• Teresa Wright

    1918 - 2005

    Teresa Wright (1918 - 2005)

    Muriel Teresa Wright was born on October 27, 1918 in Harlem, New York City, the daughter of Martha (née Espy) and Arthur Wright, an insurance agent. Her parents separated when she was young. She grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, where she attended Columbia High School. After seeing Helen Hayes star in Victoria Regina at […]

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  • Alonzo Wright

    1898 - 1976

    Alonzo Wright (1898 - 1976)

    First African-American to have a gas staion franchise (Standard Oil).  By 1930’s had 11 stations, and by the 1940’s, employed more African-Americans than anyone in the U.S.  Also made a plan for African-Americans to work their way through college, one of which was Jesse Owens. (bio by: Ginny M)

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  • Richard Wright

    1908 - 1960

    Richard Wright (1908 - 1960)

    Author.  His powerful,  eloquent work examined the injustices African-Americans face in a white society.  He won immediate fame for his first novel,  “Native Son” (1940).  It tells the story of Bigger Thomas,  a young chauffeur whose inarticulate rage over his lot ultimately erupts into violence.  “Native Son” was adapted into a play directed by Orson […]

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  • J. Madison Wright

    1984 - 2006

    J. Madison Wright (1984 - 2006)

    Child Actress. Best remembered for her role as ‘True Danziger’ in the short-lived television sci-fi series, “Earth 2” from 1994 to 1995. A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, she was born Jessica Madison Wright. The eldest of four children including actress Tori Wright, she began her career as a model at the age of five before […]

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  • Marbeth Wright

    1915 - 1939

    Marbeth Wright (1915 - 1939)

    Actress. She was a singer, dancer and Follies Girl in Busby Berkeley movies. Her career took her to France, where she performed with French star Maurice Chevalier in “Folies Bergere” (1935). She appeared in “Stranded” (1935) with Kay Francis and George Brent. She also appeared in “George White’s 1935 Scandals” with Alice Faye. She came […]

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  • Martha Wright

    1923 - 2016

    Martha Wright (1923 - 2016)

    Actress, Singer. A coloratura soprano who performed mainly on Broadway, she is best remembered as actress and singer Mary Martin’s replacement in “South Pacific” and “The Sound of Music.” Born Martha Lucile Wiederrecht into a musical family, she was raised on a farm in Duvall Washington. After graduating from Franklin High School in Seattle, Washington, […]

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  • Benjamin Fletcher Wright

    1900 - 1976

    Benjamin Fletcher Wright (1900 - 1976)

    Educator, authority on constitutional law. He was the fifth president of Smith College (1949-1959), faculty member of University of Texas (1922-1926, 1960-1975) and Harvard University (1928-1949). He was chairman of Harvard government department (1942-1946) and committee on general education (1946-1949)He was a member of Harvard committee that prepared report “General Education In A Free Society” […]

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  • Alfred Wright

    1830 - 1891

    Alfred Wright (1830 - 1891)

    Businessman. He was a successful perfume manufacturer and a deeply religious man, who found that many of his employees were not attending church on Sunday mornings because they were too tired after long hours working the other six days a week. As a result, he ordered all his factories to be closed at noon on […]

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  • Basil Wright

    1907 - 1987

    Basil Wright (1907 - 1987)

    After leaving Sherborne School, a well known independent school in the market town of Sherborne in Dorset, Basil Wright was the first recruit to join John Grierson at the Empire Marketing Board’s film unit in 1930, shortly after he graduated from Cambridge University. Wright’s 1934 film Song of Ceylon is his most celebrated work. Shot […]

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  • Ralph Wright

    1908 - 1983

    Ralph Wright (1908 - 1983)

    Ralph Wright (May 17, 1908 – December 31, 1983) was a Disney animator and story/storyboard writer who provided the gloomy, sullen voice of Eeyore from the popular Winnie-the-Pooh franchise. Ralph Wright came to the studio in the 1940s, and became well known throughout the ensuing decades for his endearingly gloomy and sullen personality traits as well […]

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  • Stevie Wright

    1947 - 2015

    Stevie Wright (1947 - 2015)

