Deaths: May 23

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Anne Meara
Actress, Awakenings
Comedienne Anna Meara was born September 20, 1929, in Brooklyn, New York, to Mary (Dempsey) and Edward Joseph Meara, who were both of Irish descent. She and her husband, Jerry Stiller were members of the improvisational company, the Compass Players, which later became The Second City Theater.. They performed as a duo under the name "Stiller and Meara"...
 
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George Jessel
George Jessel gained fame in vaudeville, where it was not uncommon for him--and other performers, such as Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor--to perform in blackface, and in fact at age 11 Jessel was Cantor's vaudeville partner. Jessel acted in several movies in the '30s and became a respected film producer...
 
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John Nash
John Nash was an American mathematician who made fundamental contributions to game theory, differential geometry, and the study of partial differential equations. Nash's work has provided insight into the factors that govern chance and decision-making inside complex systems found in everyday life. His theories are widely used in economics...
 
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Lita Chevret
A lithe, brunette actress and photographer's model, Lita Chevret began promisingly enough at the very beginning of talking pictures. Her parents, already established in show business, helped along by paying for her dancing tuition. By the age of twenty, she worked as a professional dancer and show girl...
 
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Moms Mabley
One the most successful entertainers of the Black vaudeville stage, also known as the Chitlin Circuit, was Jackie "Moms" Mabley, born Loretta Mary Aiken in 1894. At the apex of her long career, she was earning $10,000 a week at Harlem's Apollo Theatre. Mabley focused on conventional topics such as family and others not normally covered by comedians of the era...
 
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Owen Hart
Actor, WWE Raw
Owen Hart was one of twelve children from a legendary Canadian wrestling family. His brother Bret is also one of the most well known wrestlers of all time. Owen was one of the best wrestlers in the business and his major accomplishments include being the 1994 King of the Ring, former Intercontinental Champion(2)...
 
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Roger Moore
Roger Moore will perhaps always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down. Roger George Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the son of Lillian (Pope) and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. His mother was born in Calcutta...
 
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Simon Monjack
Writer, Factory Girl
Simon Monjack was born on March 9, 1970 in Hillingdo, Middlesex, England. Simon has been known mainly for dating and marrying the late film and television star Brittany Murphy. The two were wed on April 12, 2007. Brittany passed away on December 19, 2009 at the age of 32 at their Rising Glen estate in the Hollywood Hills...
 
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Sterling Hayden
Born to George & Frances Simonson Walter, and named Sterling Relyea Walter. Father died in 1925. Adopted by stepfather 'James Hayden' renamed Sterling Walter Hayden. Grew up in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and Maine. Though very poor, attended prep school at Wassookeag School in Dexter...