Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2009: L


La Frenais, Ian
Born 7 January 1937  (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Comedy scriptwriter - "Auf Wiedersehen, Pet", "Porridge", "The Likely Lads".
[Picture of Ian La Frenais]


La Lanne, Jack (Died in 2011)
Born 26 September 1914  (San Francisco, California, USA)
American TV fitness guru, real name François Henri La Lanne.
[Picture of Jack La Lanne]


La Motta, Jake
Born 10 July 1921  (Bronx, New York, USA)
Boxing legend, portrayed by Robert De Niro in "Raging Bull".
[Picture of Jake La Motta]


La Rosa, Julius
Born 2 January 1930  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Pop singer. whose career more or less spluttered to a halt in the early '70's.
[Picture of Julius La Rosa]


La Rue, Danny Danny La Rue is no longer with us
Born 26 July 1927  (Cork, County Cork, Republic of Ireland)

Died 31 May 2009  (Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
Irish comedian, best known as one of the top female impersonators in the UK.
[Picture of Danny La Rue]


Labelle, Patti
Born 24 May 1944  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Singer of R 'n' B, disco & soul music.
[Picture of Patti Labelle]


Laemmle, Carla
Born 20 October 1909  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Film actress, niece of Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle.
[Picture of Carla Laemmle]


Lagerfeld, Karl
Born 10 September 1933  (Hamburg, Germany)
Fashion designer - Kylie Minogue's favourite, so we're told.
[Picture of Karl Lagerfeld]


Lambsdorff, Otto Graf Otto Graf Lambsdorff is no longer with us
Born 20 December 1926  (Aachen, Germany)

Died 4 December 2009  (Bonn, Germany)

Age at death: 82  (read death notice)
Veteran German politican.
[Picture of Otto Graf Lambsdorff]


Lambton, Lucinda
Born 10 May 1943  (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Author, photographer & broadcaster - often on architecture. Married to Peregrine Worsthorne.
[Picture of Lucinda Lambton]


Landau, Martin
Born 20 June 1931  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actor - starred in "Mission: Impossible" from 1966-69 and "Space: 1999" from 1975-77.
[Picture of Martin Landau]


Lane, Don Don Lane is no longer with us
Born 13 November 1933  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 22 October 2009  (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)

Age at death: 75  (read death notice)
Australian entertainer, American born. Don was a singer & talk-show host.
[Picture of Don Lane]


Lange, Artie
Born 11 October 1967  (Union Township, New Jersey, USA)
US stand-up comedian who has also appeared on TV, in films, and - thanks to various drug-related offences - in court.
[Picture of Artie Lange]


Langhorne, Bruce
Born 11 May 1938  (Tallahassee, Florida, USA)
Folk singer, of whom the song "Mr. Tambourine Man" is allegedly written about.
[Picture of Bruce Langhorne]


Langley, Winnie (Died in 2010)
Born 27 August 1907  (Croydon, South London, England)
Recently made the news when she marked her 100th birthday, despite having smoked at least 5 a day since the age of 7(!!). Mind you, she's outlived her husband & a child, so maybe she's got the right idea..
[Picture of Winnie Langley]


Lansbury, Angela
Born 16 October 1925  (London, England)
British stage and screen actress, who has spent most of her working life in the US, often playing characters much older than herself. Best known as Jessica Fletcher in the long-running TV detective series 'Murder, She Wrote'.
[Picture of Angela Lansbury]


Large, Eddie
Born 25 June 1942  (Glasgow, Scotland)
About three-quarters of the famous Little & Large double act.
[Picture of Eddie Large]


Lascelles, George (Died in 2011)
Born 7 February 1923  (Harewood House, Yorkshire)
The 7th Earl of Harewood & first cousin to The Queen.
[Picture of George Lascelles]


Lasorda, Tommy
Born 22 September 1927  (Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA)
Former baseball player & manager, particulary linked with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
[Picture of Tommy Lasorda]


Lassen, Georg
Born 12 May 1915  (Steglitz, Berlin, Germany)
U-boat ace, sinking 26 Allied ships.
[Picture of Georg Lassen]


Last, James
Born 17 August 1929  (Bremen, Germany)
Composer, performer & big band leader, and from personal experience, a very nice chap.
[Picture of James Last]


