Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2012: L


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]


Labov, William
Born 4 December 1927  (Rutherford, New Jersey, USA)
American Linguist, who according to Wilkipedia is "founder of the discipline of variationist sociolinguistics", whatever that is.
[Picture of William Labov]


Lach, Elmer
Born 22 January 1918  (Nokomis, Saskatchewan, Canada)
Legendary Montreal Canadiens ice hockey centre.
[Picture of Elmer Lach]


Lacroix, Christian
Born 16 May 1951  (Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France)
French fashion designer.
[Picture of Christian Lacroix]


Ladd, Jr., Alan
Born 22 October 1937  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Son of the famously diminuitive actor Alan Ladd, he was head of Creative Affairs at 20th Century Fox when he gave George Lucas the green light to make Star Wars in 1975. Later formed his own production company.
[Picture of Alan Ladd, Jr.]


Laemmle, Carla
Born 20 October 1909  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Film actress, niece of Universal Pictures founder Carl Laemmle.
[Picture of Carla Laemmle]


Lahad, Antoine
Born in Al Qattara, Lebanon  (exact date unknown)
Leader of the South Lebanon Army during the conflict with Israel. Born 1927.
[Picture of Antoine   Lahad]


Laine, Cleo
Born 28 October 1927  (Southall, Middlesex, England)
Possibly Britain's most famous jazz singer, famed for her partnership with late husband Johnny Dankworth.
[Picture of Cleo Laine]


Laine, Denny
Born 29 October 1944  (Birmingham, England)
Musician with The Moody Blues before joining Paul McCartney and Wings in 1971.
[Picture of Denny Laine]


Laird, Melvin R.
Born 1 September 1922  (Omaha, Nebraska, USA)
Former Purple Heart awarded war veteran who served as Secretary of Defense under Richard Nixon from 1969-73. It was Laird who urged a withdrawal from Vietnam.
[Picture of Melvin R. Laird]


Landau, Martin
Born 20 June 1931  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Actor - starred in 'Mission: Impossible' from 1966-69 and 'Space: 1999' from 1975-77. Won Best Supporting Actor Oscar in 1995 as the fading horror star Béla Lugosi in 'Ed Wood'.
[Picture of Martin Landau]


Landis, John
Born 3 August 1950  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Film director of cult classics 'The Blues Brothers' and 'An American Werewolf in London'.
[Picture of John Landis]


Lane, Carla
Born 5 August 1937  (Liverpool, England)
Successful sitcom writer and animal rights activist. Creator of 'Butterflies' and 'The Liver Birds'.
[Picture of Carla 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]


Langfield, Jamie
Born 22 December 1979  (Paisley, Scotland)
Scottish footballer. Goalkeeper for Aberdeen FC.
[Picture of Jamie Langfield]


Langham, Chris
Born 14 April 1949  (London, England)
Writer, comic actor, former member of 'Not the Nine O'clock News'. 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, Arthur
Born 30 January 1933  (Leeds, Yorkshire, England)
Born Arthur Longbottom, Langley played for Queen's Park Rangers as an inside forward before changing his name by deed poll.
[Picture of Arthur Langley]


Lanier, Rebecca
Born in Mississippi, USA  (exact date unknown)
Woman who claims to be the oldest person in the World. Died in August 2012 but no obit.
[Picture of Rebecca Lanier]


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]


Lantschner, Gustav
Born 12 August 1910  (Innsbruck, Austria)
Austrian-born German skier who competed in the 1936 Winter Olympics. Apparently died in 2011 so no points...
[Picture of Gustav Lantschner]


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


Larouche, Lyndon
Born 8 September 1922  (Rochester, New Hampshire, USA)
Economist, philosopher & political activist.
[Picture of Lyndon Larouche]


Lasorda, Tommy
Born 22 September 1927  (Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA)
Former baseball player & manager, particularly linked with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
[Picture of Tommy Lasorda]


Lavender, Ian
Born 16 February 1946  (Birmingham, England)
Actor who will be forever known as Private Pike in 'Dad's Army'.
[Picture of Ian Lavender]


