Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2015: L


La Chunga, (artist)
Born in Marseille, France  (exact date unknown)
Spanish painter and dancer, specialises in naïf art. Born c. 1938.
[Picture of (artist) La Chunga]


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]


Labeouf, Shia
Born 11 June 1986  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Young actor, whose looking well on the way to becoming another Hollywood casualty.
[Picture of Shia Labeouf]


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.]


Laffan, Patricia
Born 19 March 1919  (London, England)
Actress whose roles ranged from the epic 'Quo Vadis' to B-movies such as 'Devil Girl from Mars'.
[Picture of Patricia Laffan]


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


Lai, Frances
Born 26 March 1932  (Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France)
French accordian player and film composer.
[Picture of Frances Lai]


Lain, Chasey
Born 7 December 1971  (Cocoa Beach, Florida, USA)
Porn actress immortalised in the hit 'The Ballad of Chasey Lain' by the Bloodhound Gang.
[Picture of Chasey Lain]


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]


Laing, Kirkland
Born 20 June 1954  (Jamaica)
"The Gifted One", a retired boxer that never really lived up to his potential and typically blew everything he ever earned on various drugs. Quite possibly spending his time as a reclusive tramp these days.
[Picture of Kirkland Laing]


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]


LaMarche, Maurice
Born 30 March 1958  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Voice actor, instantly recognisable as the scheming mouse hell bent on world domination from 'Pinky and the Brain'.
[Picture of Maurice LaMarche]


Lamb, Paul
Born 9 July 1955  (Blyth, Northumberland, England)
Paralysed man who has taken up the "right to die" fight established by Tony Nicklinson.
[Picture of Paul Lamb]


Lambert, Vincent
Date and place of birth unknown
Frenchman that's been on life support in a vegetative state for the last six years.
[Picture of Vincent Lambert]


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


Lampreave, Chus
Born 11 December 1930  (Madrid, Spain)
Actress mainly associated with quirky director Pedro Almodóvar.
[Picture of Chus Lampreave]


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]


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]


Landrieu, Moon
Born 23 July 1930  (Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
Fortmer mayor of New Orleans from 1970-78 before serving in the Carter administration.
[Picture of Moon Landrieu]


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]


Lane, Nathan
Born 3 February 1956  (Jersey City, New Jersey, USA)
Actor best known for his role in 'The Birdcage' and the musical version of Mel Brooks' 'The Producers'.
[Picture of Nathan Lane]


Lang, Ethel Ethel Lang is no longer with us
Born 27 May 1900  (Worsborough, South Yorkshire, England)

Died 15 January 2015  (Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England)

Age at death: 114  (read death notice)
Oldest Person in Britain as of the end of 2013.
[Picture of Ethel Lang]


Lang, Gordon
Born in Kilwinning, North Ayrshire, Scotland  (exact date unknown)
Terminally ill Falklands War veteran. Born 1962. Died in April 2015 and unlikely to get a mainstream obit...
[Picture of Gordon 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]


Langer, Felicia
Born 1 December 1930  (Tarnów, Poland)
German/Israeli attorney and human rights activist, not a fan of what Israel gets up to in the West Bank.
[Picture of Felicia Langer]


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]


Lapage, Michael
Born 15 November 1923  (Shaftesbury, Dorset, England)
British Olympic rower, who won silver in the Men's Eights in 1948.
[Picture of Michael Lapage]


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]


Larroquette, John
Born 25 November 1947  (New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)
American actor, most famous for playing Dan Fielding in 'Night Court'.
[Picture of John Larroquette]


Lasseter, John
Born 12 January 1957  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Chief Creative Officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Originally fired by Disney for his advocating of CGI, which left them looking quite the fools once 'Toy Story' came along.
[Picture of John Lasseter]


Lastman, Mel
Born 9 March 1933  (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Mayor of Toronto from 1998-2003.
[Picture of Mel Lastman]


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]


Lattek, Udo Udo Lattek is no longer with us
Born 16 January 1935  (Bosemb, East Prussia, Germany)

Died 1 February 2015  (Cologne, Germany)

Age at death: 80  (read death notice)
One of the most successful coaches in European football, winning 8 Bundesliga championships and all three UEFA competitions, each with different clubs.
[Picture of Udo Lattek]


Laure, Carole
Born 5 August 1948  (Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada)
Canadian singer and actress.
[Picture of Carole Laure]