Laver, Rod
Born 9 August 1938  (Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia)
Australian tennis player who enjoyed his greatest successes in the '60s.
[Picture of Rod Laver]


Law, Denis
Born 24 February 1940  (Aberdeen, Scotland)
Former ace striker with Scotland, Manchester United & Manchester City.
[Picture of Denis Law]


Laws, John
Born 8 August 1935  (Wau, Papua New Guinea)
Australian media personality, a former radio presenter
[Picture of John Laws]


Lawson, Nigel
Born 11 March 1932  (London, England)
British journalist-turned-MP who went on to become Chancellor of the Exchequer under Margaret Thatcher. After leaving office he was made Lord Lawson of Blaby, and then decided to lose lots of weight, getting his wife Therese to write "The Nigel Lawson Diet Cookbook". Not long afterwards, their daughter Nigella took the wind out of Therese's sails by rising to fame as a rather more popular celebrity chef.
[Picture of Nigel Lawson]


Lawson-Johnston, Audrey (Died in 2011)
Born 5 February 1915  (New York City, New York, USA)
The last living survivor of the RMS Lusitania which sank on May 7, 1915.
[Picture of Audrey Lawson-Johnston]


Lazenby, George
Born 5 September 1939  (Queanbeyan, Australia)
The "forgotten" Bond - did just one film as Jimbo B - "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".
[Picture of George Lazenby]


le Carré, John
Born 19 October 1931  (Poole, Dorset, England)
Born David Cornwell. One of the world's finest thriller writers, specialising in spy stories.
[Picture of John le Carré]


Le Guin, Ursula
Born 21 October 1929  (Berkeley, California, USA)
Author, who has covered a wide range of topics in her career.
[Picture of Ursula Le Guin]


Le Pen, Jean-Marie
Born 20 June 1928  (La Trinité-sur-Mer, Brittany, France)
Founder (and still president) of the right-wing Front National party, who has courted controversy throughout his life. Some of his "achievements" have included practising torture in Algeria (allegedly), and losing his seat in the European Parliament for assaulting a rival socialist candidate during an earlier election campaign.
[Picture of Jean-Marie Le Pen]


Leachman, Cloris
Born 30 April 1926  (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)
Actress, Oscar winner for her role in "The Last Picture Show".
[Picture of Cloris Leachman]


Lederman, Leon
Born 15 July 1922  (New York City, New York, USA)
Scientist, physicist & former Nobel Prize winner for his work.
[Picture of Leon Lederman]


Lee, Harper
Born 28 April 1926  (Monroeville, Alabama, USA)
Authoress - "To Kill a Mockingbird".
[Picture of Harper Lee]


Lee, Sir Christopher
Born 27 May 1922  (Belgravia, London, England)
Actor who has appeared in countless cheesy horror films, particularly those made by Hammer during the 1950s-70s. Last seen storming off in a massive huff after discovering that his character, Saruman, had been totally written out of the final instalment of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy during post-production.
[Picture of Sir Christopher Lee]


Lee, Stan
Born 22 December 1922  (New York City, New York, USA)
Cartoonist who created "Spider-Man" and "The Hulk".
[Picture of Stan Lee]


Lehrer, Tom
Born 9 April 1928  (New York City, New York, USA)
Mathematician & musician, a singer of satiricial songs.
[Picture of Tom Lehrer]


Leigh, Mike
Born 20 February 1943  (Salford, Lancashire, England)
Film director.
[Picture of Mike Leigh]


Leigh Fermor, Patrick (Died in 2011)
Born 11 February 1915  (London, England)
Travel writer, who has written extensively about Greece after serving behind enemy lines in Crete during World War II. Knighted in the 2004 New Year Honours list.
[Picture of Patrick Leigh Fermor]


Leonard, Elmore (Died in 2013)
Born 11 October 1925  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Author, best known for his crime fiction.
[Picture of Elmore Leonard]


Lerwill, Sheila
Born 16 August 1928  (London, England)
Won a silver medal for Britain in the 1952 Summer Olympics for the high jump.
[Picture of Sheila Lerwill]


Lesh, Phil
Born 15 March 1940  (Berkeley, California, USA)
Founding member of the band The Grateful Dead - played bass guitar throughout their entire 30-year career.
[Picture of Phil Lesh]


