Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2004: J


Jackson, Michael (Died in 2009)
Born 29 August 1958  (Gary, Indiana, USA)
Once a cute kid in a group with his brothers, then a hugely successful pop star in his own right, now a flaky-faced, monkey-loving, baby-dangling, allegedly kiddie-fiddling one-man freak show.
[Picture of Michael Jackson]


Jaruzelski, General Wojciech
Born 6 July 1923  (Kurow, Poland)
Joined the Polish army during WWII, and turned to politics in the 1960s. Rose through the ranks of the Communist Party to become National Secretary (President of Poland in all but name) in 1981, just as the Solidarity movement was heating up. Pitted his trademark sunglasses against Lech Walesa's moustache and lost. Removed from office in 1990, but has been too unwell to face trial ever since.
[Picture of General Wojciech Jaruzelski]


Jason, David
Born 2 February 1940  (Edmonton, London, England)
Comedy actor, best known as Granville in 'Open All Hours' and Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in 'Only Fools and Horses'. Even after a decade, it's still hard not to smirk at his supposedly serious role as Detective Inspector Jack Frost in 'A Touch of Frost'.
[Picture of David Jason]


John, Elton
Born 25 March 1947  (Pinner, Middlesex, England)
The most successful pop star of the 1970s, who has managed to remain more or less in the limelight ever since, despite (or perhaps because of) drug and alcohol problems, bust-ups with his lyricist Bernie Taupin, a turbulent love life and a lamentable dress sense.
[Picture of Elton John]


John Paul II, Pope (Died in 2005)
Born 18 May 1920  (Wadowice, Poland)
Born Karol Joseph Wojtyla. A sportsman in his youth, but decided to carve out a career in the Catholic church. Ordained a priest in 1946, archbishop of Krakow in 1964, and Pope in 1978. His frailty has become increasingly obvious in recent years, and has made him a perennial DDP favourite, but he continues to tantalise us all by hanging on in there...
[Picture of Pope John Paul II]


Johnson, Holly
Born 19 February 1960  (Khartoum, Sudan)
African-born former frontman of '80s Scouse popsters Frankie Goes To Hollywood. Was diagnosed with HIV in the late '80s, but treatment has kept it at bay ever since, and he continues to work in the music industry.
[Picture of Holly Johnson]


Johnson, Lady Bird (Died in 2007)
Born 22 December 1912  (Karnack, Texas, USA)
Born Claudia Alta Taylor. Widow of former US President Lyndon B. Johnson.
[Picture of Lady Bird Johnson]


Judd, Wynonna
Born 30 May 1964  (Ashland, Kentucky, USA)
Country singer, formerly one half of The Judds (the other being her mother, Naomi), but now a solo artist. Far more successful in the US than on this side of the Atlantic.
[Picture of Wynonna Judd]


Juliana of the Netherlands, Princess Princess Juliana of the Netherlands is no longer with us
Born 30 April 1909  (The Hague, Netherlands)

Died 20 March 2004  (Soestdijk, Netherlands)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
Queen of the Netherlands from 1948-80. Spent the war years as "reserve Queen" in Britain and Canada. Ascended to the throne on the abdication of her mother, and herself abdicated in favour of her daughter.
[Picture of Princess Juliana of the Netherlands]

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