• Mamo Wolde

    1932 - 2002

    Mamo Wolde (1932 - 2002)

    Mamo Wolde was born in Ada’a to an Oromo family. In 1951, he moved to Addis Ababa. At his first Olympic appearance in 1956, Wolde competed in the 800 m, 1,500 m and the 4×400 relay. He didn’t compete in the 1960 Summer Olympics, when Abebe Bikila became the first Ethiopian to win a gold medal. Wolde […]

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  • Fran Warren

    1926 - 2013

    Fran Warren (1926 - 2013)

    Fran Warren Frances Wolfe (March 4, 1926 – March 4, 2013), known by her stage name, Fran Warren, was an American popular singer. Life and career She was born into a Jewish family in the New York City borough of the Bronx. After some time on a chorus line at New York’s Roxy Theater, she […]

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  • Billy De Wolfe

    1907 - 1974

    Billy De Wolfe (1907 - 1974)

    Actor. Born in Quincy, Massachusetts, his father encouraged him to become a Baptist minister, young William developed an interest in the Arts and Theatre. He changed his name to Billy De Wolfe, and entered vaudeville as a musical comedy performer during his late teen years. Working several nightclub and Broadway revues during the late 1930s […]

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  • Albert N. “Wallpaper” Wolff

    1903 - 1998

    Albert N. “Wallpaper” Wolff (1903 - 1998)

    Crime Fighter / Member of ‘The Untouchables.’ Note that the inscription on the grave marker is incorrect as the Untouchables were part of what is now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) which is part the Treasury Department.

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  • Albert N. “Wallpaper” Wolff

    1903 - 1998

    Albert N. “Wallpaper” Wolff (1903 - 1998)

    Crime Fighter / Member of ‘The Untouchables.’ Note that the inscription on the grave marker is incorrect as the Untouchables were part of what is now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) which is part the Treasury Department.

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  • Madeline Kahn

    1942 - 1999

    Madeline Kahn (1942 - 1999)

    Madeline Kahn was born Madeline Gail Wolfson on September 29, 1942 in Boston, the daughter of Bernard B. Wolfson, a garment manufacturer, and his wife, Freda (née Goldberg). She was raised in a non-observant Jewish family. Her parents divorced when Kahn was two, and she and her mother moved to New York City. In 1953, […]

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  • Louis Wolheim

    1880 - 1931

    Louis Wolheim (1880 - 1931)

    Actor.  Rugged,  homely character player of stage and screen.  In films from 1914,  he was typecast as a brutal villain but won his greatest fame in a sympathetic role,  as the gruff,  paternalistic Corporal “Kat” Katczinsky in the World War I classic “All Quiet on the Western Front” (1930).  Born in New York City,  Wolheim […]

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  • Marjorie Lord

    1918 - 2015

    Marjorie Lord (1918 - 2015)

    In 1935, at the age of 16, Marjorie Lord made her Broadway debut in The Old Maid with Judith Anderson. Her other Broadway appearances came in Signature (1945), Little Brown Jug (1946), and The Girl in the Freudian Slip (1967). Although most of Lord’s success came in television, she said in 1963: “I am primarily a […]

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  • Mary Wollstonecraft

    1759 - 1797

    Mary Wollstonecraft (1759 - 1797)

    Wollstonecraft was born on 27 April 1759 in Spitalfields, London. She was the second of the seven children of Edward John Wollstonecraft and Elizabeth Dixon. Although her family had a comfortable income when she was a child, her father gradually squandered it on speculative projects. Consequently, the family became financially unstable and they were frequently […]

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  • Jerry Wolman

    1927 - 2013

    Jerry Wolman (1927 - 2013)

    Wolman was born to an Orthodox Jewish family in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, the son of a grocer. He worked in the family business into his high school years, when his father had a stroke. Not graduating, Wolman joined the Merchant Marines, returned home, and moved to Washington, D.C. In the 1950s, he began his own construction […]

