• Marguerite Nichols

    1895 - 1941

    Marguerite Nichols (1895 - 1941)

    Actress. Born Marguerite Nichols,  she played blonde ingenues and leading ladies in some 20 early Hollywood films. Her credits include “Counsel for the Defense” (1915), “Little Mary Sunshine” (1916), “The Torch Bearer” (1916),  “The Power of Evil” (1916),  and “The Girl o’ Dreams” (1918).  Nichols retired from the screen in 1918 to marry comedy producer […]

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  • Marguerite Snow

    1889 - 1958

    Marguerite Snow (1889 - 1958)

    American silent screen actress She entered films in 1911 and retired in 1925. Married to actor/director James Cruze, and later to actor Neely Edwards  Family links:  Spouses:  Neely Edwards (1883 – 1965)  James Cruze (1884 – 1942)*  Children:  Julie Jane Cruze (1913 – 1946)* *Calculated relationshipCause of death: Kidney failure

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  • Mari Andriessen

    1897 - 1979

    Mari Andriessen (1897 - 1979)

    Artist. Sculptor.  Born and died in Haarlem, Best known for his work memorializing victims of the Holocaust. He studied for several years at the Kunstnijverheids school in Haarlem and then studied sculpture at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, where he was taught by the sculptor Jan Bronner. His first monumental commissions came mainly from the Catholic […]

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  • Mari Blanchard

    1927 - 1970

    Mari Blanchard (1927 - 1970)

    Mari Blanchard was born on April 13, 1927 in Long Beach, California. A polio victim at age 9, Blanchard’s health eventually improved enough that she ran away from home and joined a circus in her teens. She then attended the University of Southern California, getting her degree. In the late 1940s, Blanchard became a successful print […]

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  • Mari Carmen Prendes

    1906 - 2002

    Mari Carmen Prendes (1906 - 2002)

    Spanish-born screen, stage and television actress, sister of actors Mercedes and Luis Prendes. She made her debut on stage at the age of 15 in the play “Los millones de Monty.” Before the start of Spanish Civil War she went to Buenos Aires(Argentina) and she not returned to Spain until 1945. On stage she played […]

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  • Mari Carmen Prendes

    1906 - 2002

    Mari Carmen Prendes (1906 - 2002)

    Spanish-born screen, stage and television actress, sister of actors Mercedes and Luis Prendes. She made her debut on stage at the age of 15 in the play “Los millones de Monty.” Before the start of Spanish Civil War she went to Buenos Aires(Argentina) and she not returned to Spain until 1945. On stage she played […]

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  • Mari Jaszai

    1850 - 1926

    Mari Jaszai (1850 - 1926)

    Hungarian Actress and Singer. One of the greatest european actress of her era. She was best known for her interpretation of tragic Shakesperian heroines. The Mari Jaszai Award, is a Hungarian award given to top actors and actreses. The Mari Jaszai Theatre and the downtown square in Budapest are named in her honor. (bio by: […]

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  • Maria Anna Klausmann

    1970 - 1898

    Maria Anna Klausmann (1970 - 1898)

    Maria’s brothers were beer brewing pioneers in St. Louis. Maria married Carl Klausmann & they opened a restaurant known as “Our House.” The business propsered & they established the Klausmann Brewery in 1857. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Klausmann took full charge of the business & developed a manufacturing interest which ultimately yielded […]

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  • María Blanchard

    1881 - 1932

    María Blanchard (1881 - 1932)

    Artist. A leading Cubist painter in the early 20th century. Born in Santander, Spain, Blanchard moved to Madrid to become a painter in 1903,  and continued her studies in Paris on 1909. During this time she was introduced to Cubism after meeting painter Juan Gris. The following year, Blanchard received a medal in the National […]

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  • María Casares

    1922 - 1996

    María Casares (1922 - 1996)