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]


Lavigne, Avril
Born 27 September 1984  (Belleville, Ontario, Canada)
Canadian-French singer and gossip magazine staple.
[Picture of Avril Lavigne]


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]


Law, Phyllida
Born 8 May 1932  (Glasgow, Scotland)
Scottish actress, mother of both Emma and Sophie Thompson.
[Picture of Phyllida Law]


Lawless, Blackie
Born 4 September 1956  (Staten Island, New York, USA)
Lead singer and guitarist for metallers W.A.S.P.
[Picture of Blackie Lawless]


Lawson, Nigel
Born 11 March 1932  (London, England)
Chancellor of the Exchequer under Margaret Thatcher from 1983-89.
[Picture of Nigel Lawson]


Lawson, Nigella
Born 6 January 1960  (London, England)
Glamourpuss chef & writer. Daughter of Nigel. Made headlines in 2013 with her domestic abuse and drugs dabbling.
[Picture of Nigella Lawson]


Lazarenko, Cliff
Born 16 March 1952  (Liss, Hampshire, England)
Professional darts player, 4 times a BDC World semi-finalist before throwing his lot in with the PDC in 1993.
[Picture of Cliff Lazarenko]


Le Pen, Jean-Marie
Born 20 June 1928  (La Trinité-sur-Mer, Brittany, France)
Founder of the right-wing Front National party, who has courted controversy throughout his life.
[Picture of Jean-Marie Le Pen]


Leach, Robin
Born 29 August 1924  (Harrow, Middlesex, England)
Las Vegas dwelling lardarse who's devoted his life to interviewing the rich and glamorous.
[Picture of Robin Leach]


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 Harbor.
[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]


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]


Ledward, Sam Sam Ledward is no longer with us
Born 2 November 1906  (place of birth unknown)

Died 18 August 2015  (Blackpool, England)

Age at death: 108  (read death notice)
108 year old who cheated death and woke up in the morgue after a motorbike accident in his thirties.
[Picture of Sam Ledward]


Lee, Amy
Born 13 December 1981  (Riverside, California, USA)
Lead singer of metal band Evanescence.
[Picture of Amy Lee]


Lee, Ang
Born 23 October 1954  (Chaochou, Pingtung, Taiwan)
Taiwan-born American film director, of 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' and 'Brokeback Mountain' fame.
[Picture of Ang Lee]


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, C. S.
Born 30 December 1971  (Cheongju, South Korea)
Korean-American actor, best known for his role in credibility-stretching drama 'Dexter'.
[Picture of C. S. Lee]


Lee, Christopher Christopher Lee is no longer with us
Born 27 May 1922  (Belgravia, London, England)

Died 7 June 2015  (London, England)

Age at death: 93  (read death notice)
Actor who has appeared in countless cheesy horror films, particularly those made by Hammer during the 1950s-70s. Favourite role was that of Lord Summerisle in the cult classic 'The Wicker Man'. Has even dabbled in heavy metal.
[Picture of Christopher Lee]


Lee, Geddy
Born 29 July 1953  (Willowdale, Ontario, Canada)
Lead singer and bassist for Canadian rock giants Rush.
[Picture of Geddy Lee]


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


Lee, Iain
Born 9 June 1973  (Slough, Buckinghamshire, England)
Comedian and presenter, most notably of 'The 11 O'Clock Show' back in the day.
[Picture of Iain Lee]


Lee, Jason
Born 25 April 1970  (Huntington Beach, Orange County, California)
Professional skateboarder-turned actor, best known for his role as redemptive loser Earl Hickey in 'My Name is Earl'.
[Picture of Jason Lee]


Lee, Jason Scott
Born 19 November 1966  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Actor, still best known for portraying the late Bruce Lee in 'Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story'.
[Picture of Jason Scott Lee]


Lee, Jennifer
Born in East Providence, Rhode Island, USA  (exact date unknown)
American film writer and director, co-directed 'Frozen'. Born 1971.
[Picture of Jennifer Lee]


Lee, Jon
Born 26 April 1982  (Ipplepen, Devon, England)
Actor and singer with S Club 7.
[Picture of Jon Lee]


Lee, Michele
Born 24 June 1942  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
Actress, one of the stars of 1980s soap 'Knots Landing'.
[Picture of Michele Lee]


