• Lilyan Chauvin

    1925 - 2008

    Lilyan Chauvin (1925 - 2008)

    Chauvin began her career working in broadcasting in France. Her mother was French and her father was Italian. While under contract to a French radio station she had her heart set on becoming a lawyer; however her earnings soon exceeded that of her parents and she gave serious consideration to making show business her way […]

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  • Meles Zenawi

    1955 - 2012

    Meles Zenawi (1955 - 2012)

    Meles was born in Adwa, Tigray, in northern Ethiopia, to an Ethiopian father Zenawi Asres from Adwa and Alemash Guebreluel from Adi Quala, Eritrea. He was the third of six children in the family. His first name at birth was “Legesse” (thus Legesse Zenawi, Ge’ez: ለገሰ ዜናዊ legesse zēnāwī). However, he eventually became better known […]

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  • Si Zentner

    1917 - 2000

    Si Zentner (1917 - 2000)

    Simon Hugh “Si” Zentner (June 13, 1917 in New York City – January 31, 2000 in Las Vegas, Nevada) was an American trombonist and jazz big-band leader. Si Zentner played violin from age four and picked up trombone a few years later. As a teenager, he was awarded the Guggenheim Foundation Philharmonic Scholarship. He attended college […]

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  • Mai Zetterling

    1925 - 1994

    Mai Zetterling (1925 - 1994)

    Actress. Born in Sweden, she moved to London, England to pursue her career in film career. After an impoverished childhood and training at the Royal Dramatic Theatre School, Stockholm, Sweden. She starred in films like Frenzy in 1944 and came to England to play Frieda in 1947. Her film credits include, “Portrait from Life” in […]

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  • Mai Elisabeth Zetterling

    1925 - 1994

    Mai Elisabeth Zetterling (1925 - 1994)

    Actress. Born in Sweden, she moved to London, England to pursue her career in film career. After an impoverished childhood and training at the Royal Dramatic Theatre School, Stockholm, Sweden. She starred in films like Frenzy in 1944 and came to England to play Frieda in 1947. Her film credits include, “Portrait from Life” in […]

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  • Monica Zetterlund

    1937 - 2005

    Monica Zetterlund (1937 - 2005)

    Jazz singer, actress, comedienne. One of Sweden’s most acclaimed jazz singers with international recognition. In 1964 she teamed with Bill Evans making the record “Waltz for Debby,” considered one of her best recordings. She also performed with Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, Thad Jones and Zoot Sims, and the Swedish jazz musician Arne Domnerus, among others. One […]

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  • Monica Zetterlund

    1937 - 2005

    Monica Zetterlund (1937 - 2005)

    Jazz singer, actress, comedienne. One of Sweden’s most acclaimed jazz singers with international recognition. In 1964 she teamed with Bill Evans making the record “Waltz for Debby,” considered one of her best recordings. She also performed with Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, Thad Jones and Zoot Sims, and the Swedish jazz musician Arne Domnerus, among others. One […]

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  • Georgi Zhzhyonov

    1915 - 2005

    Georgi Zhzhyonov (1915 - 2005)

    Actor. An enormously popular character star of late Soviet era stage and screen. Western critics called him “The Russian Bogart” for his tough-guy demeanor. In an outlandish twist of fate, he spent 17 years in prison and exile on false charges of being a spy, only to later win fame and official honor for playing […]

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  • Karen Black

    1939 - 2013

    Karen Black (1939 - 2013)

    Karen Black Actress. She is best remembered for her appearances in the notable films “Easy Rider” (1969), “Five Easy Pieces” (1970), “The Great Gatsby” (1974). “Rhinoceros” (1974), “Airport 1975” (1974), “The Day of the Locust” (1975), “Nashville” (1975), and Alfred Hitchcock’s final film, “Family Plot’ (1976). Born Karen Blanche Ziegler, her mother wrote children’s novels […]

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  • Nancy Zieman

    1953 - 2017

    Nancy Zieman (1953 - 2017)

