Celebrity picks for Derby Dead Pool 2022: V


Gyseghem, Joanna van
Born 4 September 1941  (Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England)
TV actress best known for her role as Linda Cochran in the 1980s sitcom 'Duty Free'.
[Picture of Joanna van Gyseghem]


Vacano, Jost
Born 15 March 1934  (Osnabrück, Germany)
German cinematographer at the side of Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, and behind the camera of Das Boot
[Picture of Jost Vacano]


Vachon, Paul
Born 7 October 1937  (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Pro-wrestler and member of the famous Vachon wrestling family.
[Picture of Paul Vachon]


Valdivieso, Jorge Molina
Born 16 February 1932  (Talcahuano, Chile)
Chilean politician and former President of the Chamber of Deputies.
[Picture of Jorge Molina Valdivieso]


Valente, Caterina
Born 14 January 1931  (Paris, France)
Italian singer and guitar player.
[Picture of Caterina Valente]


Valli, Frankie
Born 3 May 1934  (Newark, New Jersy, USA)
Singer with the Four Seasons, famous for his falsetto voice on hits such as 'Walk Like a Man' and 'December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)'.
[Picture of Frankie Valli]


van Bergen, Ingrid
Born 15 June 1931  (Danzig, Germany)
German actress, shot her boyfriend dead in 1977 and, 32 years later, won her country's version of "I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here".
[Picture of Ingrid van Bergen]


Van Doren, Mamie
Born 6 February 1931  (Rowena, South Dakota, USA)
Actress & former sex symbol.
[Picture of Mamie Van Doren]


Van Dyke, Dick
Born 13 December 1925  (West Plains, Missouri, USA)
Actor and TV presenter who is best known in America for 'The Dick Van Dyke Show', and on this side of the pond for his butt-clenchingly awful attempt at a Cockney accent in 'Mary Poppins'.
[Picture of Dick Van Dyke]


van Pallandt, Nina
Born 15 July 1932  (Denmark)
One half of early 60s Danish calypso crossover act Nina & Frederik. Frederik was shot dead by Australian organised crime figures in 1994.
[Picture of Nina van Pallandt]


Vangelis, (musician) (musician) Vangelis is no longer with us
Born 29 March 1943  (Agrias, Greece)

Died 17 May 2022  (Paris, France)

Age at death: 79  (read death notice)
Greek electronic music composer, famed for his soundtracks to 1980s film classics 'Chariots of Fire' and 'Blade Runner'.
[Picture of (musician) Vangelis]


Varsha, Bob
Born 21 April 1951  (Northport, New York, USA)
American motorsports commentator
[Picture of Bob Varsha]


Veasey, Josephine Josephine Veasey is no longer with us
Born 10 July 1930  (Peckham, London, England)

Died 22 February 2022  (United Kingdom)

Age at death: 91  (read death notice)
British mezzo-soprano, particularly associated with Wagner and Berlioz roles.
[Picture of Josephine Veasey]


Veber, Francis
Born 28 July 1937  (Neuilly-sur-Seine, France)
Leading French director and screenwriter, including the original versions of "The Bird Cage" and "Dinner for Schmucks".
[Picture of Francis Veber]


Vedder, Eddie
Born 23 December 1964  (Evanston, Illinois, USA)
Frontman of Seattle's 2nd biggest grunge band Pearl Jam
[Picture of Eddie Vedder]


Venables, Terry
Born 6 January 1943  (Dagenham, London, England)
Former England football player & manager and screenwriter, who wrote the ITV detective series Hazell.
[Picture of Terry Venables]


Vendetta, Dayna
Date and place of birth unknown
Porn star.
[Picture of Dayna Vendetta]


Venetiaan, Ronald
Born 18 June 1936  (Paramaribo, Suriname)
Twice President of Suriname.
[Picture of Ronald Venetiaan]


Ventham, Wanda
Born 5 August 1935  (Brighton, East Sussex, England)
Veteran actress and mother of 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch.
[Picture of Wanda Ventham]


Ventura, Jesse
Born 15 July 1951  (Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA)
Professional wrestler turned politician.
[Picture of Jesse Ventura]


Venuti, Maria
Born 7 March 1941  (Australia)
Australian entertainment veteran who had a stroke in 2016 after discovering an intruder in her house.
[Picture of Maria Venuti]


