• 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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  • Bodil Ann Rosing

    1877 - 1941

    Bodil Ann Rosing (1877 - 1941)

    Actress. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark as Bodil Hammerich, she was graduate from the drama school of The Danish Royal Theater. In early 1920s,s she relocated to America, performing as an extremely versatile actor in a variety of ethnicities on Broadway. Going on to the Hollywood studios, she made her big screen debut in the role […]

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  • Bodil Kjer

    1917 - 2003

    Bodil Kjer (1917 - 2003)

    Actress. She was born in Odense, where she received her first training in acting at the local theatre. From 1936 to 1938 she attended the drama school at The Royal Theatre in Copenhagen where she made her debut in 1937. Except for a short interval of five years she stayed at that theatre for the […]

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  • Bolton Coit Brown

    1865 - 1936

    Bolton Coit Brown (1865 - 1936)

    Artist, Lithographer, and Mountaineer. He is remembered as one of the founders of the Byrdcliffe Colony in Woodstock, NY, part of what is now referred to as the Woodstock Art Colony. He attended Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, where he received his Masters Degree in Painting. In 1891 he moved to Stanford, California to create […]

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  • Bonar Colleano

    1924 - 1958

    Bonar Colleano (1924 - 1958)

    Actor. Born Bonar Sullivan in New York City, New York, his stage work included ‘Stanley Kowalski’ in “A Streetcar Named Desire” with Vivien Leigh. He landed his first important role in the 1944’s drama “Johnny in the Clouds.” Later he appeared in other highly regarded films such as “A Matter of Life and Death,” starring […]

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  • Bonaventura Pinzolo

    1887 - 1930

    Bonaventura Pinzolo (1887 - 1930)

    During the Castellammarese war Joe the Boss Masseria chose Joseph Pinzolo to head the Reina Family in the Bronx after the February 26, 1930, murder of Gaetano Reina. On September 9, 1930, members of the Reina Family loyal to Salvatore Maranzano shot Pinzolo to death in his Manhattan business office. After Pinzolo’s death Tommaso (Tommy) […]

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  • Bonita Granville

    1923 - 1988

    Bonita Granville (1923 - 1988)

    Bonita was born on February 2, 1923 in New York City, the daughter of Rosina (née Timponi 1892-1984) and Bernard “Bunny” Granville. Both of her parents were stage performers. She made her film debut at the age of nine in Westward Passage (1933). Over the next couple of years, she played uncredited supporting roles in such […]

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  • Bonnie Franklin

    1944 - 2013

    Bonnie Franklin (1944 - 2013)

    Bonnie Franklin Franklin was born in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Claire (née Hersch) and Samuel Benjamin Franklin, an investment banker. Her parents were both Jewish immigrants, her father from Russia and her mother from Romania.  Her family moved to Beverly Hills when she was thirteen years old, and she graduated from Beverly Hills […]

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  • Bonnie Lee Bakley

    1956 - 2001

    Bonnie Lee Bakley (1956 - 2001)

    Bonnie Lee Bakley Born in Morristown, New Jersey to Edward and Marjorie Bakley. She was raised by and lived with her grandmother. Bonny dropped out of high school and decided to go to New York City to pursue a career in modeling and acting at the Barbizon School of Modeling. She was unsuccessful, however, in […]

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  • Bonnie Lynn Fields

    1944 - 2012

    Bonnie Lynn Fields (1944 - 2012)

    Mouseketeer, Actress. Born Bonita Lynn Fields, she was 12 when she was offered a prized slot on “The Mickey Mouse Club” for its third season in 1957-58 after an audition in Burbank, California that drew 5,000 hopeful children. Although she started as one of the background dancers, she eventually became a standout because of her […]

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  • Bonnie Parker

    1910 - 1934

    Bonnie Parker (1910 - 1934)

    Bonnie Parker The recent airing of a cable TV movie on Bonnie and Clyde renewed what had been for me a childhood fascination with the lives of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the infamous lovers whose inter-state crime spree held America enthralled for over two years before they met an untimely and bloody death when […]

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  • Bonnie Pointer

    1950 - 2020

    Bonnie Pointer (1950 - 2020)

    One of the founding members of the successful R&B act the Pointer Sisters, vocalist Bonnie Pointer was a key component of the act during their early years, when their music was a unique mixture of expert harmonies, New Orleans grooves, and a retro-friendly style that made room for jazz, jump blues, and vintage pop influences. […]

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  • Bonnie Wright Bonnell

    1905 - 1964

    Bonnie Wright Bonnell (1905 - 1964)

    Bonnie Bonnell (August 1, 1905 – March 14, 1964) was an actress who played “straight woman” in seven early short comedies, most of which featured the Three Stooges when they worked with Ted Healy between 1933 and 1934. According to Stooges biographers, she was also Healy’s offscreen girlfriend during that time. In the film Plane Nuts, […]

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  • Bonny Lee Bakley

    1956 - 2001

    Bonny Lee Bakley (1956 - 2001)

    Murder Victim. Born in Morristown, New Jersey to Edward and Marjorie Bakley. She was raised by and lived with her grandmother. Bonny dropped out of high school and decided to go to New York City to pursue a career in modeling and acting at the Barbizon School of Modeling. She was unsuccessful, however, in her […]

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  • Booker Bradshaw

    1941 - 2003

    Booker Bradshaw (1941 - 2003)

    Record Producer, Film & TV Actor. Harvard Graduate, Motown executive, producing albums for Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, and Jose Feliciano. He managed the Supremes for a short period of time, then wrote for TV shows such as “Columbo,” “The Rockford Files,” and “Sanford and Son.” For science fiction fans, he will be remembered as ‘Dr. […]

