Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2013: L


La Rosa, Julius
Born 2 January 1930  (Brooklyn, New York, USA)
Pop singer. whose career more or less spluttered to a halt in the early 70s.
[Picture of Julius La Rosa]


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]


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]


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


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]


Lally, Pat
Born 24 February 1926  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Former leader of Glasgow City Council and Lord Provost of Glasgow.
[Picture of Pat Lally]


Lambert Mellon, Rachel
Born 9 August 1910  (New York City, New York, USA)
Horticulturalist and patron of fine arts, who redesigned the White House Rose Garden.
[Picture of Rachel Lambert Mellon]


Lame, Amy
Born 3 January 1971  (New Jersey, USA)
Rotund female stand-up comedian and TV talking head, born Amy Caddle.
[Picture of Amy Lame]


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


Lampard, Sr., Frank
Born 20 September 1948  (East Ham, London, England)
Former West Ham Utd defender and father of Fat Frank. Frank Sr., is actually Frank Jr as his dad was also called Frank, so the current Chelsea midfielder should be Frank Lampard Jr Jr. Does that count as yet another deflection?
[Picture of Frank Lampard, Sr.]


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]


Landau, Russ
Date and place of birth unknown
Composer of TV themes, including 'Survivor' and 'Fear Factor'. Born 1954.
[Picture of Russ Landau]


Landers, Harry
Born 3 September 1921  (New York City, New York, USA)
American character actor, mainly in commercials or minor roles in film and TV.
[Picture of Harry Landers]


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]


Lang, Ethel
Born 27 May 1900  (Worsborough, South Yorkshire, England)
One of Britain's oldest people.
[Picture of Ethel Lang]


Lang, K. D.
Born 2 November 1961  (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Country singer, and songwriter who has also dabbled in pop music and is a leading rights activist - gays, humans, anything goes.
[Picture of K. D. Lang]


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]


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]


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]


Larbey, Bob
Born 26 June 1934  (Clapham, London, England)
Comedy scripwriter, worked with the late John Esmonde on 'Please Sir!', 'The Good Life' and 'Ever Decreasing Circles', but also wrote 'On The Up' and 'As Time Goes By'. himself.
[Picture of Bob Larbey]


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]


Larsen, Don
Born 7 August 1929  (Michigan City, Indiana, USA)
Major League baseball pitcher for a number of teams.
[Picture of Don Larsen]


LaSalle, Denise
Born 16 July 1939  (Belzoni, Mississippi, USA)
Born Ora Allen, she is a blues, pop and soul singer and record producer.
[Picture of Denise LaSalle]


Latifah, Queen
Born 18 March 1970  (Newark, New Jersey, USA)
Born plain Dana Owens, Latifah is a singer, actress, comedienne (allegedly) amongst other skills.
[Picture of Queen Latifah]


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]


Lautenberg, Frank Frank Lautenberg is no longer with us
Born 23 January 1924  (Paterson, New Jersey, USA)

Died 3 June 2013  (New York City, New York, USA)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
US senator for New Jersey, the oldest in the Senate following Robert Byrd's death and the oldest Democrat.
[Picture of Frank Lautenberg]


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]


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


Lawler, Jerry
Born 29 November 1949  (Memphis, Tennessee, USA)
Wrestler, with some pop songs and film credits also to his credit.
[Picture of Jerry Lawler]


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


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


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 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]


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]


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]


LeBeau, Madeleine
Born 10 June 1923  (Antony, Hauts-de-Seine, France)
French film actress, who also appeared in Hollywood films and is currently the last surviving cast member of 'Casablanca'.
[Picture of Madeleine LeBeau]


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, Grace Sung Eun Grace Sung Eun Lee is no longer with us
Born 16 June 1984  (Seoul, South Korea)

Died 10 February 2013  (Manhasset, New York, USA)

Age at death: 28  (read death notice)
New York City bank manager who is terminally ill. In 2012, despite being parlaysed by brain cancer, she won the right to have her respirator machinie switched off against the wishes of her christian parents.
[Picture of Grace Sung Eun 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, Stephen
Born 12 October 1974  (Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England)
Lardarse snooker player, one of the top players in the World.
[Picture of Stephen Lee]


Lee Jones, Tommy
Born 15 September 1946  (San Saba, Texas)
Film actor, who spent years as a character actor before hitting the big-time in the mid 90s onwards.
[Picture of Tommy Lee Jones]


Legere, Allan
Born 13 February 1948  (place of birth unknown)
Canadian murderer who briefly escaped prison in 1989 and kept himself busy by murdering four people.
[Picture of Allan Legere]


Leggatt, David
Date and place of birth unknown
Scumbag who has raped or sexually assaulted a string of girls in Dunfermline, Scotland. Born 1953.
[Picture of David Leggatt]


