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  • Camilla Williams

    1919 - 2012

    Camilla Williams (1919 - 2012)

    On October 18, 1919, Camilla Ella Williams was born in Danville, Virginia, to Fannie Carey Williams and Cornelius Booker Williams, who worked as a chauffeur. She was the youngest of four children (Mary, Helen, and Cornelius).  “My grandparents and parents were self-taught musicians; all of them sang, and there was always music in our home.” […]

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  • Andy Williams

    1927 - 2012

    Andy Williams (1927 - 2012)

    Andy Williams Williams was born in Wall Lake, Iowa, the son of Jay Emerson and Florence (née Finley) Williams. Williams attended Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio; he finished high school at University High School, in West Los Angeles, because of his family’s move to California. He had three older brothers—Bob, Don, and Dick […]

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  • Clara Williams

    1888 - 1928

    Clara Williams (1888 - 1928)

    Actress. Born in Seattle, Washington, she was a popular figure of the silent film era making her screen debut in “Western Chivalry” (1910). With the success of “The Italian” (1915), in which she played the wife of an immigrant, resulted in her being typecast in roles as Latin characters. Her numerous credits included “The Man […]

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  • Esther Williams

    1921 - 2013

    Esther Williams (1921 - 2013)

    Esther Williams Born in Inglewood, California, on August 8, 1921, Williams was the fifth and youngest child of Louis Stanton Williams (January 19, 1886 – June 10, 1968) and Bula Myrtle (née Gilpin; October 8, 1885 – December 29, 1971). Louis Williams was a sign painter and Bula Myrtle Williams was a psychologist. The two […]

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  • Kathlyn Williams

    1888 - 1960

    Kathlyn Williams (1888 - 1960)

    Actress and Screenwriter. Married to Paramount Pictures general manager Charles Eyton, Williams directed 2 films, wrote 6 screenplays and acted in 176 films. (bio by: TLS)  Family links:  Spouse:  Charles Eyton (1871 – 1941)

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  • Megan Mingyu Williams

    1956 - 2000

    Megan Mingyu Williams (1956 - 2000)

    Actress. Best known for her performances in the Australian mini series Anzacs (1985), Return to Eden (1986) and her role as Alice Sullivan in the Australian TV series the “Sullivans” (1976). Her first major role occurred in 1974 in the Australian soap opera “Class of 74.” Her other notable acting credits include “All at Sea” […]

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  • Carl Williams

    1970 - 2010

    Carl Williams (1970 - 2010)

    Carl Williams (13 October 1970[2] – 19 April 2010) was an Australian convicted murderer and drug trafficker from the state of Victoria. He was the central figure in the Melbourne gangland killings. Williams attended Broadmeadows West Technical School, leaving in Year 11. Williams spent much of his childhood in Western Melbourne with his friends and older […]

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  • Rhoda Williams

    1930 - 2006

    Rhoda Williams (1930 - 2006)

    Voice Actress. A native of Denver, Colorado, she is best known as the voice of the evil step-sister ‘Drizella’ in the classic Disney animated film, “Cinderella” (1950). She began her career at the age of 9, and then she got the role of ‘Betty’ on the radio version of “Father Knows Best” from 1949 to […]

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  • Sigfred Ann “Siggie” Nordstrom Williams

    1893 - 1980

    Sigfred Ann “Siggie” Nordstrom Williams (1893 - 1980)

    Model, Actress, Singer, Entertainer, she started as a hat model. Named Queen of the Polar Bears when she was the first to break through the ice of Lake Michigan and was caught by the lens of an ambitious photographer in a fetching pose that appeared in the papers all across the country.  She always claimed […]

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  • Willie Williams

    1956 - 2005

    Willie Williams (1956 - 2005)

    William James “Flip” Williams, Jr. (November 9, 1956 – October 25, 2005) was a mass murderer executed by lethal injection. He was convicted of the September 2, 1991 murders of three rival drug dealers and a visitor to their Youngstown, Ohio home.  Williams had returned to the neighborhood after a long absence to find that […]

