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Dorothy Dandridge Biography

Many years passed before the mainstream entertainment industry recognized Dandridge’s heritage. Her power to break new ground for African American girls in movie has drawn comparisons between her and baseball great Jackie Robinson. In her youth, Dandridge experienced some problems. She never knew her dad. Her mom, actress Ruby Dandridge, left ...

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Dave Thomas Biography

After whining that he could not locate a great burger in Columbus, Ohio, Dave Thomas started his own restaurant on November 15, 1969: Wendy’s, named after Thomas’s 8-year old daughter. Wendy’s immediately caught on, and within less than a decade, had grown into a 1,000-shop franchise. In 1989, Thomas took ...

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Janet Leigh Biography

Janet Leigh was born in Merced, California, on July 6, 1927. Her first movie was The Romance of Rosy Ridge in 1947. She was cast in several pictures in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In the mid-1960s, she began playing in television movies and minor pictures. She died October ...

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Peter the Great Biography

Produced in Moscow, Russia on June 9, 1672, Peter the Great was a Russian czar in the late 17th century who’s famous for his wide-ranging reforms in a effort to create Russia as a great country. He created a powerful navy, reorganized his military in accordance with Western standards, secularized ...

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Donald O’Connor Biography

Donald O’Connor was born on August 28, 1925, and was recruited into films from his family’s vaudeville performance, being a featured dancer in low budget musicals. A solo dance number in the movie Singin’ in the Rain (1952) found O’Connor to A-list status. He went to star in a number ...

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Jackie Gleason Biography

Jackie Gleason was born on February 26, 1916, in Brooklyn, Ny. He was the host of television’s “Cavalcade of Stars,” where he presented Ralph Kramden, before getting his own showcase with “The Jackie Gleason Show.” In 1955, “The Honeymooners” was spun off into standalone show. After Gleason had a number ...

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Odetta Biography

An elementary teacher found her singing voice and encouraged her mom to get Odetta proper training. Her music continues to be called the “soundtrack of the Civil Rights Movement.” She expired on December 2, 2008. Odetta Holmes, afterwards known only as Odetta, was created on December 31, 1930, in Birmingham, Alabama. ...

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Powhatan Biography

He initially traded against the colonists before colliding together. The union of his daughter, Pocahontas, into a colonist led to another amount of peace that has been still in effect when Powhatan died in Virginia in April 1618. The Powhatan were a matrilineal society, so his right to be leader was ...

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Anthony Perkins Biography

Produced in Nyc on April 4, 1932, Anthony Perkins began acting as a teenager and later received an Oscar nomination because of his part in 1956’s Friendly Persuasion. He starred in other movies before getting his most well known part as innkeeper Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Perkins went ...

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Ginger Rogers Biography

She soon reach the big screen and also would go on to make more than 70 films. The couple divorced shortly after their daughter’s arrival. Virginia eventually received her nickname, “Ginger,” from a cousin who had been not able to pronounce her complete name; the surname “Rogers” came from her stepfather, ...

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