• Bobby Woods

    1965 - 2009

    Bobby Woods (1965 - 2009)

    A seventh-grade dropout, Woods was so illiterate that he had to refer to a spelling list just to write simple notes to his family. He had IQ scores of 80 and 78 during elementary school. His IQ score right before his murder trial was 70, and another in 2002 returned 68. Woods also worked as […]

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  • Ilene Woods

    1929 - 2010

    Ilene Woods (1929 - 2010)

    Actress, Singer. A noted Big Band performer, she is remembered for voicing the title role of Walt Disney’s 1950 animated classic “Cinderella”. Born Jacqueline Ruth Woods, she originally wanted to be a teacher but was pushed into show business by an ambitious mother who arranged for her to receive dance and music lessons. At 11 […]

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  • Lesley Woods

    1910 - 2003

    Lesley Woods (1910 - 2003)

    Actress of the Stage, Film, and Television. Woods is best remembered for her many television roles including, ‘Claire Bannister Steele’ on “Young Dr. Malone” (1959-1963), ‘Amanda Ewing’ on “Dallas” (1980), and ‘Betty Wilson’ on “All My Children” (1984), among many others. Some of her films include “Bad Ronald” (1974), Ruby And Oswald” (1978), and “Testament” […]

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  • Georgia Woodthorpe

    1859 - 1927

    Georgia Woodthorpe (1859 - 1927)

    American stage and silent screen actress.  Mother of actress Georgia Cooper, grandmother of director George Stevens, and aunt of director James W. Horne.  Family links:  Parents:  John W Woodthorpe (1840 – 1908)  Harriet Woodthorpe (1840 – 1909)  Spouse:  Fred A Cooper (1853 – 1912)*  Siblings:  Georgia Woodthorpe (1859 – 1927)  Edith Woodthorpe Dobson (1861 – […]

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  • Katherine Woodville

    1938 - 2013

    Katherine Woodville (1938 - 2013)

    Actress. After coming to the realization that she wished to pursue an acting career, she acquired training and experience in her native London. Initially under the name Catherine Woodville, she had her breakout role as Helena Landless in the BBC TV mini-series “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (1960) and frequently landed guest spots on a […]

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  • Orator Francis Woodward

    1856 - 1906

    Orator Francis Woodward (1856 - 1906)

    Businessman. He founded and owned the Genesee Pure Food Company, and his marketing of “jell-o” made it a household dessert in the United States.  Family links:  Parents:  Abner Tarbell Woodward (1821 – 1865)  Phebe J Lyman Woodward (1820 – 1902)  Siblings:  Lyman Jones Woodward (1847 – 1918)*  Luther Woodward (1849 – 1904)*  Josephine Woodward (1851 […]

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  • Marjorie Woodworth

    1919 - 2000

    Marjorie Woodworth (1919 - 2000)

    Actress, Model. A glamorous blonde, she had a brief but significant film career in the 1940s. The only child of a middle class family, she was raised in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood, attended the University of Southern California (USC) where she appeared in amateur theatrical productions, and made her 1938 silver screen bow […]

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  • Abbey Lincoln

    1930 - 2010

    Abbey Lincoln (1930 - 2010)

    Lincoln was one of many singers influenced by Billie Holiday. She often visited the Blue Note jazz club in New York City. Her debut album, Abbey Lincoln’s Affair – A Story of a Girl in Love, was followed by a series of albums for Riverside Records. In 1960 she sang on Max Roach’s landmark civil […]

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  • Sheb Wooley

    1921 - 2003

    Sheb Wooley (1921 - 2003)

    Sheb Wooley Wooley was born in Erick, Oklahoma, and was raised on a farm. He learned to ride horses at an early age and was a working cowboy and rodeo rider. He also played in a country-western band. Wooley tried to enlist during World War II, but was turned down for military service because of his rodeo injuries. Instead, […]

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  • Cornell Woolrich

    1903 - 1968

    Cornell Woolrich (1903 - 1968)

