Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2010: M


Maathai, Wangari (Died in 2011)
Born 1 April 1940  (Nyeri District, Kenya)
Political and environmental activist who became the first African woman to land the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.
[Picture of Wangari Maathai]


MacArthur, James James MacArthur is no longer with us
Born 8 December 1937  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Died 28 October 2010  (Jacksonville, Florida, USA)

Age at death: 72  (read death notice)
Actor - Danno in "Hawaii Five-O", amongst many others.
[Picture of James MacArthur]


Macbeth, Peter
Born 2 February 1943  (Marylebone, London, England)
Former member of the soul group "The Foundations" who was jailed in 2008 for sexual abuse & child porn, despite claiming he was terminally ill.
[Picture of Peter Macbeth]


MacCorkindale, Simon Simon MacCorkindale is no longer with us
Born 12 February 1952  (Ely, Cambridgeshire, England)

Died 14 October 2010  (London, England)

Age at death: 58  (read death notice)
Actor, best known for his roles in 'Manimal' and more recently 'Casualty'. Married to Susan George.
[Picture of Simon MacCorkindale]


MacDonald, Margo
Born 19 April 1943  (Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland)
Scottish politician, a Member of the Scottish Parliament and a former Member of the British House of Commons, who is battling on the issue of the right to die, as she has Parkinson's Disease.
[Picture of Margo MacDonald]


MacGowan, Shane
Born 25 December 1957  (Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England)
Dentally challenged singer-songwriter who used to front the Pogues, and latterly the Popes (though recently he went back to the Pogues for a reunion tour). Constantly rumoured to be on the brink of death due to non-stop drinking, smoking and drug-taking. At one stage, for example, he was said to be taking fifty tabs of acid a day - smoke your heart out, Shaun Ryder!
[Picture of Shane MacGowan]


Mack, Warner
Born 2 April 1938  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
Country music singer and songwriter.
[Picture of Warner Mack]


Mackay, Dave
Born 14 November 1934  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Ex-footballer - member of the Spurs double-winning side of 1960-61 who later managed Derby County to two League Championships in the early/mid '70s. Eventually retired due to health problems, including, unusually, cancer of the lip.
[Picture of Dave Mackay]


MacKenzie, Kelvin
Born 22 October 1946  (London, England)
Godawful former editor of The Sun newspaper.
[Picture of Kelvin MacKenzie]


Mackie, Baron George
Born 10 July 1919  (Benshie, Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland)
Former Scottish MP & Rector of Dundee University.
[Picture of Baron George Mackie]


Macnee, Patrick
Born 6 February 1922  (London, England)
Actor - played the suave Steed in "The Avengers".
[Picture of Patrick Macnee]


Macy, Bill
Born 18 May 1922  (Revere, Massachusetts, USA)
Actor, on a host of TV programmes, including "Maude" for which he is best known (at least in America).
[Picture of Bill Macy]


Madden, John
Born 10 April 1936  (Austin, Minnesota, USA)
Former head coach of the Oakland Raiders (overseeing their victory in Superbowl XI), who has been an NFL commentator on TV for over twenty years. He's also a best-selling sports author who, in a stroke of genius, gave his first book the title "Hey, Wait a Minute, I Wrote a Book!"
[Picture of John Madden]


Madeley, Paul
Born 20 September 1944  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Former Leeds United great, who, sadly seems to be in as much dire straits & ill-health as his former team currently are. Also won 24 caps for England.
[Picture of Paul Madeley]


Madoff, Bernard
Born 29 April 1938  (Queens, New York, USA)
Disgraced former Chairman of NASDAQ, who is accused of committing $50 billion worth of fraud.
[Picture of Bernard Madoff]


Madonna, (singer)
Born 16 August 1958  (Bay City, Michigan, USA)
Singer & actress, a huge influence on music over the last twenty-five years.
[Picture of (singer) Madonna]


Magruder, Jeb
Born 5 November 1934  (Staten Island, New York, USA)
Part of Richard Nixon's team who was implicated in the Watergate scandal. Also a journalist & businessman.
[Picture of Jeb Magruder]


Mahon, Sir Denis (Died in 2011)
Born 8 November 1910  (London, England)
British art historian and collector.
[Picture of Sir Denis Mahon]


Mainer, Wade (Died in 2011)
Born 21 April 1907  (Weaverville, North Carolina, USA)
Banjo player and singer said to the 'Grandfather of Bluegrass'.
[Picture of Wade Mainer]


Malcolm, Mary Mary Malcolm is no longer with us
Born 18 March 1918  (London, England)

Died 13 October 2010  (London, England)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
BBC announcer of years gone by, in the olden days of the Interlude.
[Picture of Mary Malcolm]


Malielegaoi, Tuilaepa
Born 14 April 1945  (Lepa, Samoa)
Prime Minister of Samoa since 1998.
[Picture of Tuilaepa Malielegaoi]


Malone, Dorothy
Born 30 January 1925  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Film actress - "Written on the Wind", "The Big Sleep" and more recently, "Basic Instinct".
[Picture of Dorothy Malone]


Mandel, Johnny
Born 23 November 1925  (New York City, New York, USA)
Grammy award-winning composer and arranger.
[Picture of Johnny Mandel]


Mandela, Nelson (Died in 2013)
Born 18 July 1918  (Umtata, South Africa)
Leader of the African National Congress, which was outlawed in 1948, when apartheid was legalised in South Africa. He was imprisoned for allegedly being involved in a bomb plot, and spent 27 years inside, before being freed as part of then President F.W. de Klerk's reforms in 1990. Mandela himself became President from 1994-99.
[Picture of Nelson Mandela]


