Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2006: D


da Silva, Luiz Inácio Lula
Born 6 October 1945  (Garanhuns, Brazil)
President of Brazil since January 2003. Looks a bit like Alan Sugar.
[Picture of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva]


Dalyell, Tam
Born 9 August 1932  (England)
Labour MP for West Lothian/Linlithgow from 1962-2005, which earned him the title of 'Father of the House' as the longest-serving MP.
[Picture of Tam Dalyell]


Daniels, Paul
Born 6 April 1938  (Middlesbrough, England)
Magician and generally ubiquitous light-entertainment TV celebrity, the lowest point in whose career (and let's face it, it has a lot of competition) was probably presenting the late 1980s kids' TV programme 'Wizbit'. An eight-foot rabbit named Willy and a three-foot cone-shaped creature starring alongside a four-foot toupée-wearing conjuror...truly, truly dreadful.
[Picture of Paul Daniels]


D'Arcy Hart, Philip Philip D'Arcy Hart is no longer with us
Born 25 June 1900  (England)

Died 30 July 2006  (London, England)

Age at death: 106  (read death notice)
Medical researcher who was instrumental in discovering the cure for tuberculosis.
[Picture of Philip D'Arcy Hart]


Dassin, Jules (Died in 2008)
Born 18 November 1911  (Middletown, Connecticut, USA)
French-sounding but actually American film director.
[Picture of Jules Dassin]


Davidson, Ross Ross Davidson is no longer with us
Born 25 August 1949  (Airdrie, Scotland)

Died 16 October 2006  (Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England)

Age at death: 57  (read death notice)
Former "EastEnders" actor.
[Picture of Ross Davidson]


Davies, Windsor
Born 28 August 1930  (Canning Town, London, England)
English-born but Welsh-bred thespian who over-acted his way through dreadful '70s sitcom "It Ain't Half Hot, Mum" and the cringeworthy "Never The Twain".
[Picture of Windsor Davies]


Dawn, Liz
Born 8 November 1939  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Star of Coronation Street for many years, playing gobby fishwife Vera Duckworth. Diagnosed with emphysema in 2004.
[Picture of Liz Dawn]


Dawson, Smokey (Died in 2008)
Born in Australia  (exact date unknown)
Aussie country music legend.
[Picture of Smokey Dawson]


Day, Doris
Born 3 April 1924  (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)
One of America's most prolific actresses of the 1950s and '60s, born Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff. After the death of her third husband, Marty Melcher, in 1968, she quit movies and turned to television and later to animal welfare.
[Picture of Doris Day]


de Capovilla, Maria Esther Maria Esther de Capovilla is no longer with us
Born 14 September 1889  (Guayaquil, Ecuador)

Died 27 August 2006  (Guayaquil, Ecuador)

Age at death: 116  (read death notice)
Officially recognised by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's oldest person from December 2005 to her death in August 2006.
[Picture of Maria Esther de Capovilla]


de Carlo, Yvonne (Died in 2007)
Born 1 September 1922  (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Film actress who appeared for years in fairly obscure movies, before landing the part of Moses' (Charlton Heston's) wife Sephora in 'The Ten Commandments' (1956). She later made the move to the small screen, ending up in a couple of Wild West TV series before becoming Lily in 'The Munsters'.
[Picture of Yvonne de Carlo]


de Havilland, Olivia
Born 1 July 1916  (Tokyo, Japan)
Sister of Joan Fontaine, but hasn't spoken to her since 1942. Actress who picked up the award-winning parts, largely as she wasn't the most glamorous girl on the block. Now retired and living in France.
[Picture of Olivia de Havilland]


De Laurentiis, Dino (Died in 2010)
Born 8 August 1919  (Torre Annunziata, Campania, Italy)
Film producer who, inbetween working on an incredible number of absolute turkeys and bankrupting two movie studios, has also managed to be responsible for a number of box office successes, including 'King Kong', 'Flash Gordon' and 'Hannibal'. Worked in partnership with Carlo Ponti for a while in the 1950s.
[Picture of Dino De Laurentiis]


