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Ball, Lucille

(Encyclopedia) Ball, Lucille, 1911–89, American actress and producer, b. Celoron, N.Y. At first promoted by Hollywood as another glamorous movie star, Ball was often cast as a spunky…

Waters, Ethel

(Encyclopedia) Waters, Ethel, 1896?–1977, African-American singer and actress, b. Chester, Pa. As a singer, she is noted for her sultry, sophisticated, and dramatic version of the blues…

Hanks, Tom

(Encyclopedia) Hanks, Tom, 1956–, American film actor, b. Concord, Calif., as Thomas Jeffrey Hanks. In 1980 he acted in his first film, and in 1980–82 he co-starred in a television…

Stritch, Elaine

(Encyclopedia) Stritch, Elaine, 1925–2014, American actress and singer, b. Detroit. Forthright and witty, with a raspy singing voice, she had a long career in show business, and numbers…

Roach, Hal

(Encyclopedia) Roach, Hal (Harold Eugene Roach, Sr.), 1892–1992, American move producer and director, b. Elmira, N.Y. He entered (1912) the motion-picture industry as an extra, and by…

Lear, Norman

(Encyclopedia) Lear, Norman, 1922–, American television and film producer, director, and writer, b. New Haven, Conn. He wrote for comedians and television shows during the 1950s, and…

Jones, Quincy

(Encyclopedia) Jones, Quincy (Quincy Delight Jones, Jr.), 1933–, African-American musician, composer, bandleader, and music executive, b. Chicago. Jones played trumpet and sang gospel…

Baryshnikov, Mikhail

(Encyclopedia) Baryshnikov, Mikhail mĭ´khail bərĭ˝shnĭkäv´ [key], 1948–, Russian-American dancer and choreographer, b. Riga, Latvia (then in the USSR). He studied in Riga and performed…

Estelle Getty Biography

actressDied: July 22, 2008Best Known as: actress who played Sophia on the sitcom "The Golden Girls" Deathplace: Los Angeles, California Estelle…

Ted McGinley

When Ted McGinley joined the ABC show Dancing with the Stars in 2008 he was billed as the "sitcom scene-stealer," a reference to his long career in sitcoms, from Happy Days to Married With Children…