Mandela, Winnie
Born 26 September 1934  (Bizana, Pondoland, Transkei, South Africa)
The first black First Lady of South Africa, and now estranged wife of Nelson.
[Picture of Winnie Mandela]


Mandelson, Peter
Born 21 October 1953  (London, England)
Baron Mandelson, currently Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and First Secretary of State and President of the Board of Trade and Lord President of the Council. 'Mandy' first came to prominence in the mid-1980s attempting to revive the fortunes of the Labour Party then led by Neil Kinnock before becoming one of the key architects of New Labour. Twice served in Tony Blair's government before resigning under a cloud on both occasions. MP for Hartlepool from 1992-2004 before becoming a European Commissioner. Re-entered British politics in 2008, becoming enobled in the process.
[Picture of Peter Mandelson]


Manilow, Barry
Born 17 June 1943  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Cheesy easy-listening singer with a big nose.
[Picture of Barry Manilow]


Manning, Patrick
Born 17 August 1946  (San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago)
Current PM of Trinidad & Tobago.
[Picture of Patrick Manning]


Mansfield, Jayne Marie
Born 8 November 1950  (Austin, Texas, USA)
Daughter of THE Jayne Mansfield.
[Picture of Jayne Marie Mansfield]


Manson, Charles
Born 12 November 1934  (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
Infamous leader of a cult called "The Family", which was responsible for several brutal murders in the 1960s. In prison since 1971.
[Picture of Charles Manson]


Manson, Marilyn
Born 5 January 1969  (Canton, Ohio, USA)
Extrovert and quite frankly scary rock singer. Born plain ol' Brian Warner.
[Picture of Marilyn Manson]


Maradona, Diego
Born 30 October 1960  (Lanús, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Football genius turned cocaine addict who later managed Argentina to a quarter final spot in the 2010 World Cup.
[Picture of Diego Maradona]


Marcos, Imelda
Born 2 July 1929  (Manila, Philippines)
Former beauty queen, lavish-living, obsessive shoe-collector and widow of former Filipino president Ferdinand Marcos. After his death, she was acquitted of embezzlement in the US, but convicted of the crime of 'graft', whatever that is, in the Philippines.
[Picture of Imelda Marcos]


Mardones, Benny
Born 9 November 1946  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Singer songwriter who had a big hit in the US Billboard charts with 'Into the Night' twice, in 1980 and 1989.
[Picture of Benny Mardones]


Margarete of Thurn and Taxis, Princess (Died in 2006)
Born 8 November 1909  (Château de Beloeil, Hainaut, Belgium)
Belgian/German minor royal, who by marriage became part of the minor Italian nobility. Also known as Princess Margarete Marie Therese Elisabeth Louise von Thurn und Taxis.
[Picture of Princess Margarete of Thurn and Taxis]


Marie, Rose
Born 15 August 1923  (New York, New York, USA)
Actress whose career has been in two distinct halves: firstly as a child in the 1920s, and then as an adult, beginning in the 1940s. Best known for playing the part of Sally Rogers on "The Dick Van Dyke Show". Her real name is Rose Marie Mazzetta, and she is of Italian/Polish extraction.
[Picture of Rose Marie]


Mark, Sir Robert Sir Robert Mark is no longer with us
Born 13 March 1917  (Chorlton, Manchester, England)

Died 30 September 2010  (London, England)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
Former Metropolitan Police Commissioner and advertiser of Aquajet Radial tyres. He was "convinced they make a genuine contribution to road safety", apparently.
[Picture of Sir Robert Mark]


Marks, Howard
Born 13 August 1945  (Kenfig Hill, Bridgend, Wales)
Former cannabis smuggler turned best-selling author. Also (if only in the opinion of Octopus of Odstock, for it is he who is writing this bio) one of the nicest people it is possible to meet - intelligent, caring, witty and friendly. Not a combination you get much these days, sadly.
[Picture of Howard Marks]


Marqusee, Mike
Born in New York City, New York, USA  (exact date unknown)
American anglophile and left-wing writer and activist. The Man In Black recommends his 'Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Inside Kinnock’s Labour Party ' which effectively showed how Labour leader Neil Kinnock sowed the seeds of New Labour, written two years before Tony Blair became leader. Born 1953.
[Picture of Mike Marqusee]


Marriner, Neville
Born 15 April 1924  (Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England)
Conductor, violinist, former conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.
[Picture of Neville Marriner]


Marrs, Mick
Born 4 May 1951  (Terre Haute, Indiana, USA)
Skull-faced Mötley Crüe guitarist.
[Picture of Mick Marrs]


Marsh, Jodie
Born 23 December 1978  (Brentwood, Essex, England)
Trashy, plastic, fake, utterly pointless bimbo.
[Picture of Jodie Marsh]


Marsh, Richard (Died in 2011)
Born 14 March 1928  (place of birth unknown)
Former Labour minister in the 1960s. Now in the House of Lords.
[Picture of Richard Marsh]


Marshall, Penny
Born 15 October 1943  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actress, director and producer still better known as Laverne in 'Laverne and Shirley'.
[Picture of Penny Marshall]


Martin, Buster (Died in 2011)
Born 1 September 1906  (France)
Allegedly the UK's oldest employee, but most of his claims are pretty unreliable as there is not a shred of proof of his marriage, his wife's death, any of his children's births & his own birth. May be 96, but he may also be in his 50's for all we know.
[Picture of Buster Martin]