    Cornell Woolrich was born in New York City; his parents separated when he was young. He lived for a time in Mexico with his father before returning to New York to live with his mother, Claire Attalie Woolrich. He attended Columbia University but left in 1926 without graduating when his first novel, Cover Charge, was published. […]

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  • Orlando Woolridge

    1959 - 2012

    Orlando Woolridge (1959 - 2012)

    Orlando Woolridge was selected sixth in the 1981 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls, where he played for his first five seasons. Woolridge made his NBA debut on November 7, 1981. Woolridge was named NBA Player of the week on December 9, 1984. During the 1984–85 season, Woolridge averaged 22.9 points/game and combined with rookie […]

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  • Thomas Lee Woolwine

    1874 - 1925

    Thomas Lee Woolwine (1874 - 1925)

    Los Angeles District Attorney, figure in the William Desmond Taylor murder case. Woolwine was a district attorney in L.A. His investigations ended the careers of two L.A. Mayors. He also attempted to jail Valentino for bigamy. However, he made his way into Hollywood legend during the 1922 murder of movie director William Desmond Taylor. Many […]

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  • Frank Winfield Woolworth

    1852 - 1919

    Frank Winfield Woolworth (1852 - 1919)

    Businessman. He is best known for founding the F.W. Woolworth Company that operated a chain of discount stores across the United States that specialized in marketing merchandise at the cost of five and ten cents. He was one of the first to practice buying merchandise directly from the manufacturers and establishing fixed prices on items […]

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  • Phil Woosnam

    1932 - 2013

    Phil Woosnam (1932 - 2013)

    Professional Football (Soccer) Figure. Born Phillip Abraham Woosnam, he is considered as the father of United States professional soccer and the first commissioner of the original North American Soccer League. He played as striker for Manchester City, Sutton United, Leyton Orient, West Ham United, Aston Villa and the Atlanta Chiefs, and also played internationally  for […]

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  • Hank Worden

    1901 - 1992

    Hank Worden (1901 - 1992)

    Worden was raised on a cattle ranch near Glendive, Montana and was educated at Stanford University and the University of Nevada as an engineer. He enlisted in the U.S. Army hoping to become an Army pilot, but washed out of flight school. An expert horseman, he toured the country in rodeos as a saddle bronc […]

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  • James Wordie

    1889 - 1962

    James Wordie (1889 - 1962)

    James Wordie was born at Partick, Glasgow, the son of John Wordie, a carting contractor, and Jane Catherine Mann. He studied at The Glasgow Academy and obtained a BSc in geology from University of Glasgow. He graduated from St John’s College, Cambridge as an advanced student in 1912, and began research work. His occupation brought […]

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  • William Wordsworth

    1770 - 1850

    William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

    The second of five children born to John Wordsworth and Ann Cookson, William Wordsworth was born on 7 April 1770 in Wordsworth House in Cockermouth, Cumberland, part of the scenic region in northwestern England known as the Lake District. His sister, the poet and diarist Dorothy Wordsworth, to whom he was close all his life, […]

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  • Philip Workman

    1953 - 2007

    Philip Workman (1953 - 2007)

    Born on June 1, 1953 at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Workman grew up with his parents on various Army bases. He later joined the Army. Shortly after his 1973 discharge, Workman was sentenced to 5 years in prison in Georgia for burglary and drug possession. He served 25 months.  In 1981, at 28 years old, Workman […]

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  • Joyce Worsley

    1912 - 2004

    Joyce Worsley (1912 - 2004)

    Actress. Born February 2, 1912, in Toronto, Canada, she began her career as a member of the West of England Theatre Company in the 1940s. Her feature film credits included “Signpost To Murder” (1964), “Tootsie” (1982) and “Grace Quigley” (1984). She also appeared on the television series “Armchair Theatre” and “Cagney and Lacy”. (bio by: […]

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  • Frank Worsley

    1872 - 1943

    Frank Worsley (1872 - 1943)

    Frank Arthur Worsley DSO OBE RD (22 February 1872 – 1 February 1943) was a New Zealand sailor and explorer who served on Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914–1916, as captain of the Endurance. He also served in the Royal Navy Reserve during the First World War. Born in Akaroa, New Zealand, on 22 February […]