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  • Stanley Williams

    1953 - 2005

    Stanley Williams (1953 - 2005)

    Stanley Williams was born December 29, 1953 in Shreveport, Louisiana to a 17-year old mother. His father abandoned the family when Williams was just a year old. In 1959, at the age of six, Williams moved with his mother from Rayville, Louisiana to Los Angeles, California by a Greyhound Lines bus. His mother moved into […]

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  • Clifton Williams

    1932 - 1967

    Clifton Williams (1932 - 1967)

    Williams was born on September 26, 1932 in Mobile, Alabama, to parents Clifton Curtis Williams and Gertrude (née Medicus) Williams. He was active in the Boy Scouts of America where he achieved its second highest rank, Life Scout. Williams attended Murphy High School in Mobile, from which he graduated in 1949. He received a Bachelor […]

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  • Gary Hart

    1942 - 2008

    Gary Hart (1942 - 2008)

    Gary Hart WWE is mourning the death of legendary wrestling manager Gary Hart, who guided the careers of several icons and was one of the creative forces behind World Class Championship Wrestling. Hart passed away over the weekend. Hart’s career, which spanned four decades, began in 1963, when Gary Hart made his debut as an in-ring […]

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  • Van Williams

    1934 - 2016

    Van Williams (1934 - 2016)

    Van Williams was born in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Priscilla Anne (Jarvis) and Bernard Cardwell Williams. He grew up on a ranch outside Fort Worth and later studied animal husbandry and business at Texas Christian University. He moved to Hawaii in 1956 after differences with his father on how the ranch should be […]

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  • Tennessee Williams

    1911 - 1983

    Tennessee Williams (1911 - 1983)

    In the late 1930s, as the young playwright struggled to have his work accepted, Tennessee Williams supported himself with a string of menial jobs that included a notably disastrous stint as caretaker on a chicken ranch in Laguna Beach, California. In 1939, with the help of his agent, Audrey Wood, he was awarded a $1,000 […]

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  • Myrna Loy

    1905 - 1993

    Myrna Loy (1905 - 1993)

    Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams in Helena, Montana,  to Adelle Mae (née Johnson) and rancher David Franklin Williams, and raised in nearby Radersburg. Her paternal grandparents were natives of Wales, and her maternal grandparents were Swedish and Scottish. Her first name was derived from a whistle stop near Broken Bow, Nebraska, whose name her […]

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  • Ted Williams

    1918 - 2002

    Ted Williams (1918 - 2002)

    Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002) was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played his entire 19-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career as a left fielder for the Boston Red Sox from 1939–1942 and 1946–1960. Nicknamed “The Kid”, “The Splendid Splinter”, “Teddy Ballgame”, “The Thumper” and “The Greatest Hitter […]

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  • Cootie Williams

    1911 - 1985

    Cootie Williams (1911 - 1985)

    Born in Mobile, Alabama, United States, Cootie Williams began his professional career with the Young Family band, which included saxophonist Lester Young, when he was 14 years old. According to Williams he acquired his nickname as a boy when his father took him to a band concert. When it was over his father asked him […]

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  • Roger Williamson

    1948 - 1973

    Roger Williamson (1948 - 1973)

    Roger Williamson was born in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. He won the 1971 and 1972 British Formula 3 Championship titles. In 1973, he was offered a drive in the March Engineering works Formula One team. This was after testing for the BRM team and being advised not to take the drive. After his Formula One debut at the […]

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  • Nicol Williamson

    1936 - 2011

    Nicol Williamson (1936 - 2011)

    Thomas Nicol Williamson was born in 1936 (he would later claim 1938 in Who’s Who) in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, the son of a factory owner. His family later moved south to England, and Williamson was educated at the Central Grammar School for Boys, Birmingham. He left school at 16 to begin work in his father’s […]

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  • Noble Willingham

    1931 - 2004

    Noble Willingham (1931 - 2004)