Martin, Chris
Born 2 March 1977  (Exeter, Devon, England)
Lead singer of Coldplay & hubby of Gwyneth Paltrow.
[Picture of Chris Martin]


Martin, George
Born 3 January 1926  (London, England)
The Beatles' music producer.
[Picture of George Martin]


Martin, Michael
Born 3 July 1945  (Glasgow, Scotland)
MP & former speaker of the House. Not the most popular person that has done this role, mainly due to his brusque manner, his bias towards Labour & spending taxpayer's money on trivial items.
[Picture of Michael Martin]


Martin, Tony (Died in 2012)
Born 25 December 1912  (Oakland, California, USA)
Classic crooner and occasional actor. Was married, until her death, to Cyd Charisse, for what it's worth. Not to be confused with the butt-ugly, pikey-shooting farmer of the same name.
[Picture of Tony Martin]


Martinus, Derek
Born 1 April 1931  (place of birth unknown)
Former 'Doctor Who' director.
[Picture of Derek Martinus]


Marx, Barbara
Born 16 October 1927  (Bosworth, Missouri, USA)
Widow of Frank Sinatra. Was also married to Zeppo Marx.
[Picture of Barbara Marx]


Mashaal, Khaled
Born 28 May 1956  (Silwad, West Bank, Israel)
Believed by many, including Israel's intelligence services, to be the leader of the Islamic terrorist group Hamas.
[Picture of Khaled Mashaal]


Masloff, Sophie
Born 23 December 1917  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
US politician, Pittsburgh's first and to date only female mayor.
[Picture of Sophie Masloff]


Mason, Madison
Born 22 April 1943  (Richmond, Virginia, USA)
Actor, in many a film or TV show in the US.
[Picture of Madison Mason]


Mason, Paul
Date and place of birth unknown
Reputedly the World's heaviest man, hitting the scales at 70 stone! Born 1961.
[Picture of Paul Mason]


Mason, Roy
Born 18 April 1924  (Royston, South Yorkshire, England)
Former Labour MP & minister, former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
[Picture of Roy Mason]


Masters, Katie (Died in 2011)
Born 23 November 1899  (Dundee, Scotland)
Second oldest person in Britain, who recently complained that the yearly cards she recieved from The Queen all looked the same!
[Picture of Katie Masters]


Mataca, Petero
Born 28 April 1933  (Cawaci, Ovalau Island, Fiji)
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Suva.
[Picture of Petero Mataca]


Mathis, Johnny
Born 30 September 1935  (Gilmer, Texas, USA)
Easy-listening musician. Had the Xmas No 1 of 1976 with 'When A Child is Born'. Your granny's probably got his Greatest Hits album in the attic.
[Picture of Johnny Mathis]


Matson, Ollie
Born 1 May 1930  (Trinity, Texas, USA)
Another former American footballer.
[Picture of Ollie Matson]


Matsumoto, Kaoru
Born 11 November 1960  (Kumagaya, Saitama, Japan)
'Dump' Matsumoto, former professional wrestler.
[Picture of Kaoru Matsumoto]


Matthew, Brian
Born 17 September 1928  (Coventry, Warwickshire, England)
BBC radio presenter, host of the "Sounds of the Sixties" show since 1990.
[Picture of Brian Matthew]


Matthews, Jon Jon Matthews is no longer with us
Born in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England  (exact date unknown)

Died 3 May 2010  (Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England)

Age at death: 59  (read death notice)
British man who bet, successfully, that despite being told he had terminal cancer in 2006, he would still be alive in 2008. Born 1950.
[Picture of Jon Matthews]


Matthews, Karen
Born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire, England  (exact date unknown)
Kidnapped her own daughter for the sake of a quick reward. Her reward was to become one of the most hated individuals in UK history, yes, even more than Kerry Katona.
[Picture of Karen Matthews]


Mauroy, Pierre
Born 5 July 1928  (Cartignies, France)
Former PM of France, between 1981 & 1984.
[Picture of Pierre Mauroy]


Mawhinney, Brian
Born 26 July 1940  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Former Tory MP and chairman of the Conservative Party. Former chairman of the Football League.
[Picture of Brian Mawhinney]


Maxim of Bulgaria, Patriarch (Died in 2012)
Born 29 October 1914  (Oreshak, Bulgaria)
Leader of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
[Picture of Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria]


May, Brian
Born 19 July 1947  (Hampton, Middlesex, England)
Big-haired guitarist, both with Queen and as a solo artist. Virtually every song he's ever done has a guitar riff from him in. Sometimes it works, often it fails miserably, but credit for perseverance.
[Picture of Brian May]


Mayer, Laurie
Date and place of birth unknown
Television newsreader for the BBC who resigned in a huff in 2002 before becoming Mohammed Al Fayed's spokesman.
[Picture of Laurie Mayer]


Mayer, Paul
Born 23 May 1911  (Altötting, Germany)
Former Roman Catholic Cardinal. Died in April 2010 but no obit.
[Picture of Paul Mayer]


Mayhew, Peter
Born 19 May 1944  (Barnes, London, England)
Actor, whose only main role as been a hugely popular one - that of "Chewbacca" in the "Star Wars" films.
[Picture of Peter Mayhew]


Maynard, Bill
Born 8 October 1928  (Heath End, Farnham, Surrey, England)
Comic actor who played Selwyn in the sitcom "Oh No! It's Selwyn Froggit" and Claude Greengrass in the soporific TV drama "Heartbeat". After leaving the series due to a stroke suffered while filming, he returned to play the same character in the equally gentle spin-off "The Royal".
[Picture of Bill Maynard]