Laver, Rod
Born 9 August 1938  (Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia)
Australian tennis player who enjoyed his greatest successes in the '60s.
[Picture of Rod Laver]


LaVern, Roger
Born 11 November 1938  (Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England)
Keyboardist with pop instrumental group The Tornados who had that hit Maggie Thatcher liked...
[Picture of Roger LaVern]


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


Law, Jude
Born 29 December 1972  (London, England)
Actor, with a penchant for making awful remakes of Michael Caine films.
[Picture of Jude Law]


Lawrence, Steve
Born 8 July 1935  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Easy-listening singer, husband of Eydie Gorme.
[Picture of Steve Lawrence]


Lawson, "Twiggy"
Born 19 September 1949  (Neasden, London, England)
Fashion model, an icon of the 60's. Now schillin' for Marks & Sparks.
[Picture of


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]


Layton, George
Born 2 March 1943  (Bradford, Yorkshire, England)
Actor and writer, best known for the sitcoms 'Doctor in the House' and' It Ain't Half Hot Mum'.
[Picture of George Layton]


le Brocquy, Louis Louis le Brocquy is no longer with us
Born 10 November 1916  (Dublin, Rep of Ireland)

Died 25 April 2012  (Dublin, Rep of Ireland)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
Irish portrait painter.
[Picture of Louis le Brocquy]


le Carre, 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 Carre]


Le Guin, Ursula
Born 21 October 1929  (Berkeley, California, USA)
Author, who has covered a wide range of topics in her career.
[Picture of Ursula Le Guin]


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]


Le Vell, Michael
Born 15 December 1964  (Manchester, England)
Actor - Kevin Webster in 'Coronation Street'. Charges of child sexual abuse were dropped late in 2011.
[Picture of Michael Le Vell]


Leader, George M.
Born 17 January 1918  (York, Pennsylvania, USA)
Governor of Pennsylvania from 1955-59.
[Picture of George M. Leader]


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


Leavelle, Jim
Born 23 August 1920  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
The man in the cream coloured suit and Stetson hat who is in the famous photograph of Lee Harvey Oswald being murdered by Jack Ruby, which makes Leavelle one of the worst protectors in history. But, then, to be fair, he did survive Pearl Harbour. Will be hoping that is the last time he is involved in a seismic US historical happening, no doubt.
[Picture of Jim Leavelle]


Leber, Georg
Born 7 October 1920  (Obertiefenbach, Germany)
German Social Democrat politician. Was Vice-President of the Bundestag from 1978-1983. Died in August 2012 but no obit.
[Picture of Georg Leber]


Lederman, Leon
Born 15 July 1922  (New York City, New York, USA)
Scientist, physicist & former Nobel Prize winner for his work.
[Picture of Leon Lederman]


Lee, Brenda
Born 11 December 1944  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Singer who was a star at a young age in the 1950s.
[Picture of Brenda Lee]


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, Dickey
Born 21 September 1936  (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
Country pop singer.
[Picture of Dickey Lee]


Lee, Gordon
Born 13 May 1934  (Cannock, Staffordshire, England)
Former manager of Blackburn Rovers and Everton F. C..
[Picture of Gordon Lee]


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


Lee, Sammy
Born 1 August 1920  (Fresno, California, USA)
Diver - Olympic champion in the 10m platform in 1948.
[Picture of Sammy 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, Tsung-Dao
Born 24 November 1926  (Shanghai, China)
Nobel Prize winning physicist, now based in USA.
[Picture of Tsung-Dao Lee]


Leeves, Jane
Born 18 April 1961  (Ilford, Essex, England)
Actress, best known as Daphne Moon in 'Frasier'.
[Picture of Jane Leeves]


Legrand, Michel
Born 24 February 1932  (Paris, France)
French jazz pianist and film composer, most notably on 'The Thomas Crown Affair'.
[Picture of Michel Legrand]


Lehrer, Tom
Born 9 April 1928  (New York City, New York, USA)
Mathematician & musician, a singer of satirical songs.
[Picture of Tom Lehrer]


Leigh-Pemberton, Robin (Died in 2013)
Born 5 January 1927  (place of birth unknown)
Governor of the Bank of England from 1983-92.
[Picture of Robin Leigh-Pemberton]