Lee, Philomena
Born 24 March 1933  (Newcastle West, Limerick, Rep of Ireland)
Adoption rights activist who was packed off to a nunnery at 18 for getting pregnant. Her story of being forced to give up her son was dramatized in the film 'Philomena', to wide-spread acclaim. Didn't go down too well with the Catholic church mind…
[Picture of Philomena Lee]


Lee, Sammy
Born 1 August 1920  (Fresno, California, USA)
Diver - Olympic champion in the 10m platform in 1948.
[Picture of Sammy Lee]


Lee, Spike
Born 20 March 1957  (Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
Film director, writer & sometime actor. His films tend to stick to the same themes, those themes being social & political issues.
[Picture of Spike 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, was one of the top players in the World. Banned for 12 years in 2013 for match-fixing.
[Picture of Stephen Lee]


Lee, Stewart
Born 5 April 1968  (Wellington, Shropshire, England)
Sneering, bitter and occasionally funny comedian.
[Picture of Stewart 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]


Lee Boggs, Grace Grace Lee Boggs is no longer with us
Born 27 June 1915  (Providence, Rhode Island, USA)

Died 5 October 2015  (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Age at death: 100  (read death notice)
American social and political activist.
[Picture of Grace Lee Boggs]


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]


Leeson, John
Born 16 March 1943  (Leicester, England)
English actor, voice of the ridiculous K-9 in 'Doctor Who'.
[Picture of John Leeson]


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]


Leifer, Carol
Born 27 July 1956  (East Williston, New York, USA)
American stand-up comedian and writer, worked on 'Saturday Night Live' and 'Seinfeld'.
[Picture of Carol Leifer]


Leigh-Hunt, Barbara
Born 14 December 1935  (Bath, Somerset, England)
Olivier award winning actress who is most famous for her role as Mr Darcy's aunt Lady Catherine de Burgh in the 1995 BBC adaptation of 'Pride & Prejudice'. Married to Richard Pascoe.
[Picture of Barbara Leigh-Hunt]


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]


Lepage, Octavio
Born 24 November 1923  (Santa Rosa, Anzoátegui, Venezuela)
Former acting president of Venezuela.
[Picture of Octavio Lepage]


Lerner, Michael
Born 7 February 1943  (Newark, New Jersey, USA)
American rabbi and political activist, supporter of a two state solution with regards to Israel and Palestine. Diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009.
[Picture of Michael Lerner]


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]


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)
Formerly the oldest Bishop in the World, former Bishop of Amiens. Died in January 2015 but no obit.
[Picture of Géry Leuliet]


Leuwerik, Ruth
Born 23 April 1924  (Essen, Germany)
German actress and five-time Bambi award winner.
[Picture of Ruth Leuwerik]


Levene, John
Born 24 December 1941  (Salisbury, Wiltshire, England)
Actor, best known as the ever reliable Sergeant Benton of UNIT, from 'Doctor Who'.
[Picture of John Levene]


Levi, Asi
Born 28 September 1969  (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Award-winning Israeli actress.
[Picture of Asi Levi]


Levingston, Roberto
Born 19 January 1920  (San Luis, Argentina)
President of Argentina from 1970-71. Died in June 2015 but no obit.
[Picture of Roberto Levingston]


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


Lewis, Jerry
Born 16 March 1926  (Newark, New Jersey, USA)
Actor, writer, director, producer and composer, born Joseph Levitch. Was paired with Dean Martin before having a succesful solo career in film. 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.
[Picture of Jerry Lee Lewis]


Lewis, Stephen Stephen Lewis is no longer with us
Born 17 December 1926  (London, England)

Died 12 August 2015  (London, England)

Age at death: 88  (read death notice)
TV actor - played the part of Blakey in 'On the Buses'.
[Picture of Stephen Lewis]


Lewis, Tony
Born 6 July 1938  (Swansea, Wales)
Former test cricketer, who became BBC's main cricket presenter on TV during the 1990s.
[Picture of Tony Lewis]


Li, Wan Wan Li is no longer with us
Born 1 December 1916  (Dongping County, Shandong, China)

Died 15 July 2015  (Beijing, China)

Age at death: 98  (read death notice)
Chinese politician who held numerous posts in government until retiring in 1993.
[Picture of Wan Li]


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 Guy Ligier is no longer with us
Born 12 July 1930  (Vichy, France)

Died 23 August 2015  (location of death unknown)

Age at death: 85  (read death notice)
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]