McAlpine, Lord Alistair
Born 14 May 1942  (Hampshire, England)
Businessman & general toff, former treasurer for the Conservative Party.
[Picture of Lord Alistair McAlpine]


McCain, Ginger (Died in 2011)
Born 21 September 1930  (Southport, Lancashire, England)
Racehorse trainer, who retired in 2006. Trained Red Rum to three Grand Nationals.
[Picture of Ginger McCain]


McCain, John
Born 29 April 1936  (Coco Solo, Panama)
Vietnam veteran who went on to become a US Senator and invent oven chips. Probably.
[Picture of John McCain]


McCain, Roberta
Born 7 February 1912  (Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA)
Mother of defeated 2008 US election hopeful & Senator, John.
[Picture of Roberta McCain]


McCarthy, Kevin Kevin McCarthy is no longer with us
Born 15 February 1914  (Seattle, Washington, USA)

Died 11 September 2010  (Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
US movie actor.
[Picture of Kevin McCarthy]


McCartney, Paul
Born 18 June 1942  (Liverpool, England)
Younger of the 2 surviving Beatles.
[Picture of Paul McCartney]


McCaskey, Virginia Halas
Born 5 January 1923  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Owner of the Chicago bears American football team.
[Picture of Virginia Halas McCaskey]


McClanahan, Rue Rue McClanahan is no longer with us
Born 21 February 1934  (Healdton, Oaklahoma, USA)

Died 3 June 2010  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 76  (read death notice)
Actress, best known as Blanche Devereaux in 'The Golden Girls'.
[Picture of Rue McClanahan]


McColl, Iain
Born 7 June 1955  (Dumbarton, Dumbartonshire, Scotland)
Scottish actor, best remembered as Dodie in "Rab C Nesbitt".
[Picture of Iain McColl]


McCowen, Alec
Born 26 May 1925  (Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England)
Actor, the third to play 'Q' in James Bond, albeit in 'Never Say Never Again'.
[Picture of Alec McCowen]


McCready, Mindy
Born 30 November 1975  (Fort Myers, Florida, USA)
Troubled country singer, who has attempted & failed to commit suicide on at least four occasions
[Picture of Mindy McCready]


McCririck, John
Born 17 April 1940  (Surbiton, Surrey, England)
Fat, outspoken horseracing pundit with a strange home life.
[Picture of John McCririck]


McCullough, David
Born 7 July 1933  (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA)
Historical author and twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
[Picture of David McCullough]


McDiarmid, Ian
Born 11 August 1944  (Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland)
Distinguished stage actor but better known for the role of Emperor Palpatine in the 'Star Wars' fanchise.
[Picture of Ian McDiarmid]


McDonald, Sir Trevor
Born 16 August 1939  (San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago)
Recently-retired ITN newsreader. Once reckoned by Viz comic to be the news anchorman most able to take his beer, in complete contrast to the lightweight Nicholas Witchell.
[Picture of Sir Trevor McDonald]


McDonald, The Most Rev Kevin
Born 18 August 1947  (Stoke-on-Trent, England)
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Southwark from 2003 to 2009.
[Picture of The Most Rev Kevin McDonald]


McErlaine, Alistair
Born 31 October 1968  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Guitarist with pop band Texas. Suffered a brain hemorrhage in September 2009.
[Picture of Alistair McErlaine]


McFadden, Steve
Born 20 March 1959  (London, England)
Actor - bald, boozed-up bully Phil Mitchell in 'Eastenders'.
[Picture of Steve McFadden]


McGarrigle, Kate Kate McGarrigle is no longer with us
Born 6 February 1946  (Saint-Sauveur-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada)

Died 18 January 2010  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Age at death: 63  (read death notice)
Canadian folk singer and mother to Rufus and Martha Wainwright.
[Picture of Kate McGarrigle]


McGovern, George (Died in 2012)
Born 19 July 1922  (Avon, South Dakota, USA)
American politican, lost the 1972 US Presidential Election by a landslide.
[Picture of George McGovern]


McGregor, Ewan
Born 31 March 1971  (Perth, Scotland)
Actor, best known for the second Star Wars trilogy as Obi-Wan Kenobi and as Renton in the acclaimed 'Trainspotting'.
[Picture of Ewan McGregor]


McGriff, Hershel
Born 14 December 1927  (Bridal Veil, Oregon, USA)
NASCAR racing driver, the oldest ever to win a feature race at the age of 61 in 1989.
[Picture of Hershel McGriff]


McInnes, Paul
Born 17 October 1989  (Salcoats, Scotland)
Footballer. Plays midfield for Stranraer FC. Stabbed on a night out in December 2009.
[Picture of Paul McInnes]


McKeith, Gillian
Born 28 September 1959  (Perth, Scotland)
Nutritionist who became famous through her TV programme 'You Are What You Eat'. Known for ferreting about in people's stools.
[Picture of Gillian McKeith]


McKenzie, Scott (Died in 2012)
Born 10 January 1939  (Jacksonville, Florida, USA)
American singer best known for his epochal hit single 'San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)' in 1967.
[Picture of Scott McKenzie]


McKinnon, Gary
Born 10 February 1966  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Computer hacker, now facing extradition to the United States.
[Picture of Gary McKinnon]


McKuen, Rod
Born 29 April 1933  (Oakland, California, USA)
Singer/songwriter, composer & poet. Probably the most famous hit he has penned is "Love's Been Good To Me".
[Picture of Rod McKuen]


McLaren, Bill Bill McLaren is no longer with us
Born 23 October 1923  (Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland)