Lemon, Meadowlark
Born 25 April 1932  (Wilmington, North Carolina, USA)
Member of the Harlem Grobetrotter exhibition basketball team.
[Picture of Meadowlark Lemon]


Lennon, Neil
Born 25 June 1971  (Lurgan, Northern Ireland)
Manager of Celtic FC and not the sort of name you should toast down the Shankill Road if you want to keep your kneecaps…
[Picture of Neil Lennon]


Lenz, Siegfried
Born 17 March 1926  (Lyck (Elk), East Prussia, Germany)
German writer.
[Picture of Siegfried Lenz]


Leon, Valerie
Born 12 November 1943  (London, England)
Actress, mainstay of the 'Carry On' movies playing the seductive type.
[Picture of Valerie Leon]


Leonard, Elmore (Died in 2013)
Born 11 October 1925  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Author, best known for his crime fiction.
[Picture of Elmore Leonard]


Leonhardt, Gustav Gustav Leonhardt is no longer with us
Born 30 May 1928  (s-Graveland, Netherlands)

Died 16 January 2012  (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
Dutch keyboard player and conductor.
[Picture of Gustav Leonhardt]


Lerwill, Sheila
Born 16 August 1928  (London, England)
Won a silver medal for Britain in the 1952 Summer Olympics for the high jump.
[Picture of Sheila Lerwill]


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]


Leskanich, Katrina
Born 10 April 1960  (Topeka, Kansas USA)
American singer whose band Katrina and Waves won the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom in 1997.
[Picture of Katrina Leskanich]


Leslie, Joan
Born 26 January 1925  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Hollywood actress of the 1940s.
[Picture of Joan Leslie]


Leslie, John
Born 22 February 1965  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Former 'Blue Peter' and 'Wheel of Fortune' presenter who's career and life came apart in 2002 after allegations of rape from '4x4' Ulrika Jonnsson in her autobiography. Despite this and other allegations, Leslie has never been charged.
[Picture of John Leslie]


Lesniewski, Joseph
Born 29 August 1920  (Erie, Pennsylvania, USA)
Member of the Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II, that was immortalised in the TV series 'Band of Brothers'. Died in May 2012 but no obit.
[Picture of Joseph Lesniewski]


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, Richard
Born 19 January 1932  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
US-born anglophile film director most famous for directing the Beatles in 'A Hard Day's Night' and 'Help'.
[Picture of Richard Lester]


Levi Montalcini, Rita Rita Levi Montalcini is no longer with us
Born 22 April 1909  (Turin, Italy)

Died 30 December 2012  (Rome, Italy)

Age at death: 103  (read death notice)
Nobel Prize winning Neurologist, the oldest living Nobel Laureate at the turn of the year.
[Picture of Rita Levi Montalcini]


Levinson, Barry
Born 6 April 1942  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
Award winning (Rain Man) film director, producer & screenwriter.
[Picture of Barry Levinson]


Lewinsky, Monica
Born 23 July 1973  (San Francisco, California, USA)
Former White House intern whose relationship with President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s was either the biggest scandal of that decade or just a load of fluff, depending on your point of view.
[Picture of Monica Lewinsky]


Lewis, Geoff
Born 21 December 1935  (Talgarth, Breconshire, Wales)
Retired horse racing jockey and trainer.
[Picture of Geoff Lewis]


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). Taught Steven Spielberg and George Lucas at film school in the 1960s.
[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, Leona
Born 3 April 1985  (London, England)
God-awful annoying waily singer, bland as anything, yet still bizarrely popular.
[Picture of Leona Lewis]


Lewis, Stephen
Born 14 November 1936  (London, England)
TV actor - played the part of Blakey in 'On the Buses'.
[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]


Lilley, Alan
Born 8 May 1959  (Ilford, Essex, England)
Former cricketer, wicketkeeper for Essex from 1978-1990.
[Picture of Alan Lilley]


Lillis, Brendan
Date and place of birth unknown
IRA man, recently released from prison on compassionate grounds. Born 1954.
[Picture of Brendan Lillis]