Lessing, Doris (Died in 2013)
Born 22 October 1919  (Kermanshah, Persia (now Iran))
Novelist whose works are strongly influenced by politics, psychology and her own upbringing in colonial Africa. She has often been described as a feminist writer, although she shuns this label.
[Picture of Doris Lessing]


Levi Montalcini, Rita (Died in 2012)
Born 22 April 1909  (Turin, Italy)
Nobel Prize winning Neurologist, the oldest living Nobel Laureate at the turn of the year.
[Picture of Rita Levi Montalcini]


Levinson, Barry
Born 6 April 1942  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Award winning (Rain Man) film director, producer & screenwriter.
[Picture of Barry Levinson]


Lévi-Strauss, Claude Claude Lévi-Strauss is no longer with us
Born 28 November 1908  (Brussels, Belgium)

Died 1 November 2009  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 100  (read death notice)
Anthropologist and all-round intellectual who, in works such as "Anthropologie structurale", developed theories adapted from the structuralist ideas of linguist Ferdinand de Saussure. No relation to that bloke wot invented jeans.
[Picture of Claude Lévi-Strauss]


Levy Cardoso, Waldemar Waldemar Levy Cardoso is no longer with us
Born 4 December 1900  (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Died 13 May 2009  (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Age at death: 108 
The only remaining Field Marshal in the Brazillian army until his death in 2009. Fought in WW2 with great distinction.
[Picture of Waldemar Levy Cardoso]


Lewis, Bernard
Born 31 May 1916  (London, England)
US historian, particulary to do with The Middle East.
[Picture of Bernard Lewis]


Lewis, Jerry
Born 16 March 1926  (Newark, New Jersey, USA)
Actor, writer, director, producer and composer, born Joseph Levitch. Formed a partnership with Dean Martin and made 18 films with him in 10 years, before going on to have his greatest success in 'The Nutty Professor' (1963). Now suffering badly from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis, and looking increasingly infirm.
[Picture of Jerry Lewis]


Lewis, Jerry Lee
Born 29 September 1935  (Ferriday, Louisiana, USA)
The piano-playing rock-n-roller with balls of fire so great that he married his thirteen-year-old cousin and once turned up at Graceland with a gun, threatening to kill Elvis. He has succeeded in surviving where just about everyone around him has failed: his son was killed in a car crash, his fourth wife drowned in a swimming pool, and his fifth wife died of a drugs overdose. Wonder why his nickname is "The Killer"?
[Picture of Jerry Lee Lewis]


Lewis, Leona
Born 3 April 1985  (London, England)
God-awful annoying waily singer, bland as anything, yet still bizarrely popular.
[Picture of Leona Lewis]


Lewis, Stephen
Born 14 November 1936  (London, England)
TV actor - played the part of Blakey in "On the Buses".
[Picture of Stephen Lewis]


Lilian of Sweden, Princess (Died in 2013)
Born 30 August 1915  (Swansea, Wales)
Née Lilian May Davies. Widow of the late Prince Bertil of Sweden. She is still active in the Swedish royal family.
[Picture of Princess Lilian of Sweden]


Limbu, Rambahadur
Born 1 August 1939  (Chyangthapu, Yangrop Thum, Eastern Nepal)
VC holder, who won it for bravery in a fight in 1965 against Indonesian troops.
[Picture of Rambahadur Limbu]


Lin, Maya
Born 5 October 1959  (Athens, Ohio, USA)
Sculptor & artist of Chinese origin.
[Picture of Maya Lin]


Linkletter, Art (Died in 2010)
Born 17 July 1912  (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Presenter of lame shows on US TV, such as "Kids Say the Darnedest Things". A kind of American Denis Norden.
[Picture of Art Linkletter]


Lipscomb, William (Died in 2011)
Born 9 December 1919  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
American chemist & Nobel Prize winner.
[Picture of William Lipscomb]


Litvinoff, Emanuel (Died in 2011)
Born 5 May 1915  (Bethnal Green, London, England)
Feted writer & human rights campaigner.
[Picture of Emanuel Litvinoff]


Llewellyn, Sir Dai Sir Dai Llewellyn is no longer with us
Born 2 April 1946  (Aberdare, Wales)