Died 19 January 2010  (Hawick, Roxburghshire, Scotland)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Former rugby union commentator for the BBC.
[Picture of Bill McLaren]


McNee, Sir David
Born 23 March 1925  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Commssioner of the Metropolitan Police from 1977 to 1982, presiding over the Brixton riots and the Scarman report.
[Picture of Sir David McNee]


McPartland, Marian
Born 21 March 1918  (Slough, Berkshire, England)
Acclaimed jazz musician & pianist.
[Picture of Marian McPartland]


McPartlin, Anthony
Born 18 November 1975  (Newcastle upon Tyne, England)
Presenter and actor famed for his screen partnership with Declan Donnelly.
[Picture of Anthony McPartlin]


McPhail , Stephen
Born 9 December 1979  (London, England)
English-born Republic of Ireland international footballer who has never fulfilled his early potential. Now plays for Cardiff City.
[Picture of Stephen McPhail	]


McQuarrie, Ralph (Died in 2012)
Born 13 June 1929  (Gary, Indiana, USA)
Conceptual artist best known for his work on "Star Wars", where he also played a few extras from time to time.
[Picture of Ralph McQuarrie]


Meadows, Jayne
Born 27 September 1920  (Wuchang, PR of China)
American film actress, and widow of TV star Steve Allen.
[Picture of Jayne Meadows]


Meara, Anne
Born 20 September 1929  (Queens, New York, USA)
Actress & comedienne, in TV & films & often on US panel shows.
[Picture of Anne Meara]


Mears, Victor
Date and place of birth unknown
Businessman who along with his brother, Henry, is accused of ripping off customers of a rather dubious Christmas Lapland theme Park in Dorset. Born 1943.
[Picture of Victor Mears]


Medicine Crow, Joe
Born 27 October 1913  (Lodge Grass, Montana, USA)
Native American historian
[Picture of Joe Medicine Crow]


Medina, Lina
Born 27 September 1933  (Paurange, Peru)
The youngest human ever to give birth, delivering a healthy baby boy at the amazing age of 5 years and 7 months in May 1939.
[Picture of Lina Medina]


Mehsud, Hakimullah
Born in Jandola, South Wazirstan, Pakistan  (exact date unknown)
New leader of the Taliban in Northern Pakistan, following the death of Baitullah Mehsud in 2009. Born 1981. Has a $600,000 bounty on his head, so if you're short of cash...
[Picture of Hakimullah Mehsud]


Mehta, Zubin
Born 29 April 1936  (Mumbai, India)
Veteran & well-travelled conductor of classical music.
[Picture of Zubin Mehta]


Meier, Sid
Born 24 February 1954  (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada)
Computer programmer and designer of strategy games such as 'Cilvilisation'.
[Picture of Sid Meier]


Melchior, Ib
Born 17 September 1917  (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Writer and director of low budget sci-fi movies of the 1960s.
[Picture of Ib Melchior]


Mercer, Sean
Born 17 September 1990  (Liverpool, England)
Teenage killer of Croxteth schoolboy Rhys Jones in 2007. Now serving 22 years at Her Majesty's Pleasure.
[Picture of Sean Mercer]


Mercier, Sheila
Born 1 January 1919  (Hull, East Yorkshire, England)
TV actress - played Annie Sugden when Emmerdale Farm had a farm in it. In real life she is Brian Rix's big sister.
[Picture of Sheila Mercier]


Merckx, Eddy
Born 17 June 1945  (Tielt-Winge, Flemish Brabant, Belgium)
Legendary cyclist, five times winner of the Tour de France.
[Picture of Eddy Merckx]


Meriwether, Lee
Born 27 May 1935  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Former model-turned-TV actress.
[Picture of Lee Meriwether]


Merritt, Max
Born 30 April 1941  (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Singer-songwriter and leader of Max Merritt & The Meteors.
[Picture of Max Merritt]


Meyer, Hubert
Born 5 December 1913  (Berlin, Germany)
SS officer who fought during Operation Barbarossa, (the invasion of Russia) and was a body guard of Adolf Hitler.
[Picture of Hubert Meyer]


Meyers, Augie
Born 31 May 1940  (San Antonio, Texas, USA)
Keyboard player with the Sir Douglas Quintet rock band.
[Picture of Augie Meyers]


Michael, George
Born 25 June 1963  (London, England)
Pop star - originally one half of Wham! and then hugely successful solo artist. Has has a stuttering solo career since.
[Picture of George Michael]


Michael Of Romania, King
Born 25 October 1921  (Foisor Castle, Sinaia, Romania)
Former King of Romania, now living in exile.
[Picture of King Michael Of Romania]


Michelmore, Cliff
Born 11 December 1919  (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)
Presenter of TV travel programmes.
[Picture of Cliff Michelmore]


Mickelson, Amy
Date and place of birth unknown
Wife of golfer Phil Mickelson. Diagnosed with Breast cancer in May 2009, prompting Phil to put his career on hold. Born 1971.
[Picture of Amy Mickelson]


Mickelson, Mary
Date and place of birth unknown
Mother of golfer Phil Mickelson, who shortly after his wife announced that she had Breast Cancer, did the same. Born 1942.
[Picture of Mary Mickelson]


Mikaelyan, Sasun
Born 7 November 1957  (Atarbekyan, Armenia)
Armenian former MP, now political prisoner.
[Picture of Sasun Mikaelyan]


Miles, Vera
Born 23 August 1929  (Boise City, Oklahoma, USA)
Film actress - "The Searchers", "Psycho", "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" etc.
[Picture of Vera Miles]


