Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2007: L


La Lanne, Jack (Died in 2011)
Born 26 September 1914  (San Francisco, California, USA)
American TV fitness guru, real name François Henri La Lanne.
[Picture of Jack La Lanne]


La Motta, Jake
Born 10 July 1921  (Bronx, New York, USA)
Boxing legend, portrayed by Robert De Niro in "Raging Bull".
[Picture of Jake La Motta]


La Rue, Danny (Died in 2009)
Born 26 July 1927  (County Cork, Republic of Ireland)
Irish comedian, best known as one of the top female impersonators in the UK.
[Picture of Danny La Rue]


Lagerfeld, Karl
Born 10 September 1933  (Hamburg, Germany)
Fashion designer - Kylie Minogue's favourite, so we're told.
[Picture of Karl Lagerfeld]


Laine, Frankie Frankie Laine is no longer with us
Born 30 March 1913  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Died 6 February 2007  (San Diego, California, USA)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
Crooner of Italian origin (real name Frank Paul LoVecchio), who enjoyed huge success in the 1950s, before rock 'n' roll rendered him obsolete. His UK chart records of 18 consecutive weeks at number 1 (with 'I Believe' in 1953) and a total of 27 weeks in the top slot in that year remain unequalled to this day.
[Picture of Frankie Laine]


Lake, Greg
Born 10 November 1947  (Poole, Dorset, England)
Singer & musician - the Lake in Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
[Picture of Greg Lake]


Lamb, Willis (Died in 2008)
Born 12 July 1913  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Winner of the 1955 Nobel Prize for Physics.
[Picture of Willis Lamb]


Lambert, Christopher
Born 29 March 1957  (Great Neck, New York, USA)
Franco-American actor, Connor MacLeod in "Highlander".
[Picture of Christopher Lambert]


Lamont, Norman
Born 8 May 1942  (Shetland Isles, Scotland)
Tory MP for Kingston-upon-Thames for 25 years, and Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1990-93.
[Picture of Norman Lamont]


Landau, Martin
Born 20 June 1931  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actor - starred in "Mission: Impossible" from 1966-69 and "Space: 1999" from 1975-77.
[Picture of Martin Landau]


Lane, Charles Charles Lane is no longer with us
Born 26 January 1905  (San Francisco, California, USA)

Died 9 July 2007  (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Age at death: 102  (read death notice)
Skinny, bespectacled American character actor who appeared in minor roles in over 250 films. Born Charles Gerstle Levison.
[Picture of Charles Lane]


Lane, Patrick
Born 26 March 1939  (Nelson, British Columbia, Canada)
Poet, mostly on nature and the environment.
[Picture of Patrick Lane]


Lange, Artie
Born 11 October 1967  (Union Township, New Jersey, USA)
US stand-up comedian who has also appeared on TV, in films, and - thanks to various drug-related offences - in court.
[Picture of Artie Lange]


Langford, Bonnie
Born 22 July 1964  (Hampton Court, Surrey, England)
Squeaky-voiced, lisping child star who won Hughie Green's "Opportunity Knocks" 'talent' contest and became a member of Equity at the age of 6. Went on to tread the boards on Broadway and in the West End by her early teens, and appeared in "Just William" and "Doctor Who". Had a nervous breakdown in the late '80s.
[Picture of Bonnie Langford]


Langham, Chris
Born 14 April 1949  (London, England)
Writer, comic actor, former Monty Python sidekick, recently appeared in "The Thick of It". Allegations of indecent assault and child pornography surfaced in 2006, and some DDPers obviously believe that this might push him over the edge.
[Picture of Chris Langham]


Langley, Jimmy Jimmy Langley is no longer with us
Born 7 February 1929  (Kilburn, London, England)

Died 9 December 2007  (unknown)

Age at death: 78  (read death notice)
Former QPR, Fulham and England footballer.
[Picture of Jimmy Langley]


Lansbury, Angela
Born 16 October 1925  (London, England)
British stage and screen actress, who has spent most of her working life in the US, often playing characters much older than herself. Best known as Jessica Fletcher in the long-running TV detective series 'Murder, She Wrote'.
[Picture of Angela Lansbury]


Lantos, Tom (Died in 2008)
Born 1 February 1928  (Budapest, Hungary)
Long-serving American politican in California.
[Picture of Tom Lantos]


Large, Eddie
Born 25 June 1942  (Glasgow, Scotland)
About three-quarters of the famous Little & Large double act.
[Picture of Eddie Large]


Lassen, Georg
Born 12 May 1915  (Steglitz, Berlin, Germany)
U-boat ace, sinking 26 Allied ships.
[Picture of Georg Lassen]