Limbaugh, Rush
Born 12 January 1951  (Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA)
Boorish, right-wing US talk radio host.
[Picture of Rush Limbaugh]


Limbu, Rambahadur
Born 1 August 1939  (Chyangthapu, Yangrop Thum, Eastern Nepal)
VC holder, who won it for bravery in a fight in 1965 against Indonesian troops.
[Picture of Rambahadur Limbu]


Limonov, Eduard
Born 22 February 1943  (Dzerzhinsk, Russia)
Russian political dissident.
[Picture of Eduard Limonov]


Lin, Maya
Born 5 October 1959  (Athens, Ohio, USA)
Sculptor & artist of Chinese origin.
[Picture of Maya Lin]


Lindsey, George George Lindsey is no longer with us
Born 17 December 1928  (Jasper, Alabama, USA)

Died 6 May 2012  (Nashville, Tennessee, USA)

Age at death: 83  (read death notice)
US character actor.
[Picture of George Lindsey]


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


Livingstone, Ken
Born 17 June 1945  (London, England)
AKA "Red Ken", charismatic leader of the GLC from 1981 until it's dissolution in 1986. Then Mayor of London from 2000-2008.
[Picture of Ken Livingstone]


Lloyd, Jeremy
Born 22 July 1930  (Danbury, Essex, England)
Co-writer with David Croft of successful sitcoms 'Are You Being Served?' and ''Allo 'Allo'.
[Picture of Jeremy Lloyd]


Lloyd, Norman
Born 8 November 1914  (Jersey City, New Jersey, USA)
Veteran actor, who worked with the likes of Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock but is best known as Dr. Auschlander in 1980s series 'St. Elsewhere'.
[Picture of Norman Lloyd]


Lloyd Webber, Andrew
Born 22 March 1948  (London, England)
Started composing music when still at school, and met Tim Rice in 1965. Together they wrote the scores for, among others, 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Evita', 'Cats' and 'Phantom of the Opera'. Three times married, most famously to Sarah Brightman, and older brother of classical musician Julian.
[Picture of Andrew Lloyd Webber]


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]


Lodge, David
Born 28 January 1935  (London, England)
Author of the books 'Small World' and 'Nice Work', which was later adapted for television.
[Picture of David Lodge]


Loest, Erich (Died in 2013)
Born 24 February 1926  (Mittweida, Germany)
German writer.
[Picture of Erich Loest]


Lohan, Aliana
Born 22 December 1993  (New York City, New York, USA)
Model sister of troubled actress Lindsay Lohan.
[Picture of Aliana Lohan]


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]


Lohan, Michael
Born 25 April 1960  (Galway, Rep of Ireland)
Father of troubled actress Lindsay Lohan.
[Picture of Michael Lohan]


Lollobrigida, Gina
Born 4 July 1927  (Subiaco, Italy)
Italian actress, popular in the 1950s and '60s.
[Picture of Gina Lollobrigida]


Lom, Herbert Herbert Lom is no longer with us
Born 9 January 1917  (Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic))

Died 27 September 2012  (London, England)

Age at death: 95  (read death notice)
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]


Lomu, Jonah
Born 12 May 1975  (Auckland, New Zealand)
Fast and powerful All Black rugby player who captured the imagination in the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
[Picture of Jonah Lomu]


London, Jeremy
Born 7 November 1972  (San Diego, California, USA)
TV actor.
[Picture of Jeremy London]


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]


Lop, Nguyen Thi
Date and place of birth unknown
Widow of Van Lem Lop, infamously shot in the head during the Tet Offensive of 1968 as captured by photographer Eddie Adams. Born 1933.
[Picture of Nguyen Thi  Lop]


Lord, Jon Jon Lord is no longer with us
Born 9 June 1941  (Leicester, England)

Died 16 July 2012  (London, England)

Age at death: 71  (read death notice)
Hammond organ player for 1970s heavy rockers Deep Purple.
[Picture of Jon Lord]


Lord, Marjorie
Born 26 July 1918  (San Francisco, California, USA)
Television actress
[Picture of Marjorie Lord]