    Spanish Actress. She was the daughter of politician Casares Quiroga, and was forced to exile during Franco’s Dictatorship. She spent most of her career in France, on stage and in cinema. Among others, she appeared in “Les Enfants du Paradis” (1944), “Les Dames du Bois de Boulogne” (1945), “La Chartreuse de Parme” (1947), “Orphée” (1950), […]

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  • Maria Caselotti

    1893 - 1961

    Maria Caselotti (1893 - 1961)

    Actress. A member of the Royal Opera in Rome, Caselotti for many years continued on the stage as a concert singer and was one Hollywood’s earliest voice teachers. She also sang with the Havana Opera Company and the San Carlos Company in Italy. Her daughter, Adriana, competed (and won) against 150 other young women including […]

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  • Maria Clementine Martin

    1775 - 1843

    Maria Clementine Martin (1775 - 1843)

    She was a nun, and after secularization she became a nurse and later a businesswoman. She invented the herbal drink “Melissengeist,” and in 1826 founded the company “Klosterfrau Melissengeist” which continues to be a large and successful business in Germany today.

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  • Maria Clementine Martin

    1775 - 1843

    Maria Clementine Martin (1775 - 1843)

    She was a nun, and after secularization she became a nurse and later a businesswoman. She invented the herbal drink “Melissengeist,” and in 1826 founded the company “Klosterfrau Melissengeist” which continues to be a large and successful business in Germany today.

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  • Maria de los Angeles Felix

    1914 - 2002

    Maria de los Angeles Felix (1914 - 2002)

    Ms. Felix was the foremost Mexican film star. She was world renowned for her beauty  and glamorous style.  Ms. Felix was the inspiration many poets, writers, and painters such as, Diego Rivera, with who she maintained a love affair.  She made 47 films in countries such as Mexico, France, Italy, Spain, and Argentina.  Ms. Felix […]

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  • Maria Della Costa

    1926 - 2015

    Maria Della Costa (1926 - 2015)

    Actress. A pretty brunette, she is remembered for her long career on the Brazilian stage and screen. Born Gentile Maria Marchioro Della Costa to Italian immigrant parents, she was attractive from a young age and had a significant modeling career by the time she was 14. Drawn to the stage, she made her 1944 theatrical […]

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  • Maria Elena Marques

    1926 - 2008

    Maria Elena Marques (1926 - 2008)

    Actress. One of Mexico’s leading entertainment personalities, she is most remembered for several dozen films made over a 40 year career. Born Maria Elena Marques Rangel she was raised in the Mexican Capital, made her silver screen bow in the 1942 “Two Hearts and One Tango”, and the next year was praised for her performance […]

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  • María Elena Velasco

    1940 - 2015

    María Elena Velasco (1940 - 2015)

    María Elena Velasco was born in Puebla, to Tomás Velasco, a railway mechanic, and María Elena Fragoso. She had three siblings, Gloria, Tomás and Susana. After the death of Tomás Velasco, the family moved to Mexico City, where she worked as a dancer at the Teatro Tívoli. Later, she became one of the showgirls of the […]

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  • María Fernanda Ladrón de Guevara

    1897 - 1974

    María Fernanda Ladrón de Guevara (1897 - 1974)

    Stage and Screen Actress. She was born and died in Madrid. She debuted on stage at the age of 17 in stage company of María Guerrero on the play “La Malquerida” of Jacinto Benavente, becoming a Lady of Spanish Stage. In 1922, she married to valencian actor Rafael Rivelles and formed their own stage company, […]

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  • Maria Hadfield Cosway

    1760 - 1838

    Maria Hadfield Cosway (1760 - 1838)

    Artist. Born Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia Hadfield in Florence, Italy to English parents. Convent educated, her talent for art was recognized early and she studied both in Italy and England. At nineteen she was elected a member of the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence. She traveled to England at the invitation of Angelica Kauffman […]

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  • María Herminia Avellaneda

    1933 - 1997

    María Herminia Avellaneda (1933 - 1997)