Miller, Marvin (Died in 2012)
Born 14 April 1917  (New York City, New York, USA)
Executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association from 1966-1982.
[Picture of Marvin Miller]


Miller, Mitch Mitch Miller is no longer with us
Born 4 July 1911  (Rochester, New York, USA)

Died 31 July 2010  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 99  (read death notice)
Pianist, oboist, conductor and singer who was head of A&R at Columbia Records from 1950 until 1965, signing Frankie Laine, Tony Bennett, Rosemary Clooney and many others, in addition to firing Frank Sinatra. At the same time he had a highly successful performing career in the form of Mitch Miller and His Gang, and fronted the TV series "Sing Along With Mitch". After leaving Columbia (he hated rock 'n' roll and refused to move with the times) he pretty much disappeared from public life entirely.
[Picture of Mitch Miller]


Miller, Nolan (Died in 2012)
Born 8 January 1935  (Burkburnett, Texas, USA)
Fashion designer, best known for his iconic designs for US soap operas 'Dynasty' and 'The Colbys'. Born on the same day as Elvis Presley.
[Picture of Nolan Miller]


Mills, Mark
Born in Brighton, Sussex, England  (exact date unknown)
Father of Heather Mills and former paratrooper. Even he's disowned her. Born 1943.
[Picture of Mark Mills]


Mills McCartney, Heather
Born 12 January 1968  (Aldershot, Hampshire, England)
Gold-digging uniped, ex-wife of Paul McCartney.
[Picture of Heather Mills McCartney]


Mimoun, Alain
Born 1 January 1921  (El Telagh, Algeria)
French former athlete, winner of the 1956 Olympic marathon.
[Picture of Alain Mimoun]


Min, Li
Born in Zhidan, Yan'an, Shaanxi, PR of China  (exact date unknown)
Daughter of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong. Born 1936.
[Picture of Li Min]


Ming-Teh, Shih
Born 15 January 1941  (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
Taiwanese politican, a former political prisoner and scourge of the Chinese and Taiwanese governments.
[Picture of Shih Ming-Teh]


Minnelli, Liza
Born 12 March 1946  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Daughter of Judy Garland, and moderately successful singer/stage actress in her own right. Has suffered from ill health in recent years as a result of drug abuse, and has been a regular visitor to rehab clinics. Married film producer David Gest in March 2002.
[Picture of Liza Minnelli]


Minogue, Kylie
Born 28 May 1968  (Melbourne, Australia)
Pint-sized Aussie singer, formerly of "Neighbours" fame. Diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer in May 2005, but has since made a full recovery.
[Picture of Kylie Minogue]


Mintoff, Dom (Died in 2012)
Born 6 August 1916  (Cospicua, Malta)
Former Prime Minister of Malta.
[Picture of Dom Mintoff]


Misch, Rochus
Born 29 July 1917  (Oppelin, Upper Silesia, Poland)
Former Nazi, one of the few survivors from Hitler's bunker.
[Picture of Rochus Misch]


Mitchell, Warren
Born 14 January 1926  (London, England)
Actor who will forever be associated with the part he played as the bigoted Alf Garnett in the long-running British sitcoms "Till Death Us Do Part" (alongside Tony Booth) and its sequel "In Sickness and in Health".
[Picture of Warren Mitchell]


Mitchum, Dorothy
Date and place of birth unknown
Widow of Robert Mitchum. They were married for 57 years until his death in 1997.
[Picture of Dorothy Mitchum]


Mitterrand, Danielle (Died in 2011)
Born 29 October 1924  (Verdun, Meuse, France)
Widow of former French president François Mitterrand.
[Picture of Danielle Mitterrand]


Mobley, Cuttino
Born 1 September 1975  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
Recently retired NBA basketball player.
[Picture of Cuttino Mobley]


Moeliku, Visesio
Born in Sigave, Wallis & Futuna  (exact date unknown)
King of Sigave in the Wallis & Futuna Isles. Born 1922.
[Picture of Visesio Moeliku]


Mohamad, Dr Mahathir
Born 10 July 1925  (Alor Star, Kedah Darul Aman, Malaysia)
Prime Minister of Malaysia from 1981-2003.
[Picture of Dr Mahathir Mohamad]


Molinaro, Al
Born 24 June 1919  (Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA)
TV actor - played Al Delvecchio, the rotund owner of Arnold's Drive-In, in "Happy Days".
[Picture of Al Molinaro]


Molloy, Seaneen
Born 4 September 1985  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Bipolar depressive blogger and humourist.
[Picture of Seaneen Molloy]


Molyneaux, Jim
Born 27 August 1920  (Killead, County Antrim, Northern Ireland)
Former leader (1979 to 1995) of the Ulster Unionist party, now Lord Molyneaux of Killead. Apparently he still lives on the farm where he was born.
[Picture of Jim Molyneaux]


Mondale, Eleanor (Died in 2011)
Born 19 January 1960  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
An American actress and television personality, she is best known for her work on the E! cable channel including hosting the shows Wild On... in 1997 and E! News Live. She is the only daughter of Walter Mondale.
[Picture of Eleanor Mondale]


Mondale, Walter
Born 5 January 1928  (Ceylon, Minnesota, USA)
US Vice-President under Jimmy Carter.
[Picture of Walter Mondale]


Monjack, Simon Simon Monjack is no longer with us
Born 5 August 1970  (London, England)

Died 23 May 2010  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 39  (read death notice)
Film producer and widower of actress Brittany Murphy.
[Picture of Simon Monjack]


