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Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989)

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Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an American comedienne, film, television, stage and radio actress, model, film and television executive, and star of the sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life With Lucy. One of the most popular and influential stars in the United States during her lifetime, with one of Hollywood's longest careers, especially on television, Ball began acting in the 1930s, becoming both a radio actress and B-movie star in the 1940s, and then a television star during the 1950s. She was still making films in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1962, Ball became the first woman to run a major television studio,Desilu; a studio that produced many successful and popular television series.


Ball was nominated for an Emmy Award thirteen times and won four times. In 1977 Ball was among the first recipients of the Women in Film Crystal Award.She was the recipient of the Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award in 1979, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kennedy Center Honors in 1986 and the Governors Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 1989.

 

Lucille Ball at her last public appearance at the 61st Academy Awards in 1989 just four weeks before her death.800px-LucilleBall.jpg

 

Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983)

 

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Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983) was an American writer who worked principally as a playwright in the American theater. He also wrote short stories, novels, poetry, essays, screenplays and a volume of memoirs. His professional career lasted from the mid 1930s until his death in 1983, and saw the creation of many plays that are regarded as classics of the American stage. Williams adapted much of his best known work for the cinema.
Williams received virtually all of the top theatrical awards for his works of drama, including several New York Drama Critics' Circle awards, a Tony Award for best play for The Rose Tattoo (1951) and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Streetcar Named Desire (1948) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955). In 1980 he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Jimmy Carter and is today acknowledged as one of the most accomplished playwrights in the history of English speaking theatre.

 

 

Vijaysingh Madhavji Merchant (October 12, 1911 - October 27, 1987)

 

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Vijaysingh Madhavji Merchant (October 12, 1911 - October 27, 1987) was an Indian cricketer. A right-hand batter and occasional right-arm medium pace bowler, Merchant played first class cricket for Mumbai cricket team as well as 10 Test matches for India between 1929 and 1951. Behind his limited Test appearances, he dominated Indian domestic cricket - his batting average of 71.64 is the second highest first class average in history, behind only that of Don Bradman.[ He is regarded as the founder of the Bombay School of Batsmanship, that placed more importance on right technique, steely temperament, and conservative approach rather than free flow of the bat, a tradition broken and remoulded only after the arrival of Sachin Tendulkar.

 

Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan (10 June 1911 – 30 November 1977)

 

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Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan (10 June 1911 – 30 November 1977) was one of England's most popular 20th-century dramatists. His plays are generally set in an upper-middle-class background.He is known for such works as The Winslow Boy (1946), The Browning Version (1948), The Deep Blue Sea (1952) and Separate Tables (1954), among many others.

 


            Ashok Kumar (1911 - 2001)

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Ashok Kumar also fondly called Dadamoni was an Indian film actor. Born Kumudlal Ganguly in Bhagalpur, Bengal Presidency he attained iconic status in Indian cinema. The Government of India honored him with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and the Padma Bhushan in 1998 for his contributions to Indian cinema.
He has donned several roles in Bollywood-be it a wealthy business man or the suave cigarette-smoking criminal and has starred in more than 250 movies. And the man who is celebrating his birthday on October 13 happens to be the legendary Ashok Kumar.
Here is a tribute to a versatile genius from the golden period.
http://youtu.be/U6FXsTFhoOs

 

Ronald Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004):

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507px-Official_Portrait_of_President_Reagan_1981-cropped.jpgRonald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States, prior that the Governor of California, and radio, film and Television actor. During his Presidency, Reagan pursued policies that reflected his personal belief in individual freedom, brought changes domestically, both to the U.S. economy and expanded military, and contributed to the end of the Cold War. Reagan's favorite acting role was as a double amputee in 1942's Kings Row, in which he recites the line, "Where's the rest of me?", later used as the title of his 1965 autobiography. Many film critics considered Kings Row to be his best movie. As president, Reagan kept a series of diaries in which he commented on daily occurrences of his presidency and his views on the issues of the day. The diaries were published in May 2007 in the bestselling book, The Reagan Diaries. To date, Reagan is the oldest man elected to the office of the presidency (at 69). Reagan died of pneumonia at his home in Bel Air, California on the afternoon of June 5, 2004

 

Robert Taylor (August 5, 1911 – June 8, 1969)

 

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Robert Taylor (August 5, 1911 – June 8, 1969) was an American film and television actor. He signed a seven-year contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for $35 a week. He made his film debut in the 1934 comedy, Handy Andy, opposite Will Rogers. After appearing in a few small roles, he appeared in one of his first leading roles in Magnificent Obsession, with Irene Dunne. This was followed by Camille, opposite Greta Garbo. Taylor would say that Waterloo Bridge was his favorite film. After being given the nickname "The Man with the Perfect Profile", Taylor began breaking away from his perfect leading man image and began appearing in darker roles beginning in 1941. That year he portrayed Billy Bonney (better known as Billy the Kid) in Billy the Kid. In 1950, Taylor landed the role of General Marcus Vinicius in Quo Vadis, opposite Deborah Kerr. The film was a hit, grossing US$11 million. The following year, he starred opposite Elizabeth Taylor in the film version of Walter Scott's classic Ivanhoe, followed by 1953's Knights of the Round Table and The Adventures of Quentin Durward, all filmed in England. In 1958, he formed his own production company, Robert Taylor Productions, and the following year Taylor took over the role of narrator in the television series Death Valley Days, when Ronald Reagan left to pursue a career in politics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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