Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2011: L


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]


Labov, William
Born 4 December 1927  (Rutherford, New Jersey, USA)
American Linguist, who according to Wilkipedia is "founder of the discipline of variationist sociolinguistics", whatever that is.
[Picture of William Labov]


Lacroix, Christian
Born 16 May 1951  (Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France)
French fashion designer.
[Picture of Christian Lacroix]


Ladd, Jr., Alan
Born 22 October 1937  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Son of the famously diminuitive actor Alan Ladd, he was head of Creative Affairs at 20th Century Fox when he gave George Lucas the green light to make Star Wars in 1975. Later formed his own production company.
[Picture of Alan Ladd, Jr.]


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


Lafontaine, Oskar
Born 16 September 1943  (Saarlouis, Saarland, Germany)
German former finance minister and leader of Die Linke (The Left) party.
[Picture of Oskar Lafontaine]


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


Laine, Cleo
Born 28 October 1927  (Southall, Middlesex, England)
Possibly Britain's most famous jazz singer, famed for her partnership with late husband Johnny Dankworth.
[Picture of Cleo Laine]


Laird, Melvin R.
Born 1 September 1922  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
Former Purple Heart awarded war veteran who served as Secretary of Defense under Richard Nixon from 1969-73. It was Laird who urged a withdrawal from Vietnam.
[Picture of Melvin R. Laird]


Lake, Greg
Born 10 November 1947  (Poole, Dorset, England)
Singer & musician - the Lake in Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
[Picture of Greg Lake]


LaLanne, Jack Jack LaLanne is no longer with us
Born 26 September 1914  (San Francisco, California, USA)

Died 23 January 2011  (Morrow Bay, California, USA)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
American TV fitness guru, real name François Henri La Lanne.
[Picture of Jack LaLanne]


Lamb, Larry
Born 10 October 1942  (London, England)
Actor, who's character Alfie Mitchell was bumped off in 'Eastenders' on Christmas Day 2009. Will he meet a similar fate? Father of irritating DJ George Lamb.
[Picture of Larry Lamb]


Lamplugh, Diana Diana Lamplugh is no longer with us
Born 30 July 1936  (Pembrokeshire, Wales)

Died 18 August 2011  (London, England)

Age at death: 75  (read death notice)
Mother of the murdered Suzy Lamplugh. Diana is a charity campaigner & businesswoman (now retired from both).
[Picture of Diana Lamplugh]


Landau, Martin
Born 20 June 1931  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actor - starred in 'Mission: Impossible' from 1966-69 and 'Space: 1999' from 1975-77. Won Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1995 as the fading horror star Béla Lugosi in 'Ed Wood'.
[Picture of Martin Landau]


Lane, Carla
Born 5 August 1937  (Liverpool, England)
Successful sitcom writer and animal rights activist. Creator of 'Butterflies' and 'The Liver Birds'.
[Picture of Carla 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]


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]


Larouche, Lyndon
Born 8 September 1922  (Rochester, New Hampshire, USA)
Economist, philosopher & political activist.
[Picture of Lyndon Larouche]


Larribe, Francoise
Date and place of birth unknown
French national being held captive by Al-Qaeda in Niger since October 2010. Born 1948.
[Picture of Francoise Larribe]


Larsen, Don
Born 7 August 1929  (Michigan City, Indiana, USA)
Major League baseball pitcher for a number of teams.
[Picture of Don Larsen]


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


Lassnig, Maria
Born in Carinthia, Austria  (exact date unknown)
Austrian modern artist. Born 1919.
[Picture of Maria Lassnig]


Lastman, Mel
Born 9 March 1933  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Mayor of Toronto from 1998-2003.
[Picture of Mel Lastman]


Lauda, Niki
Born 22 February 1949  (Vienna, Austria)
Former F1 motor racing World Champion, who somehow survived a horrific crash in 1976, which left him scarred for life. Went on to become a successful businessman.
[Picture of Niki Lauda]


Laudrup, Brian
Born 22 February 1969  (Vienna, Austria)
Austrian-born Danish international footballer, brother of the great Michael Laudrup. Part of the Danish team that won the European Championship in 1992.
[Picture of Brian Laudrup]


Lauper, Cyndi
Born 22 June 1953  (New York City, New York, USA)
Kookie singer who had a number of hits in the 1980s - 'Girls Who Want to Have Fun', 'True Colors' and 'I Drove All Night' amongst others.
[Picture of Cyndi Lauper]


Lautenberg, Frank (Died in 2013)
Born 23 January 1924  (Paterson, New Jersey, USA)
US senator for New Jersey, the oldest in the Senate following Robert Byrd's death and the oldest Democrat.
[Picture of Frank Lautenberg]