Moody, Ron
Born 8 January 1924  (London, England)
Film, stage and TV actor, born Ronald Moodnick, remembered for his role as Fagin in 1968's film version of "Oliver!".
[Picture of Ron Moody]


Moon, Sun Myung (Died in 2012)
Born 6 January 1920  (Kwangju Sangsa Ri, Korea (now North Korea))
Founder of the Unification Church, often referred to as "The Moonies". Has a finger in the pie of various conservative news organizations in America. Served a prison term for tax fraud in the 1980s.
[Picture of Sun Myung Moon]


Moore, Michael
Born 23 April 1954  (Davison, Michigan, USA)
Oscar-winning director of interesting but somewhat didactic documentary films.
[Picture of Michael Moore]


Moore, Patrick (Died in 2012)
Born 4 March 1923  (Pinner, Middlesex, England)
Eminent astronomer and xylophone-player, who has presented every one of BBC television's "The Sky at Night" programmes (which makes him the world's longest-serving presenter). Big mates with Brian May out of Queen, due to their shared interest in space, he was knighted by the Queen in 2001.
[Picture of Patrick Moore]


Moore, Roger
Born 14 October 1927  (Stockwell, London, England)
The cheesiest of the actors to have played international man of mystery James Bond, he took over from Sean Connery in 1973, appearing in seven Bond films until 1985's "A View to a Kill". The ageing dinner-jacketed eyebrow-raiser now seemingly maintains the Bond persona for real, by living in Switzerland and Monte Carlo with his Swedish wife Christina "Kiki" Tholstrup, a former air stewardess.
[Picture of Roger Moore]


Moore, Terry
Born 7 January 1929  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Actress, former wife of Howard Hughes, a former model & "sex interest" in films.
[Picture of Terry Moore]


Moreau, Jeanne
Born 23 January 1928  (Paris, France)
French actress, singer, and director, best known for her starring role in François Truffaut's "Jules et Jim" (1962).
[Picture of Jeanne Moreau]


Morgan, Cliff
Born 7 April 1930  (Trebanog, Rhondda, Wales)
Welsh rugby union player, then became a respected TV broadcaster.
[Picture of Cliff Morgan]


Morgan, Edwin Edwin Morgan is no longer with us
Born 27 April 1920  (Glasgow, Scotland)

Died 19 August 2010  (Glasgow, Scotland)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Scotland's first "Makar" or Poet Laureate.
[Picture of Edwin Morgan]


Morgan, Harry (Died in 2011)
Born 10 April 1915  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Prolific film and television actor, probably best known for playing Colonel Sherman T. Potter in long-running TV series "M*A*S*H". Real name Harry Bratsburg.
[Picture of Harry Morgan]


Morgan, Piers
Born 30 March 1965  (Newick, East Sussex, England)
Smug git, former editor of the News of the World & the Daily Mirror. Now a pointless TV celebrity broadcaster.
[Picture of Piers Morgan]


Mori, Manny
Born 25 December 1948  (Fefan, Chuuk, Micronesia)
President of Micronesia since 2007.
[Picture of Manny Mori]


Morricone, Ennio
Born 10 November 1928  (Rome, Italy)
Composer of musical scores for films, especially spaghetti Westerns.
[Picture of Ennio Morricone]


Morris, Desmond
Born 24 January 1928  (Purton, Wiltshire, England)
Zoologist and author of the best-selling book 'The Naked Ape'.
[Picture of Desmond Morris]


Morris, Neva Neva Morris is no longer with us
Born 3 August 1895  (Ames, Iowa, USA)

Died 6 April 2010  (Ames, Iowa, USA)

Age at death: 114  (read death notice)
One of the oldest certified people in the World.
[Picture of Neva Morris]


Morris, Oswald
Born 22 November 1915  (Ruislip, Middlesex, England)
Cinematographer for a whole range of celebrated movies, including "Oliver!" and "Our Man In Havana".
[Picture of Oswald Morris]


Morrison, Rory
Date and place of birth unknown
Radio 4 presenter.
[Picture of Rory Morrison]


Morrison, Shelley
Born 26 October 1936  (New York, New York, USA)
Actress, often in comic roles, including as Rosario in "Will & Grace".
[Picture of Shelley Morrison]


Morrison, Sir Ken
Born 20 October 1931  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)
Founder & head of Morrison's Supermarkets.
[Picture of Sir Ken Morrison]


Morrison, Toni
Born 18 February 1931  (Lorain, Ohio, USA)
American author, former winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
[Picture of Toni Morrison]


Morrison, Van
Born 31 August 1945  (Belfast, Northern Ireland)
Celebrated Irish musician. Pub fact: he was once married to a woman called Janet Planet.
[Picture of Van Morrison]


Morrissey, Steven Patrick
Born 22 May 1959  (Manchester, England)
'Morrissey' - former lead singer of seminal 1980s band The Smiths, now a solo artist.
[Picture of Steven Patrick Morrissey]


Mortenson, Greg
Born 27 December 1957  (St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA)
International humanitarian and peace-maker.
[Picture of Greg Mortenson]


Mosley, Max
Born 13 April 1940  (London, England)
Former president of the FIA, the governing body for Formula 1 motor racing. Also the son of Oswald Mosley. His son, Alexander, was found dead on May 2009 after overdosing on cocaine. In 2008 he won a high court battle with the News of the World over allegations that he was involved in Nazi role-play when with prostitutes. So he's been busy lately...
[Picture of Max Mosley]


Mosley, Nicholas
Born 25 June 1923  (London, England)
Novelist son of 1930s fascist, Oswald Mosley.
[Picture of Nicholas Mosley]


