Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2005: G


Gabor, Zsa Zsa
Born 6 February 1917  (Budapest, Hungary)
Nine-times married, cop-slapping actress. Was in a coma for a while after a collision between her car and a lamp-post on Hollywood's Sunset Boulevard in November 2002.
[Picture of Zsa Zsa Gabor]


Galbraith, John Kenneth (Died in 2006)
Born 15 October 1908  (Iona Station, Ontario, Canada)
Rebellious economist, former professor of economics at Harvard University and editor of Fortune magazine.
[Picture of John Kenneth Galbraith]


Gallo, Ernest (Died in 2007)
Born 18 March 1909  (Jackson, California, USA)
Patriarch of the Californian winemaking dynasty which bears his name. Responsible for such quality products as Turning Leaf Chardonnay, beloved of wannabe sophisticated young women, and Thunderbird, beloved of students and tramps.
[Picture of Ernest Gallo]


Gambaccini, Paul
Born 2 April 1949  (New York, New York, USA)
DJ and music writer.
[Picture of Paul Gambaccini]


Gambon, Michael
Born 19 October 1940  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Actor - made it big in "The Singing Detective" and has been in the last 2 Harry Potter films.
[Picture of Michael Gambon]


Garcia Marquez, Gabriel
Born 6 March 1928  (Aracataca, Colombia)
Latin American writer, author of "La Hojaresca" and "One Hundred Years of Solitude". Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.
[Picture of Gabriel Garcia Marquez]


Gardiner, Dame Helen (Died in 2001)
Born 24 April 1901  (place of birth unknown)
Former Chief Clerk of Buckingham Palace, and a witness at the Lady Chatterley's Lover trial in 1960, when D.H. Lawrence stood accused of contravening the Obscene Publications Act. Actually died in 2001
[Picture of Dame Helen Gardiner]


Gardner, Martin (Died in 2010)
Born 21 October 1914  (Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA)
Wrote a popular mathematical puzzles column in "Scientific American" magazine for 25 years.
[Picture of Martin Gardner]


Garner, James
Born 7 April 1928  (Norman, Oklahoma, USA)
TV and film actor who specialised in playing cowboys, sheriffs and detectives, most notably in 'Maverick' and 'The Rockford Files'. His real surname is Bumgarner, but for some reason he dropped the first syllable when he became famous.
[Picture of James Garner]


Gascoigne, Paul
Born 27 May 1967  (Gateshead, Co Durham, England)
Flawed genius of the football field, who played for Newcastle United, Spurs, Lazio, Rangers and of course England, inbetween boozing and crying. Recent photos show him looking dreadful, and have prompted speculation that he may have AIDS. Oddly, he is reputed to be planning to change his name by deed poll to G8.
[Picture of Paul Gascoigne]


Gates, Bill
Born 28 October 1951  (Seattle, Washington, USA)
Absurdly rich and much-vilified chairman of Microsoft.
[Picture of Bill Gates]


George, Boy
Born 14 June 1961  (Eltham, Kent, England)
Cross-dressing lead singer of Culture Club and later solo artist, born George Alan O'Dowd.
[Picture of Boy George]


Getty, Estelle (Died in 2008)
Born 25 July 1923  (New York, New York, USA)
Played the little old granny in the "The Golden Girls", but is in fact a few weeks younger than her co-star, Bea Arthur.
[Picture of Estelle Getty]


Glenamara, Lord (Died 2012)
Born 17 December 1912  (place of birth unknown)
Former Deputy Prime Minister in Harold Wilson's Labour government, Leader of the House of Commons, and now member of the House of Lords and Chancellor of Northumbria "University". His real name is Edward Short.
[Picture of Lord Glenamara]


Glenn, John
Born 18 June 1921  (Cambridge, Ohio, USA)
Astronaut and politician - the first American to orbit Earth.
[Picture of John Glenn]


Glitter, Gary
Born 8 May 1944  (Banbury, Oxfordshire, England)
1970s glam rocker who was jailed in 1999 for possession of hardcore child porn. "Do you wanna be in my gang?" Er...we'll give it a miss, thanks, Gary.
[Picture of Gary Glitter]


Gorbachev, Mikhail
Born 2 March 1931  (Privolnoye, Stavropol, Russia)
Joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1952, rising steadily to become its General Secretary from 1985-91 and President of the USSR from 1990-91. Has a map of Italy tattooed on his head for some reason.
[Picture of Mikhail Gorbachev]


Gordimer, Nadine
Born 20 November 1923  (Springs, Transvaal, South Africa)
Nobel Prize-winning author, often considered a feminist writer, although she herself has always resisted this label.
[Picture of Nadine Gordimer]


Gossett (jnr), Louis
Born 27 May 1936  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Gangly actor who turned down an offer to play professional basketball in order to go into films instead. Won an Oscar in 1982 for his part in 'An Officer and a Gentleman', and has gone on to play various tough guys and rough diamonds since.
[Picture of Louis Gossett (jnr)]


Gough, Michael (Died in 2011)
Born 23 November 1917  (Malaya (now Malaysia))
Character actor who has played all sorts of serious roles, but is only ever remembered for being Alfred the butler in the late '80s/early '90s Batman movies.
[Picture of Michael Gough]


Gowdy, Curt (Died in 2006)
Born 31 July 1919  (Green River, Wyoming, USA)
US sports (mainly baseball) commentator and journalist.
[Picture of Curt Gowdy]


Graham, Rev Billy
Born 7 November 1918  (Charlotte, North Carolina, USA)
Travelling evangelist who has been preaching his doctrine of sin and salvation around the world for almost 60 years. Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1992.
[Picture of Rev Billy Graham]


Grant, Russell
Born 4 February 1951  (Middlesex, England)
Large, camp TV & newspaper astrologer.
[Picture of Russell Grant]


Grass, Günter
Born 16 October 1927  (Danzig, Germany)
German Nobel Prize-winning novelist: "The Tin Drum".
[Picture of Günter Grass]


Greaves, Jimmy
Born 20 February 1940  (Poplar, London, England)
British football legend.
[Picture of Jimmy Greaves]


Greenwood, Ron (Died in 2006)
Born 11 November 1921  (Burnley, Lancashire, England)
A run-of-the-mill professional footballer who went to enjoy more success as a manager, leading West Ham for 13 years and England for five.
[Picture of Ron Greenwood]


Griffith, Andy (Died in 2012)
Born 1 June 1926  (Mt. Airy, North Carolina, USA)
American TV personality, star of the eponymous "Andy Griffith Show".
[Picture of Andy Griffith]


Guthrie, Gordon
Date and place of birth unknown
The bloke who looks after Derby County FC's kit. Maybe just a little bit obscure...
[Picture of Gordon Guthrie]

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