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, Jude
Born 29 December 1972  (London, England)
Actor, with a penchant for making awful remakes of Michael Caine films.
[Picture of Jude Law]


Lawrence, Peter Barry
Date and place of birth unknown
Wheelchair-bound bank robber, sentenced to 21 years in prison in December 2010. Born 1939.
[Picture of Peter Barry Lawrence]


Lawry, Bill
Born 11 February 1937  (Thornbury, Victoria, Australia)
Australian international cricket captain from 1968-71 before being uncremoniously dumped in favour of Ian Chappell. See Punter, you've had it easy...
[Picture of Bill Lawry]


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 Audrey Lawson-Johnston is no longer with us
Born 5 February 1915  (New York City, New York, USA)

Died 11 January 2011  (Melchbourne, Bedfordshire, England)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
The last living survivor of the RMS Lusitania which sank on May 7, 1915.
[Picture of Audrey Lawson-Johnston]


Lazarenko, Cliff
Born 16 March 1952  (Liss, Hampshire, England)
Professional darts player, 4 times a BDO World semi-finalist before throwing his lot in with the PDC in 1993.
[Picture of Cliff Lazarenko]


Lazcano, Heriberto (Died in 2012)
Born 25 December 1974  (Hildago, Mexico)
Former Mexican army officer who became a drug trafficker who leads his own cartel, Los Zetas.
[Picture of Heriberto Lazcano]


le Brocquy, Louis (Died in 2012)
Born 10 November 1916  (Dublin, Rep of Ireland)
Irish portrait painter.
[Picture of Louis le Brocquy]


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]


Lear, Norman
Born 27 July 1922  (New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
American TV sitcom producer & occasional actor.
[Picture of Norman Lear]


Leavelle, Jim
Born 23 August 1920  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
The man in the cream coloured suit and Stetson hat who is in the famous photograph of Lee Harvey Oswald being murdered by Jack Ruby, which makes Leavelle one of the worst protectors in history. But, then, to be fair, he did survive Pearl Harbour. Will be hoping that is the last time he is involved in a seismic US historical happening, no doubt.
[Picture of Jim Leavelle]


Leber, Georg (Died in 2012)
Born 7 October 1920  (Obertiefenbach, Germany)
German Social Democrat politician. Was Vice-President of the Bundestag from 1978-1983.
[Picture of Georg Leber]


LeDoux, Scott Scott LeDoux is no longer with us
Born 7 January 1949  (Crosby-Ironton, Minnesota, USA)

Died 11 August 2011  (Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA)

Age at death: 62  (read death notice)
Former heavyweight boxer, known as The Fighting Frenchman. Now stricken with Lou Gehrig's Disease.
[Picture of Scott LeDoux]


Lee, 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 Christopher Lee]


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


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


Lee, Tommy
Born 3 October 1962  (Athens, Greece)
American rock star, lead singer for Motley Crue, and Pamela Anderson's ex.
[Picture of Tommy Lee]


Legrand, Michel
Born 24 February 1932  (Paris, France)
French jazz pianist and film composer, most notably on 'The Thomas Crown Affair'.
[Picture of Michel Legrand]


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


Leigh Fermor, Patrick Patrick Leigh Fermor is no longer with us
Born 11 February 1915  (London, England)

Died 10 June 2011  (Peloponnese, Greece)

Age at death: 96  (read death notice)
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]


Leigh-Pemberton, Robin (Died in 2013)
Born 5 January 1927  (place of birth unknown)
Governor of the Bank of England from 1983-92.
[Picture of Robin Leigh-Pemberton]


Lemon, Meadowlark
Born 25 April 1932  (Wilmington, North Carolina, USA)
Member of the Harlem Grobetrotters exhibition basketball team.
[Picture of Meadowlark Lemon]


Lenihan, Brian Brian Lenihan is no longer with us
Born 21 May 1959  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)

Died 10 June 2011  (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)

Age at death: 52  (read death notice)
Former Irish Minister for Finance, responsible for enforcing severe austerity measures when the Irish economy was bailed out by the European Union in 2010.
[Picture of Brian Lenihan]


Lenz, Siegfried
Born 17 March 1926  (Lyck (Elk), East Prussia, Germany)
German writer.
[Picture of Siegfried Lenz]


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]


Leslie, Joan
Born 26 January 1925  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Hollywood actress of the 1940s.
[Picture of Joan Leslie]


Leslie, John
Born 22 February 1965  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Former 'Blue Peter' and 'Wheel of Fortune' presenter who's career and life came apart in 2002 after allegations of rape from '4x4' Ulrika Jonnsson in her autobiography. Despite this and other allegations, Leslie has never been charged.
[Picture of John Leslie]


