1873 - 1957)

    Social Pioneer. First female police officer in the United States. A Pentecostal minister from the Midwest, Wells’s church work helped her become familiar with dismal treatment that women and children received when they became involved in police cases. She petitioned the mayor, police commissioner and city council to allow her to join the force to […]

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  • Pat Welsh

    1915 - 1995

    Pat Welsh (1915 - 1995)

    Voice Actress. She will forever be immortalized on screen, as the voice of the legendary alien in the 1982 Steven Spielberg classic blockbuter hit “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial”. Pat was born Patricia A. Carroll in San Francisco, California and in her early years she worked as a radio soap opera actress there. Movie Voice Designer Ben […]

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  • Frances Cress Welsing

    1935 - 2016

    Frances Cress Welsing (1935 - 2016)

    Frances Cress Welsing (born Frances Luella Cress; March 18, 1935 – January 2, 2016) was an American Afrocentrist psychiatrist. Her 1970 essay, The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy), offered her interpretation on the origins of what she described as white supremacy culture. She was the author of The Isis Papers: The Keys to […]

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  • Linda Christian

    1923 - 2011

    Linda Christian (1923 - 2011)

    Christian was born as Blanca Rosa Welter in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, a daughter of Dutch engineer and Royal Dutch Shell executive, Gerardus Jacob Welter (1904–1981), and his Mexican-born wife, the former Blanca Rosa Vorhauer (1901-1992), who was of Spanish, German and French descent. The Welter family moved a great deal during Christian’s youth, living everywhere […]

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  • Eudora Welty

    1909 - 2001

    Eudora Welty (1909 - 2001)

    Eudora Welty was born in Jackson, Mississippi on April 13, 1909, the daughter of Christian Webb Welty (1879–1931) and Mary Chestina (Andrews) Welty (1883–1966). She grew up with younger brothers Edward Jefferson and Walter Andrews. Eudora’s mother was a school teacher. Eudora soon developed a love of reading, reinforced by her mother who believed that […]

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  • Claire Trevor

    1910 - 2000

    Claire Trevor (1910 - 2000)

    Trevor was born in the Bensonhurst area of Brooklyn, New York, the only child of Noel Wemlinger, a Fifth Avenue merchant tailor, and his wife, Benjamina (“Betty”). She grew up in Larchmont, New York. For many years, her year of birth was misreported as 1909, a rare instance of an actress actually being younger than […]

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  • Paul Wendkos

    1925 - 2009

    Paul Wendkos (1925 - 2009)

    Paul Wendkos (born September 20, 1925 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died November 12, 2009 in Malibu, California) was an American television and film director. Following World War II service in the United States Navy and his education at Columbia University on the G.I. Bill, Wendkos made his first feature, a documentary on a school for the blind […]

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  • Annemarie Wendl

    1914 - 2006

    Annemarie Wendl (1914 - 2006)

    Actress. Born in Germany, she began her training as an actress in Berlin.  She starred in such  classic plays as “Faust”,  “Götz von Berlichingen”,  “A Streetcar Named Desire”,  and “Mother Courage” before entering films in 1961.  Wendl was seen in some 35 films and TV productions, notably director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s “Ich will doch nur, […]

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  • Stephen G. Wentworth

    1811 - 1897

    Stephen G. Wentworth (1811 - 1897)

    Educator. Born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, he moved to Missouri in 1838, where he became involved in a number of entrepreneurial and public pursuits. From 1851 to 1864, he served as Public Administrator of Lafayette County, was a partner in the Morrison-Wentworth Bank and served as president of the Farmer’s Exchange Bank. He helped to incorporate […]

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  • Jan Werich

    1905 - 1980

    Jan Werich (1905 - 1980)

    Between 1916 and 1924, Jan Werich attended “reálné gymnasium” (equivalent to high school) in Křemencová Street in Prague (where his future partner, Jiří Voskovec, also studied). He studied law at the Charles University Law School from 1924 to 1927, from which he made an early departure to begin his artistic career and forge one of […]

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  • Barbara Werle

    1928 - 2013

    Barbara Werle (1928 - 2013)

    Actress. Born Barbara May Theresa Werle, she attended parochial school and following graduation, she received training in professional ballroom dancing. She achieved national attention when along with her partner John Mansell (under her married name Barbara Branca), they won the Harvest Moon Ball title in 1955. This success led to multiple appearances on the “Ed […]

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  • Ilse Werner

    1921 - 2005

    Ilse Werner (1921 - 2005)

    Actress. Born in Batavia (Jakarta/Indonesia). Daughter of O.E. Still and his wife Lilli. In 1931 she migrated to Frankfurt/Germany. Her first appearance on stage was in “Glück” at the Josephstadt-Theater in Vienna, 1937. Her debut movie role was in  “Die unruhigen Mädchen” (1938). In 1939 she had her first leading role in “Bel Ami.” She […]

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  • Coy Wayne Wesbrook

    1958 - 2016

    Coy Wayne Wesbrook (1958 - 2016)

    According to his testimony, Coy Wayne Coy Wayne Wesbrook went to visit his ex-wife, Gloria Jean Coons, at her home in Channelview, Texas, in the Greater Houston area. He was invited to a party at Coons’ apartment along with other friends Diana Ruth Money, and three other males. Wesbrook had gone there with hopes of […]

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  • Frank Wess

    1922 - 2013

    Frank Wess (1922 - 2013)

    Frank Wess was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the son of a principal father and a schoolteacher mother. He began with classical music training and played in Oklahoma in high school. He later switched to jazz on moving to Washington, D. C. and by nineteen was working with big bands. His career was interrupted by World War […]

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  • Paula Wessely

    1907 - 2000

    Paula Wessely (1907 - 2000)

    Actress. Wessely made her debut in “Maskerade” (1934). During the Second World War she played in nazi propaganda movies like “Heimkehr” (“Coming Home”, 1941). Wessely refused several invitations to go to Hollywood and therefore never really became famous outside the German speaking region. (bio by: MC)

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  • Dick Wesson

    1922 - 1996

    Dick Wesson (1922 - 1996)

    Richard Lewis “Dick” Wesson (November 19, 1922 – April 25, 1996) was a prolific character actor, comedian, comedy writer, and producer. The dark haired man with a flat top haircut was frequently confused with announcer Dick Wesson. Wesson was born Richard Lewis Wesson on November 19, 1922 in Boston, Massachusetts. A comedian, impressionist and singer, Wesson […]

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