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, Ruby
Born 27 January 1976  (Taipei, Taiwan)
Taiwanese actress and producer.
[Picture of Ruby Lin]


Lindblom, Gunnel
Born 18 December 1931  (Gothenburg, Sweden)
Swedish actress.
[Picture of Gunnel Lindblom]


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]


Lindsay, Robert Alexander
Born 5 March 1927  (place of birth unknown)
Scottish aristocrat that holds various titles and honours, and indeed, various appointments in parliament and the royal household that always seem to come attached.
[Picture of Robert Alexander Lindsay]


Lio, (singer)
Born 17 June 1962  (Mangualde, Portugal)
Belgian singer, and a judge on the Belgian version of 'The Voice'.
[Picture of (singer) Lio]


Lipschis, Hans
Born 7 November 1919  (Kretinga, Lithuania)
Another one of those crazy Nazi war criminals. Allegedly a member of the Waffen-SS and a guard at Auschwitz.
[Picture of Hans Lipschis]


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, Jeanne
Born 11 May 1938  (Sydney, NSW, Australia)
Retired Australian TV personality and, allegedly, an entertainer. Diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2009.
[Picture of Jeanne 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]


Lloyd, Christopher
Born 22 October 1938  (Stamford, Connecticut, USA)
Actor, best known for his roles in 'Addams Family' & as Doc Brown in the 'Back to the Future' films.
[Picture of Christopher 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)
Populist musical composer. Together with Tim Rice wrote the scores for, among others, 'Jesus Christ Superstar', 'Evita', 'Cats' and 'Phantom of the Opera'.
[Picture of Andrew Lloyd Webber]


Loaf, Meat
Born 27 September 1951  (Dallas, Texas, USA)
Real name Marvin Lee Aday. After appearing in the movie 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show', he hit the big time with 'Bat Out Of Hell' in 1977. Later 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]


Lockwood, Betty
Born 22 January 1924  (Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England)
Labour peer and chair of the National Coal Mining museum.
[Picture of Betty Lockwood]


Lofthouse, Joy
Date and place of birth unknown
Former Air Transport Auxiliary pilot who flew planes to bases in preparation for missions in World War II.
[Picture of Joy 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]


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


London, Brian
Born 19 June 1934  (West Hartlepool, Durham, England)
Retired boxer, former British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion.
[Picture of Brian London]


Longmuir, Alan
Born 20 June 1948  (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Bassist for 1970s boy band the Bay City Rollers.
[Picture of Alan Longmuir]


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]


Loongkoonan, (artist)
Born in Mount Anderson, Kimberely, Australia  (exact date unknown)
Aboriginal Australian artist from the Niyikina people, and has about the same likelhood of getting an obituary as my pet goldfish. Born c. 1910.
[Picture of (artist) Loongkoonan]


Lord, Marjorie Marjorie Lord is no longer with us
Born 26 July 1918  (San Francisco, California, USA)

Died 28 November 2015  (Beverly Hills, California, USA)

Age at death: 97  (read death notice)
Television actress
[Picture of Marjorie Lord]


Lordan, Elaine
Born 15 December 1966  (Islington, London, England)
Ex-'EastEnders' actress.
[Picture of Elaine Lordan]


Lorde, (singer)
Born 7 November 1996  (Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand)
Kiwi singer with a particularly sultry alto style and ambitions for world domination.
[Picture of (singer) Lorde]


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


Lotis, Dennis
Born 8 March 1925  (Johannesburg, South Africa)
British singer and variety performer whose musical career peaked in the 1950's before heading in the general direction of panto.
[Picture of Dennis Lotis]


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]


Louis-Dreyfus, Gérard
Born 21 June 1932  (Paris, France)
French businessman. Father of actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
[Picture of Gérard Louis-Dreyfus]


Louise, Tina
Born 11 February 1934  (New York City, New York, USA)
American actress, best known as Ginger Grant from 'Gilligan's Island', and one of only two surviving cast members.
[Picture of Tina Louise]


Love, Courtney
Born 9 July 1965  (San Francisco, California, USA)
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]


Love, Darlene
Born 26 July 1941  (Los Angeles, California, USA)
American singer and occasional actress, most remembered for the single 'He's a Rebel'.
[Picture of Darlene Love]


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. Appears as himself in the 1976 cult classic 'The Man Who Fell To Earth'.
[Picture of Jim Lovell]


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]