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  • Hal Wallis

    1898 - 1986

    Hal Wallis (1898 - 1986)

    Aaron Blum Wolowicz was born October 19, 1898 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Eva (née Blum) and Jacob Wolowicz, Ashkenazi Jews from the Suwałki region of Poland who changed their surname to Wallis. His family moved in 1922 to Los Angeles, California, where he found work as part of the publicity department at Warner Bros. […]

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  • Bobby Womack

    1944 - 2014

    Bobby Womack (1944 - 2014)

    Bobby Womack Singer, Songwriter, Musician. He was born Robert Dwayne Womack. He began his career as lead singer with his family musical group The Valentinos (Friendly Womack, Jr., Curtis Womack, Harry Womack and Cecil Womack). In the 1960’s the group was discovered by Sam Cooke, who later signed the group to his SAR label, they […]

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  • Anna May Wong

    1905 - 1961

    Anna May Wong (1905 - 1961)

    Actress. Born Wong Liu Tsong, she began her career as an extra at the age of 14 and played several supporting roles before being cast as the lead in “The Toll of the Sea.” She was the first Asian-American actress to become an international celebrity and appeared in over 50 films, making the transition from […]

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  • John Wood

    1930 - 2011

    John Wood (1930 - 2011)

    John Wood was born 5 July 1930 in Derbyshire, England, and was educated at Bedford School. He did his national service as a lieutenant with the Royal Artillery, where he was invalided out after being accidentally shot in the back and later almost killed in a jeep accident. He read law at Jesus College, Oxford. He […]

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  • Peggy Wood

    1892 - 1978

    Peggy Wood (1892 - 1978)

    Peggy Wood was born Mary Margaret Wood in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Eugene Wood, a journalist, and Mary Gardner, a telegraph operator. She was a direct descendant of Daniel Boone. Wood spent nearly fifty years on the stage, beginning in the chorus and becoming known as a Broadway singer and star. She made […]

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  • K.T. Stevens

    1919 - 1994

    K.T. Stevens (1919 - 1994)

    Actress. Born Gloria Wood, she was the daughter of legendary film director and producer Samuel Wood. At the age of 2, she got her start in films, in her father’s 2nd 1921 silent film “Peck’s Bad Boy” with Jackie Coogan. Following high school, she decided to pursue acting full-time, taking drama lessons and apprenticing in […]

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  • Natalie Wood

    1938 - 1981

    Natalie Wood (1938 - 1981)

    Actress. Most remembered for her role of Susan Walker in “Miracle on 34th Street” (1947), a Christmas classic movie. She appeared in over 56 movies for the silver screen and television, and was nominated three times for an Oscar (she never won). She was born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko, of Russian emigrants in San Francisco, California. […]

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  • Robert Elkington Wood

    1879 - 1969

    Robert Elkington Wood (1879 - 1969)

    Businessman. A graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, he was achieved the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Army. In 1924 he became vice-president and in 1928 president of Sears, Roebuck, a small rural mail-order company that soon became one of the great retail stores of the world.. […]

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  • Sam Wood

    1884 - 1949

    Sam Wood (1884 - 1949)

    Samuel Grosvenor “Sam” Wood (July 10, 1883 – September 22, 1949) was an American film director and producer, who was best known for directing such Hollywood hits as A Night at the Opera, A Day at the Races, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, and The Pride of the Yankees. He was also involved in a few acting […]

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  • Chris Wood

    1944 - 1983

    Chris Wood (1944 - 1983)

    Born in Quinton, a suburb of Birmingham, Chris Wood had an interest in music and painting from early childhood. Self-taught on flute and saxophone, which he commenced playing at the age of 15, he began to play locally with other Birmingham musicians who would later find international fame in music: Christine Perfect (later Christine McVie), […]

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  • Haydn Wood

    1882 - 1959

    Haydn Wood (1882 - 1959)

    Haydn Wood was born in the West Riding of Yorkshire town of Slaithwaite on 25 March 1882. When he was three years old his family moved to the Isle of Man, an island which was often a source of inspiration for the composer. In 1897, at the Royal College of Music, he studied violin with Enrique […]

