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  1. Frida Kahlo

    Frida Kahlo


    Frida Kahlo de Rivera (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954), born Magdalena Carmen Frieda Kahlo y Calderón, was a Mexican painter known for her self-portraits.

  2. Linda Lee Thomas

    Linda Lee Thomas


    Linda Lee Thomas (November 17, 1883 – May 20, 1954) was an American socialite and the wife of musical theatre composer Cole Porter.

  3. Lionel Barrymore

    Lionel Barrymore


    Lionel Barrymore (born Lionel Herbert Blythe; April 28, 1878 – November 15, 1954) was an American actor of stage, screen and radio as well as a film director. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in A Free Soul (1931), and remains best known to modern audiences for the role of the villainous Mr. Potter character in Frank Capra's 1946 film It's a Wonderful Life. He is also particularly remembered as Ebenezer Scrooge in annual broadcasts of A Christmas Carol during his last two decades. He was a member of the theatrical Barrymore family.

  4. Gladys George

    Gladys George


    Gladys George (September 13, 1904 – December 8, 1954) was an American actress of stage and screen..

  5. Sydney Greenstreet

    Sydney Greenstreet


    Sydney Hughes Greenstreet (27 December 1879 – 18 January 1954) was a British-born American actor who did not work in films until the age of 62, but enjoyed a run of notable hits in a Hollywood career lasting just eight years. He is best remembered for his Warner Bros. films with Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre, which include The Maltese Falcon (1941), Casablanca (1942), and Passage to Marseille (1944). He became a naturalised United States citizen in 1925. He portrayed Nero Wolfe on radio from 1950 to 1951.

  6. Kavimani Desigavinayagam Pillai

    Kavimani Desigavinayagam Pillai


    Kavimani Desigavinayagam Pillai (Tamil: கவிமணி தேசிகவிநாயகம் பிள்ளை; July 27, 1876 – September 26, 1954) was an eminent Tamil poet.He was born in the southern district of tamilnadu in kanyakumari district in a village called Theroor. The reference of his name is used in the name plate of the village. Asiya Jothi, Nanjil Nattu Marumakkal Vazhi Manmiyam, and the translation of the work of Omar Khayyam are his masterpieces. He is known for his poetry. In 1940 the Tamil Sangam at its 7th annual conference held at Madras (now Chennai) honored Desigavinayagam Pillai with the title "Kavimani".On 21 October 2005, he was commemorated on an Indian postage stamp.Many of his poems are lessons for the children who learnt Tamil Language in schools around the world.

  7. Robert Capa

    Robert Capa


    Robert Capa (born Endre Friedmann; October 22, 1913 – May 25, 1954) was a Hungarian war photographer, photo journalist and also the companion and professional partner of photographer Gerda Taró. He covered five wars: the Spanish Civil War, the Second Sino-Japanese War, World War II across Europe, the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, and the First Indochina War. He documented the course of World War II in London, North Africa, Italy, the Battle of Normandy on Omaha Beach and the liberation of Paris.

  8. Kathleen Key

    Kathleen Key


    Kathleen Key (April 1, 1903 – December 22, 1954) was an American actress who achieved a brief period of fame during the silent era. She is best remembered for playing Tirzah in the 1925 film Ben-Hur. Key was the great-great granddaughter of Francis Scott Key, composer of "The Star Spangled Banner", and a distant cousin of author F. Scott Fitzgerald.

  9. Eugene Pallette

    Eugene Pallette


    Eugene William Pallette (July 8, 1889 – September 3, 1954) was an American actor. He appeared in over 240 silent era and sound era motion pictures between 1913 and 1946.

  10. Colette



    Colette (Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, 28 January 1873 – 3 August 1954) was a French novelist nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. Her best known work, the novella Gigi (1944), was the basis for the film and Lerner and Loewe stage production of the same name. She was also a mime, an actress and a journalist.

  11. Joan Dowling

    Joan Dowling


    Joan Dowling (6 January 1928 – 31 March 1954) was an English character actress.

  12. Alan Turing

    Alan Turing


    Alan Mathison Turing OBE FRS (/ˈtjʊərɪŋ/; 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) was a pioneering British computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist. He was highly influential in the development of theoretical computer science, providing a formalisation of the concepts of algorithm and computation with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer. Turing is widely considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence.