De Niro, Robert
Born 17 August 1943  (New York, New York, USA)
Big-name Hollywood actor, whose 60 or so films since the one which made his name ('Taxi Driver', 1976) have included numerous smash hits, plus a few, such as 'The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle', where he'd have been better advised to file the script in the bin.
[Picture of Robert De Niro]


de Souza Neto, Edmundo Alves
Born 2 April 1971  (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Notorious former Brazil striker often referred to as 'The Animal', reflecting both his penchant for violence on the pitch and colourful antics off it. His catalogue of misdemeanours include incarceration for multiple vehicular homicide (he was allowed out to play football at weekends) and attracting the consternation of animal rights activists by getting a monkey inebriated at a children's party (although the kids apparently thought it was hilarious).
[Picture of Edmundo Alves de Souza Neto]


Dean, Eliza Gladys Milvina (Died in 2009)
Born 2 February 1912  (place of birth unknown)
Youngest of the three remaining survivors of the Titanic disaster, having been only 10 weeks old at the time.
[Picture of Eliza Gladys Milvina Dean]


Debakey, Michael E. (Died in 2008)
Born 7 September 1908  (Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA)
Pioneering cardiovascular surgeon, the first to successfully implant an artificial heart in 1966. Winner of the National Medal of Science in 1987.
[Picture of Michael E. Debakey]


Déby, Idriss
Born in Fada, Ennedi, Chad  (exact date unknown)
President of Chad, who seized power in a coup in 1990. Has been re-elected twice in totally free, democratic (*cough*) elections since then. Born 1952.
[Picture of Idriss Déby]


Deedes, Bill (Died in 2007)
Born 1 June 1913  (Saltwood Castle, Kent, England)
Former editor of the Daily Telegraph, MP for Ashford, Minister for Information in Harold McMillan's Government, and golfing partner of the late Denis Thatcher. Suffered a stroke (no pun intended) in 2001.
[Picture of Bill Deedes]


Deif, Mohammed
Date and place of birth unknown
Commander of the military wing of Hamas, and suspected master bomb-maker. Target of several Israeli assassination attempts to date.
[Picture of Mohammed Deif]


Delannoy, Jean (Died in 2008)
Born 12 January 1908  (Noisy-le-Sec, France)
Early actor, who started out in silent movies.
[Picture of Jean Delannoy]


Denmark, Leila (Died in 2012)
Born 1 February 1898  (USA)
American pediatrician and medical researcher whose work on whooping cough in the early 30s led to the development of the pertussis vaccine and the modern-day DPT vaccination. She was a practicing pediatrician until her retirement in 2002 at the age of 104.
[Picture of Leila Denmark]


Devonshire, The Duchess of
Born 31 March 1920  (place of birth unknown)
Deborah Mitford, youngest and sole survivor of the famous Mitford sisters. Was married to the late Duke of Devonshire for over 60 years; just to be different, they lived in Derbyshire.
[Picture of The Duchess of Devonshire]


Di Stefano, Alfredo
Born 4 July 1926  (Barrancas, Argentina)
Acknowledged as one of the greatest footballers ever. Enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Ferenc Puskas at Real Madrid, during which the club won the European Cup 5 times in a row, from 1956-60.
[Picture of Alfredo Di Stefano]


di Stefano, Giuseppe (Died in 2008)
Born 24 July 1921  (Motta Santa Anastasia, Sicily, Italy)
Opera singer, with a long career behind him. Best known for his association with Maria Callas. Critically injured in an attack at his home in Kenya in December 2004.
[Picture of Giuseppe di Stefano]


Diamond, Neil
Born 24 January 1941  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Born Noah Kaminsky. Very successful, albeit decidedly cheesy, US singer.
[Picture of Neil Diamond]


Dickinson, David
Born 16 August 1941  (Cheadle Heath, Cheshire, England)
Orange TV antiques expert. At least one DDPer thinks he should be looking for a "cheap as chips" coffin this year.
[Picture of David Dickinson]


Diddy, P
Born 4 November 1969  (Harlem, New York, USA)
Sean Combs, aka Puff Daddy, aka Puffy, aka P. Diddy. Spent his early childhood in Harlem, but later grew up in the middle-class, leafy New York suburb of Mount Vernon and was educated at private school and university, which is somewhat at odds with his carefully-cultivated gangsta rap image.
[Picture of P Diddy]


Diller, Phyllis (Died in 2012)
Born 17 July 1917  (Lima, Ohio, USA)
Stand-up comedienne who has a wisecrack comment about most things. Looks better than average for her age. But for how much longer?
[Picture of Phyllis Diller]