Lauda, Niki
Born 22 February 1949  (Vienna, Austria)
Former F1 motor racing World Champion, who somehow survived a horrific crash in 1976, which left him scarred for life. Went on to become a successful businessman.
[Picture of Niki Lauda]


Lavin, Linda
Born 15 October 1937  (Portland, Maine, USA)
American actress of stage, TV & film. Known to US audiences as the title character of sitcom "Alice".
[Picture of Linda Lavin]


Law, Denis
Born 24 February 1940  (Aberdeen, Scotland)
Former ace striker with Scotland, Manchester United & Manchester City.
[Picture of Denis Law]


Lawson, Nigel
Born 11 March 1932  (London, England)
British journalist-turned-MP who went on to become Chancellor of the Exchequer under Margaret Thatcher. After leaving office he was made Lord Lawson of Blaby, and then decided to lose lots of weight, getting his wife Therese to write "The Nigel Lawson Diet Cookbook". Not long afterwards, their daughter Nigella took the wind out of Therese's sails by rising to fame as a rather more popular celebrity chef.
[Picture of Nigel Lawson]


Lawson, Nigella
Born 6 January 1960  (London, England)
Glamourpuss chef & writer. Daughter of Nigel.
[Picture of Nigella Lawson]


Lazenby, George
Born 5 September 1939  (Queanbeyan, Australia)
The "forgotten" Bond - did just one film as Jimbo B - "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".
[Picture of George Lazenby]


le Carré, John
Born 19 October 1931  (Poole, Dorset, England)
Born David Cornwell. One of the world's finest thriller writers, specialising in spy stories.
[Picture of John le Carré]


Le Mat, Paul
Born 22 September 1946  (Rahway, New Jersey, USA)
American film actor.
[Picture of Paul Le Mat]


Le Pen, Jean-Marie
Born 20 June 1928  (La Trinité-sur-Mer, Brittany, France)
Founder (and still president) of the right-wing Front National party, who has courted controversy throughout his life. Some of his "achievements" have included practising torture in Algeria (allegedly), and losing his seat in the European Parliament for assaulting a rival socialist candidate during an earlier election campaign.
[Picture of Jean-Marie Le Pen]


Leachman, Cloris
Born 30 April 1926  (Des Moines, Iowa, USA)
Actress, Oscar winner for her role in "The Last Picture Show".
[Picture of Cloris Leachman]


Lear, Norman
Born 27 July 1922  (New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
American TV sitcom producer & occasional actor.
[Picture of Norman Lear]


Lee, Christopher
Born 27 May 1922  (Belgravia, London, England)
Actor who has appeared in countless cheesy horror films, particularly those made by Hammer during the 1950s-70s. Last seen storming off in a massive huff after discovering that his character, Saruman, had been totally written out of the final instalment of Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy during post-production.
[Picture of Christopher Lee]


Lee, Harper
Born 28 April 1926  (Monroeville, Alabama, USA)
Authoress - "To Kill a Mockingbird".
[Picture of Harper Lee]


Lee, Stan
Born 22 December 1922  (New York, New York, USA)
Cartoonist who created "Spider-Man" and "The Hulk".
[Picture of Stan Lee]


Lee, Tommy
Born 3 October 1962  (Athens, Greece)
American rock star, lead singer for Motley Crue, and Pamela Anderson's ex.
[Picture of Tommy Lee]


Leigh, Mike
Born 20 February 1943  (Salford, Lancashire, England)
Film director.
[Picture of Mike Leigh]


Leigh Fermor, Patrick (Died in 2011)
Born 11 February 1915  (London, England)
Travel writer, who has written extensively about Greece after serving behind enemy lines in Crete during World War II. Knighted in the 2004 New Year Honours list.
[Picture of Patrick Leigh Fermor]


L'Engle, Madeleine Madeleine L'Engle is no longer with us
Born 29 November 1918  (New York, New York, USA)

Died 6 September 2007  (Litchfield, Connecticut, USA)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
Writer, best known for her books for children, with a scientific bent to them.
[Picture of Madeleine L'Engle]


Leno, Jay
Born 28 April 1950  (Natick, Massachusetts, USA)
Big-chinned comedian & talk show host.
[Picture of Jay Leno]


Lesh, Phil
Born 15 March 1940  (Berkeley, California, USA)
Founding member of the band The Grateful Dead - played bass guitar throughout their entire 30-year career.
[Picture of Phil Lesh]


Lessing, Doris (Died in 2013)
Born 22 October 1919  (Kermanshah, Persia (now Iran))
Novelist whose works are strongly influenced by politics, psychology and her own upbringing in colonial Africa. She has often been described as a feminist writer, although she shuns this label.
[Picture of Doris Lessing]


