• Julie Wilson

    1924 - 2015

    Julie Wilson (1924 - 2015)

    Wilson was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the daughter of Emily (née Bennett), a hairdresser, and Russell Wilson, a coal salesman. She first found a musical outlet with local musical group “Hank’s Hepcats” in her teenage years and briefly attended Omaha University. She won the title of Miss Nebraska and would have competed in the Miss […]

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  • Yvette Wilson

    1964 - 2012

    Yvette Wilson (1964 - 2012)

    Before she started her career in the entertainment business, Yvette Wilson attended San Jose State University and majored in communications. Wilson first entered comedy when she lost a bet and had to perform as a stand-up comedian at a friend’s club. She decided to make a living off comedy and never turned back. Her big break […]

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  • Don Wilson

    1900 - 1982

    Don Wilson (1900 - 1982)

    Don Wilson began his radio career as a singer over Denver radio station KFEL in 1923. By 1929, he was working at KFI, and shortly afterwards for Don Lee at KHJ, in Los Angeles. In a 1978 appearance on Tomorrow with Tom Snyder, Wilson claimed he was fired from KHJ because he had bought a […]

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  • Dorothy Wilson

    1908 - 1998

    Dorothy Wilson (1908 - 1998)

    American film actress of the 1930s. Wife of writer/director Lewis Foster. (bio by: A.J. Marik)  Family links:  Spouse:  Lewis Ransom Foster (1898 – 1974)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Lois Wilson

    1894 - 1988

    Lois Wilson (1894 - 1988)

    Popular actress of the 1910s thru 1950s. Celebrated silent-era actress who successfully transitioned into ‘talkies,’ appearing in many motion pictures of the 1930s and 40s. After her screen career, she went on to work on the live stage and in television. Sister of actress Diana Kane. (bio by: A.J. Marik) Cause of death: Pneumonia

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  • Violette Wilson

    1896 - 1964

    Violette Wilson (1896 - 1964)

    Actress. Married to Actor/Film Director Irving Pichel, she has played roles in a number of B-movies. Some of her notable appearances include “Guy de Maupassant’s Mademoiselle Fifi,” “The Moon Is Down” and “Woman Against the World.”  (bio by: MC)  Family links:  Spouse:  Irving Pichel (1891 – 1954)*  Children:  Pichel Wilson Pichel (1920 – 2005)* *Calculated […]

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  • Bertha Wrenham Wilson

    1923 - 2007

    Bertha Wrenham Wilson (1923 - 2007)

    Jurist.  The first female Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, she followed her two older brothers to the University of Aberdeen. She attained an M.A. in philosophy in 1944 and then obtained a teaching diploma. She married a Presbyterian minister, the Reverend John Wilson in 1945. They emigrated to Canada […]

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  • Margaret Bush Wilson

    1919 - 2009

    Margaret Bush Wilson (1919 - 2009)

    Civil Rights Lawyer. She was admitted to the bar in 1943 and became the second black woman ever to practice law in the State of Missouri. As a lawyer, she gained national attention being involved in the landmark 1948 Shelley vs. Kraemer US Supreme Court Case which put an end to restrictive covenants used to […]

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  • Charles Kemmons Wilson

    1913 - 2003

    Charles Kemmons Wilson (1913 - 2003)

    Businessman. He was the founder of the Holiday Inn chain of hotels. In the 1950s he began the Holiday Inn chain in the Memphis area, which grew into a chain of thousands of hotels. Wilson was viewed as the father of the modern hotel – his hotels were built around the idea of giving travelers […]

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  • Ralph Cookerly Wilson, Jr

    1918 - 2014

    Ralph Cookerly Wilson, Jr (1918 - 2014)

    Hall of Fame Sports Team Owner. From 1960 until his death, he was the proprietor of the Buffalo Bills. Along with Lamar Hunt and other businessmen, Wilson formed what was nicknamed “The Foolish Club”. The group initiated the American Football League in 1960 which went on to merge with the National Football League in 1970, […]