Dobrynin, Anatoly (Died in 2010)
Born 16 November 1919  (Krasnaya Gorka, Russia)
Soviet diplomat, ambassador to the United States (1962-86), and dean of the Washington, D.C., diplomatic corps (1979-86).
[Picture of Anatoly Dobrynin]


Dodd, Ken
Born 8 November 1927  (Liverpool, England)
End-of-the-pier stand-up comedian turned TV star and surprisingly successful singer. Not remotely funny to anyone under the age of about 70. Will this be the year he says "tatty bye" for the last time?
[Picture of Ken Dodd]


Dogg, Snoop
Born 20 October 1971  (Long Beach, California, USA)
Gangsta rapper, born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr.
[Picture of Snoop Dogg]


Doherty, Pete
Born 12 March 1979  (Liverpool, England)
Former lead singer of The Libertines, now with Babyshambles. His addictions to heroin and crack have made his behaviour increasingly random, self-centred and downright tedious.
[Picture of Pete Doherty]


D'Oliveira, Basil (Died in 2011)
Born 4 October 1931  (Cape Town, South Africa)
Former South African cricket international.
[Picture of Basil D'Oliveira]


Domino, Fats
Born 26 February 1928  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
American rock 'n' roll star.
[Picture of Fats Domino]


Donaldson, Denis Denis Donaldson is no longer with us
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland  (exact date unknown)

Died 4 April 2006  (Glenties, Co Donegal, Republic of Ireland)

Age at death: 56  (read death notice)
Former senior member of Sinn Fein who, in December 2005, admitted he had been a spy for the British Government for 20 years. Born 1950.
[Picture of Denis Donaldson]


Doonican, Val
Born 3 February 1927  (Waterford, Republic of Ireland)
Cardigan-wearing crooner, who for many years had a large, mainly geriatric, fan base.
[Picture of Val Doonican]


Douglas, Jack (Died in 2008)
Born 26 April 1927  (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England)
Comic actor who appeared in eight of the "Carry On..." films.
[Picture of Jack Douglas]


Douglas, Kirk
Born 9 December 1916  (New York, New York, USA)
Born Issur Danielovitch Demsky. Has appeared in over 100 films, spanning almost 60 years, and still going. Father of Michael.
[Picture of Kirk Douglas]


Downey Jr, Robert
Born 4 April 1965  (New York, New York, USA)
Talented but equally flawed and troubled actor. Appears to be clean after his battle against drugs, but you never know...
[Picture of Robert Downey Jr]


Drabble, Phil (Died in 2007)
Born 13 May 1914  (Staffordshire, England)
Presenter of 'One Man And His Dog' - surely the dullest programme on British TV, at least until 'Big Brother' was invented. We actually thought he'd already been rounded up by the Grim Reaper until The Guardian mentioned his 91st birthday in May 2005.
[Picture of Phil Drabble]


Drake, Charlie Charlie Drake is no longer with us
Born 19 June 1925  (London, England)

Died 24 December 2006  (London, England)

Age at death: 81  (read death notice)
Born Charles Springall. Archetypal chirpy Cockney who enjoyed a successful comedy and music career in the '50s and '60s despite being a ginger shortarse.
[Picture of Charlie Drake]


Driver, Betty (Died in 2011)
Born 20 May 1920  (Leicester, England)
Stalwart "Coronation Street" actress - Betty the barmaid in the Rovers' Return.
[Picture of Betty Driver]


Du Toit, Nick
Born in South Africa  (exact date unknown)
South African mercenary, currently rotting in prison in Equatorial Guinea after being accused of planning a coup. Born around 1955.
[Picture of Nick Du Toit]


Dunn, Clive (Died in 2012)
Born 9 January 1920  (London, England)
Television actor, best remembered for his roles as Corporal Jones in 'Dad's Army' and Charlie Quick in 'Grandad'; he had a no. 1 hit single with the theme tune to the latter. Random fact: the late Gretchen Franklin was his cousin.
[Picture of Clive Dunn]


Durning, Charles (Died in 2012)
Born 28 February 1923  (Highland Falls, New York, USA)
Popular US actor. Not in the best of health lately, and his obesity doesn't help his chances of seeing next year.
[Picture of Charles Durning]


Dylan, Bob
Born 24 May 1941  (Duluth, Minnesota, USA)
Legendary folk singer with an annoying voice. Still touring.
[Picture of Bob Dylan]

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