Lowenthal, Jerome
Born 11 February 1932  (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
American classical music pianist.
[Picture of Jerome Lowenthal]


Lown, Bernard
Born 7 June 1921  (Utena, Lithuania)
Cardiologist and inventor of the DC defibrillator. If he dies of a heart attack then there's no justice...
[Picture of Bernard Lown]


Lownes, Victor
Born 17 April 1928  (Buffalo, New York, USA)
Playboy executive and casino manager until the early 80's. His downfall at the hands of suspicious (and probably more than a little jealous) gaming authorities almost bankrupted the Playboy empire.
[Picture of Victor Lownes]


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.
[Picture of Philip Lowrie]


Lozano, José Jiménez
Born 13 May 1930  (Langa, Ávila, Spain)
Spanish author and journalist, focuses on religious and social themes.
[Picture of José Jiménez Lozano]


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]


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]


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.
[Picture of Lex Luger]


Lukashenko, Aleksander
Born 30 August 1954  (Kopys, Belarus)
Distinctly undemocratic President of Belarus since 1994.
[Picture of Aleksander Lukashenko]


Lukyanova, Valeria
Born 23 August 1985  (Tiraspol, Moldavian SSR, Soviet Union)
Eastern European model noted for her resemblance to a Barbie doll. Announced she would sustain herself on nothing but air and sunshine in 2014, so could well turn out to be a very astute pick…
[Picture of Valeria Lukyanova]


Lumbreras, Leandra Becerra Leandra Becerra Lumbreras is no longer with us
Born 31 August 1887  (place of birth unknown)

Died 19 March 2015  (Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico)

Age at death: 127  (read death notice)
Mexican woman who claims to be oldest person in the World although her birth certificate conveniently went missing in 1974.
[Picture of Leandra Becerra Lumbreras]


Lunden, Joan
Born 9 September 1950  (Fair Oaks, California, USA)
Amercian journalist and TV host, notably on Good Morning America until the late 90's. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014.
[Picture of Joan Lunden]


Luscombe, Stephen
Born 29 October 1956  (Hillingdon, Middlesex, England)
Founding member of synthpop band Blancmange. Pulled out of a tour in 2011 with an aortic aneurism and been struggling with it ever since.
[Picture of Stephen Luscombe]


Lusk, Don
Born 28 October 1913  (USA)
Retired American animator, worked on some of Disney's golden era classics, as well as some of the most timeless cartoons in his later years.
[Picture of Don Lusk]


Luther King III, Martin
Born 23 October 1957  (Montgomery, Alalbama, USA)
Human rights advocate and community activist, eldest son of Martin Luther King, Jr. Also ate all the pies it would seem.
[Picture of Martin Luther King III]


Luttazzi, Daniele
Born 26 January 1961  (Santarcangelo di Romagna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
Italian writer and satirist, battled against accusations of plagiarism through his whole career.
[Picture of Daniele Luttazzi]


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


Lynagh, Michael
Born 25 October 1963  (Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)
Legendary Australia rugby union fly half. Won the World Cup with the Wallabies in 1991.
[Picture of Michael Lynagh]


Lynam, Des
Born 17 September 1942  (Ennis, County Clare, Rep of Ireland)
Venerable sports anchorman, presenter of 'Grandstand' and 'Match of the Day'. The less said about 'Countdown' the better...
[Picture of Des Lynam]


Lynch, Jane
Born 14 July 1960  (Evergreen Park, Illinois, USA)
American actress and comedian. First came to notice in 'The Forty Year Old Virgin' but most recognised these days as the cheerleader coach in 'Glee'.
[Picture of Jane Lynch]


Lynch, Kenny
Born 18 March 1938  (London, England)
Britain's best known black all-round entertainer. Which is what his website says, so it must be true.
[Picture of Kenny Lynch]


Lynch, Martin "Duckster"
Date and place of birth unknown
IRA intelligence officer during "the Troubles".
[Picture of Martin


Lynk, Roy
Date and place of birth unknown
Founder of the Union of Democratic Mineworkers (UDM) that disagreed with Arthur Scargill during the 1984-5 miner's strike and allowed the Thatcher government to face down the NUM.
[Picture of Roy Lynk]


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)
The "Forces Sweetheart" of World War II, with hits such as 'The White Cliffs of Dover' and of course 'We'll Meet Again'. Still a respectable seller in her dotage...
[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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