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


Leitch, Donovan
Born 10 May 1946  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Scottish folk singer, popular in the 1960s. Once had Shaun Ryder as a son-in-law…
[Picture of Donovan Leitch]


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


Lennox, Annie
Born 25 December 1954  (Aberdeen, Scotland)
Former lead singer of the Eurythmics, now well known for her solo performances.
[Picture of Annie Lennox]


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]


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]


Leslie, Edward
Born 21 April 1957  (Tampa, Florida, USA)
Heel wrestler with a variety of aliases but best known as Brutus Beefcake.
[Picture of Edward Leslie]


Lesnar, Brock
Born 12 July 1977  (Webster, South Dakota, USA)
Yet another wrestler, albeit one of the current bigger names.
[Picture of Brock Lesnar]


Lessing, Doris Doris Lessing is no longer with us
Born 22 October 1919  (Kermanshah, Persia (now Iran))

Died 17 November 2013  (London, England)

Age at death: 94  (read death notice)
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]


Leuliet, Géry
Born 12 January 1910  (Richebourg-l'Avoué , Pas-de-Calais, France)
Currently the oldest Bishop in the World, former Bishop of Amiens.
[Picture of Géry Leuliet]


Levesque, Paul Michael
Born 27 July 1969  (Nashua, New Hampshire, USA)
Another wrestler, aka Triple H.
[Picture of Paul Michael Levesque]


Levieva, Margarita
Born 9 February 1980  (St. Petersburg, Russia)
Russian born-American actress, a former gymnast.
[Picture of Margarita Levieva]


Levin, Harvey
Born 2 September 1950  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
TV producer and founder of TMZ.com, the celebrity gossip site. Should there be anything wrong with him, they'll be the first to tell you...
[Picture of Harvey Levin]


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


Levitin, Valeria
Born 9 March 1973  (Moscow, Russia)
Shockingly thin lady from Monte Carlo who suffers from anorexia.
[Picture of Valeria Levitin]


Levy, Eugene
Born 17 December 1946  (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)
Actor, who became better known in recnet times for his role as Jim's dad in the American Pie films.
[Picture of Eugene Levy]


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, Donna
Born 6 August 1973  (Cardiff, Wales)
Singer-songwriter and record producer, whose career hit its zenith in 1996, with a few hits.
[Picture of Donna Lewis]


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


Lewis, J. L.
Born 18 July 1960  (Emporia, Kansas, USA)
Golfer, who has been reasonably successful in the US. Announced he was fighting cancer in 2012.
[Picture of J. L. 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, Stephen
Born 14 November 1936  (London, England)
TV actor - played the part of Blakey in 'On the Buses'.
[Picture of Stephen Lewis]


Liger, Jushin
Born 30 November 1964  (Hiroshima, Japan)
Japanese professional wrestler from Hiroshima. I bet he weren't a patch on Kendo Nagasaki. Now there was a wrestler...
[Picture of Jushin Liger]


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]


Ligier, Guy
Born 12 July 1930  (Vichy, France)
Gruff, bolshy and no-nonsense former team principal of the Ligier F1 team who did reasonably well in their near 20 year spell in the sport. Ex-rugby player as well.
[Picture of Guy Ligier]


Lilian of Sweden, Princess Princess Lilian of Sweden is no longer with us
Born 30 August 1915  (Swansea, Wales)

Died 10 March 2013  (Stockholm, Sweden)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
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]


Lillee, Dennis
Born 18 July 1949  (Subiaco, Perth, Australia)
Legendary fast bowler for Australia between 1971-1984.
[Picture of Dennis Lillee]


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]


Limpar, Anders
Born 24 September 1965  (Solna, Sweden)
Former winger for a host of clubs, but best remembered for his spell at Arsenal.
[Picture of Anders Limpar]


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


Lindemulder, Janine
Born 14 November 1968  (La Mirada, California, USA)
Exotic dancer and porn actress.
[Picture of Janine Lindemulder]


Linden, Hal
Born 20 March 1931  (New York City, New York, USA)
Actor of stage and television who saw the most success as the eponymous lead in 'Barney Miller'. Understandably didn't use his birthname of Harold Lipshitz for his career.
[Picture of Hal Linden]


Ling, Bai
Born 10 October 1966  (Chengdu, China)
Chinese born, American actress who has appeared in 'Lost', and 'Wild Wild West' but has also been in the news for her alcohol addiction.
[Picture of Bai Ling]


Lipton, James
Born 19 September 1926  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Writer, composer, lyricist and teacher, who has also written scripts for TV.
[Picture of James Lipton]