Lesniewski, Joseph (Died in 2012)
Born 29 August 1920  (Erie, Pennsylvania, USA)
Member of the Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II, that was immortalised in the TV series 'Band of Brothers'.
[Picture of Joseph Lesniewski]


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]


Lester, Richard
Born 19 January 1932  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
US-born anglophile film director most famous for directing the Beatles in 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help'.
[Picture of Richard Lester]


Leston, Les (Died in 2012)
Born 16 December 1920  (Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, England)
Racing driver.
[Picture of Les Leston]


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]


Levingston, Roberto
Born 19 January 1920  (San Luis, Argentina)
President of Argentina from 1970-71.
[Picture of Roberto Levingston]


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


Lewis, Geoff
Born 21 December 1935  (Talgarth, Breconshire, Wales)
Retired horse racing jockey and trainer.
[Picture of Geoff 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). Taught Steven Spielberg and George Lucas at film school in the 1960s.
[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]


Liddy, G. Gordon
Born 30 November 1930  (Hoboken, New Jersey, USA)
Ex-FBI agent & attorney, who led the break-in of the Watergate building in 1972 on Richard Nixon's orders.
[Picture of G. Gordon Liddy]


Ligachev, Yegor
Born 29 November 1920  (Dubinkino, Russia)
Former second in command to Mikhail Gorbachev in the Soviet Union.
[Picture of Yegor Ligachev]


Lightfoot, Gordon
Born 17 November 1938  (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian singer/songwriter, perhaps best known in the UK for 'If You Could Read My Mind', the backing track often used in Dom Joly's 'Trigger-Happy TV'.
[Picture of Gordon Lightfoot]


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]


Limbaugh, Rush
Born 12 January 1951  (Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA)
Boorish, right-wing US talk radio host.
[Picture of Rush Limbaugh]


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]


Lindquist, Jack
Born 15 March 1927  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
President of the Disneyland resort in California from 1990-1993.
[Picture of Jack Lindquist]


Lineker, Gary
Born 30 November 1960  (Leicester, England)
Former England striker turned TV presenter.
[Picture of Gary Lineker]


Lipscomb, William William Lipscomb is no longer with us
Born 9 December 1919  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)

Died 14 April 2011  (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
American chemist & Nobel Prize winner.
[Picture of William Lipscomb]


Lister, Charlie
Date and place of birth unknown
Successful greyhound trainer, winner of the Greyhound Derby on 5 occasions.
[Picture of Charlie Lister]


Little, Syd
Born 19 December 1942  (Blackpool, Lancashire, England)
Comedian - the skinny, bespectacled half of Little & Large.
[Picture of Syd Little]


Llense, René
Born 14 July 1913  (Collioure, Pyrénées-Orientales, France)
Former France international goalkeeper. Played in the 1934 and 1938 World Cup tournaments.
[Picture of René Llense]


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, Colin
Born 7 August 1973  (Colchester, Essex, England)
Professional darts player, nicknamed "Jaws".
[Picture of Colin Lloyd]


Lloyd, Norman
Born 8 November 1914  (Jersey City, New Jersey, USA)
Veteran actor, who worked with the likes of Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock but is best known as Dr. Auschlander in 1980s series 'St. Elsewhere'.
[Picture of Norman Lloyd]


Lloyd Webber, Andrew
Born 22 March 1948  (London, England)
Started composing music when still at school, and met Tim Rice in 1965. Together they wrote the scores for, among others, 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Evita', 'Cats' and 'Phantom of the Opera'. Three times married, most famously to Sarah Brightman, and older brother of classical musician Julian.
[Picture of Andrew Lloyd Webber]


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]


Loeb, Sébastien
Born 26 February 1974  (Haguenau, Alsace, France)
French rally driver, winner of the WRC World Championship for past seven years.
[Picture of Sébastien Loeb]


Loest, Erich (Died in 2013)
Born 24 February 1926  (Mittweida, Germany)
German writer.
[Picture of Erich Loest]


Lofthouse, Nat Nat Lofthouse is no longer with us
Born 27 August 1925  (Bolton, Lancashire, England)

Died 15 January 2011  (Bolton, Lancashire, England)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
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, 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]


Lohan, Rajo Devi
Date and place of birth unknown
Became the World's oldest mother when giving birth to a baby daughter in 2008 aged 70. Born 1938.
[Picture of Rajo Devi Lohan]


Lollobrigida, Gina
Born 4 July 1927  (Subiaco, Italy)
Italian actress, popular in the 1950s and '60s.
[Picture of Gina Lollobrigida]


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]


Lord, Marjorie
Born 26 July 1918  (San Francisco, California, USA)
Television actress
[Picture of Marjorie Lord]


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


Lotterby, Sydney
Born 9 January 1926  (London, England)
TV director, mainly of comedies, which he has been doing for decades.
[Picture of Sydney Lotterby]


