• Gary Hart

    1942 - 2008

    Gary Hart (1942 - 2008)

    Gary Hart WWE is mourning the death of legendary wrestling manager Gary Hart, who guided the careers of several icons and was one of the creative forces behind World Class Championship Wrestling. Hart passed away over the weekend. Hart’s career, which spanned four decades, began in 1963, when Gary Hart made his debut as an in-ring […]

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  • Van Williams

    1934 - 2016

    Van Williams (1934 - 2016)

    Van Williams was born in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Priscilla Anne (Jarvis) and Bernard Cardwell Williams. He grew up on a ranch outside Fort Worth and later studied animal husbandry and business at Texas Christian University. He moved to Hawaii in 1956 after differences with his father on how the ranch should be […]

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  • Cootie Williams

    1911 - 1985

    Cootie Williams (1911 - 1985)

    Born in Mobile, Alabama, United States, Cootie Williams began his professional career with the Young Family band, which included saxophonist Lester Young, when he was 14 years old. According to Williams he acquired his nickname as a boy when his father took him to a band concert. When it was over his father asked him […]

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  • Tennessee Williams

    1911 - 1983

    Tennessee Williams (1911 - 1983)

    In the late 1930s, as the young playwright struggled to have his work accepted, Tennessee Williams supported himself with a string of menial jobs that included a notably disastrous stint as caretaker on a chicken ranch in Laguna Beach, California. In 1939, with the help of his agent, Audrey Wood, he was awarded a $1,000 […]

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  • Colin Welland

    1934 - 2015

    Colin Welland (1934 - 2015)

    As an actor, Colin Welland appeared as PC David Graham in the BBC Television series Z-Cars from 1962 to 1978. He was a sympathetic schoolteacher in a BAFTA-winning performance in the film Kes (1969), and a detective in the Richard Burton film Villain (1971). He appeared as a villain in one 1975 episode of The […]

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  • Don Williams

    1939 - 2017

    Don Williams (1939 - 2017)

    After the Pozo-Seco Singers disbanded, Don Williams briefly worked outside the music industry. Soon, however, Williams resumed his career in music. In December 1971, Williams signed on as a songwriter for Jack Clement with Jack Music Inc. In 1972, Williams inked a contract with JMI Records as a solo country artist. His 1974 song, “We […]

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  • Jody Williams

    1935 - 2018

    Jody Williams (1935 - 2018)

    Jody Williams Jody Williams, a famed Chicago blues guitarist and Blues Hall of Fame member, has died at the age of 83. Williams succumbed to cancer at the at the Munster Med Inn in Munster, Indiana Saturday night, according to a statement from Alligator Records. Jody Williams—known for a six-string style that evoked sophisticated, jazzy West […]

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  • Nicol Williamson

    1936 - 2011

    Nicol Williamson (1936 - 2011)

    Thomas Nicol Williamson was born in 1936 (he would later claim 1938 in Who’s Who) in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, the son of a factory owner. His family later moved south to England, and Williamson was educated at the Central Grammar School for Boys, Birmingham. He left school at 16 to begin work in his father’s […]

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  • Roger Williamson

    1948 - 1973

    Roger Williamson (1948 - 1973)

    Roger Williamson was born in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. He won the 1971 and 1972 British Formula 3 Championship titles. In 1973, he was offered a drive in the March Engineering works Formula One team. This was after testing for the BRM team and being advised not to take the drive. After his Formula One debut at the […]

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  • Cameron Todd Willingham

    1968 - 2004

    Cameron Todd Willingham (1968 - 2004)

    On December 23, 1991, a fire destroyed the Willingham family home in Corsicana, Texas. Killed in the fire were Willingham’s three daughters: two-year-old Amber Louise Kuykendall and one-year-old twins Karmon Diane Willingham and Kameron Marie Willingham. Willingham himself escaped the home with only minor burns. Stacy Kuykendall, Willingham’s then-wife and the mother of his three […]

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  • Noble Willingham

    1931 - 2004

    Noble Willingham (1931 - 2004)

