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  1. Ursula Andress

    Ursula Andress


    Ursula Andress (born 19 March 1936) is a Swiss actress and sex symbol. She is best known for her role as Bond girl Honey Ryder in the first James Bond film, Dr. No, for which she won a Golden Globe. She later starred as Vesper Lynd in the Bond-parody Casino Royale.

  2. Sue Ane Langdon

    Sue Ane Langdon


    Sue Ane Langdon (born Sue Lookhoff; March 8, 1936) is a retired American actress. She began her performing career singing at Radio City Music Hall and acting in stage productions. In the mid-1960s she appeared in the Broadway musical The Apple Tree, which starred Alan Alda.

  3. Robert Redford

    Robert Redford


    Charles Robert Redford Jr. (born August 18, 1936), better known as Robert Redford, is an American actor, film director, producer, businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, and a founder of the Sundance Film Festival. He has received two Academy Awards: one in 1981 for directing Ordinary People, and one for Lifetime Achievement in 2002. In 2010, he was made a chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur.

  4. Nancy Kovack

    Nancy Kovack


    Nancy Kovack (born Nancy Kovach; March 11, 1935) is a retired American film and television actress.

  5. Virna Lisi

    Virna Lisi


    Virna Pieralisi (8 November 1936 – 18 December 2014), better known as Virna Lisi, was an Italian actress.

  6. Buddy Holly

    Buddy Holly


    Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter who was a central figure of mid-1950s rock and roll. Holly was born in Lubbock, Texas, to a musical family during the Great Depression; he learned to play guitar and to sing alongside his siblings. His style was influenced by country music and rhythm and blues acts, and he performed in Lubbock with his friends from high school. He made his first appearance on local television in 1952, and the following year he formed the group "Buddy and Bob" with his friend Bob Montgomery. In 1955, after opening for Elvis Presley, Holly decided to pursue a career in music. He opened for Presley three times that year; his band's style shifted from country & western to entirely rock and roll. In October that year, when he opened for Bill Haley & His Comets, Holly was spotted by Nashville scout Eddie Crandall, who helped him gain a contract with Decca Records.

  7. Roy Orbison

    Roy Orbison


    Roy Kelton Orbison (April 23, 1936 – December 6, 1988), also known by his nickname The Big O, was an American singer-songwriter, best known for his trademark sunglasses, distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions, and dark emotional ballads. Orbison grew up in Texas and began singing in a rockabilly/country and western band in high school until he was signed by Sun Records in Memphis. His greatest success came with Monument Records between 1960 and 1964, when 22 of his songs placed on the Billboard Top 40, including "Only the Lonely", "Crying", and "Oh, Pretty Woman". His career stagnated through the 1970s, but was revived by several covers of his songs and the use of "In Dreams" in David Lynch's film Blue Velvet (1986).

  8. Burt Reynolds

    Burt Reynolds


    Burton Leon "Burt" Reynolds (born February 11, 1936) is an American actor, director and producer. He has starred in many roles, such as Dan August, Deliverance, The Longest Yard with its 2005 remake and Smokey and the Bandit. He also won two Golden Globe Awards, including in Evening Shade for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy and in Boogie Nights for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture.

  9. Engelbert Humperdinck

    Engelbert Humperdinck


    Engelbert Humperdinck (born Arnold George Dorsey; 2 May 1936) is an English pop singer. He is best known for his songs "Release Me" and "The Last Waltz", both singles topping the UK music charts in 1967, and selling in large-enough numbers to help the singer achieve "the rare feat of scoring two million sellers in one year." In North America, he is also known for his 1976-hit single, "After the Lovin'." Humperdinck is regarded by music critics to be "one of the finest middle-of-the-road balladeers around."

  10. Mary Tyler Moore

    Mary Tyler Moore


    Mary Tyler Moore (born December 29, 1987) is an American actress, primarily known for her roles in television sitcoms. Moore is best known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970–77), in which she starred as Mary Richards, a 30-something single woman who worked as a local news producer in Minneapolis, and for her earlier role as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–66). She also appeared in a number of films, most notably 1967's Thoroughly Modern Millie and 1980's Ordinary People, in which she played a role that was very different from the television characters she had portrayed, and for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

  11. Kris Kristofferson

    Kris Kristofferson


    Kristoffer "Kris" Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and former soldier. He is known for writing and recording such hits as "Me and Bobby McGee", "For the Good Times", "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" and "Help Me Make It Through the Night". Kristofferson is the sole writer of most of his songs, and he has collaborated with various other figures of the Nashville scene such as Shel Silverstein. In 1985, Kristofferson joined fellow country artists Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash in forming the country music supergroup, The Highwaymen. In 2004, Kristofferson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He is also known for his acting work, including starring roles in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and A Star Is Born, the latter for which he won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.