Lester, Jon
Born 7 January 1984  (Puyallup, Washington, USA)
Baseball player who was forced to take a break due to cancer in 2006.
[Picture of Jon Lester]


Leston, Les (Died in 2012)
Born 16 December 1920  (Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, England)
Racing driver.
[Picture of Les Leston]


Letterman, David
Born 12 April 1947  (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)
Famed US entertainer, talk show host & businessman.
[Picture of David Letterman]


Lévi-Strauss, Claude (Died in 2009)
Born 28 November 1908  (Brussels, Belgium)
Anthropologist and all-round intellectual who, in works such as "Anthropologie structurale", developed theories adapted from the structuralist ideas of linguist Ferdinand de Saussure. No relation to that bloke wot invented jeans.
[Picture of Claude Lévi-Strauss]


Lewis, Jerry
Born 16 March 1926  (Newark, New Jersey, USA)
Actor, writer, director, producer and composer, born Joseph Levitch. Formed a partnership with Dean Martin and made 18 films with him in 10 years, before going on to have his greatest success in 'The Nutty Professor' (1963). Now suffering badly from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis, and looking increasingly infirm.
[Picture of Jerry Lewis]


Lewis, Jerry Lee
Born 29 September 1935  (Ferriday, Louisiana, USA)
The piano-playing rock-n-roller with balls of fire so great that he married his thirteen-year-old cousin and once turned up at Graceland with a gun, threatening to kill Elvis. He has succeeded in surviving where just about everyone around him has failed: his son was killed in a car crash, his fourth wife drowned in a swimming pool, and his fifth wife died of a drugs overdose. Wonder why his nickname is "The Killer"?
[Picture of Jerry Lee Lewis]


Lewis, Stephen
Born in London, England  (exact date unknown)
TV actor - played the part of Blakey in "On the Buses". Born 1936.
[Picture of Stephen Lewis]


Liddy, G. Gordon
Born 30 November 1930  (Hoboken, New Jersey, USA)
Ex-FBI agent & attorney, who led the break-in of the Watergate building in 1972 on Richard Nixon's orders.
[Picture of G. Gordon Liddy]


Lightfoot, Gordon
Born 17 November 1938  (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian singer/songwriter, perhaps best known in the UK for "If You Could Read My Mind", the backing track often used in Dom Joly's "Trigger-Happy TV".
[Picture of Gordon Lightfoot]


Lilian of Sweden, Princess (Died in 2013)
Born 30 August 1915  (Swansea, Wales)
Née Lilian May Davies. Widow of the late Prince Bertil of Sweden. She is still active in the Swedish royal family.
[Picture of Princess Lilian of Sweden]


Lilienthal, Andor (Died in 2010)
Born 5 May 1911  (Moscow, Russia)
Hungarian chess grandmaster, played from the 1930s onwards.
[Picture of Andor Lilienthal]


Linkletter, Art (Died in 2010)
Born 17 July 1912  (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Presenter of lame shows on US TV, such as "Kids Say the Darnedest Things". A kind of American Denis Norden.
[Picture of Art Linkletter]


Little, Syd
Born 19 December 1942  (Blackpool, Lancashire, England)
Comedian - the skinny, bespectacled half of Little & Large.
[Picture of Syd Little]


Littlejohn, Richard
Born 18 January 1954  (Ilford, Essex, England)
Outspoken newspaper columnist and sometime radio & TV presenter.
[Picture of Richard Littlejohn]


Lloyd, Hugh (Died in 2008)
Born 22 April 1923  (Chester, Cheshire, England)
TV and stage actor/comic. Was awarded an MBE in 2005 for his services to drama and charity.
[Picture of Hugh Lloyd]


Loaf, Meat
Born 27 September 1951  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
Real name Marvin Lee Aday. Although born in Texas - home of Houston, America's fattest city for the third year running - Mr Loaf moved to the West Coast in the 1960s. After appearing in various musicals, including "Hair" and the movie version of "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", he performed vocals on a number of albums before hitting the big time with "Bat Out Of Hell" in 1977. His partnership with Jim Steinman soon deteriorated, along with his career, and by the end of the 1980s he was bankrupt. But by the mid-1990s they'd kissed and made up, releasing the imaginatively titled "Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell". In 2003 he collapsed on stage at Wembley Arena, and subsequently underwent heart surgery after being diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome (an illness in which the patient thinks they are a law firm).
[Picture of Meat Loaf]


Lofthouse, Nat (Died in 2011)
Born 27 August 1925  (Bolton, Lancashire, England)
England and Bolton Wanderers footballer of the 1940s and '50s, who played over 500 games for his club and scored 30 goals for his country.
[Picture of Nat Lofthouse]