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  • Arnold Wilson

    1884 - 1940

    Arnold Wilson (1884 - 1940)

    Arnold Wilson was born in 1884 and educated in England at Clifton College, where his father James Maurice Wilson was a headmaster. His younger brother was the tenor Sir Steuart Wilson. Wilson was tall and strong. He began his military career as an army officer 19 August 1903, having been awarded the King’s Medal and sword […]

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  • Delroy Wilson

    1948 - 1995

    Delroy Wilson (1948 - 1995)

    Delroy Wilson began his recording career at the age of thirteen, while still a pupil at Boys Town Primary School. Wilson released his first single “Emy Lou” in 1962 for record producer, Clement “Coxsone” Dodd. His early years with Coxsone yielded a number of ska hits, the biggest of which, the Lee Perry-written “Joe Liges” […]

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  • Donald Wilson

    1910 - 2002

    Donald Wilson (1910 - 2002)

    Donald Boyd Wilson (11 September 1910, Dunblane, Scotland – 5 March 2002, Gloucestershire, England) was a British television writer and producer, best known for his work on the BBC’s adaptation of The Forsyte Sagain 1967 and co-creating the series Doctor Who. He attended the Glasgow School of Art, following which his first jobs were as a […]

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  • Erastus Wiman

    1834 - 1834

    Erastus Wiman (1834 - 1834)

    Erastus Wiman was born in Churchville, Upper Canada (now part of Ontario) on April 21, 1834. Wiman’s first job was at the North American in Toronto (not to be confused with the Philadelphia-based paper) at age 16, as an apprentice printer for a salary of $1.50 a week. After four years, he worked as a reporter […]

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  • Ronald Winans

    1956 - 1956

    Ronald Winans (1956 - 1956)

    Ronald Winans The multi-award winning musical dynasty, The Winans Family said good bye to Ronald Winans, the second eldest of the ten siblings, on the morning of June 17th. Winans endured a massive heart-attack in 1997, but because of much prayer he experienced a miraculous recovery after the doctors had given him up for dead. […]

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  • Verne Hedges Winchell

    1915 - 2002

    Verne Hedges Winchell (1915 - 2002)

    Verne Winchell was the founder of Winchell’s Doughnuts in 1948. He later sold the business to Denny’s Restaurants and lead a successful life breeding horses. (bio by: Joe Walker)  Family links:  Parents:  Verne Winchell (1887 – 1963)  Marie Augusta Stautz Winchell (1890 – 1950)  Siblings:  Verne Hedges Winchell (1915 – 2002)  Robert William Winchell (1923 […]

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  • Oliver Fisher Winchester

    1810 - 1880

    Oliver Fisher Winchester (1810 - 1880)

    Businessman. He is best remembered for the manufacturing and marketing the Winchester repeating rifle, which gained the reputation as “the gun that won the West.” He began his business career as a clothing manufacturer in New York City, New York and New Haven, Connecticut. During this period he discovered that a division of Smith & […]

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  • Beatrice Winde

    1924 - 2004

    Beatrice Winde (1924 - 2004)

    Actress of Stage and Film. Born Beatrice Lucille Williams in Chicago, Illinois, she graduated from the Chicago Music Conservatory with hopes of pursuing a singing career. She attended Yale School of Music and toured with its “Colored Choir,” then came to New York to study at Juilliard. Beatrice appeared in a number of memorable films […]

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  • Blackjack Mulligan

    1942 - 2016

    Blackjack Mulligan (1942 - 2016)

    Blackjack Mulligan Blackjack Mulligan, a former professional wrestler and a member of the WWE Hall of Fame, has died. He was 73. Robert Windham, better known as Blackjack Mulligan, the patriarch of the Windham wrestling family that includes three performers on the current WWE roster, passed away. Windham had been in poor health for some […]

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  • William Windom

    1923 - 2012

    William Windom (1923 - 2012)