Lissouba, Pascal
Born 15 November 1931  (Tsinguidi, Congo)
Former President of the Republic of Congo.
[Picture of Pascal Lissouba]


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]


Littler, Gene
Born 21 July 1930  (San Diego, California, USA)
Golfer who won the US Open in 1961.
[Picture of Gene Littler]


Livni, Tzipi
Born 8 July 1958  (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Israeli politican, leader of the Opposition for years, and ex-leader of the Kadima party. She now leads a centrist party called Hatnuah.
[Picture of Tzipi Livni]


Livsey, Billy
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, USA  (exact date unknown)
Songwriter, keyboardist and session musician.
[Picture of Billy Livsey]


Lloyd, Cher
Born 28 July 1993  (Malvern, Worcestershire, England)
Annoying little Cheryl-Cole wannabee who now also does modelling to back up her singing career.
[Picture of Cher Lloyd]


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]


Lockhart, June
Born 25 June 1925  (New York City, New York, USA)
Regular US TV actress, mainly on soap operas.
[Picture of June Lockhart]


Loest, Erich
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, Dina
Born 15 September 1962  (New York City, New York, USA)
Mother and manager of Lindsay Lohan. By God, she's doing a bad job of both.
[Picture of Dina 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]


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]


Long, Angel
Born 21 November 1980  (Swindon, Wiltshire, England)
Porn actress and nude model who also suffers from cystic fibrosis.
[Picture of Angel Long]


Longet, Claudine
Born 29 January 1942  (Paris, France)
French singer and actress who was once married to the late crooner Andy Williams. Has kept a low profile since being found responsible for the death of her then boyfriend Vladimir Sabich in 1976.
[Picture of Claudine Longet]


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]


Lonsdale, Michael
Born 24 May 1931  (Paris, Ile-de-France, France)
Actor, born in France, but often based in England. Starred in 'Moonraker', 'Munich' and 'The Day of the Jackal' amongst others.
[Picture of Michael Lonsdale]


López, Pedro
Born 8 August 1948  (Santa Isabel, Colombia)
Colombian serial killer, reputed to have raped and killed over 300 girls before being apprehended in 1980. Makes Jimmy Savile seem like a pussycat...
[Picture of Pedro López]


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


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


Lötzsch, Ronald
Born 1 October 1931  (Berlin, Germany)
German linguist and university professor. Married to the former leader of The Left party in Germany, Gesine Lötzsch.
[Picture of Ronald Lötzsch]


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.
[Picture of Courtney Love]


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


Lowe, George George Lowe is no longer with us
Born 15 January 1924  (Hastings, New Zealand)

Died 20 March 2013  (Ripley, Derbyshire, England)

Age at death: 89  (read death notice)
The last surviving climber of the 1953 Everest Expedition who had a long career scaling mountains.
[Picture of George Lowe]


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, Mundell
Born 21 April 1922  (Laurel, Mississippi, USA)
Jazz guitarist and composer who has worked on a lot of TV and film soundtracks as a performer and as a composer.
[Picture of Mundell Lowe]


Lowrie, Philip
Born 20 June 1936  (Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England)
Played Dennis Tanner on 'Coronation Street' in the 1960's, and in 2011, returned playing the same role. Still in the soap today.
[Picture of Philip Lowrie]


Lubbock, Eric
Born 29 September 1928  (Chelsea, London, England)
Former Liberal MP for Orpington, noted Buddhist, rights campaigner and former candidate to become Liberal leader.
[Picture of Eric Lubbock]


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, Frank
Born 9 September 1930  (La Grange, North Carolina, USA)
Former drug-trafficker, subject of the film 'American Gangster' starring Denzil Washington.
[Picture of Frank 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]


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]


Luna, Bigas Bigas Luna is no longer with us
Born 19 March 1946  (Barcelona, Spain)

Died 6 April 2013  (Tarragona, Spain)

Age at death: 66  (read death notice)
Spanish film director.
[Picture of Bigas Luna]


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


Lydon, John
Born 31 January 1956  (London, England)
AKA Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols & well-known idiot, which overshadows a lot of his genuine musical talent.
[Picture of John Lydon]


Lyle, Jarrod
Born 21 August 1981  (Shepparton, Victoria, Australia)
Golfer, currently fighting against leukemia.
[Picture of Jarrod Lyle]


Lynch, Lisa Lisa Lynch is no longer with us
Born 30 August 1979  (Derby, England)

Died 11 March 2013  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 33  (read death notice)
Journalist, diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer in 2008.
[Picture of Lisa Lynch]


Lynn, Betty
Born 29 August 1926  (Kansas City, Missouri, USA)
Actress, probably best known for her roles in 'The Andy Griffith Show' and 'My Three Sons'.
[Picture of Betty Lynn]


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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