Lohan, Lindsay
Born 2 July 1986  (New York, New York, USA)
Apparently, she's an actress. However, much better known for her partying, car accidents, arguments, crash dieting, smoking, drug taking, going in & out of rehab etc etc.
[Picture of Lindsay Lohan]


Lom, Herbert (Died in 2012)
Born 9 January 1917  (Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic))
Actor, born Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich ze Schluderpacheru, but decided that Lom was less of a mouthful, and he may just have been right. Usually played supporting roles, including Peter Sellers' long suffering boss Charles Dreyfus in the Pink Panther movies. Moved into horror films in the 1970s, none of which were particularly memorable.
[Picture of Herbert Lom]


Longthorne, Joe
Born 31 May 1955  (Kingston-upon-Hull, Humberside, England)
Light entertainer and erstwhile TV star. Was seriously ill with leukaemia and being kept alive by drugs and blood transfusions, but a bone marrow transplant seems to have perked him up no end, and as of April 2006 he's back on stage and on tour.
[Picture of Joe Longthorne]


Longworth, Eric (Died in 2008)
Born in Shaw, Lancashire, England  (exact date unknown)
TV actor - played the town clerk in "Dad's Army". Born 1918.
[Picture of Eric Longworth]


Loren, Sophia
Born 20 September 1934  (Pozzuoli, Italy)
Glamorous actress, born Sofia Villani Scicolone.
[Picture of Sophia Loren]


Lorenz, Edward Norton (Died in 2008)
Born 23 May 1917  (West Hartford, Connecticut, USA)
Mathematician & meteorologist & gave the world the term "butterfly effect".
[Picture of Edward Norton Lorenz]


Louganis, Greg
Born 29 January 1960  (El Cajon, California, USA)
Olympic diver with 4 gold medals, a sore head and AIDS.
[Picture of Greg Louganis]


Love, Courtney
Born 9 July 1965  (San Francisco, California, USA)
The original Riot Grrl, who formed Hole after being kicked out of Babes In Toyland. Wife of the late Kurt Cobain, she has had numerous verbal and legal scuffles with his former Nirvana bandmates. When not busy being controversial, she spends her time bringing up her daughter and taking heroin.
[Picture of Courtney Love]


Lovell, Sir Bernard (Died in 2012)
Born 31 August 1913  (Oldland, Gloucestershire, England)
Pioneer of wartime radar and radio astromony. Responsible for the building of the Jodrell Bank radio telescope in Cheshire.
[Picture of Sir Bernard Lovell]


Lowe, Ted (Died in 2011)
Born 1 November 1920  (Lambourn, Berkshire, England)
Snooker commentator, nicknamed 'Whispering Ted', due to the fact that he whispers, and his name is Ted.
[Picture of Ted Lowe]


Lowery, Joseph
Born 6 October 1921  (Huntsville, Alabama, USA)
Methodist minister, a leading figure in the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
[Picture of Joseph Lowery]


Lucas, George
Born 14 May 1944  (Modesto, California, USA)
Film director, producer & writer - the man behind the "Star Wars" films.
[Picture of George Lucas]


Luger, Lex
Born 2 June 1958  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
WCW wrestler (real name Lawrence Pfohl), whose finishing move is, apparently, the "Torture Rack". His partner and manager, Miss Elizabeth, was found dead at his home in May 2003; during the subsequent investigation the police found banned bodybuilding drugs on the premises, and he was arrested.
[Picture of Lex Luger]


Lundgren, Dolph
Born 3 November 1957  (Stockholm, Sweden)
Athlete who became an actor (of sorts), including a rather disastrous stint as "He-Man" in the live action film of the same name.
[Picture of Dolph Lundgren]


Lynn, Dame Vera
Born 20 March 1917  (East Ham, London, England)
A performer from the age of 7, who really made it big during World War II. Her radio programme, 'Sincerely Yours', on which she was both presenter and singer of dreary ballads, made her 'The Forces' Sweetheart'. Ironic, then, that she had her first number 1 hit shortly after the war with a song sung partially in German - 'Auf Wiedersehen, Sweetheart'. Despite this gaffe, she was made a Dame in 1976.
[Picture of Dame Vera Lynn]


Lyonne, Natasha
Born 4 April 1979  (New York, New York, USA)
American actress ("American Pie", "Blade: Trinity", "Scary Movie 2").
[Picture of Natasha Lyonne]


Lyttleton, Humphrey (Died in 2008)
Born 23 May 1921  (Buckinghamshire, England)
Jazz musician and quizmaster on Radio 4's 'Sorry, I Haven't Got A Clue'. Still touring and performing with his band.
[Picture of Humphrey Lyttleton]

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