    Windom was born on September 28, 1923, in New York City. He was the son of Isobel Wells (née Peckham) and Paul Windom, an architect. He was the great-grandson of the United States Secretary of the Treasury of the same name. He served in the United States Army in the European Theater of Operations in […]

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  • Claire Windsor

    1892 - 1972

    Claire Windsor (1892 - 1972)

    American stage and screen actress of the 1920s through the 1940s. Married to actor Bert Lytell. (bio by: A.J. Marik)  Family links:  Spouses:  Bert Lytell (1885 – 1954)*  David Willis Bowes (1888 – 1959)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Edith Windsor

    1929 - 2017

    Edith Windsor (1929 - 2017)

    During college, Edith met Saul Windsor. Their relationship ended at one time during the engagement when Windsor fell in love with a female classmate. However, after Windsor decided she did not want to live life as a lesbian, they reconciled and got married after graduation. They divorced less than one year afterward, and she confided […]

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  • Amy Winehouse

    1983 - 2011

    Amy Winehouse (1983 - 2011)

    Amy Winehouse was born in Chase Farm Hospital in north London, to Jewish parents. Her father, Mitchell “Mitch” Winehouse, was a window panel installer then a taxi driver; her mother, Janis Winehouse (née Seaton), a pharmacist. Amy had an older brother, Alex (born 1979), and the family lived in London’s Southgate area.  Part of her […]

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  • John C. Wingate

    1851 - 1924

    John C. Wingate (1851 - 1924)

    Community pillar of Pleasant Run, Indiana. In his honor, the citizens renamed the village “Wingate” in his honor.

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  • Julius Winkelmeyer

    1816 - 1867

    Julius Winkelmeyer (1816 - 1867)

    Founder of the Winkelmeyer brewery. Winkelmeyer was born in Germany & emigrated to St. Louis in the late 1830’s. He became acquainted with Frederick Stifel, a small brewer & formed a partnership with him. Winkelmeyer was in charge of the commercial side of the business & Stifel ran the brewing side. By 1847 they build […]

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  • Rhoda Winkler

    1970 - 2015

    Rhoda Winkler (1970 - 2015)

    Chief Puppeteer and Voice Actress. Winkler performed for five and a half years with the ‘Howdy Doody Show’ beginning with its premier on December 27, 1947. Born Rhoda Mann, she taught herself to work marionettes at age 9. Her first job in show business was working as assistant to Ali Benali, the Moroccan Wonderman. At […]

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  • Lucyna Winnicka

    1928 - 2013

    Lucyna Winnicka (1928 - 2013)

    Actress. She was a Cannes Film Festival prize winner for her lead role in the 1961 motion picture “Night Train” by Jerzy Kawalerowicz. Active from 1954 to 1978 in several films including “The Real End of the Great War”, “First Spaceship on Venus”, “Knights of the Teutonic Order” and “Mother Joan of the Angels,” she […]

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  • Anna Lee

    1913 - 2004

    Anna Lee (1913 - 2004)

    Lee trained at the Royal Albert Hall, [clarification needed] then debuted with a bit part in His Lordship (1932). When she and her first husband, director Robert Stevenson, moved to Hollywood she became associated with John Ford, appearing in several of his films, notably How Green Was My Valley, Two Rode Together and Fort Apache. […]

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  • Charles Winninger

    1884 - 1969

    Charles Winninger (1884 - 1969)

    He began as a vaudeville actor. His most famous stage role was as Cap’n Andy Hawks in the original production of the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II musical classic Show Boat in 1927, a role that he reprised – to great acclaim – in the 1932 stage revival and the 1936 film version of the show. […]

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  • Josiah Winslow

    1629 - 1680

    Josiah Winslow (1629 - 1680)

    Governor of Plymouth Colony. The son of Mayflower Pilgrim and Governor Edward Winslow, Josiah was educated at Harvard. In 1656 he succeeded Myles Standish as commander of the colony’s military forces. Winslow was Plymouth’s assistant governor from 1657 to 1673, and Plymouth’s Commissioner to the New England Confederation from 1658 to 1672. He became governor […]

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