People Who Died in the Year 1968:

(42 found)

Frances Dade
actor, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Frances Dade
Also Known As:
Lorelei Lee
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
57, 24 days before her 58th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group WAMPAS Baby Stars (1931). Movies The Constant Nymph, Dracula, The She-Wolf, Seed. Broadway play Collision.

Duke Kahanamoku
surfing, actor, swimming

Real/Birth Name:
Duke Paoa Kahinu Makoe Hulikohoa Kahanamoku
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Hawaiian. Spread the surfing sport around the world. Olympic swimmer 1912, '20, '24. Silent movie Lord Jim (1925) and movie Mister Roberts.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Little Walter
blues, musician, singer

Real/Birth Name:
Marion Walter Jacobs
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
37
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blues harmonica player with revolutionary technique. Also singer and guitarist. Album The Essential Little Walter. Song Juke.

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Frankie Lymon
singer, overdose

Real/Birth Name:
Frank Joseph Lymon
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
25
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers. Song Why Do Fools Fall in Love. Died of a heroin drug overdose.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7083 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry1 February 1994

Doretta Morrow
actor, singer, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Doretta Marano
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
41, 32 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Musical play The King and I in role of Tuptim, on Broadway. Movie Because You're Mine.

Boob Darling
football

Real/Birth Name:
Bernard Darling
Nickname(s):
Boob
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Center and linebacker. Team Green Bay Packers.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Eleonora Sears
tennis

Real/Birth Name:
Eleonora Randolph Sears
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Won the women's doubles at the US Women's National Championship four times. The first woman to play polo on a men's team.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

June Collyer
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Dorothea Collyer Heermance
Also Known As:
June Erwin
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older sister of
Older than Bud Collyer by 3 years.

Brief Facts:

Member of WAMPAS Baby Stars (1928). Silent movie East Side, West Side (1927). TV show The Stu Erwin Show.

Alice Guy-Blaché
producer, writer, director, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Alice Ida Antoinette Guy
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

French pioneer filmmaker, active from the late 19th century, and one of the very first to make a narrative fiction film. From 1896 to 1906, she was probably the only female filmmaker in the world. Movie A Fool and His Money, the first to have an all-African-American cast 1953.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Yuri Gagarin
space, accident, air crash, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin
Also Known As:
Ю́рий Алексе́евич Гага́рин
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
34, 18 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

First human to orbit the Earth, a single orbit, on 12 April 1961, aboard Vostok 1. Died in an airplane crash, a MiG-15 training jet.

Space Missions:

Vostok 1 (1961)
April 12. 1 hour 48 minutes. One orbit. First man in space. First manned orbit.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Dr. Scholl
podiatrist, inventor, business

Real/Birth Name:
William Mathias Scholl
Also Known As:
Dr. William Mathias Scholl
Nickname(s):
Billy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Podiatrist. Inventor of Dr. Scholl's shoe pads.

Bobby Driscoll
actor, overdose

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Driscoll
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
31, 27 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Disney movies Treasure Island, Song of the South and voice of Peter Pan in cartoon Peter Pan (1953). Possible drug overdose cause for death.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1560 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry

Blanche Mehaffey
actor, dancer, overdose, accident

Real/Birth Name:
Blanche Mehaffey
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group WAMPAS Baby Stars (1924). Also a showgirl. Movie A Woman of the World (1925). Died of an overdose.

Martin Luther King Jr.
religion, murdered, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Martin Luther King Jr.
Also Known As:
Martin Luther King
M.L. King
ML King
Nickname(s):
MLK
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Coretta Scott King, until he died.
Younger than Coretta Scott King by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Led bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. Famed for speech "I Have a Dream". Assassinated.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Lois Andrews
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Lorraine Gourley
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
44, 12 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Younger than George Jessel by 25 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies The Desert Hawk, Rustlers, Western Heritage.

Jim Clark
auto racing, accident, vehicle crash

Real/Birth Name:
James Clark Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
32, 34 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Formula 1 and Formula 2. Indianapolis 500, won in 1965. Killed in a crash in Germany. Appoinnted OBE.

