Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2006: P


Page, Anita (Died in 2008)
Born 4 August 1910  (Flushing, New York, USA)
Actress, born Anita Pomares, who was a star of the silver screen in the 1920s and 1930s, playing opposite the likes of Joan Crawford, Buster Keaton and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. She returned to acting some sixty years after retiring, and is still going strong... or is she?
[Picture of Anita Page]


Page, Bettie (Died in 2008)
Born 21 April 1923  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)
Arguably the most famous pin-up model in history, who "disappeared" from the public eye in 1957. The reclusive nature of her subsequent life has helped to fuel her status as a cult icon, though it's done nothing to boost her bank balance, by all accounts.
[Picture of Bettie Page]


Paisley, Rev Ian
Born 6 April 1926  (Armagh, Northern Ireland)
Loud-mouthed leader of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party and loud-mouthed leader of Northern Ireland's Free Presbyterian Church. Not to be confused with his son - Ian Paisley, Jnr. - who is also a member of the DUP.
[Picture of Rev Ian Paisley]


Palance, Jack Jack Palance is no longer with us
Born 18 February 1919  (Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania, USA)

Died 10 November 2006  (Montecito, California, USA)

Age at death: 87  (read death notice)
Tough-guy actor of "Sudden Fear", "City Slickers" and "Batman" fame. Born Vladimir Palahnuik.
[Picture of Jack Palance]


Palmer, Arnold
Born 10 September 1929  (Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA)
Golf maestro, whose business interests include Arnold Palmer Enterprises, the Palmer Course Design Company, the Arnold Palmer Golf Management Company, and the Arnold Palmer Golf Academy (idea for a film). He also helped raise money for the foundation of Orlando's Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Women.
[Picture of Arnold Palmer]


Palmer, Earl (Died in 2008)
Born 25 October 1924  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Rock 'n' roll drumming legend.
[Picture of Earl Palmer]


Papon, Maurice (Died in 2007)
Born 3 September 1910  (Gretz-Armainvilliers, France)
Collaborator with the Nazis in France's wartime Vichy government. Helped to round up Jews for deportation to concentration camps. Conveniently started informing against the Nazis when it became obvious that they were losing the war. Found guilty of crimes against humanity in 1998 and sentenced to imprisonment, but freed on health grounds in September 2002.
[Picture of Maurice Papon]


Parfitt, Rick
Born 12 October 1948  (Woking, Surrey, England)
Status to Francis Rossi's Quo; the pair of them have been belting out three-chord tricks since the 1960s, and continue to wear only blue jeans, white trainers and T-shirts. In 1997 Parfitt underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery, but was back on the road again within months.
[Picture of Rick Parfitt]


Parkinson, Michael
Born 28 March 1935  (Cudworth, South Yorkshire, England)
Jovial Northern TV chat show host.
[Picture of Michael Parkinson]


Parsons, Estelle
Born 20 November 1927  (Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA)
American actress who was nominated for an Oscar in 1967 for playing Blanche in "Bonnie & Clyde". Also known for playing Roseanne's mother in the sitcom "Roseanne".
[Picture of Estelle Parsons]


Parton, Dolly
Born 19 January 1946  (Sevierville, Tennessee, USA)
Country music singer whose name was used for the first cloned sheep because its genetic material was taken from a mammary gland.
[Picture of Dolly Parton]


Patch, Harry (Died in 2009)
Born 17 June 1898  (Combe Down, Bath, England)
WWI veteran. Gave vivid recollections in several documentaries, notably BBC's "The Trench".
[Picture of Harry Patch]


Patten, Marguerite
Born 4 November 1915  (Bath, Somerset, England)
Cooking writer and arguably the first TV celebrity chef.
[Picture of Marguerite Patten]


Patterson, Floyd Floyd Patterson is no longer with us
Born 4 January 1935  (Waco, North Carolina, USA)

Died 11 May 2006  (New Paltz, New York, USA)

Age at death: 71  (read death notice)
Boxer who won an Olympic gold medal at the age of 17, became world heavyweight champion at 20, and remained at the top of his sport until his retirement in the late 1960s.
[Picture of Floyd Patterson]


Paul, Les (Died in 2009)
Born 9 June 1915  (Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA)
Guitarist and one of the most important figures in the development of modern electric guitars and recording techniques.
[Picture of Les Paul]