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  • Gump Worsley

    1929 - 2007

    Gump Worsley (1929 - 2007)

    At the outset of his career, Gump Worsley played four years in the minor leagues, most notably for the New York Rovers of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL), the St. Paul Saints of the United States Hockey League (USHL), and the Saskatoon Quakers of the Western Hockey League (WHL). For three straight seasons between 1950 […]

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  • Esther Ralston

    1902 - 1994

    Esther Ralston (1902 - 1994)

    Ralston was born Esther Worth in Bar Harbor, Maine. She was the older sister of Howard Ralston who also appeared in silent pictures but never achieved the stardom of his sister. She began her career as a child actress in a family vaudeville act which was billed as “The Ralston Family with Baby Esther, America’s […]

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  • Nicholas Worth

    1937 - 2007

    Nicholas Worth (1937 - 2007)

    Nicholas Worth (September 4, 1937 – May 7, 2007) was an American character actor who portrayed General Marzaq and Premier Romanov in Westwood Studios’ Command & Conquer series of games, Emperor: Battle for Dune, and also voice-acted as Colonel Bulba/Mr. Jones in Freedom Fighters. He also took up several smaller roles in sci-fi programs like […]

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  • Irene Worth

    1916 - 2002

    Irene Worth (1916 - 2002)

    Actress. She was educated at University of California in Los Angeles. She made her Broadway debut in 1943. She was a kindergarten teacher before becoming a professional actress. In 1944, she moved to England to become a professional stage actress performing at the Old Vic and with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She returned to Broadway […]

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  • Cal Worthington

    1920 - 2013

    Cal Worthington (1920 - 2013)

    Television Personality, Automobile Dealer.  Worthington landed his first job was as a water boy on a road construction crew for 15 cents an hour, joined the Civilian Conservation Corps at the age of 15 and later served as a second Lieutenant in the United States Army in World War II, flying for the Army Air […]

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  • Zao Wou-Ki

    1920 - 2013

    Zao Wou-Ki (1920 - 2013)

    Zao was born in Beijing with family roots in Dantu, Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province. In his childhood he was brought back to his hometown Dantu where he studied calligraphy. From 1935 to 1941, he studied painting at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province. In 1948, he went with his wife Lan-lan, a composer, […]

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  • Jack Wrather

    1918 - 1984

    Jack Wrather (1918 - 1984)

    Oil millionaire. Producer. Built the Disneyland Hotel. Turned the RMS Queen Mary and Howard Hughes’ “Spruce Goose” into tourist attractions.  Family links:  Parents:  John Deveraux Wrather (1871 – 1945)  Ada Mazie Cogdell Wrather (1890 – 1965)  Spouses:  Molly O’ Daniel Danielson (1922 – 1996)  Bonita Granville (1923 – 1988)*  Children:  John Deveraux Wrather (1944 – […]

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  • Fay Wray

    1907 - 2004

    Fay Wray (1907 - 2004)

    Wray was born on a ranch near Cardston in the province of Alberta, Canada, to two Mormons, Elvina Marguerite Jones, who was from Salt Lake City, and Joseph Heber Wray, who was from Kingston upon Hull, England. She was one of six children. Her family returned to the United States a few years after she […]

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  • Archie Moore

    1916 - 1998

    Archie Moore (1916 - 1998)

    Archie Moore He turned professional in 1938 and boxed all but one of his 12 bouts that year in San Diego. Moore had eight bouts in 1939, going 5–2 during that span, with one “no contest.” He lost to former Middleweight Champion and future Hall of Famer Teddy Yarosz during that time, and his no-contest […]

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  • Paula Raymond

    1924 - 2003

    Paula Raymond (1924 - 2003)

    Paula Ramona Wright was born in 1924, in San Francisco, California. Her first acting role was playing Bettina Bowman in Keep Smiling (1938), credited as Paula Rae Wright. In 1950, she was put under contract by MGM, where she played opposite such leading men as Cary Grant and Dick Powell. Earlier in her career, Raymond […]

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