    Nancy Zieman’s face was partially paralyzed due to Bell’s palsy. She acquired it due to an ear infection when she was a toddler.  Zieman was always open about her condition; she wrote about it, was interviewed by journalists, and hosted a segment on her television show with medical professionals. She jokingly referred to herself as […]

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  • Cynthia Lynn

    1936 - 2014

    Cynthia Lynn (1936 - 2014)

    Cynthia Lynn (born Zinta Valda Ziemelis; April 2, 1936 – March 10, 2014) was a Latvian-born American actress. Cynthia Lynn was born in Latvia as Zinta Valda Ziemelis. She and her mother fled in 1944, eventually arriving in the United States in 1950. Cynthia Lynn is best known as “Fraulein Helga” in Hogan’s Heroes during the first […]

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  • Marjorie Zier

    1909 - 1952

    Marjorie Zier (1909 - 1952)

    Actress. Also known as Jerry Zier, she was most noted for appearing in early western talkies. Her credits included “Cactus Trails” (1927), “A Racing Romeo” (1927), “Phantom Of The Range” (1928) and “Dynamite” (1929). 

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  • Marjorie Zier

    1909 - 1952

    Marjorie Zier (1909 - 1952)

    Actress. Also known as Jerry Zier, she was most noted for appearing in early western talkies. Her credits included “Cactus Trails” (1927), “A Racing Romeo” (1927), “Phantom Of The Range” (1928) and “Dynamite” (1929). (bio by: John “J-Cat” Griffith)  Family links:  Spouse:  Michael John Patrick Cudahy (1907 – 1947)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Zig Ziglar

    1926 - 2012

    Zig Ziglar (1926 - 2012)

    Zig Ziglar was born in Coffee County in southeastern Alabama to John Silas Ziglar and Lila Wescott Ziglar. He was the tenth of twelve children.  In 1931, when Ziglar was five years old, his father took a management position at a Mississippi farm, and his family moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi, where he spent most […]

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  • Wolfgang Zilzer

    1901 - 1991

    Wolfgang Zilzer (1901 - 1991)

    Character Actor. He was born in USA of german parents. He is remembered as the man with expired papers who was murdered in the first scene of the classic film “Casablanca.” He and his girlfriend Lotte Palfi (the woman who try to sell her jewels) were the true lovers of “Casablanca”, because after the release […]

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  • Valentina Zimina

    1899 - 1928

    Valentina Zimina (1899 - 1928)

    Actress. Born in Russia, during the Russian Civil War she escaped the country and came to Hollywood in 1923. She became a popular figure of the silent film era romantic melodramas making her debut in “A Son Of His Father” (1925). Her other credits included “Rose Of The Tenements” (1926), “La Boheme” (1926), “The Woman […]

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  • Don Zimmer

    1931 - 2014

    Don Zimmer (1931 - 2014)

    Zimmer, nicknamed “Zim,” “Gerbil,” and sometimes “Popeye” because of his facial resemblance to the cartoon character, began his career in 1949 with the Cambridge Dodgers of the Class-D Eastern Shore League. He then played with the Hornell Dodgers of the Class-D PONY League in 1950, the Elmira Pioneers of the Single-A Eastern League in 1951, the Mobile Bears of the Double-A Southern League in 1952, and the St. Paul Saints of the Triple-A American Association in 1953 […]

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  • Donald Woods

    1906 - 1998

    Donald Woods (1906 - 1998)

    Born Ralph Lewis Zink in Brandon, Manitoba, Donald Woods moved with his family to California and was raised in Burbank. A son of William and Margaret Zink (the family was of German descent; their religion was Presbyterian), his younger brother was actor Russell Conway, born Russell Clarence Zink, in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada, on April 25, […]

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  • Harold Zinkin, Sr

    1922 - 2004

    Harold Zinkin, Sr (1922 - 2004)

    He was a fitness pioneer with the invention of the Universal Gym Machine where you can do several exercises on one piece of equipment. He was crowned the first Mr. California in the state bodybuilding contest. He was a regular member of the Muscle Beach which inspired the fitness movement in this country. He moved […]