Pavarotti, Luciano (Died in 2007)
Born 12 October 1935  (Modena, Italy)
Legendary tenor who became a father for the fourth time at the age of 67 (somewhat creepily, this new daughter will be younger than her niece).
[Picture of Luciano Pavarotti]


Perlin, Don
Born 27 August 1929  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Comic artist whose work has included The Defenders and G.I. Joe for Marvel.
[Picture of Don Perlin]


Perry, Lee 'Scratch'
Born 20 March 1936  (St Mary's, Jamaica, West Indies)
Barely sane but hugely influential reggae man.
[Picture of Lee 'Scratch' Perry]


Pertwee, Bill (Died in 2013)
Born 21 July 1926  (Amersham, Buckinghamshire, England)
British comedy actor, who, despite landing the part of Bert Hodges in "Dad's Army", has never been as famous as his thesp cousin Jon.
[Picture of Bill Pertwee]


Peters, Mike
Born 25 February 1959  (Prestatyn, Wales)
Lead singer of The Alarm.
[Picture of Mike Peters]


Philip, Prince
Born 10 June 1921  (Corfu, Greece)
The Queen's hubby. Gaffe-prone "Phil the Greek" also has Danish and German blood.
[Picture of Prince Philip]


Phillips, Leslie
Born 20 April 1924  (Tottenham, London, England)
Comic actor who inherited the "Doctor in..." role from Dirk Bogarde and appeared in a number of the "Carry on..." films. Apparently he also plays the voice of "The Sorting Hat" in the "Harry Potter" movies, whatever that means.
[Picture of Leslie Phillips]


Pierre, The Abbé 
Born 5 August 1912  (Lyon, France)
French Catholic priest and MP, born Henri-Antoine Groués. Former member of the Résistance and National Assembly. Founded the Emmaus Community in 1949 to help the homeless, and his work influenced people like Sue Ryder and Leonard Cheshire. Has somewhat dubious right-wing views. Died in 2006 but no obit.
[Picture of The Abbé Pierre]


Piggott, Lester
Born 5 November 1935  (Wantage, Berkshire, England)
Unusually tall (5'8") jockey, nine times winner of the Epsom Derby, who was often lampooned for his odd speech impediment, and did time for tax evasion.
[Picture of Lester Piggott]


Pinelli, Tullio (Died in 2009)
Born 24 June 1908  (Turin, Italy)
Italian screenwriter, former cavalry officer, Oscar-nominated for co-writing the screenplays for I Vitelloni (1953), La Strada (1954), La Dolce vita (1960), and 8½ (1963).
[Picture of Tullio Pinelli]


Pinochet, Augusto Augusto Pinochet is no longer with us
Born 25 November 1915  (Valparaíso, Chile)

Died 10 December 2006  (Santiago, Chile)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Former Chilean dictator, installed by a violent US-backed coup in 1973. His regime, finally ousted in 1988 (though he remained commander-in-chief of the army for a further 10 years), was responsible for thousands of murders and "disappearances". He survived an assassination attempt in 1986 and then managed to get himself ruled physically and mentally unfit to stand trial, both in the UK (where he spent over a year under house arrest) and in Chile. So, in the end, he got away with it all.
[Picture of Augusto Pinochet]


Pinter, Harold (Died in 2008)
Born 10 October 1930  (Hackney, London, England)
Ground-breaking playwright ("The Caretaker" and "The Birthday Party" being his best-known works), stage director, and screenwriter (e.g. "The Last Tycoon" and "The French Lieutenant's Woman"). Having originally trained as an actor, he has recently taken up performing again, both on stage and in the occasional film (e.g. the dodgy 1999 adaptation of "Mansfield Park"). A campaigner for leftist political causes (despite accepting a CBE and a Companionship of Honour from the Queen), the heavy smoker was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus in 2002.
[Picture of Harold Pinter]


Pitt, Brad
Born 18 December 1963  (Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA)
Little-known actor.
[Picture of Brad Pitt]