  13. Machine Gun Kelly

    Machine Gun Kelly


    George Francis Barnes Jr. (July 18, 1895 – July 18, 1954), better known as "Machine Gun Kelly", was an American gangster from Memphis, Tennessee, during the prohibition era. He attended Central High School in Memphis. His nickname came from his favorite weapon, a Thompson submachine gun. His most infamous crime was the kidnapping of oil tycoon and businessman Charles F. Urschel in July 1933 for which he, and his gang, collected a $200,000 ransom. Their victim had collected and left considerable evidence that assisted the subsequent FBI investigation that eventually led to Kelly's arrest in Memphis, Tennessee, on September 26, 1933. His crimes also included bootlegging and armed robbery.

  14. Phyllis Barry

    Phyllis Barry


    Phyllis Barry (7 December 1908 – 1 July 1954) was an English film actress. Born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Seth Henry and Bertha (née Giles) Hillyard, Barry appeared in over 40 films between 1925 and 1947.

  15. Lillian Rich

    Lillian Rich


    Lillian Rich (1 January 1900 – 5 January 1954) was an English-born actress of the silent era. She appeared in 66 films between 1919 and 1940. She was born in Herne Hill, London and died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles. A beautiful woman often overlooked or forgotten today, she starred as the female lead in many a silent feature throughout the twenties. Her nearest to ascending the height of fame is when she worked with Cecil B. DeMille and Jack Hoxie on a few pictures. Incredibly for such an attractive woman Rich was appearing in short films in the early sound-to-mid 30s era and finished out her career in Laurel and Hardy shorts. Rich bore something of a resemblance to Mildred Harris and is not related to Irene Rich.

  16. Florence Bates

    Florence Bates


    Florence Bates (April 15, 1888 – January 31, 1954) was an American film and stage character actress who often played grande dame characters in supporting roles.

  17. Kitty McHugh

    Kitty McHugh


    Katherine McHugh (October 3, 1902 – September 3, 1954) billed as Kitty McHugh was an American film actress. She appeared in more than 50 films between 1934 and 1953.

  18. Frank Ryan

    Frank Ryan


    Francis Peter Ryan (14 November 1888 – 5 January 1954) was an English first-class cricketer who played for Glamorgan.

  19. Tom Tyler

    Tom Tyler


    Tom Tyler (August 9, 1903 – May 3, 1954) was an American actor known for his leading roles in low-budget Western films in the silent and sound eras, and for his portrayal of superhero Captain Marvel in the 1941 serial film The Adventures of Captain Marvel.

  20. Moroni Olsen

    Moroni Olsen


    Moroni Olsen (June 27, 1889 – November 22, 1954) was an American actor.

  21. Betty Grayson

    Betty Grayson


    Bette Grayson (1922 – 22 February 1954) was a Hollywood actress and the second wife of playwright Clifford Odets.

  22. Elisabeth De gramont

    Elisabeth De gramont


    Antoinette Corisande Élisabeth, Duchess of Clermont-Tonnerre (née de Gramont; 23 April 1875 – 6 December 1954) was a French writer of the early 20th century, best known for her long-term lesbian relationship with Natalie Clifford Barney. A descendant of Henry IV of France, Élisabeth de Gramont had grown up among the highest aristocracy; when she was a child, according to Janet Flanner, "peasants on her farm... begged her not to clean her shoes before entering their houses". She looked back on this lost world of wealth and privilege with little regret, and became known as the "red duchess" for her support of socialism.

  23. Jackie Saunders

    Jackie Saunders


    Jackie Saunders (October 6, 1892 – July 14, 1954) was an American silent screen actress who was one of the major players and stars of Balboa Films. Before joining Balboa in 1914 at age 21, she had been a model and Orpheum Stock Company theater player. She starred in many of Balboa's films during its existence as a film producing company. In the '20s and after Balboa folded, she appeared in productions produced by William Fox, Metro Pictures, Lewis J. Selznick, Thomas H. Ince and B. P. Schulberg.

  24. Bob Burns

    Bob Burns


    Robin "Bob" Burns (August 2, 1890 – February 2, 1956) was an American musical comedian, who appeared on radio and in movies from 1930 to 1947. Burns played a novelty musical instrument of his own invention, which he called a "bazooka". During World War II, the US Army's handheld anti-tank rocket launcher was nicknamed the "bazooka".

  25. Bert Lytell

    Bert Lytell


    Bert Lytell (February 24, 1885 in New York City - September 28, 1954 in New York City), Born Bertram Lytell, he was a popular screen star of the silent film era who starred in romantic, melodrama and adventure films.

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