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  • Jane Darwell

    1879 - 1967

    Jane Darwell (1879 - 1967)

    Born Patti Woodard to William Robert Woodard, president of the Louisville Southern Railroad, and Ellen Booth in Palmyra in Marion County in northeastern Missouri, she originally intended to become a circus rider, then later an opera singer. Her father objected, however, and she compromised by becoming an actress but changed her name to Jane Darwell […]

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  • Pat Woodell

    1944 - 2015

    Pat Woodell (1944 - 2015)

    Actress, Singer. A pretty brunette, she will be best remembered for playing ‘Bobbie Jo Bradley’ in the TV Series “Petticoat Junction” (1963 to 1965) and totaled more that 70 episodes during her two year run. Born Patricia Joy Woodell, in New England, she had aspirations of becoming a performer during her youth and broke into […]

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  • Victoria Woodhull

    1838 - 1927

    Victoria Woodhull (1838 - 1927)

    Victoria Woodhull, later Victoria Woodhull Martin (September 23, 1838 – June 9, 1927) was an American leader of the woman’s suffrage movement. In 1872, Woodhull was the first female to run for President of the United States. An activist for women’s rights and labor reforms, Woodhull was also an advocate of free love, by which she […]

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  • Ron Woodroof

    1950 - 1992

    Ron Woodroof (1950 - 1992)

    Woodroof was born in Dallas, Texas, on February 3, 1950, to Garland Odell Woodroof (March 17, 1917, in Texas – December 3, 1983, in Dallas) and Willie Mae Hughes (November 25, 1917, in Oklahoma – November 19, 1996, in Dallas).  His first marriage was to Mary Etta Pybus on June 28, 1969, in Dallas; and […]

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  • Edwina Booth

    1904 - 1991

    Edwina Booth (1904 - 1991)

    Born Josephine Constance Woodruff, the daughter of a doctor, in Provo, Utah, Edwina Booth’s brief film career began in 1928 with the Dorothy Arzner-directed Manhattan Cocktail. She was on vacation following a 1927 stage appearance when film director E. Mason Hopper saw her and offered her a part in a Marie Prevost picture. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) […]

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  • Eunice Woodruff

    1910 - 1921

    Eunice Woodruff (1910 - 1921)

    Actress. Born in Los Angels, California, she was a Native American child performer in the silent film era. Her movie credits included “Ashes” (1916), “Virtuous Sinners” (1919) and “Out Of The Dust” (1920). She died at age 10 in Pomona, California. (bio by: John “J-Cat” Griffith)  Family links:  Parents:  Florence Eunice Woodruff (1882 – 1946)

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  • Robert Winship Woodruff

    1889 - 1985

    Robert Winship Woodruff (1889 - 1985)

    Businessman. Served as President of the Coca Cola Company, and is credited with really building the company. Some of his early accomplishments was the pioneering use of service stations as major new retail outlets, and the use of the cooler and forced bottlers to comply with company standards that insured a uniform drink.  Family links: […]

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  • Freddie Woodruff

    1947 - 1993

    Freddie Woodruff (1947 - 1993)

    Freddie Woodruff (September 14, 1947 — August 8, 1993) was a regional affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Tbilsi, Georgia. Earlier in his career he had been posted under diplomatic cover to Berlin, the consulate in Leningrad and in the early 1980s to Ankara followed by a stint in Ethiopia 1987. Woodruff has been widely […]

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  • Sylvia Woods

    1926 - 2012

    Sylvia Woods (1926 - 2012)

    Sylvia Woods (February 2, 1926 – July 19, 2012) was an American restaurateur who co-founded the landmark restaurant Sylvia’s in Harlem on Lenox Avenue, New York City with her husband, Herbert Woods, in 1962. The soul food eatery is a popular gathering place for Harlem residents and tourists not far from the Apollo Theater. Sylvia […]

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