    Stevie Wright was born in Leeds, England, in 1947 to George Wright and Dorothy Wright (née Longden); his family migrated to Melbourne, Australia, when he was nine. They moved to Sydney in 1960 and lived in Villawood near the Villawood Migrant Hostel. He was lead vocalist for local band, The Outlaws, and by 1964 had […]

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  • Philip K. Wrigley

    1894 - 1977

    Philip K. Wrigley (1894 - 1977)

    Chewing Gum Mogul, Major League Baseball Executive. He was born Philip Knight Wrigley in the Plaza Hotel in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the founder of Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company and owner of the Chicago Cubs Major League Baseball team. He never attended college and at the age of 20 he went to Australia to […]

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  • William Wrigley, Jr

    1861 - 1932

    William Wrigley, Jr (1861 - 1932)

    Industrialist, Entrepreneur.  The Philadelphia born youngster was put to work in his father’s soap factory after being expelled from grammar school doing menial labor. At age thirteen William left home and sold his father’s soap door-to-door from a two horse wagon in rural Pennsylvania, New York and New England.   After years of giving away […]

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  • Matthew Wrinkles

    1960 - 2009

    Matthew Wrinkles (1960 - 2009)

    Matthew Wrinkles A convicted multiple murderer, sentenced to death. He served 14 years at Indiana State Prison located in Michigan City, Indiana, where he was also executed on December 11, 2009.  On July 21, 1994, Wrinkles murdered his wife, Debra Jean Wrinkles, his brother-in-law Tony Fulkerson, and Fulkerson’s wife, Natalie Fulkerson, at their residence in […]

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  • Aileen Wuornos

    1956 - 2002

    Aileen Wuornos (1956 - 2002)

    Wuornos was born Aileen Carol Pittman in Rochester, Michigan, on February 29, 1956. Her mother, Diane Wuornos (born 1939), was 14 years old when she married Aileen’s father, Leo Dale Pittman, on June 3, 1954. Less than two years later, and two months before Aileen was born, Diane filed for divorce. Aileen’s older brother Keith […]

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  • Frank Morgan

    1890 - 1949

    Frank Morgan (1890 - 1949)

    Frank Morgan “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain,” exclaimed beloved character actor Frank Morgan during a key moment in “The Wizard of Oz” (1939) and his beautifully conveyed expression of embarrassment and desperation perfectly exemplified the capacity he displayed in so much of his work. He first established himself on stage, making […]

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  • Rudolph Wurlitzer

    1831 - 1914

    Rudolph Wurlitzer (1831 - 1914)

    Founder of The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company. Makers of musical instruments for bands, carousels, and theaters. His three sons Howard, Rudolph, and Farny were also part of the company.  (bio by: Paul Deluca)  Family links:  Children:  Howard W. Wurlitzer (1871 – 1928)*  Rudolph H. Wurlitzer (1873 – 1948)*  Percival Wurlitzer (1877 – 1878)*  Farny Reginald Wurlitzer […]

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  • Robert J. Wussler

    1936 - 2010

    Robert J. Wussler (1936 - 2010)

    Broadcast Executive. He was a former president of the Columbia Broadcast System (CBS) Television Network, and co-founder of the Cable News Network (CNN) along with Ted Turner. He joined CBS as a mailroom assistant following graduation from Seton Hall University in 1957, before rising through the ranks to head the CBS news and sports divisions. […]

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  • Ida Wust

    1884 - 1958

    Ida Wust (1884 - 1958)

    Actress. A longtime star of the German stage and screen, she is remembered for her roles in hundreds of her country’s movies. Though little is recorded of her early days it is known that she began appearing at the City Theater of Colmar around 1900, then moved on to Bromberg, and finally in 1904 settled […]

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  • Jane Wyatt

    1910 - 2006

    Jane Wyatt (1910 - 2006)

    Jane Waddington Wyatt was born on August 12, 1910, in Mahwah, New Jersey, but raised in Manhattan. Her father, Christopher Billopp Wyatt, Jr., was a Wall Street investment banker, and her mother, the former Euphemia Van Rensselaer Waddington, was a drama critic for the Catholic World. Both of her parents were Roman Catholic converts. Wyatt had […]

