Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2004: F


Fahd of Saudi Arabia, King (Died in 2005)
Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia  (exact date unknown)
Born any time between 1920 and 1924, depending on which source you choose to believe. Has suffered from ill health ever since a severe stroke in November 1995.
[Picture of King Fahd of Saudi Arabia]


Fender, Freddy (Died in 2006)
Born 4 June 1937  (San Benito, Texas, USA)
Born Baldemar Huerta. Writer/crooner of blues as well as traditional Mexican songs. Suffering from hepatitis C, had a kidney transplant in January 2002, but still needs a new liver. Any volunteers?
[Picture of Freddy Fender]


Ferguson, Alex
Born 31 December 1941  (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
Angry, bullying, unsmiling, much-loathed manager of Manchester United. Currently embroiled in a high-stakes legal battle with two of his former friends and business partners, the stress of which may just finish him off.
[Picture of Alex Ferguson]


Ferraro, Geraldine (Died in 2011)
Born 26 August 1935  (Newburgh, New York, USA)
American Congresswoman who stood unsuccessfully for Vice-President in 1984.
[Picture of Geraldine Ferraro]


Flintoff, Harwood Henry
Born 3 September 1930  (place of birth unknown)
Awarded the Edward Medal (a lifesaving award later exchanged for the George Cross) at the age of 13 in 1944 for saving a Yorkshire farmer from a rampaging bull, by 'eck.
[Picture of Harwood Henry Flintoff]


Foot, Michael (Died in 2010)
Born 23 July 1913  (Plymouth, England)
Dishevelled left-wing journalist, long-time Labour MP, and leader of the Labour Party from 1980-83.
[Picture of Michael Foot]


Ford, Gerald (Died in 2006)
Born 14 July 1913  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
Born Leslie Lynch King Jr, renamed by his adoptive parents, and grew up to become Vice-President (1973-74) and then President (1974-77) of the United States, but only after the resignations of Agnew and Nixon respectively; he remains the only person to have held both posts without having won an election. It was once said of him that he had problems walking and chewing gum at the same time, and indeed he famously managed to fall down the stairs of the Presidential jet in full view of the Press and foreign dignitaries.
[Picture of Gerald Ford]


Ford, Harrison
Born 13 July 1942  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Well-established film star who, after a couple of minor TV parts, actually gave up on acting and became a carpenter. But first the success of 'American Graffiti' (1973) and then the role of Han Solo in 'Star Wars' (1977) secured his place on Hollywood's A-list. A few more hits since then have kept him there, despite being interspersed with, and outnumbered by, flops.
[Picture of Harrison Ford]


Ford, Sir Edward (Died in 2006)
Born 24 July 1910  (place of birth unknown)
Former private secretary to King George VI, and subsequently to Queen Elizabeth II.
[Picture of Sir Edward Ford]


Forsyth, Bruce
Born 22 February 1928  (Edmonton, London, England)
A professional entertainer since the age of 14, 'Brucie' really made his name in the late 1950s as compere of 'Sunday Night At The London Palladium', and went on to become the prominent-chinned presenter of 'The Generation Game' and 'Play Your Cards Right' among other self-consciously cheesy game shows.
[Picture of Bruce Forsyth]


Frame, Janet Janet Frame is no longer with us
Born 28 August 1924  (Dunedin, New Zealand)

Died 29 January 2004  (Dunedin, New Zealand)

Age at death: 79  (read death notice)
Novelist and poet, who spent 7 years in a mental hospital after two of her sisters died in separate drowning accidents. (Memo to the Frame family: avoid water.) Wrote a 3-volume autobiography in the 1980s.
[Picture of Janet Frame]


Franklin, Gretchen (Died in 2005)
Born 7 July 1911  (Covent Garden, London, England)
Actress, best known as the mother-in-law in "George and Mildred" and Ethel Skinner in "EastEnders".
[Picture of Gretchen Franklin]


Fraser, 'Mad' Frankie
Born 13 December 1923  (Waterloo, London, England)
Veteran East End gangster, thief, hired hitman, nightclub bouncer etc etc, whose penchant for crime hasn't been matched by a talent for getting away with it, as he has spent a total of 42 years in prison.
[Picture of 'Mad' Frankie Fraser]


Fredriksson, Marie
Born 30 May 1958  (Össjo, Sweden)
Lead singer with Roxette. Had a cancerous brain tumour removed in September 2002.
[Picture of Marie Fredriksson]


Freud, Lucian (Died in 2011)
Born 8 December 1922  (Berlin, Germany)
Artist who normally paints portraits, often nudes, in a distinctive 'impasto' style, slapping the paint onto the canvas so thickly that the brush/knife strokes remain visible even when dry.
[Picture of Lucian Freud]

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