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Edna Ferber
writer

Real/Birth Name:
Edna Ferber
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Novels So Big, Show Boat.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Tommy Noonan
actor, writer, producer, director

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Patrick Noone
Also Known As:
Tom Noonan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
46, 5 days before his 47th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

half-brother of
Younger than John Ireland by 7 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, A Star is Born (1954), The Rookie, The Best Things in Life Are Free.

Al Mulock
actor, western, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
Alfred Mulok Rogers
Also Known As:
Al Mullock
Al Muloc
Alfred Mulock
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Tarzan the Magnificent, Battle Beneath the Earth. "Spaghetti western" actor. Committed suicide by jumping from a hotel window, wearing his movie costume, in/near Guadix, Spain.

Albert Dekker
actor, accident, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
Albert Ecke
Also Known As:
Albert Van Dekker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies The Man in the Iron Mask (1939), Dr. Cyclops, Come Spy with Me. Died hanging from a shower rod - ruled accident but some suspected suicide.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6620 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Scotty Beckett
actor, accused, overdose, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
Scott Hastings Beckett
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
38
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23

Brief Facts:

Member of movie series Our Gang. Died of a drug overdose (sleeping pills) - probable suicide.

Little Willie John
singer, R&B, criminal

Real/Birth Name:
William Edward John
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
30
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

R&B singer. Songs Need Your Love So Bad, Talk to Me, Talk to Me, All Around the World, Take My Love (I Want to Give It All to You), Fever. Convicted of manslaughter and sent to prison for a fatal knifing incident. Died in prison of a heart attack, but there are claims this cause is false.

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Helen Keller
famous, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Helen Adams Keller
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87, 26 days before her 88th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blind and deaf since age 18 months. Learned to speak, became lecturer. Subject of the movie The Miracle Worker starring Patty Duke.

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Dorothy Gish
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Dorothy Elizabeth de Guiche
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger sister of
Younger than Lillian Gish by 4 years.

Brief Facts:

Silent film actress.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6385 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry

Robert F. Kennedy
Senator, lawyer, murdered, cabinet

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Francis Kennedy
Also Known As:
Robert Kennedy
RFK
Bobby Kennedy
Nickname(s):
Bobby
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
42
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

grandfather of
uncle of
uncle of
older brother of
Older than Edward Kennedy by 6 years.
husband of
Ethel Kennedy, until he died.
Older than Ethel Kennedy by 2 years.
younger brother of
Younger than Eunice Kennedy Shriver by 4 years.
older brother of
Older than Jean Kennedy Smith by 2 years.
younger brother of
Younger than John F. Kennedy by 8 years.
uncle of
uncle of
younger brother of
Younger than Joseph Kennedy Jr. by 10 years.
son of
father of
grandfather of
uncle of
father of
grandfather of
uncle of
uncle of
younger brother of
Younger than Patricia Kennedy Lawford by 1 year.
uncle of
father of
son of
uncle of
younger brother of
Younger than Rosemary Kennedy by 7 years.

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Senator from New York. US Attorney General. Candidate for President. Murdered by Sirhan Sirhan.

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Judith Arlen
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Laurette Rutherford
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20

Relationships:

older sister of
Older than Ann Rutherford by 3 years.

Brief Facts:

Member of WAMPAS Baby Stars (1934). Movie Kiss and Make-Up.

Margaret Morris
actor, western

Real/Birth Name:
Margaret Morris
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group WAMPAS Baby Stars (1924). Movies The Ghost City, Single-Handed Sanders.

Bumble Bee Slim
blues, musician

Real/Birth Name:
Amos Easton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63, 32 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Influenced by Scrapper Blackwell. Song B&O Blues.

Sam Crawford
baseball, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Samuel Earl Crawford
Nickname(s):
Wahoo Sam
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Outfield. Teams Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers.

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Sally O'Neil
actor, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Virginia Louise Noonan
Also Known As:
Chotsie Noonan
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older sister of
Older than Molly O'Day by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Member of WAMPAS Baby Stars (1926). Appeared in more than 40 films, often with her name above the title. Movie The Show of Shows. Broadway play When We Are Married.

