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Bo Derek

Willem Dafoe

William Dafoe Jr

Born: 22 July 1955

Star of "Platoon" for which he was nominated for an Oscar, "The Last Temptation of Christ", "Mississippi Burning", "Body of Evidence" with Madonna, "The English Patient", "Wild at Heart" and more. He got his first break in a so called "soft-porn" video.

Bette Davis

Ruth Elizabeth Davis
Born: 5 April 1908
Lowell, Massachusets

Known as the first lady of American cinema, Bette Davis defined stardom for evey subsequent actress. She starred in nearly 100 films, winning 2 Best Actress Oscars, as well as 8 Best Actress nominations - and all on her own terms.

Geena Davis

Virginia Davis
Born: 21 January 1956

Actress, model and athlete. She tried out (unsuccessfully) for the US Archery Team for the 2000 Olympics. Starred with Madonna in "A League Of Their Own", best remembered for her role in "Thelma and Louise", she began her career by modelling in Victoria's Secret lingerie catalogues in the hope that it would get her noticed for acting roles. It did!

Doris Day

Doris von Kappelhoff
Born: 1924
Cincinnati, Ohio

Best known as the squeaky clean move star from the 1950s. Starred in "Pillow Talk" with Rock Hudson . Also well known for her singing, she won an Ocsar for the song "Que Sera, Que Sera" from the Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Man Who Knew Too Much".

Tony Danza

Anthony Iadanza
Born: 21 April 1951
Brooklyn, New York

Best known for his TV roles in "Taxi" (1978-83) and "Who's The Boss?" (1984-92).

Sandra Dee

Alexandria Zuck
Born: 23 April 1942
Bayonee, New Jersey

Became Sandra Douvan when she began modelling at the age of eight years old. The studios renamed her Sandra Dee when her movie career got started in the late 1950s. Always playing virginal roles, she once said she was the junior Doris Day for years. Starred in "Tammy Tell me True" with Stefanie Powers and Gina Lollobrigida in "Come September".

Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Dorleac
Born: 22 October 1943
Paris, France

Enormously popular French icon. Best Actress Cesar for "The Last Metro" (1981). Was the model for the symbol of French Republic (which graces francs, postage stamps and statuary in many of the nation's town halls from 1985-99. One of the many famous wives of director Roger Vadim.

Portia De Rossi

Mandy Rogers
Born: 31 January 1973
Melbourne, Australia

First major break in the movie "Sirens", co-starring with Sam Neill and Elle MacPherson. Went on to star as Nelle Porter in "Ally McBeal". Real life partner of Ellen De Generes.

Angie Dickinson

Angeline Brown
Born: 30 September 1931
Kulm, North Dakota, USA

Best known as Sgt "Pepper" Anderson in TV show "Police Woman" (1974-78). Starred in "Rio Bravo" (1959) alongside John Wayne and Dean Martin.

Vin Diesel

Mark Vincent
Born: 18 July 1967
New York, NY

Steven Spielberg created a role for Diesel in his film "Saving Private Ryan" after seeing "Multi-Facial", a short film written, starred, directed, produced and financed by Diesel himself. Multi-Facial was selected to be screened at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.

Marlene Dietrich

Marie Magdelene Dietrich von Losch
Born: 27 December 1901
Berlin, Germany
Died: 6 May 1992, in Paris of natural causes.

Phyllis Diller

Phylliss Ada Driver
Born: 17 July 1917
Lima, Ohio, USA

Pioneering female stand-up comedian, continued her nightclub performances until the age of 84. Also known as a recording artist, writer, and concert pianist.

Bo Derek

Mary Cathleen Collins
Born: 20 November 1956
Long Beach, California

Best known as an early 80s sex symbol. Discovered and manufactured by director/actor John Derek at the age of 16 while working under the stage name of Bo Shane. She then starred in the 1979 smash hit comedy "10" with Dudley Moore and directed by Blake Edwards.

John Derek

Derek Harris
Born: 12 August 1926
Hollywood, California
Died: 22 May 1998

Good looking hero of B-Grade movies he starred in "The Ten Commandments" with Charlton Heston. But he is better known for his marriages than his directing and acting capabilities. He married 18 year old Bo Derek 34 years his junior, divorcing wife Linda Evans, previouly having been married to actresses Ursula Andress and Patti Behrs.

Diana Dors

Diana Mary Fluck
Born: 23 October 1931
Swindon, England
Died: 4 May 1984 (stomach cancer)

Actress known as the English Marilyn Monroe. When her agent told her pushy mother "We should change her name", niave Diana (then in her teens) did not have a clue why!

Kirk Douglas

Isidore Demsky
Born: 9 December 1916
Amsterdam, New York

It has been stated in Douglas' bio that his "real" name is Issur Danielovich, apparently Izzy Demsky wasn't elegant enough for Hollywood, even for a previous name, so the re-namers gave it a Russian Twist, hence Issur was born. Crowing achievement with epic movie "Spartacus". Father of Michael Douglas, who if his father had not changed his name would be Michael Danielovitch, or Demsky!

Melvyn Douglas

Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg
Born: 5 April 1901
Georgia, USA
Died: 4 August 1981

Broadway star from 1931. Starred opposite Greta Garbo in "Ninotchka" (1939).

Charlie Drake

Charles Springall
Born: 19 June 1925
London, England

"The Worker". Stood only 5'2" tall, or should that be short!

Richard Dreyfuss

Richard Stephen Dreyfus
Born: 29 October 1947
New York, USA

John Drew

John Barrymore Jnr

Father of Drew Blythe Barrymore. Complicated? YES! But it explains where Drew gets her middle name from.

See Maurice Barrymore, and John Barrymore.

Joanne Dru

Joanne La Cock
Born: 31 January 1923
Logan, West Virginia

A former model and showgirl, she made her film debut in 1946. Played leads in a variety of films of the 40s and 50s, but is best remembered as the feminine touch in such male-centred Western classics as "Red River" (1949), "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon" (1949) and "Wagonmaster" (1950). Her first two husbands were Dick Haymes (1941 - 49) and actor John Ireland (1949 - 56). She is the oldest sister of Peter Marshall.

David Duchovny

David William Ducovny
Born: 7 August 1960
New York, USA

Best known as FBI Special Agent Fox Mulder in theTV sci-fi show "The X-Files", and as DEA Agent Dennis/Denise Bryson in the TV series "Twin Peaks". Married to actress Tea Leoni.

Pete Duel

Peter Deuel
Born: 24 February 1940
New York, USA

Theatre, TV and film actor. Best known for his role on "Alias Smith and Jones".

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