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  • Alice Lon

    1926 - 1981

    Alice Lon (1926 - 1981)

    By age 6, Alice Lon was taking lessons in piano, singing, and dancing. When she was 10, she was featured as a singer, earning $20 per week on her own radio program in Henderson, Texas. In her teens, she traveled across Texas, performing in a variety of venues. She attended Kilgore College in Texas and […]

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  • Margaret Wycherly

    1881 - 1956

    Margaret Wycherly (1881 - 1956)

    Actress. Primarily a stage actress, her fifty year career included forty Broadway plays, twenty-one movies and eleven television appearances. She directed her first Broadway play in 1905 and appeared in “Cashel Byron” on January 9, 1906. She is best remembered for her roles in “The Thirteenth Chair” (1916) and “Tobacco Road” which ran from December […]

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  • Leon Ames

    1902 - 1993

    Leon Ames (1902 - 1993)

    Leon Ames was born Harry Wycoff in Portland, Indiana, to Cora Alice (DeMoss) and Charles Elmer Wycoff. He had always wanted to be an actor and he did it the hard way, serving a long apprenticeship in touring amateur theatre companies, even selling shoes for a while on 42nd Street in the 1920’s. It took […]

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  • Leon Ames

    1902 - 1993

    Leon Ames (1902 - 1993)

    Leon Ames was born Harry Wycoff on January 20, 1902 in Portland, Indiana, son of Charles Elmer Wycoff and his wife Cora A. De Moss.. Some sources list his original last name as “Wykoff” or “Waycoff,” and in his early films he acted under the name Leon Waycoff.  Ames made his film debut in Quick […]

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  • William Wyler

    1902 - 1981

    William Wyler (1902 - 1981)

    William Wyler was born to a Jewish family in Mulhouse, Alsace (then part of the German Empire). His Swiss father, Leopold, started as a traveling salesman which he later turned into a thriving haberdashery business in Mulhouse. His mother, Melanie (née Auerbach; died February 13, 1955, Los Angeles, aged 77), was German, and a cousin […]

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  • Gretchen Wyler

    1932 - 2007

    Gretchen Wyler (1932 - 2007)

    Actress. She appeared on stage, in films and television for over six decades.  After beginning her career during the 1950s as a dancer,  she first won fame for her performances in the Broadway productions of “Silk Stockings” and “Sly Fox”.  Wyler went on to appear in such TV series as “The Phil Silvers Show”, “Toast […]

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  • Meg Wyllie

    1917 - 2002

    Meg Wyllie (1917 - 2002)

    Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, she grew up in the Philippines, where her father worked as an engineer in sugar plantations and moved to New York City in the 1940s. In 1960, she was cast as Mrs. Shafer in the episode “The Captain’s Dilemma” of the CBS military sitcom/drama series, Hennesey, starring Jackie Cooper as a United […]

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  • Jane Wyman

    1917 - 2007

    Jane Wyman (1917 - 2007)

    Academy Award-Winning Actress. Born Sarah Jane Mayfield, for many years she gave her birthdate as January 4, 1914 to make herself appear older, enabling her to work full time while still a minor. She launched her professional career in 1930 singing on radio programs under the name “Jane Durrell”,  and after 1932 she obtained small […]

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  • Thomas H. Wyman

    1929 - 2003

    Thomas H. Wyman (1929 - 2003)

    Noted business magnate. Mr. Wyman had been the CEO of many different companies, including CBS, Green Giant, and S.G. Warburg & Co. Inc.  Mr. Wyman also served as a board member for multiple companies, including General Motors Corporation, Hughes Electronics Corporation, Scott Paper Company, Norton Company, Toro, Norwest Bank, The Boston Company, Green Giant Company, […]

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  • Patrice Wymore

    1926 - 2014

    Patrice Wymore (1926 - 2014)

    Actress. Her mother was a pianist and singer, her father was an executive with a trucking company, Patrice became acquainted with the entertainment industry during her early childhood, as performed in song-and-dance routines on the vaudeville circuit, also at county fairs. As a teenager, she modeled and was a vocalist in nightclubs, in addition to […]

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