Paddy Driscoll
football, coach, baseball

Real/Birth Name:
John Leo Driscoll
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback, halfback, drop kicker. Teams Northwestern University, Hammond All-Stars, Great Lakes Navy, Hammond Pros, Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears. Coach, and baseball for team Chicago Cubs.

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Ruth St. Denis
dancer, choreographer, educator, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Ruth St. Denis
Nickname(s):
Ruthie
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Modern dance pioneer.

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Heinie Groh
baseball

Real/Birth Name:
Henry Knight Groh
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78, 27 days before his 79th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Third base. Teams New York Giants, Cincinnati Reds. Often used a "bottle bat".

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Kay Francis
actor, producer

Real/Birth Name:
Katherine Edwina Gibbs
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie Little Men (1940).

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6766 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry

Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark
royalty

Real/Birth Name:
Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark
Πριγκίπισσα Μαρίνα της Ελλάδας και Δανί
Also Known As:
Princess Marina
Duchess of Kent
Sister Kay
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

second cousin twice removed of
great great granddaughter of
great niece of
great granddaughter of
niece of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin once removed of
second cousin twice removed of
second cousin of
first cousin twice removed of
granddaughter of
grandmother of
daughter of
granddaughter of
great granddaughter of
second cousin twice removed of
great grandmother of
grandmother of
first cousin twice removed of
first cousin once removed of
second cousin of
second cousin once removed of
second cousin of
second cousin twice removed of
grandmother of
grandmother of
first cousin twice removed of
second cousin twice removed of
grandmother of
grandmother of
great granddaughter of
second cousin of
great grandmother of
great great granddaughter of
first cousin of
first cousin twice removed of
niece of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin once removed of
mother of
first cousin once removed of
second cousin of
wife of
Prince George, Duke of Kent, until his earlier death.
Younger than Prince George, Duke of Kent by 3 years.
first cousin twice removed of
second cousin of
second cousin of
mother of
daughter of
first cousin of
second cousin once removed of
second cousin once removed of
first cousin twice removed of
great granddaughter of
mother of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin twice removed of
first cousin twice removed of
second cousin once removed of
first cousin once removed of
second cousin twice removed of
second cousin once removed of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin twice removed of

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

A nurse during World War II as "Sister Kay".

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

William Talman
actor, Broadway, writer

Real/Birth Name:
William Whitney Talman Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
53
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV series Perry Mason in role of District Attorney Hamilto Burger.

Franchot Tone
actor, director, producer

Real/Birth Name:
Stanislas Pascal Franchot Tone
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
ex-husband of
Older than Joan Crawford by less than 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Movies Advise and Consent, Mutiny on the Bounty (1935).

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6560 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry

Red Foley
singer, country

Real/Birth Name:
Clyde Julian Foley
Nickname(s):
Red
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
grandfather of
grandfather of
great grandfather of
grandfather of
husband of
Pauline Foley, until her earlier death.
Older than Pauline Foley by 2 years.
father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Songs Alabama Jubilee, Peace in the Valley, Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6225 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Upton Sinclair
writer, politician, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Upton Beall Sinclair Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

A Socialist. Active for union worker's rights. Candidate for governor of California and lost during the Great Depression. Pulitzer Prize Novel Dragon's Teeth in 1943. Novels The Jungle, Oil!.

Tallulah Bankhead
actor, radio

Real/Birth Name:
Tallulah Brockman Bankhead
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Known for calling everyone "Dahling." Host of radio program The Big Show. Movie Lifeboat. NY stage.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6141 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry

John Steinbeck
writer

Real/Birth Name:
John Ernst Steinbeck
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies and novels Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, The Red Pony, Cannery Row, The Pearl, The Winter of Our Discontent, East of Eden, Tortilla Flat.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Charlie Becker
actor, little person

Real/Birth Name:
Karl Becker
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81, 34 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:
Height:
3 feet 9 inches (114.3 cm)

Brief Facts:

Role of The Munchkin Mayor. Movie The Wizard of Oz. Member of The Munchkins.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6915 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry as a member of group The Munchkins.
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