    Willingham was the son of Ladelle (née Speights) and Noble Henry Senior, a railroad worker and a farmer. He was born in the small town of Mineola, in Wood County east of Dallas, Texas. After graduating in 1953 from North Texas State University in Denton, he earned a master’s degree in educational psychology from Baylor University […]

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  • Cameron Todd Willingham

    1968 - 2004

    Cameron Todd Willingham (1968 - 2004)

    On December 23, 1991, a fire destroyed the Willingham family home in Corsicana, Texas. Killed in the fire were Willingham’s three daughters: two-year-old Amber Louise Kuykendall and one-year-old twins Karmon Diane Willingham and Kameron Marie Willingham. Willingham himself escaped the home with only minor burns. Stacy Kuykendall, Willingham’s then-wife and the mother of his three […]

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  • Chuck Willis

    1926 - 1958

    Chuck Willis (1926 - 1958)

    Chuck Willis was born in Atlanta, Georgia, either in 1926 or 1928. He was spotted at a talent contest by Atlanta radio disc jockey Zenas Sears, who became his manager and helped him to sign with Columbia Records in 1951. After one single, Willis began recording on a Columbia subsidiary, Okeh. During his stay at […]

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  • George William, Elector of Brandenburg

    1595 - 1640

    George William, Elector of Brandenburg (1595 - 1640)

    Born in Cölln on the Spree, George William was the son of John Sigismund, Margrave of Brandenburg and Anna of Prussia. His maternal grandfather was Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia.  In 1616 George William married Elisabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate. Their only son Frederick William later became known as the “Great Elector”. Of his two […]

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  • Dave Willock

    1909 - 1990

    Dave Willock (1909 - 1990)

    Dave Willock (August 13, 1909 – November 12, 1990) was an American character actor. Willock appeared in 181 films and television series from 1939 to 1989. He is probably most familiar to modern audiences from his performance as Baby Jane Hudson’s father in the opening scenes of the cult classic What Ever Happened to Baby […]

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  • Chill Wills

    1902 - 1978

    Chill Wills (1902 - 1978)

    Chill Wills was born in 1902 in Seagoville, Dallas County, Texas. He was a performer from early childhood, forming and leading the Avalon Boys singing group in the 1930s. After appearing in a few westerns, he disbanded the group in 1938 and struck out on a solo acting career. One of his more memorable roles was […]

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  • Bob Wills

    1905 - 1975

    Bob Wills (1905 - 1975)

    Bob Wills American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader. Considered by music authorities as the co-founder of Western swing,he was universally known as the King of Western Swing (after the death of Spade Cooley who used the moniker “King Of Western Swing” from 1942 to 1969.) Wills formed several bands and played radio stations around […]

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  • Dooley Wilson

    1886 - 1953

    Dooley Wilson (1886 - 1953)

    Dooley Wilson was born in Tyler, Texas, and broke into show business at the age of 12, playing in a vaudeville minstrel show. He sang and played the drums in black clubs in the Tyler area before he moved to Chicago. He received the nickname “Dooley” while working in the Pekin Theatre in Chicago, circa […]

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  • Wheely Willy

    1991 - 2009

    Wheely Willy (1991 - 2009)

    Willy was found abandoned in a cardboard box with spinal injuries and a cut throat. Taken in by a veterinary hospital and treated, Willy stayed there for a year unadopted. Learning that the dog would be euthanised if not adopted, pet groomer Deborah Turner decided to bring him home.  Initially, the two pound (one kilogram) […]

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  • John North Willys

    1873 - 1935

    John North Willys (1873 - 1935)

    Willys began his career as a bicycle manufacturer. He then moved from two- wheeled-vehicles to four, and began manufacturing Willys and Overland automobiles at a plant in Toledo, Ohio. He served as U.S. ambassador to Poland from 1930-1032.  Family links:  Parents:  David Smith Willys (1840 – 1897)  Lydia Muncil North Willys (1846 – 1929)  Siblings: […]

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