Vere Cole, Tristan de
Born 16 March 1935  (Redruth, Cornwall, England)
Director with the BBC whose credits include 'Doctor Who' and the first episode of 'Emmerdale'. The former Royal Navy Officer is also one of painter Augustus John's illegitimate children.
[Picture of Tristan de Vere Cole]


Vernon, Anne
Born 7 January 1924  (Saint-Denis, France)
French film actress.
[Picture of Anne Vernon]


Vertue, Beryl Beryl Vertue is no longer with us
Born in Mitcham, Surrey, England  (exact date unknown)

Died 12 February 2022  (United Kingdom)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Television Producer responsible for many successful series such as 'Men Behaving Badly', 'Coupling' and 'Sherlock', the latter two created by her son-in-law Steven Moffat. Born 1931.
[Picture of Beryl Vertue]


Vialli, Gianluca
Born 9 July 1964  (Cremona, Italy)
Italian footballer, a notorious underperformer at international level but beloved by fans of Chelsea and Sampdoria (where he and Roberto Mancini fired the club to their first scudetto). Was actually brought up in his family's 60-bedroom castle.
[Picture of Gianluca Vialli]


Vilanch, Bruce
Born 23 November 1948  (New York, New York, USA)
Well-fed comic who has wrote the Oscars script for the past 30 years.
[Picture of Bruce Vilanch]


Villiers, Theresa
Born 5 March 1968  (Chiswick, London, United Kingdom)
6th best Secretary of Northern Ireland of the past decade
[Picture of Theresa Villiers]


Vincent, Fay
Born 29 May 1938  (Waterbury, Connecticut, USA)
Former MLB Commissioner from 1989 to 1992.
[Picture of Fay Vincent]


Vine, Jeremy
Born 17 May 1965  (Epsom, Surrey, England)
BBC Radio 2 presenter.
[Picture of Jeremy Vine]


Vinge, Joan
Born 2 April 1948  (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
American SF writer. Winner of the 1981 Hugo award for 'The Snow Queen' and former wife of Vernor Vinge. Suffered brain damage in an accident in 2002 but recovered to resume writing in 2007.
[Picture of Joan Vinge]


Vinton, Bobby
Born 16 April 1935  (Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA)
Early 60s pop star, of 'Blue Velvet' fame. Not to be confused with Bobby Vee of 'Rubber Ball' fame.
[Picture of Bobby Vinton]


Viren, Lasse
Born 22 July 1949  (Myrskylä, Finland)
Finnish former long-distance runner, winner of four gold medals at the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics
[Picture of Lasse Viren]


Virgo, John
Born 4 March 1946  (Salford, Lancashire, England)
Snooker player, turned TV commentator & presenter.
[Picture of John Virgo]


Visoski, Larry
Date and place of birth unknown
Jeffrey Epstein's trusty pilot on the Lolita Express
[Picture of Larry Visoski]


Vitale, Dick
Born 9 June 1939  (Passaic, New Jersey, USA)
Prolific US basketball sportscaster known for his exuberant commentary.
[Picture of Dick Vitale]


Vithoulkas, George
Born 25 July 1932  (Athens, Greece)
Greek homeopathic practitioner and teacher.
[Picture of George Vithoulkas]


Vitti, Monica Monica Vitti is no longer with us
Born 3 November 1931  (Rome, Italy)

Died 2 February 2022  (Rome, Italy)

Age at death: 90  (read death notice)
Italian actress, associated with film director Michelangelo Antonioni.
[Picture of Monica Vitti]


Vivian, Young
Born 12 November 1935  (Niue)
1992-93 and 2002-08 Prime Minister of Niue.
[Picture of Young Vivian]


Volkov, Esteban
Born 7 March 1926  (Moscow, Soviet Union)
Mexican chemist, part of history as grandson of Leo Trotzki
[Picture of Esteban Volkov]


von Dohnanyi, Christoph
Born 8 September 1929  (Berlin, Germany)
German conductor, spent over two decades with the Cleveland Orchestra.
[Picture of Christoph von Dohnanyi]


von Hagens, Gunther
Born 10 January 1945  (Skalmierzyce, Kalisz, Poland)
Controversial German anatomist, known for his plastination technique for preserving body parts. Famously performed autopsys on Channel 4 in the mid-noughties. Will plastinate his own body for display when he dies, which could be soon as he has advanced Pa
[Picture of Gunther von Hagens]


Vowden, Geoff
Born 27 April 1941  (Barnsley, UK)
Footballer who was replaced as a striker for New York Cosmos by some Brazilian chancer called Pele.
[Picture of Geoff Vowden]

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