Died 13 January 2009  (Edenbridge, Kent, England)

Age at death: 62  (read death notice)
Welsh socialite. In other words, a drunk party-goer who has done little of real note in his life. Announced in 2008 that he is terminally ill & died in early 2009.
[Picture of Sir Dai Llewellyn]


Lloyd, Christopher
Born 22 October 1938  (Stamford, Connecticut, USA)
Actor, best known for his roles in "Addams Family" & as Doc Brown in the "Back to the Future" films.
[Picture of Christopher Lloyd]


Lloyd, Kathy
Born 13 November 1967  (Portmeirion, Merioneth, Wales))
Former "Page 3" girl, turned model (who still manages to make the pages of FHM & Loaded). Also a "broadcaster".
[Picture of Kathy Lloyd]


Lloyd, Sian
Born 3 July 1958  (Maesteg, Bridgend, Wales)
Weather presenter with an extraordinary wide mouth, who is best perhaps known as the woman dumped by a god-ugly MP for a Cheeky Girl....
[Picture of Sian Lloyd]


Loaf, Meat
Born 27 September 1951  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
Real name Marvin Lee Aday. Although born in Texas - home of Houston, America's fattest city for the third year running - Mr Loaf moved to the West Coast in the 1960s. After appearing in various musicals, including "Hair" and the movie version of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", he performed vocals on a number of albums before hitting the big time with "Bat Out Of Hell" in 1977. His partnership with Jim Steinman soon deteriorated, along with his career, and by the end of the 1980s he was bankrupt. But by the mid-1990s they'd kissed and made up, releasing the imaginatively titled "Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell". In 2003 he collapsed on stage at Wembley Arena, and subsequently underwent heart surgery after being diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (an illness in which the patient thinks they are a law firm).
[Picture of Meat Loaf]


Lockhart, June
Born 25 June 1925  (New York City, New York, USA)
Regular US TV actress, mainly on soap operas.
[Picture of June Lockhart]


Lofthouse, Nat (Died in 2011)
Born 27 August 1925  (Bolton, Lancashire, England)
England and Bolton Wanderers footballer of the 1940s and '50s, who played over 500 games for his club and scored 30 goals for his country.
[Picture of Nat Lofthouse]


Lohan, Lindsay
Born 2 July 1986  (New York City, New York, USA)
Apparently, she's an actress. However, much better known for her partying, car accidents, arguments, crash dieting, smoking, drug taking, going in & out of rehab etc etc.
[Picture of Lindsay Lohan]


Lom, Herbert (Died in 2012)
Born 9 January 1917  (Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic))
Actor, born Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich ze Schluderpacheru, but decided that Lom was less of a mouthful, and he may just have been right. Usually played supporting roles, including Peter Sellers' long suffering boss Charles Dreyfus in the Pink Panther movies. Moved into horror films in the 1970s, none of which were particularly memorable.
[Picture of Herbert Lom]


Longthorne, Joe
Born 31 May 1955  (Kingston-upon-Hull, Humberside, England)
Light entertainer and erstwhile TV star. Was seriously ill with leukaemia and being kept alive by drugs and blood transfusions, but a bone marrow transplant seems to have perked him up no end, and as of April 2006 he's back on stage and on tour.
[Picture of Joe Longthorne]


Lonsdale, Michael
Born 24 May 1931  (Paris, Ile-de-France, France)
Actor, born in France, but often based in England. Starred in "Moonraker", "Munich" and "The Day of the Jackal" amongst others.
[Picture of Michael Lonsdale]


Lords, Traci
Born 7 May 1968  (Steubenville, Ohio, USA)
Former pornographic (and underage) model, who later moved into films.
[Picture of Traci Lords]


Loren, Sophia
Born 20 September 1934  (Pozzuoli, Italy)
Glamorous actress, born Sofia Villani Scicolone.
[Picture of Sophia Loren]


Loriod, Yvonne (Died in 2010)
Born 20 January 1924  (Houilles, Paris, France)
French pianist, widow & former pupil of French composer Olivier Messiaen.
[Picture of Yvonne Loriod]


Lotterby, Sydney
Date and place of birth unknown
TV director, mainly of comedies, which he has been doing for decades.
[Picture of Sydney Lotterby]