Moss, Kate
Born 16 January 1974  (Croydon, Surrey, England)
Unattractively stick-thin, sunken-eyed fashion model. Now hangs around with Pete Doherty.
[Picture of Kate Moss]


Moss, Sir Stirling
Born 17 September 1929  (London, England)
Motor-racing driver, said to be the greatest driver never to win the Formula 1 World Championship; in fact, he came second 4 times in a row, from 1955-58.
[Picture of Sir Stirling Moss]


Moth, Margaret Margaret Moth is no longer with us
Born 21 August 1951  (Gisborne, New Zealand)

Died 21 March 2010  (Rochester, Minnesota, USA)

Age at death: 58  (read death notice)
New Zealander and international correspondent for CNN. Once survived a sniper's bullet in Sarajevo.
[Picture of Margaret Moth]


Mountford, Kali
Born 12 January 1954  (Crewe, England)
Labour MP for Colne Valley from 1997 to 2010.
[Picture of Kali Mountford]


Mousavi, Mir-Hossein
Born 2 March 1942  (Khameneh, East Azarbaijan, Iran)
Prime Minister of Iran from 1981 to 1989. Contested the 2009 presidential election, where he enevitably lost to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
[Picture of Mir-Hossein Mousavi]


Mouskouri, Nana
Born 13 October 1934  (Chania, Crete, Greece)
Bespectacled Greek crooner and European Parliament member, who has recorded over 1500 songs in 15 languages, selling 250 million records in the process, which makes her arguably the most successful female singer ever.
[Picture of Nana Mouskouri]


Mubarak, Hosni
Born 4 May 1928  (Kafr-al Musailha, Egypt)
President of Egypt since Anwar Sadat's assassination in 1981. In November 2003 he collapsed in parliament during a televised address, but reappeared shortly afterwards, putting it down to flu.
[Picture of Hosni Mubarak]


Mugabe, Robert
Born 22 February 1924  (Kutama, Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe)
President of Zimbabwe, constantly immersed in allegations of vote-rigging and incitement to violence, whose primary gift to the world is the idea that "it's OK to be the president and wear a baseball cap". There has been at least one alleged plot to assassinate the Marxist-when-it-suits-him leader.
[Picture of Robert Mugabe]


Muhammad, Ruby (Died in 2011)
Born 20 March 1897  (Americus, Georgia, USA)
Named "Mother of the Nation of Islam" in 1986, marking her 40th anniversary of joining the movement. Not the widow of, or even related to, its late former leader, Elijah Muhammad, as is sometimes claimed - not least by us, in our previous write-up on her! Her age is in dispute, but she's at least over 100 years of age.
[Picture of Ruby Muhammad]


Mulamba, Ndayé
Born 4 November 1948  (Kananga, Zaire (now DR of Congo))
Ex-footballer for Zaire. Only player in the history of tournament football to score all the goals for the winning nation when he scored all nine for Zaire in the 1974 African Nations Cup.
[Picture of Ndayé Mulamba]


Müller, Herta
Born 17 August 1953  (Nitchidorf, Timis County, Romania)
Romanian born German writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2009.
[Picture of Herta Müller]


Murayama, Tomiichi
Born 3 March 1924  (Oita Prefecture, Japan)
Prime Minister of Japan from 1994 to 1996. Was the first Japanese PM to publicly apologise for the conduct of Japan in the Second World War.
[Picture of Tomiichi Murayama]


Murdoch, Dame Elisabeth (Died in 2012)
Born 8 February 1909  (Melbourne, Australia)
Philanthropist and mother of Rupert Murdoch.
[Picture of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch]


Murdoch, Rupert
Born 11 March 1931  (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
American media tycoon who used to be Australian, but cynically switched nationalities for business purposes. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000.
[Picture of Rupert Murdoch]


Murphy, Brian
Born 25 September 1933  (Ventnor, Isle of Wight, England)
TV actor, best known as George Roper in "George and Mildred".
[Picture of Brian Murphy]


Murphy, Eddie
Born 3 April 1961  (Brooklyn, New York City, USA)
Comedian who transcended to films & made a few decent films in the 1980s, but whose recent showings have been pretty pants.
[Picture of Eddie Murphy]


Murray, Conrad
Born 19 February 1953  (St Andrews, Grenada)
Cardiologist and personal physician of the late Michael Jackson.
[Picture of Conrad Murray]


Murray, Jenni
Born 12 May 1950  (Barnsley, Yorkshire, England)
TV & radio broadcaster & journalist, presenter of "Woman's Hour" on BBC Radio 4. Announced in 2006 that she had breast cancer.
[Picture of Jenni Murray]


Murray, Pete
Born 19 September 1928  (London, England)
Veteran radio DJ - one of Radio 1's original presenters when it started up in 1967. Had previously worked for Radio Luxembourg, as indeed they all seemed to do in those days.
[Picture of Pete Murray]


Musharraf, Pervez
Born 11 August 1943  (Delhi, India)
Former President of Pakistan, who survived two assassination attempts in as many months towards the end of 2003.
[Picture of Pervez Musharraf]


Musial, Stan
Born 21 November 1920  (Donora, Pennsylvania, USA)
Legendary baseball player who enjoyed a 22-year career (1941-63) with the St Louis Cardinals.
[Picture of Stan Musial]


Myerson, Bess
Born 16 July 1924  (New York City, New York, USA)
First Jewish woman to win the Miss America beauty pageant and went on to have a career as a TV personality. Later dabbled in politics.
[Picture of Bess Myerson]

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