• Dana Wynter

    1931 - 2011

    Dana Wynter (1931 - 2011)

    Actress. Born Dagmar Spencer-Marcus, daughter of a surgeon, she was raised in London and later Southern Rhodesia before attending Rhodes University where she studied pre-med. She abandoned her pursuit in the medical field after catching the acting bug and began performing in amateur theater productions, prior to making her film debut with an uncredited part […]

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  • Diana Wynyard

    1906 - 1964

    Diana Wynyard (1906 - 1964)

    Leading British actress of both stage and screen. Born Dorothy Isobel Cox in London, she began her acting career on stage in 1927. In 1932 she made her Hollywood debut in “Rasputin and the Empress” anlongside John, Lionel and Ethel Barrymore. Her film career went on to include the likes of “Cavalcade”(1933), “Reunion in Vienna”(1933), […]

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  • Louis XVIII of France

    1755 - 1824

    Louis XVIII of France (1755 - 1824)

    Louis Stanislas Xavier, styled Count of Provence from birth, was born on 17 November 1755 in the Palace of Versailles, the son of Louis, Dauphin of France, and his wife Maria Josepha of Saxony. He was the grandson of the reigning King Louis XV. As a son of the Dauphin he was a Fils de […]

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  • Keye Luke

    1904 - 1991

    Keye Luke (1904 - 1991)

    Luke was born in Canton, China, to a father who owned an art shop, but grew up in Seattle. He was part of the Luke family, a relative of Wing Luke, for whom Seattle’s Wing Luke Asian Museum was named. He had four siblings who all emigrated from China to California during the Depression. His […]

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  • Margarita Xirgu

    1888 - 1969

    Margarita Xirgu (1888 - 1969)

    Noted Spanish-born stage actress. She was a friend of the poet Federico García Lorca and was forced to exile during Franco’s dictatorship. She developed her career in Spain and America. She is remembered on stage in plays such as “Como tù me Deseas,” “Mariana Pineda,” and “La Casa de Bernarda Alba.” Originally buried at Cementerio […]

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  • Margarita Xirgu

    1888 - 1969

    Margarita Xirgu (1888 - 1969)

    Noted Spanish-born stage actress. She was a friend of the poet Federico García Lorca and was forced to exile during Franco’s dictatorship. She developed her career in Spain and America. She is remembered on stage in plays such as “Como tù me Deseas,” “Mariana Pineda,” and “La Casa de Bernarda Alba.” Originally buried at Cementerio […]

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  • Cleyde Yaconis

    1923 - 2013

    Cleyde Yaconis (1923 - 2013)

    Actress. A pretty blonde with a deep voice, she is remembered for a career of more than 60 years that saw her earn her reputation by portraying ladies older than herself. Born Cleyde Becker Yaconis in the Sao Paulo suburb of Pirassununga to an Italian father and a Brazilian mother, she was raised in Santos […]

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  • Elihu Yale

    1649 - 1721

    Elihu Yale (1649 - 1721)

    Namesake and benefactor of Yale University.

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  • Isuzu Yamada

    1917 - 2012

    Isuzu Yamada (1917 - 2012)

    Actress. One of her country’s most respected performers, she shall perhaps be best remembered in the West for her portrayal of the Lady Macbeth character in 1957’s “Throne of Blood”. Born Mitsu Yamada to a theatrical family, she received both musical and dance training as a child and at 13 was signed by the Nikkatsu […]

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  • Tura Satana

    1938 - 2011

    Tura Satana (1938 - 2011)

    Satana was born Tura Luna Pascual Yamaguchi in Hokkaidō, Japan. Her father was a silent movie actor of Japanese and Filipino descent, and her mother was a circus performer of American Indian (Cheyenne) and Scots-Irish background. After the end of World War II and a stint in the Manzanar internment camp in Lone Pine, California, […]

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  • Hiroshi Yamauchi

    1927 - 2013

    Hiroshi Yamauchi (1927 - 2013)

    Businessman, Sports Team Owner. He served as president of the Nintendo Company from 1949 until 2002. In 1992, he acquired majority proprietorship of the Seattle Mariners. After leaving Waseda University, he succeeded his grandfather as the third president of Nintendo and during his tenure at that capacity, the company which originally made playing cards went […]

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  • Tadao Yanaihara

    1893 - 1961

    Tadao Yanaihara (1893 - 1961)

    An educator and economist, Yanaihara also served as a president of Tokyo University.  (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett)

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  • Marvin Yancy

    1950 - 1985

    Marvin Yancy (1950 - 1985)

    Marvin Yancy was born on May 31, 1950, in Chicago, Illinois, as Marvin Jerome Yancy, to Reverend Robert Yancy Sr., who was the pastor of Fountain of Life Baptist Church, at the time of his death in 1977, and his mother, Anne. This was when Marvin stepped into the pastoral role of the church that […]

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  • Barton Yarborough

    1900 - 1951

    Barton Yarborough (1900 - 1951)

    William Barton Yarborough (October 2, 1900 – December 19, 1951) was an American actor who worked extensively in radio drama.  He was born in Goldthwaite, Texas. As a youth, Yarborough ran away from home, attracted by the vaudeville stages, and he first worked in radio during the 1920s. He attended college at the University of […]

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  • Rosita Yarza

    1922 - 1996

    Rosita Yarza (1922 - 1996)

    Noted Spanish Stage and Screen Actress. She began her career in 1939 with the film “El Rey que Rabió.” She also appeared in “Malvaloca” (1942), “Mariona Rebull” (1947), “¿Dónde vas Triste de ti?” (1960), “Las Últimas Horas” (1965) and “La Otra Orilla.” She was married to actor José María Seoane.