Poitier, Sidney
Born 20 February 1927  (Miami, Florida, USA)
Black actor who grew up in the Bahamas as the son of a "dirt farmer", according to IMDb, though what one of those is, is anyone's guess. Anyway, he emigrated to the US and went on to become a leading movie star of the 1950s and '60s, taking lead roles in, among others, "To Sir, With Love" and "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner".
[Picture of Sidney Poitier]


Ponti, Carlo (Died in 2007)
Born 11 December 1912  (Magenta, Lombardy, Italy)
Film producer, former business partner of Dino De Laurentiis, and husband of Sophia Loren. He switched his nationality to French to avoid various legal scrapes with the Italian authorities.
[Picture of Carlo Ponti]


Pop, Iggy
Born 21 April 1947  (Muskegon, Michigan, USA)
Former frontman of The Stooges, but also successful as a solo artist. Born James Jewell Osterberg Jr, he got his nickname from another of his old bands, The Iguanas. Celebrated for being a pioneer of stage-diving and crowd-walking, and for taking industrial quantities of heroin.
[Picture of Iggy Pop]


Porter, Gail
Born 23 March 1971  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
TV presenter, Houses of Parliament decorator, top totty! Has suffered from post-natal depression and alopecia.
[Picture of Gail Porter]


Powell, Colin
Born 5 April 1937  (New York, New York, USA)
US Army general who worked under Bush I during Gulf War I, and later became Secretary of State under Bush II, taking the country into Gulf War II. Underwent surgery for prostate cancer in December 2003. Cannot pronounce his own name.
[Picture of Colin Powell]


Preston, Billy Billy Preston is no longer with us
Born 2 September 1946  (Houston, Texas, USA)

Died 6 June 2006  (Scottsdale, Arizona, USA)

Age at death: 59  (read death notice)
Pianist, singer and songwriter who performed with the Beatles, the Stones, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and countless other rock, funk and soul acts. He spent much of the 1990s getting into trouble with the law for possession of cocaine, assault with a deadly weapon, violation of bail, and filling out false insurance claims. Had a kidney transplant in 2002, and spent the last 8 months of his life in a coma.
[Picture of Billy Preston]


Price, Lloyd
Born 9 March 1933  (Kenner, Louisiana, USA)
Early rock 'n' roll musician. Hits include "Lawdy Miss Clawdy".
[Picture of Lloyd Price]


Profumo, John John Profumo is no longer with us
Born 30 January 1915  (place of birth unknown)

Died 10 March 2006  (London, England)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
Secretary of State for War under Harold Macmillan. He resigned in 1963 following a notorious sex scandal involving 21-year-old call girl Christine Keeler, who had also slept with a Soviet attaché. After that he kept very quiet, apparently doing a lot of work for good causes - for example, from 1985 he was president of Toynbee Hall, a charity serving the East London borough of Tower Hamlets.
[Picture of John Profumo]


Prowse, David
Born 1 July 1935  (Bristol, England)
Former weightlifting champion who played the body of Darth Vader in the first three (or last three, depending how you look at it) "Star Wars" films. Famously annoyed to discover that George Lucas had got James Earl Jones to do the voice, without bothering to tell him. And even when the evil tyrant was unmasked in "The Return of the Jedi", Lucas got a third actor (Sebastian Shaw) to play Lord Vader's face.
[Picture of David Prowse]


Puskas, Ferenc Ferenc Puskas is no longer with us
Born 2 April 1927  (Budapest, Hungary)

Died 17 November 2006  (Budapest, Hungary)

Age at death: 79  (read death notice)
1950s Hungarian football legend with an amazing goalscoring record of 357 goals in 354 domestic matches and 83 goals in 84 internationals, including two in Hungary's famous 6-3 drubbing of England at Wembley in 1953. Suffered from Alzheimer's Disease for the last 6 years of his life.
[Picture of Ferenc Puskas]


Putin, Vladimir
Born 7 October 1952  (Leningrad (now St Petersburg again), Russia)
President of Russia, former head of the FSB (the federal security services), and before that a KGB agent in East Germany. A big fan of sambo (a Russian martial art), he was Leningrad sambo champion on a number of occasions.
[Picture of Vladimir Putin]


Pym, Francis (Died in 2008)
Born 13 February 1922  (Abergavenny, Wales)
Tory MP from 1961-87, who also held various Cabinet posts under the Heath and Thatcher governments.
[Picture of Francis Pym]

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