Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2004: R


Rainier of Monaco, Prince (Died in 2005)
Born 31 May 1923  (Monaco)
Head of state of tiny country since 1949. Widower of Princess Grace and father of various deviant children.
[Picture of Prince Rainier of Monaco]


Rayner, Claire (Died in 2010)
Born 22 January 1931  (Stepney, London, England)
Former nurse who went on to write about family health issues, becoming one of the UK's best-known agony aunts. She has also published a number of books about gardening as well as some fiction. Reportedly close to death in 2003 due to serious complications during surgery on a tendon, resulting in multiple organ failure, pneumonia and septicaemia.
[Picture of Claire Rayner]


Reagan, Nancy
Born 6 July 1921  (New York, New York, USA)
Born Anne Frances Robbins, and subsequently nicknamed Nancy, the former First Lady took the surname Davis after her mother's remarriage. Apparently she gives her date of birth as 6 July 1923, though in reality it was two years earlier. She had a relatively short and uneventful career as an actress which ended when she married Ronnie in 1958. Since then she has been known for her anti-drugs campaigning and her dubious astrological beliefs.
[Picture of Nancy Reagan]


Reagan, Ronald Ronald Reagan is no longer with us
Born 6 February 1911  (Tampico, Illinois, USA)

Died 5 June 2004  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
Former US president (1981-89) who appeared in a suspiciously large number of mediocre movies during his previous career as an actor. Suffered from Alzheimer's disease for the last 10 years of his life, and was apparently unaware that his daughter Maureen (by first wife Jane Wyman) had died in 2001.
[Picture of Ronald Reagan]


Redgrave, Lynn (Died in 2010)
Born 8 March 1943  (London, England)
Member of the Redgrave acting dynasty: granddaugter of Roy Redgrave; daughter of Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson; sister of Corin and Vanessa Redgrave; aunt of Natasha and Joely Richardson... to name but a few relatives. Her most famous role was probably the title character in 1966's "Georgy Girl".
[Picture of Lynn Redgrave]


Reeve, Christopher Christopher Reeve is no longer with us
Born 25 September 1952  (New York, New York, USA)

Died 10 October 2004  (New York, New York, USA)

Age at death: 52  (read death notice)
Actor who appeared in numerous roles, but who will be remembered for playing Superman in the 1978 film and its three sequels. Paralysed in 1995 after falling off his horse, he vowed to recover fully and walk again, but despite some apparent progress, didn't live long enough to see his dream come true. In 2003 he made a guest appearance in the TV series "Smallville" (aka "Superman: the Early Years").
[Picture of Christopher Reeve]


Rice, Anne
Born 4 October 1941  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Best-selling authoress of numerous works of horror fiction, usually with the words 'Vampire' and/or 'Blood' in their titles. The words 'lard' and 'pies' also seem to have been fairly familiar to her, as by January 2003 she weighed in at 18 stone. Suffering from shortness of breath and high blood pressure, she underwent a gastric bypass operation in January 2003.
[Picture of Anne Rice]


Richard, Wendy (Died in 2009)
Born 20 July 1946  (Middlesbrough, Cleveland, England)
TV actress who has appeared in many a British sitcom over the last 40 years, most notably in "Are You Being Served?" Since 1985 she has played Pauline Fowler in the BBC soap "EastEnders". She has had two brushes with cancer, most recently in 2002.
[Picture of Wendy Richard]


Richards, Keith
Born 18 December 1943  (Dartford, Kent, England)
The guitar-playing Rolling Stone with the distinctive death-warmed-up constitution.
[Picture of Keith Richards]


Richards, Lou
Born 15 March 1923  (place of birth unknown)
Australian football legend, who used to captain the Magpies (they're AFL giants Collingwood FC, for those who happen not to follow Aussie Rules).
[Picture of Lou Richards]


Riudavets Moll, Joan Joan Riudavets Moll is no longer with us
Born 15 December 1889  (Es Migjorn Gran, Menorca, Spain)

Died 5 March 2004  (Es Migjorn Gran, Menorca, Spain)

Age at death: 114  (read death notice)
Was the world's oldest man until his death in March. His mother died at the age of 25 in the year he was born, but his two half-brothers continue to bat on, aged 98 and 104.
[Picture of Joan Riudavets Moll]


Rockefeller, David
Born 12 June 1915  (New York, New York, USA)
Absurdly rich banker (of Chase Manhattan fame); son of John D. Rockefeller Jr. and grandson of oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller Sr.
[Picture of David Rockefeller]


Rooney, Mickey
Born 23 September 1920  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
The young Joe Yule, Jr (as he was then named) had already appeared as Mickey McGuire in 50 short films by the time he was 13. He has followed a fairly busy acting schedule since then, but has never really regained the same recognition as an adult. He underwent surgery for a perforated colon in 1999, and had part of it removed, presumably leaving him with a semi-colon.
[Picture of Mickey Rooney]


Rosenthal, Jack Jack Rosenthal is no longer with us
Born 8 September 1931  (Manchester, England)

Died 29 May 2004  (North Finchley, London, England)

Age at death: 72  (read death notice)
Writer of such award-winning plays as "Bar Mitzvah Boy", scriptwriter on the first-ever episode of "Coronation Street", creator of "London's Burning", and husband of Maureen Lipman. Fought a long-running, and ultimately unsuccessful, battle against cancer.
[Picture of Jack Rosenthal]


Ross, Diana
Born 26 March 1944  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Motown diva, of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" fame. The former Supreme is no stranger to the law, and was recently busted for drink-driving.
[Picture of Diana Ross]

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