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  • Vince Edwards

    1928 - 1996

    Vince Edwards (1928 - 1996)

    Edwards was born in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York City, New York, to Julia and Vincento Zoino. He and his twin brother, Anthony, were the youngest of seven children. He was a standout on his high school swim team and went on to study at Ohio State University on an athletic scholarship. He […]

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  • Charlotte Zolotow

    1915 - 2013

    Charlotte Zolotow (1915 - 2013)

    Charlotte Shapiro was born in Norfolk, Virginia. She studied writing with Helen C. White at the University of Wisconsin Madison from 1933 to 1936 and then moved to New York City where she started at Harper & Bros as secretary to the children’s books editor Ursula Nordstrom.  She was married to Maurice Zolotow from 1938 […]

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  • China Zorilla

    1922 - 2014

    China Zorilla (1922 - 2014)

    Actress. Born Concepción Matilde Zorrilla de San Martín Muñoz, daughter of sculptor José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín, and granddaughter of Uruguay’s national poet Juan Zorrilla de San Martín, she grew up in Paris. After a career in the Uruguayan theatre, she moved to Argentina where she began a new lifelong career in movies, theatre […]

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  • China Zorrilla

    1922 - 1922

    China Zorrilla (1922 - 1922)

    Born in Montevideo into an aristocratic Uruguayan family, “China” was the second of the five daughters of Guma Muñoz del Campo and sculptor José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín (1891–1975), a disciple of Antoine Bourdelle, responsible for monuments in Uruguay and Argentina. Revered as Uruguay’s national poet, her paternal grandfather was Juan Zorrilla de San Martín, […]

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  • Voula Zouboulaki

    1924 - 2015

    Voula Zouboulaki (1924 - 2015)

    Greek Actress. Born Paraskevi Zouboulaki, she was an actress who appeared in both film and on the theatrical stage for over fifty years. She attended the Dramatic School of the National Theatre, the School of the National Odeon and the Law School of the University of Athens.  Zouboulaki went first into acting on the stage […]

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  • Vilmos Zsigmond

    1930 - 2016

    Vilmos Zsigmond (1930 - 2016)

    Vilmos Zsigmond was born in Szeged, Hungary, the son of Bozena (née Illichman), an administrator, and Vilmos Zsigmond, a celebrated soccer player and coach. He studied cinema at the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest. He received an MA in cinematography. He worked for five years in a Budapest feature film studio becoming “director […]

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  • Frances Zucco

    1886 - 1960

    Frances Zucco (1886 - 1960)

    British-born stage and screen actor of the 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. Began his prolific film career after decades of London and Broadway stage experience. Fondly remembered for his character roles in popular films such as “The Hunchback of notre Dame” (1939), and the three Universal Studios “The Mummy” pictures (1940, ’42, ’44), in […]

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  • Frances Zucco

    2019 - 1962

    Frances Zucco (2019 - 1962)

    British-born film actress of the 1950s. Daughter of famed character actor George Zucco.

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  • Frances Marion Zucco

    1931 - 1962

    Frances Marion Zucco (1931 - 1962)

    British-born film actress of the 1950s. Daughter of famed character actor George Zucco. (bio by: A.J. Marik)  Family links:  Parents:  George Zucco (1886 – 1960)  Stella Francis Zucco (1900 – 1999)  Spouse:  James Richard Maguire (1933 – 2002)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Marco Zucker

    1921 - 2003

    Marco Zucker (1921 - 2003)

    Famed Actor. He had a long and successful career that lasted 76 years on stage, cinema (60 movies) and television.

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  • Lillian Zuckerman

    1916 - 2004

    Lillian Zuckerman (1916 - 2004)

    Actress. A longtime character actress Zuckerman appeared in many films that were set in or had something to do with Florida. Among her films are, “Lenny” (1974), “Deadbeat” (1976), “nobody’s Perfekt” (1981), “The Mean Season” (1985), and Making Mr Right” (1987). Zuckerman also was a model, voice actress, and also appeared in commercials, and episodes […]

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