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  • Booker Taliaferro Washington

    1856 - 1915

    Booker Taliaferro Washington (1856 - 1915)

    Social Reformer.  Born a slave on the James Burroughs’s Plantation in Hale’s Ford, Franklin County, Virginia, he was 9 years old when slavery was abolished.  He attended and graduated from Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in 1875.  In 1881 he was selected to head Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, which is now Tuskegee University.  Booker […]

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  • Booth Colman

    1923 - 2014

    Booth Colman (1923 - 2014)

    Booth Colman (March 8, 1923 – December 15, 2014) was an American film, television and stage actor. In his later years he played older authority figures such as doctors and lawyers. Colman appeared in films since 1952, when he appeared uncredited in The Big Sky directed by Howard Hawks. Booth Colman was born in Portland, Oregon. […]

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  • Bora Laskin

    1912 - 1984

    Bora Laskin (1912 - 1984)

    Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Born in Fort William, Ontario (now Thunder Bay), the son of Max Laskin and Bluma Zingel.  Educated at the University of Toronto, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1933. He received the degrees of Master of Arts in 1935 and Bachelor of Laws in 1936. While at […]

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  • Borden Chase

    1900 - 1971

    Borden Chase (1900 - 1971)

    Motion Picture Screenwriter, Author. He is best known for writing the screenplay for the 1948 Howard Hawks-directed western motion picture “Red River”, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award.  Family links:  Spouse:  Patricia Chase (1926 – 1974)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Boris Aronson

    1899 - 1980

    Boris Aronson (1899 - 1980)

    Theatre Stage Scenic Designer.  Born in Kiev, in the Russian Empire in present day Ukraine. He was the  son of a Jewish rabbi. Boris enrolled in art school during his youth. He became an apprentice to the designer Aleksandra Ekster, who introduced him to the directors Vsevolod Meyerhold and Alexander Tairov, who influenced Boris to […]

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  • Boris Aronson

    1899 - 1980

    Boris Aronson (1899 - 1980)

    Theatre Stage Scenic Designer.  Born in Kiev, in the Russian Empire in present day Ukraine. He was the  son of a Jewish rabbi. Boris enrolled in art school during his youth. He became an apprentice to the designer Aleksandra Ekster, who introduced him to the directors Vsevolod Meyerhold and Alexander Tairov, who influenced Boris to […]

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  • Boris Babochkin

    1904 - 1975

    Boris Babochkin (1904 - 1975)

    Actor, Director. He won international fame in the title role of “Chapaev” (1934), the most financially successful Soviet film of the 1930s.  Babochkin’s commanding yet lovable performance raised the real-life Civil War hero to lasting status as a Russian pop culture icon. Boris Andreyevich Babochkin was born in Saratov, Russia. During the Civil War he […]

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  • Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev

    1878 - 1927

    Boris Mikhailovich Kustodiev (1878 - 1927)

    Painter, his work includes “Merchants Wife.” Student of Ilya Repin.

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  • Boris Sergeevich Brunov

    1922 - 1997

    Boris Sergeevich Brunov (1922 - 1997)

    Actor. Born in Russia, he was one of the Soviet Union’s most noted prominent variety actors and Compère (master of ceremonies). His  International film “Vozvrashcheniye Bronenostsa” (1996), was released after he died at age 75 in Moscow, Russia. (bio by: John “J-Cat” Griffith)  Family links:  Spouse:  Maria Vasilyevna Brunova (1923 – 2013)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Boris Vian

    1920 - 1959

    Boris Vian (1920 - 1959)

    Boris Vian was born in 1920 into an upper middle-class family in the wealthy Parisian suburb of Ville d’Avray (Hauts-de-Seine). His parents were Paul Vian, a young rentier, and Yvonne Ramenez, amateur pianist and harpist. From his father Vian inherited a distrust of the church and the military, as well as a love of the […]

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  • Borislav Brondukov

    1938 - 2004

    Borislav Brondukov (1938 - 2004)

    Actor. He began his acting career in regional theaters in the Ukraine. In 1962, he made his film debut, and appeared in 110 films in the former Soviet Union. His biggest role was as police inspector Lestrade in the TV mini-series “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.” He was honored with several awards […]

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  • Boudleaux Bryant

    1920 - 1970

    Boudleaux Bryant (1920 - 1970)

    Boudleaux Bryant Boudleaux was born in Shellman, Georgia and trained as a classical violinist. He performed with the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra during its 1937-38 season, but had more interest in country fiddling and joined Hank Penny and his Radio Cowboys, an Atlanta-based western music band. In 1945 he met Scaduto, whom he called Felice, while […]

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  • Boxcar Willie

    1931 - 1999

    Boxcar Willie (1931 - 1999)

    Boxcar Willie Boxcar Willie was perhaps the most successful invented character in the history of country music. With his kitschy persona and stage act — highlighted by his amazingly accurate impersonation of a train whistle — Willie played into the stereotype of the lovable, good-natured hobo who spent his life riding the rails and singing […]

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  • Boyd Packer

    1924 - 2015

    Boyd Packer (1924 - 2015)

    Boyd Packer was born on September 10, 1924, in Brigham City, Utah, the tenth of eleven children born to Ira Wight Packer and Emma Jensen. As a young boy, he contracted polio. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces in the spring of 1943. He graduated as a […]

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  • Brace Bell Beemer

    1902 - 1965

    Brace Bell Beemer (1902 - 1965)

    Radio Actor. He was the 3rd actor to play the voice of ‘The Lone Ranger’ on radio. He played the voice from 1941 to 1954.  Family links:  Spouse:  Leta Wales Beemer (1900 – 1993)* *Calculated relationship

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