    Willingham was the son of Ladelle (née Speights) and Noble Henry Senior, a railroad worker and a farmer. He was born in the small town of Mineola, in Wood County east of Dallas, Texas. After graduating in 1953 from North Texas State University in Denton, he earned a master’s degree in educational psychology from Baylor University […]

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  • Chuck Willis

    1926 - 1958

    Chuck Willis (1926 - 1958)

    Chuck Willis was born in Atlanta, Georgia, either in 1926 or 1928. He was spotted at a talent contest by Atlanta radio disc jockey Zenas Sears, who became his manager and helped him to sign with Columbia Records in 1951. After one single, Willis began recording on a Columbia subsidiary, Okeh. During his stay at […]

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  • George William, Elector of Brandenburg

    1595 - 1640

    George William, Elector of Brandenburg (1595 - 1640)

    Born in Cölln on the Spree, George William was the son of John Sigismund, Margrave of Brandenburg and Anna of Prussia. His maternal grandfather was Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia.  In 1616 George William married Elisabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate. Their only son Frederick William later became known as the “Great Elector”. Of his two […]

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  • Dave Willock

    1909 - 1990

    Dave Willock (1909 - 1990)

    Dave Willock (August 13, 1909 – November 12, 1990) was an American character actor. Willock appeared in 181 films and television series from 1939 to 1989. He is probably most familiar to modern audiences from his performance as Baby Jane Hudson’s father in the opening scenes of the cult classic What Ever Happened to Baby […]

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  • Bob Wills

    1905 - 1975

    Bob Wills (1905 - 1975)

    Bob Wills American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader. Considered by music authorities as the co-founder of Western swing,he was universally known as the King of Western Swing (after the death of Spade Cooley who used the moniker “King Of Western Swing” from 1942 to 1969.) Wills formed several bands and played radio stations around […]

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  • Chill Wills

    1902 - 1978

    Chill Wills (1902 - 1978)

    Chill Wills was born in 1902 in Seagoville, Dallas County, Texas. He was a performer from early childhood, forming and leading the Avalon Boys singing group in the 1930s. After appearing in a few westerns, he disbanded the group in 1938 and struck out on a solo acting career. One of his more memorable roles was […]

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  • Dooley Wilson

    1886 - 1953

    Dooley Wilson (1886 - 1953)

    Dooley Wilson was born in Tyler, Texas, and broke into show business at the age of 12, playing in a vaudeville minstrel show. He sang and played the drums in black clubs in the Tyler area before he moved to Chicago. He received the nickname “Dooley” while working in the Pekin Theatre in Chicago, circa […]

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  • Wheely Willy

    1991 - 2009

    Wheely Willy (1991 - 2009)

    Willy was found abandoned in a cardboard box with spinal injuries and a cut throat. Taken in by a veterinary hospital and treated, Willy stayed there for a year unadopted. Learning that the dog would be euthanised if not adopted, pet groomer Deborah Turner decided to bring him home.  Initially, the two pound (one kilogram) […]

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  • John North Willys

    1873 - 1935

    John North Willys (1873 - 1935)

    Willys began his career as a bicycle manufacturer. He then moved from two- wheeled-vehicles to four, and began manufacturing Willys and Overland automobiles at a plant in Toledo, Ohio. He served as U.S. ambassador to Poland from 1930-1032.  Family links:  Parents:  David Smith Willys (1840 – 1897)  Lydia Muncil North Willys (1846 – 1929)  Siblings: […]

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  • Shannon Michelle “Savannah” Wilsey

    1970 - 1994

    Shannon Michelle “Savannah” Wilsey (1970 - 1994)

    Adult Film Actress. Savannah starred in over eighty adult features and was one of the most successful adult film actresses of her time. To the mainstream world, however, she was perhaps best known for her relationships with famous men outside the adult film industry, including guitarist Slash of the rock band Guns ‘n Roses, comedian […]

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  • William Wallace Wilshire

    1830 - 1888

    William Wallace Wilshire (1830 - 1888)