  12. Glen Campbell

    Glen Campbell


    Glen Travis Campbell (born April 22, 1936) is an American country music singer, guitarist, television host, and occasional actor. He is best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, and for hosting a variety show called The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television.

  13. Juliet Prowse

    Juliet Prowse


    Juliet Anne Prowse (25 September 1936 – 14 September 1996) was an Anglo-Indian dancer, whose four-decade career included stage, television and film. She was reared in South Africa, where her family emigrated after World War II.

  14. Pat Priest

    Pat Priest


    Patricia Ann Priest (born August 15, 1936), mainly credited as Pat Priest, is an American actress best known for portraying the second Marilyn Munster on the television show, The Munsters (1964–1966) after original actress Beverley Owen left after 13 episodes.

  15. Michael Landon

    Michael Landon


    Michael Landon (born Eugene Maurice Orowitz; October 31, 1936 – July 1, 1991) was an American actor, writer, director, and producer. He is known for his roles as Little Joe Cartwright in Bonanza (1959–73), Charles Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie (1974–83), and Jonathan Smith in Highway to Heaven (1984–89). Landon appeared on the cover of TV Guide 22 times, second only to Lucille Ball.

  16. Ruta Lee

    Ruta Lee


    Ruta Lee (born May 30, 1935) is a Canadian actress and dancer who appeared as one of the brides in the film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She is remembered for her guest appearance in a 1963 episode of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone and as a semi-regular on a number of game shows, including the Hollywood Squares, What's My Line?, and as Alex Trebek's co-host on High Rollers. She is of Lithuanian descent.

  17. Roger Miller

    Roger Miller


    Roger Dean Miller, Sr. (January 2, 1936 – October 25, 1992) was an American singer, songwriter, musician and actor, best known for his honky-tonk-influenced novelty songs. His most recognized tunes included the chart-topping country/pop hits "King of the Road", "Dang Me" and "England Swings", all from the mid-1960s Nashville sound era.

  18. Bobby Darin

    Bobby Darin


    Bobby Darin (born Walden Robert Cassotto; May 14, 1936 – December 20, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and actor of film and television. He performed in a range of music genres, including jazz, pop, rock'n'roll, folk, swing and country.

  19. Jill Ireland

    Jill Ireland


    Jill Dorothy Ireland (24 April 1936 – 18 May 1990) was an English actress and singer, best known for her many films with her second husband, Charles Bronson.

  20. Nancy Dow

    Nancy Dow


    Nancy Dow (born July 22, 1936) is an American actress who appeared in a brief group of films. She was married to Greek American actor John Aniston with whom she had a daughter, actress Jennifer Aniston (born February 11, 1969).

  21. Sabrina



    Norma Ann Sykes (born 19 May 1936), better known as Sabrina, was a 1950s English glamour model who progressed to a minor movie career. Her main claim to fame was her hourglass figure of prodigious 41-inch (100 cm) breasts coupled with a tiny 19-inch (48 cm) waist and 36-inch (91 cm) hips. Sabrina was one of "a host of exotic, glamorous (British) starlets ... modelled on the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield and Lana Turner"; others included Diana Dors, Belinda Lee, Shirley Eaton and Sandra Dorne.

  22. James Darren

    James Darren


    James William Ercolani (born June 8, 1936), known by his stage name James Darren, is an Italian-American television and film actor, television director, and singer.

  23. Arlene Golonka

    Arlene Golonka


    Arlene Golonka (born January 23, 1936) is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for playing Millie Swanson on the television comedies The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D., and often portrayed bubbly, eccentric blondes in supporting character roles on stage, film, and television.

  24. Dennis Hopper

    Dennis Hopper


    Dennis Lee Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010) was an American actor, filmmaker, photographer, and artist. He attended the Actors Studio, making his first television appearance in 1954, and soon after appeared in two films with James Dean. In the next ten years he made a name in television, and by the end of the 1960s had appeared in several films. Hopper also began a prolific and acclaimed photography career in the 1960s.

  25. Charlie Daniels

    Charlie Daniels


    Charles Edward "Charlie" Daniels (born October 28, 1936) is an American musician, singer and songwriter known for his contributions to country, bluegrass, and Southern rock music. He is perhaps best known for his number one country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia", and multiple other songs he has written and performed. Daniels has been active as a singer since the early 1950s. He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on January 24, 2008 and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.

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