    Stage, movie and television director. Well remembered for being the director of the movies “Rosa de Lejos” and “Juguemos en el Mundo” and the soap operas “Rosa de Lejos” and “Señora de Ordoñez.” (bio by: 380W)

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  • Maria Jacobini

    1892 - 1944

    Maria Jacobini (1892 - 1944)

    Actress. Regarded by many one of the great divas of the Italian silent cinema era. Born into a noble Roman family, she discovered at a young age her love for theater attending courses at the Academy of Dramatic Arts and following the lessons of Virginia Marini and Eduardo Boutet. Immediately after graduation she started her […]

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  • Maria Katherina Holz Balasic

    1896 - 1963

    Maria Katherina Holz Balasic (1896 - 1963)

    Circus Performer. She was a member of the Royal Vienna Ballet and member of the Balasic Family Acrobats. (bio by: Mark Balasi)

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  • Maria Louise Baldwin

    1856 - 1922

    Maria Louise Baldwin (1856 - 1922)

    Educator. She was one of the most distinguished African-American educators of the late 19th and early 20th century. First a teacher, later principal, then Master of the interracial Agassiz Grammar School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, she was the first African-American woman to attain those positions in the state. She was also active in many clubs, including […]

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  • Maria Louise Sanford

    1836 - 1920

    Maria Louise Sanford (1836 - 1920)

    Educator. Served as professor of English and history at Swarthmore College from 1869 to 1879, and professor of rhetoric and elocution at the University of Minnesota from 1880 to 1909. She is one of two Minnesotans honored with a statue in Statuary Hall in the United States Capitol Building.

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  • María Luisa Bombal

    1910 - 1980

    María Luisa Bombal (1910 - 1980)

    Author. Her most important works was the short novels “The Last Fog” and “La Amortajada”, which won the Novel’s Prize by Santiago Municipality in 1941. In 1942 she moved to California after the movie rights were bought for “The Last Fog”. There she worked with John Huston, director of the project, who called Lauren Bacall […]

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  • María Luisa Ponte

    1918 - 1996

    María Luisa Ponte (1918 - 1996)

    Actress. Daughter of actors Enrique Ponte and Haydée Mancini Puggi, she began her career on stage at the age of seven. She played in several plays during her long career, becoming one of the best actresses on stage and later in cinema, often playing women of strong character. On stage, she triumphed on “Las Bicicletas […]

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  • María Luisa Robledo

    1912 - 2005

    María Luisa Robledo (1912 - 2005)

    Stage and cinema actress. Born in Madrid, Spain, her career lasted almost 80 years. She appeared in 20 films and is best remembered for her role in “La Historia Oficial.” (bio by: 380W)

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  • Maria Mandl

    1912 - 1948

    Maria Mandl (1912 - 1948)

    Maria Mandl was born in Münzkirchen, Upper Austria, then part of Austria-Hungary, the daughter of a shoemaker. After the Anschluss by Nazi Germany, Mandl moved to Munich, and on 15 October 1938 joined the camp staff as an Aufseherin at Lichtenburg, an early Nazi concentration camp in the Province of Saxony where she worked with fifty […]

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  • Maria Montez

    1912 - 1951

    Maria Montez (1912 - 1951)

    Montez was born María Antonia García Vidal de Santo Silas (some sources cite María África Gracia Vidal or María África Antonia García Vidal de Santo Silas as her birth name) in Barahona, Dominican Republic. She was one of ten children born to Ysidoro García, who worked as the Spanish consul in Dominican Republic, and his […]

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  • Maria Ouspenskaya

    1876 - 1949

    Maria Ouspenskaya (1876 - 1949)

    Actress. Born in Tula, Russia, she began his career singing at the Warsaw Conservatory and acting at Adasheff’s School of the Drama in Moscow. In 1922, she relocated to New York and was a regular on Broadway for the next decade. Her first Hollywood film role was in “Dodsworth” (1936), which brought her a Academy […]

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