    Arkansas Supreme Court Justice,  Chief Justice, 1868-71; US Representative from Arkansas, 1873-74; 1875-77. His influence with President Grant brought about presidential intervention in the Brooks-Baxter War.  Family links:  Spouse:  Catherine A. Reynolds Wilshire (1832 – 1900)*  Children:  Mary Ellen Wilshire Rightsell (1851 – 1903)*  Emma Wilshire Kelsey (1857 – 1887)*  William Wallace Wilshire (1859 – […]

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  • Henry Gaylord Wilshire

    1861 - 1927

    Henry Gaylord Wilshire (1861 - 1927)

    Businessman and real estate tycoon. He was the man who created famed Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.  Family links:  Parents:  George Wilshire (1816 – 1890)  Clarinda Clemons Wilshire (1825 – 1862)  Spouses:  Mary Mc Reynolds Wilshire (1880 – 1955)*  Hannah Griffith Wilshire (1861 – 1901)*  Children:  Logan Gaylord Wilshire (1906 – 1970)*  Siblings:  George P […]

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  • Edith White Wilson

    1872 - 1961

    Edith White Wilson (1872 - 1961)

    Edith Bolling was born October 15, 1872 in Wytheville, Virginia to circuit court judge William Holcombe Bolling and his wife Sarah “Sallie” Spears née White. Her birthplace is a contributing building in the Wytheville Historic District. Edith was a descendant of settlers who came to Virginia early in the British colonization of the Americas. Through […]

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  • Ellen Louise Wilson

    1860 - 1914

    Ellen Louise Wilson (1860 - 1914)

    Born Ellen Louise Axson in Savannah, Georgia, the daughter of the Reverend Samuel Edward Axson, a Presbyterian minister, and Margaret Jane (née Hoyt) Axson, Ellen was a lady of refined tastes with a fondness for art, music and literature. Thomas Woodrow Wilson first saw her when he was about 3 and she was a baby. […]

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  • James Q. Wilson

    1931 - 2012

    James Q. Wilson (1931 - 2012)

    James Wilson completed his B.A. at the University of Redlands in 1952, where he was the national collegiate debate champion in 1951 and 1952. He completed an M.A. (1957) and a Ph.D. (1959) in political science at the University of Chicago. From 1961 to 1987, he was the Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University. […]

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  • Teddy Wilson

    1912 - 1986

    Teddy Wilson (1912 - 1986)

    Teddy Wilson Mr. Wilson spent much of his career as a soloist or leader of his own small combos, but rose to prominence during a four-year stint with the Benny Goodman Orchestra. ”What I got out of playing with Teddy was something, in a jazz way, like what I got from playing Mozart in a […]

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  • Carl Wilson

    1946 - 1998

    Carl Wilson (1946 - 1998)

    Carl Wilson Rock Musician, Vocalist, and Producer. He is best remembered as a founding member, lead guitarist, and occasional lead vocalist of classic California-based rock group The Beach Boys. He was the youngest brother of fellow Beach Boys Dennis and Brian Wilson and cousin of Beach Boy’s Mike Love. Born Carl Dean Wilson, as a […]

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  • Flip Wilson

    1933 - 1998

    Flip Wilson (1933 - 1998)

    Flip Wilson He is remembered for his NBC variety television series “The Flip Wilson Show” that aired from September 1970 until June 1974, as well as his character ‘Geraldine Jones’. Born Clerow Wilson, Jr., one of ten children, his father worked as a handyman during the Great Depression. When he was seven years old, his […]

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  • Elizabeth Wilson

    1921 - 2015

    Elizabeth Wilson (1921 - 2015)

    Wilson was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the daughter of Marie Ethel (née Welter) and insurance agent Henry Dunning Wilson. Her maternal grandfather was a wealthy German immigrant, and Wilson was raised in a large mansion. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, then studied with Sanford Meisner at the […]

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  • Marvin Wilson

    1958 - 2012

    Marvin Wilson (1958 - 2012)

    Marvin Wilson American murderer who was executed by the State of Texas on August 7, 2012. He entered death row on May 9, 1992, for the murder of a police drug informant. Wilson abducted and shot 21-year-old Jerry Robert Williams following a physical confrontation between the two in the 1500 block of Verone in Beaumont. […]

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