Loudermilk, John D
Born 31 March 1934  (Durham, North Carolina, USA)
Singer/songwriter, particulary with religious or country music.
[Picture of John D Loudermilk]


Louganis, Greg
Born 29 January 1960  (El Cajon, California, USA)
Olympic diver with 4 gold medals, a sore head and AIDS.
[Picture of Greg Louganis]


Louisy, Sir Allan (Died in 2011)
Born 5 September 1916  (Laborie, Saint Lucia)
Former Prime Minister of Saint Lucia.
[Picture of Sir Allan Louisy]


Love, Courtney
Born 9 July 1965  (San Francisco, California, USA)
The original Riot Grrl, who formed Hole after being kicked out of Babes In Toyland. Wife of the late Kurt Cobain, she has had numerous verbal and legal scuffles with his former Nirvana bandmates. When not busy being controversial, she spends her time bringing up her daughter and taking heroin.
[Picture of Courtney Love]


Love III, Davis
Born 13 April 1964  (Charlotte, North Carolina, USA)
American golfer, a hugely successful one too.
[Picture of Davis Love III]


Lovell, Jim
Born 25 March 1928  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Astronaut, commander of the Apollo 13 space mission. Later became a businessman.
[Picture of Jim Lovell]


Lovell, Sir Bernard (Died in 2012)
Born 31 August 1913  (Oldland, Gloucestershire, England)
Pioneer of wartime radar and radio astromony. Responsible for the building of the Jodrell Bank radio telescope in Cheshire.
[Picture of Sir Bernard Lovell]


Lowe, Ted (Died in 2011)
Born 1 November 1920  (Lambourn, Berkshire, England)
Snooker commentator, nicknamed 'Whispering Ted', due to the fact that he whispers, and his name is Ted.
[Picture of Ted Lowe]


Lucas, George
Born 14 May 1944  (Modesto, California, USA)
Film director, producer & writer - the man behind the "Star Wars" films.
[Picture of George Lucas]


Ludwig, Christa
Born 16 March 1928  (Berlin, Germany)
German opera singer.
[Picture of Christa Ludwig]


Luger, Lex
Born 2 June 1958  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
WCW wrestler (real name Lawrence Pfohl), whose finishing move is, apparently, the "Torture Rack". His partner and manager, Miss Elizabeth, was found dead at his home in May 2003; during the subsequent investigation the police found banned bodybuilding drugs on the premises, and he was arrested.
[Picture of Lex Luger]


Lumet, Sidney (Died in 2011)
Born 25 June 1924  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Film director, probably best known for his direction of "Twelve Angry Men" (The Henry Fonda version).
[Picture of Sidney Lumet]


Lundgren, Dolph
Born 3 November 1957  (Stockholm, Sweden)
Athlete who became an actor (of sorts), including a rather disastrous stint as "He-Man" in the live action film of the same name.
[Picture of Dolph Lundgren]


Lydon, John
Born 31 January 1956  (London, England)
AKA Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols & well-known idiot, which overshadows a lot of his geniune musical talent.
[Picture of John Lydon]


Lynn, Dame Vera
Born 20 March 1917  (East Ham, London, England)
A performer from the age of 7, who really made it big during World War II. Her radio programme, 'Sincerely Yours', on which she was both presenter and singer of dreary ballads, made her 'The Forces' Sweetheart'. Ironic, then, that she had her first number 1 hit shortly after the war with a song sung partially in German - 'Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart'. Despite this gaffe, she was made a Dame in 1976.
[Picture of Dame Vera Lynn]


Lynn, Loretta
Born 14 April 1935  (Butcher Holler, Kentucky, USA)
Country & Western musician, who boasts that her ranch is "the seventh largest tourist attraction in Tennessee". Dizzy heights of fame indeed.
[Picture of Loretta Lynn]


Lynne, Jeff
Born 30 December 1947  (Birmingham, England)
Songwriter, the lead of ELO, who also worked extensively with the Beatles.
[Picture of Jeff Lynne]


Lyonne, Natasha
Born 4 April 1979  (New York City, New York, USA)
American actress ("American Pie", "Blade: Trinity", "Scary Movie 2").
[Picture of Natasha Lyonne]

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