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  • Rosita Yarza

    1922 - 1996

    Rosita Yarza (1922 - 1996)

    Noted Spanish Stage and Screen Actress. She began her career in 1939 with the film “El Rey que Rabió.” She also appeared in “Malvaloca” (1942), “Mariona Rebull” (1947), “¿Dónde vas Triste de ti?” (1960), “Las Últimas Horas” (1965) and “La Otra Orilla.” She was married to actor José María Seoane. (bio by: José L Bernabé […]

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  • Tetsu Yasui

    1970 - 1970

    Tetsu Yasui (1970 - 1970)

    Educator. As president of Tokyo Women’s Christian University, Yasui became the first woman in Japan to serve in such a capacity. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett)

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  • Peter Yates

    1929 - 2011

    Peter Yates (1929 - 2011)

    The son of an army officer, Peter Yates attended Charterhouse School as a boy, graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and worked for some years as an actor, director and stage manager. In the 1950s he started in the film industry as a dubbing assistant and later an assistant director for Tony Richardson […]

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  • Pauline Yates

    1929 - 2015

    Pauline Yates (1929 - 2015)

    Actress. She was an English performer, best known for her a role as Elizabeth Perrin on the BBC television series, “The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin” (1976-79). After leaving school, she went straight into acting in stage shows at age 17. In 1957, she was cast in the role of Estelle Waterman for the […]

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  • Adam Yauch

    1964 - 2012

    Adam Yauch (1964 - 2012)

    Born in Brooklyn, New York City, Adam Yauch was the only child of a social worker and a painter and architect. Yauch had a non-religious upbringing. His father had been raised a Catholic and his mother was Jewish.  Yauch attended Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn’s Midwood neighborhood. In high school, he taught himself […]

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  • Ralph Yearsley

    1896 - 1928

    Ralph Yearsley (1896 - 1928)

    Silent-era motion picture actor. Married to actress Grace Yearsley.

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  • Grace Yearsley

    1895 - 1967

    Grace Yearsley (1895 - 1967)

    American motion picture actress in the silent era (1910s, 1920s). Later became one of the charter members of local 776 Motion Picture Film Editors. Married to actor Ralph Yearsley. (bio by: A.J. Marik)

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  • Lina Yegros

    1913 - 1978

    Lina Yegros (1913 - 1978)

    Actress. She began her career at the age of 17 on stage, but soon moved to cinema, where she was known as “La Dulce Llorona” (“The Sweet Weeper”), because often she played dramatic roles. She become a movie star during Spanish Second Republic. She is best remembered for films such as “La Bien Pagada” (1933), […]

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  • Charles Tyson Yerkes

    1837 - 1905

    Charles Tyson Yerkes (1837 - 1905)

    Businessman. He was responsible for establishing streetcar lines in Chicago in the late 1880s and headed the syndicate that built the London Underground at the turn of the century. Labeled by some a “robber baron”, he was said to be the source of inspiration for Theodore Dreiser’s novels “The Financier” (1912), “The Titan” (1914), and […]

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  • Miruts Yifter

    1944 - 2016

    Miruts Yifter (1944 - 2016)

    Born in Adigrat, in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia, Miruts Yifter spent early parts of his youth working in different factories and as a carriage driver. His talent as a long-distance runner was noticed when he joined the Ethiopian Air Force. Miruts Yifter was called to the Ethiopian national team for the 1968 Summer Olympics in […]

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  • Kerem Yilmazer

    1945 - 2003

    Kerem Yilmazer (1945 - 2003)

    Actor. He was one of Turkey’s leading actors in numerous films. His films include, “Yarali Kurt” (1972), “Gokce Cicek” (1972), “The Bride” (1973), “Ben Dagarken Olmusun” (1973), and “Gungormusler” (1976). Yilmazer died on november 20, 2003, at the age of 48. He was one of the 27 people killed in the double terrorist bombings in […]

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  • Anita Mui

    1963 - 2003

    Anita Mui (1963 - 2003)

    Mui experienced much hardship in her childhood. She was the youngest daughter in a family of four children. Her elder sister, Ann Mui, was also a singer. The children were raised in a single parent family. In some of her interviews, Mui mentioned that she had never met her father. This meant that she had […]

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  • Gakkai Yoda

    1970 - 1970

    Gakkai Yoda (1970 - 1970)

    Scholar of classical Chinese. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett)

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  • Al Jolson

    1886 - 1950

    Al Jolson (1886 - 1950)

    Al Jolson Legendary singer, actor, entertainer. Al Jolson was one of the greatest entertainers of the first half of the 20th century, referred to as the World’s Greatest Entertainer in his time. A singer and dancer of boundless energy and expressive face, Jolson’s greatest claim to fame was starring in the first talking motion picture, […]

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  • Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

    1917 - 2008

    Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (1917 - 2008)

    Transcendental Meditation founder and developer. He originated the meditation technique and related programs and initiatives, including schools and a university with campuses in the United States and China. Born in India, with various years given for his birth: most frequently 1911, 1917, and 1918, and some sources state he was born on January 12 but […]

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