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


Lorenzo, Jorge
Born 4 May 1987  (Palma, Spain)
World Champion motorcyclist.
[Picture of Jorge Lorenzo]


Lotterby, Sydney
Born 9 January 1926  (London, England)
TV director, mainly of comedies, which he has been doing for decades.
[Picture of Sydney Lotterby]


Loughner, Jared Lee
Born 10 September 1988  (Tucson, Arizona, USA)
Right-wing extremist who killed 6 peole and badly injured US Representative Gabrielle Giffords in a shooting attack in Tuscan, Arizona in January 2011.
[Picture of Jared Lee Loughner]


Lovato, Demi
Born 20 August 1992  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
Young singer-songwriter and actress.
[Picture of Demi Lovato]


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 band mates. When not busy being controversial, she spends her time bringing up her daughter and taking heroin.
[Picture of Courtney Love]


Lovell, Bernard Bernard Lovell is no longer with us
Born 31 August 1913  (Oldland, Gloucestershire, England)

Died 6 August 2012  (Swettenham, Cheshire, England)

Age at death: 98  (read death notice)
Pioneer of wartime radar and radio astronomy. Responsible for the building of the Jodrell Bank radio telescope in Cheshire.
[Picture of Bernard Lovell]


Lovell, Jim
Born 25 March 1928  (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Astronaut, commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 space mission in 1970. Later became a businessman.
[Picture of Jim Lovell]


Lovelock, James
Born 26 July 1919  (Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England)
Scientist and propagator of the 'Gaia' theory of the environment.
[Picture of James Lovelock]


Lowe, John
Born 21 July 1945  (New Tupton, Derbyshire, England)
Stone-faced darts legend, BDC World champion three times and the first player to achieve the "nine dart finish" on television in 1984.
[Picture of John Lowe]


Lowe, Lillian Lillian Lowe is no longer with us
Date and place of birth unknown

Died 2 February 2012  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 104  (read death notice)
The World's oldest Facebook user, apparently. Born 1907.
[Picture of Lillian Lowe]


Lowrey, Dewitt
Born 22 April 1922  (place of birth unknown)
Soldier who held the rank of corporal with Easy Company, the unit that fought at Normandy in WWII and were the subject of the 'Band of Brothers' book and TV series.
[Picture of Dewitt Lowrey]


Lubbers, Ruud
Born 7 May 1939  (Rotterdam, Holland)
Ex-PM of the Netherlands.
[Picture of Ruud Lubbers]


Lubbock, Terry
Born in Edmonton, London, England  (exact date unknown)
Father of the bloke found in Michael Barrymore's pool. Born in December 1944, exact date unknown.
[Picture of Terry Lubbock]


Lucas, Cornel Cornel Lucas is no longer with us
Born 12 September 1920  (London, England)

Died 8 November 2012  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 92  (read death notice)
Reknowned photographer.
[Picture of Cornel Lucas]


Lucas, Matt
Born 5 March 1974  (Paddington, London, England)
Comedian, best known for his on-screen partnership with David Walliams in the hit noughties comedy 'Little Britain'. Ex-partner Kevin McGee committed suicide in 2009.
[Picture of Matt Lucas]


Ludwig, Christa
Born 16 March 1928  (Berlin, Germany)
German opera singer.
[Picture of Christa Ludwig]


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]


Lurie, Alison
Born 3 September 1926  (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Pulitzer prize winning novelist and academic.
[Picture of Alison Lurie]


Lwin, Annabella
Born 31 October 1966  (Yangon, Burma)
Singer with early-80s popsters Bow Wow Wow.
[Picture of Annabella Lwin]


Lynch, Lisa (Died in 2013)
Date and place of birth unknown
Journalist, diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2008. Born 1980.
[Picture of Lisa Lynch]


Lynn, Loretta
Born 14 April 1932  (Butcher Holler, Kentucky, USA)
Country & Western musician, who boasts that her ranch is "the seventh largest tourist attraction in Tennessee". Dizzy heights of fame indeed.
[Picture of Loretta Lynn]


Lynn, 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. Recently became the oldest living person to have number 1 album in 2009.
[Picture of 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]

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