Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2005: V


Vajpayee, Atal Bihari
Born 25 December 1924  (Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India)
Prime Minister of India, first for a brief spell in 1996, and then again from 1998-2004.
[Picture of Atal Bihari Vajpayee]


van Andel-Schipper, Hendrikje Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper is no longer with us
Born 29 June 1890  (Smilde, Netherlands)

Died 30 August 2005  (Hoogeveen, Netherlands)

Age at death: 115  (read death notice)
Held the title of world's oldest person for over a year before her death, and remains the oldest Dutch person ever to have lived.
[Picture of Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper]


Van Buren, Abigail (Died in 2013)
Born 4 July 1918  (Sioux City, Iowa, USA)
Agony aunt (born Pauline Esther Friedman) who wrote the long-running "Dear Abby" column which was syndicated to a number of US newspapers. Her twin sister, Esther Pauline Friedman (clearly their parents were somewhat short of inspiration when it came to names), was also an agony aunt.
[Picture of Abigail Van Buren]


Van Dyke, Dick
Born 13 December 1925  (West Plains, Missouri, USA)
Actor and TV presenter who is best known in America for "The Dick Van Dyke Show", and on this side of the pond for his butt-clenchingly awful attempt at a Cockney accent in "Mary Poppins".
[Picture of Dick Van Dyke]


Vandross, Luther Luther Vandross is no longer with us
Born 20 April 1951  (New York, New York, USA)

Died 1 July 2005  (Edison, New Jersey, USA)

Age at death: 54  (read death notice)
Soul singer, producer and songwriter whose first break came when he sang backing vocals on David Bowie's "Young Americans" album. After much session work, he went on to become a highly successful solo artist. In April 2003 he clocked up a stroke, meningitis and pneumonia, sending him into a coma; six months later he was reported to be on the road to recovery and singing once more, but in July 2005 it was suddenly all over.
[Picture of Luther Vandross]


Varah, Chad (Died in 2007)
Born 12 November 1911  (Barton upon Humber, England)
Anglican clergyman, story-writer on the "Eagle" comic, and founder of the Samaritans.
[Picture of Chad Varah]


Varney, Reg (Died in 2008)
Born 11 July 1916  (Plaistow, London, England)
Comic actor (now retired), most famous for playing Stan in the sitcom "On the Buses".
[Picture of Reg Varney]


Vaughan, Peter
Born 4 April 1923  (Shropshire, England)
TV actor - played Grouty, the Mr. Big of Slade prison in "Porridge".
[Picture of Peter Vaughan]


Vidal, Gore (Died 2012)
Born 3 October 1925  (West Point, New York, USA)
Essayist, novelist, playwright and outspoken political commentator. Co-wrote the script for the classic 1959 film "Ben-Hur", but was denied the credit for it.
[Picture of Gore Vidal]


Vigoda, Abe
Born 24 February 1921  (New York, New York, USA)
Tall, well-built character actor, noted for his roles as Tessio in "The Godfather" and Det. Sgt. Fish in "Barney Miller". Was erroneously declared dead in the early 1980s.
[Picture of Abe Vigoda]


von Bülow, Claus
Born 11 August 1926  (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Wealthy British-based financier, who hit the headlines when he was convicted in 1982 of attempting to murder his wife, but later had his conviction quashed.
[Picture of Claus von Bülow]


Vonnegut, Kurt (Died in 2007)
Born 11 November 1922  (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)
Sci-fi author whose novels also tend to convey an anti-authoritarian theme. His most famous work is undoubtedly "Slaughterhouse-Five", written in 1969.
[Picture of Kurt Vonnegut]

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