Louvin, Charlie Charlie Louvin is no longer with us
Born 27 July 1927  (Henagar, Alabama, USA)

Died 26 January 2011  (Wartrace, Tennessee, USA)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
Born Charles Elzer Loudermilk, Charlie was one half of the legendary Louvin brothers country music act. Brother Ira died in 1965.
[Picture of Charlie Louvin]


Lovato, Demi
Born 20 August 1992  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
Young singer-songwriter and actress.
[Picture of Demi Lovato]


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 band mates. When not busy being controversial, she spends her time bringing up her daughter and taking heroin.
[Picture of Courtney Love]


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


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]


Lovelock, James
Born 26 July 1919  (Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England)
Scientist and propagator of the 'Gaia' theory of the environment.
[Picture of James Lovelock]


Lowe, John
Born 21 July 1945  (New Tupton, Derbyshire, England)
Stone-faced darts legend, BDO World champion three times and the first player to achieve the "nine dart finish" on television in 1984.
[Picture of John Lowe]


Lowe, Lillian (Died in 2012)
Date and place of birth unknown
The World's oldest Facebook user, apparently. Born 1907.
[Picture of Lillian Lowe]


Lowe, Ted Ted Lowe is no longer with us
Born 1 November 1920  (Lambourn, Berkshire, England)

Died 1 May 2011  (Sheffield, England)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Snooker commentator, nicknamed "Whispering Ted", due to the fact that he whispers, and his name is Ted.
[Picture of Ted Lowe]


Lowrey, Dewitt
Born 22 April 1922  (place of birth unknown)
Soldier who held the rank of corporal with Easy Company, the unit that fought at Normandy in WWII and were the subject of the 'Band of Brothers' book and TV series.
[Picture of Dewitt Lowrey]


Loxton, Sam Sam Loxton is no longer with us
Born 29 March 1921  (Albert Park, Victoria, Australia)

Died 2 December 2011  (Queensland, Australia)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Former Australia international cricketer turned politician.
[Picture of Sam Loxton]


Lubbock, Terry
Born in Edmonton, London, England  (exact date unknown)
Father of the bloke found in Michael Barrymore's pool. Born in December 1944, exact date unknown.
[Picture of Terry Lubbock]


Lubbock, Tom Tom Lubbock is no longer with us
Born 28 December 1957  (place of birth unknown)

Died 9 January 2011  (London, England)

Age at death: 53  (read death notice)
Art critic for The Independent newspaper since 1987.
[Picture of Tom Lubbock]


Lucas, Cornel (Died in 2012)
Born 12 September 1920  (place of birth unknown)
Reknowned photographer.
[Picture of Cornel Lucas]


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


Lucas, Marcia
Date and place of birth unknown
Film editor who jointly won an Oscar in 1977 for her work on 'Star Wars'. Married to George Lucas from 1969 to 1983. Born 1945.
[Picture of Marcia Lucas]


Lucas, Matt
Born 5 March 1974  (Paddington, London, England)
Comedian, best known for his on-screen partnership with David Walliams in the hit noughties comedy 'Little Britain'. Ex-partner Kevin McGee committed suicide in 2009.
[Picture of Matt Lucas]


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]


Lugner, Richard
Born 11 October 1932  (Vienna, Austria)
Austrian entrepreneur.
[Picture of Richard Lugner]


Lugo, Fernando
Born 30 May 1951  (San Solano, Paraguay)
Former Roman Catholic bishop who won the Paraguyan Presidential election in 2008. Caused a scandal in 2009 by admitting he fathered a child while running for office.
[Picture of Fernando Lugo]


Lukashenko, Aleksander
Born 30 August 1954  (Kopys, Belarus)
Distinctly undemocratic President of Belarus since 1994.
[Picture of Aleksander Lukashenko]


Lumet, Sidney Sidney Lumet is no longer with us
Born 25 June 1924  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)

Died 9 April 2011  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 86  (read death notice)
Film director, probably best known for his direction of 'Twelve Angry Men' (The Henry Fonda version).
[Picture of Sidney Lumet]


Lumley, Joanna
Born 1 May 1946  (Srinagar, Kashmir, India)
Model-turned-actress who has appeared in countless British TV series, notably 'The New Avengers' and, most famously, 'Absolutely Fabulous'. Was a thorn in Gordon Brown's side in 2009 over her campaign for rights for retired Ghurkhas.
[Picture of Joanna Lumley]


Lurie, Alison
Born 3 September 1926  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Pulitzer prize winning novelist and academic.
[Picture of Alison Lurie]


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


Lynn, 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. Recently became the oldest living person to have number 1 album in 2009.
[Picture of Vera Lynn]


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

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