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Bruce Lee

Cheryl Ladd

Cheryl Jean Stoppelmoor
Born: 12 July 1951
Huron, South Dakota, USA

Started her career singing backup on the cartoon "Josie and the Pussycats". In 1997 she replaced Farrah Fawcett in the long-running "Charlie's Angels" (1976-81). Now writes children's books.

Bert Lahr

Irving Lahrheim
Born: 1895
New York City
Died: 1967

He played the Cowardly Lion in the classic 1939 movie, The Wizard Of Oz, co-starring with Judy Garland.

Hedy Lamarr

Hedwig Keisler
Born: 1913
Vienna, Austria

Films include "Algiers" (1938), "White Cargo" (1942), "Samson and Delilah" (1949).

Dorothy Lamour

Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton
Born: 10 December 1914
New Orleans, Lousiana

Best known for her performances in the five "Road" films (To Singapore, To Zanzibar, To Morocco, To Utopia, To Rio), which she made with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

Burt Lancaster

Stephen Burton Lancaster
New York City

Was a circus acrobat before making his Broadway debut in "A Sound of Hunting" (1945). His film debut followed quickly in "The Killers" (1946). He made many films, usually cast as swashbuckling, tough guy types but he formed his own production company to make films to test his dramatic skills. He received Academy Award Nominations for "From Here to Eternity" (1953), "Elmer Gantry" (1960), "The Birdman of Alcatraz" (1962) and "Atlantic City" (1980).

Michael Landon

Eugene Maurice Orowitz
Born: 31 October 1936
New York
Died: 1 July 1991

Starred as "Little Joe Cartwright" for 14 years in hit TV show "Bonanza". Went on to continued success with "Little House On The Prairie", which he also wrote and directed, and then "Highway to Heaven" (again starring, writing and directing). While working in a warehouse a friend asked him to help with his audition at Warner Brothers Studio, the agents were not impressed with his friend, but Mike did so well that Warner Brothers signed him and sent him to acting school.The world lost one of its greatest talents when he died of pancreatic cancer.

Katherine Kelly Lang

Katherine Kelly Wegeman
Born: 25 July1961
Hollywood, California

Stan Laurel

Arthur Stanley Jefferson
Born: 16 June 1890
Ulverston, England
Died: 23 February 1965

One half of one of the best known slapstick comedy duos of all time: "Laurel and Hardy". See also Oliver Hardy.

Piper Laurie

Rosetta Jacobs
Born: 1932
Detroit, Michigan

Her films include "The Hustler" (1961), "Carrie" (1976), "The Thorn Birds" (TV 1983), "Tender is the Night" (1985), "Children of a Lesser God" (1986), "Tiger Warsaw" (1988), "Twin Peaks" (TV 1991).

Nene Leakes

Linnethia Monique Johnson
Born: 13 December1967
Queens, New York

TV star and actress best known as one of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Managed to parlay her reality-celebrity into recurring roles on Glee, The New Normal, and Celebrity Apprentice.

Bruce Lee

Sai Fon by mother at birth and later renamed by mother as Jun Fan
Born: 27 November 1940
San Francisco, California
Died: July 20 1973 - result of hypersensitivity to a pain medication.

Leading martial arts expert. Successful film career with hits such as "The Big Boss", "Fists of Fury" had his first break on TV in the show "The Green Hornet" playing the role of Kato.

Spike Lee

Shelton Lee
Born: 20 March 1957
Atlanta, USA

Janet Leigh

Jeannete Helen Morrison
Born: 1927
California, USA

Her films include "Little Women" (1949), "Houdini" (1953), "My Sister Eileen" (1955), "The Vikings" (1958), "Psycho" (1960), "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962), "The Fog" (1980).

Vivien Leigh

Vivian Mary Hartley
Born: 5 November 1913
Darjeeling, India

A legend was born when she won the coveted role of Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With The Wind". She may have made only 20 films in the course of her career, but Vivien Leigh walked away with two Best Actress Oscars to prove that she had talent as well as good looks. Starred in Tennessee William's play "A Streetcar Named Desire".

Tea Leoni

Tea Pantleoni
Born: 25 February 1966
New York

Best known as the star of "The Naked Truth" (TV) and for her marriage to "The X-Files" star David Duchovny. Her latest venture onto the big screen is in Jurassic Park III, starring with Sam Neill.

Jack Lemmon

John Uhler Lemmon III
Born: 1925
Boston, Massachusets

Graduated from Harvard University and served in the navy in WWII. An appearance on Broadway in 1953 brought him to the attention of Hollywood and he made his film debut in "It Should Happen To You" (1954). He quickly became established as one of the best comedy actors and went on to a 7 year collaboration with Billy Wilder starting with "Some Like it Hot" (1959). Other acclaimed performances were in "Days of Wine and Roses" (1962) and "The China Syndrome" (1979) His long association with Walter Matthau started with "The Fortune Cookie" (1969) and included "The Odd Couple" (1968) and many other films. He directed one film "Kotch" (1971) and periodically returned to the stage. He was nominated 8 times for an Academy award; he won Best Supporting Actor for "Mr. Roberts" (1955) and Best Actor for "Save the Tiger" (1973).

Jerry Lewis

Jerome Levitch
Born: 16 March 1926
Newark, New Jersey

Comedian, film maker, and humanitarian. Partnered with Dean Martin to be a hugely successful comedy team. Lewis went on to produce, direct and star in comedies such as "The Bellboy" (1960), "The Nutty Professor" (1963) and "The Disorderly Orderly" (1964).

Jet Li

Li Lian Jie
Born: 26 April 1963
Beijing, China

Star of martial arts movies.

Gina Lollobrigida

Luigina Lollobrigida
Born: 4 July 1927
Subiaco, Italy

Best known as Italian sex bomb.

Herbert Lom

Herbert Charles Angelo Kuchacevich ze Schluderpacheru
Born: 1917
Prague, Czechosolvakia

Made many films finding greatest fame from the Pink Panther series. His films include The Seventh Veil (1946), The Ladykillers (1950), El Cid (1961), Phantom of the Opera (1962), A Shot in the Dark (1964), Murder on the Rue Morgue (1972), The Return of the Pink Panther (1974), The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1977), Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978), The Lady Vanishes (1979) and Whoops Apocalypse (1986).

Carole Lombard

Jane Peters
Born: 6 October 1908
Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA
Died: 16 January 1942 (plane crash)

Dramatic and comedic actress. Starred in "My Man Godfrey" (1936), "Nothing Sacred" (1937) and "They Knew What They Wanted" (1940)". First married William Powell, and later Clark Gable.

Jack Lord

John Joseph Patrick Ryan
Born: 30 December 1920
New York
Died: 21 January 1998 (heart failure)

Best known as tough cop Steve Garrett on the TV show "Hawaii Five-O".

Traci Lords

Nora Louise Kuzma
Born: 7 May 1968
Steubenville, Ohio

Best known as an under-aged Penthouse centrefold and adult film star, recently turned B-movie and TV actress. Nora copied her new surname from her favourite TV actor Jack Lord (Hawaii Five-O), which ironically, was itself a Famous Name Change.

Sophia Loren

Sofia Scicolone
Born: 20 September 1934
Pozzouli, Italy

Best known as Italian film queen and sex symbol. Won an Oscar for "Two Women" in 1961. In 1991 she won an honorary Oscar for her movie career.

Peter Lorre

Lazlo Lowenstein
Rosenberg, Hungary

Hungarian born in Rosenberg. He studied in Vienna where he acted with repertory companies giving one man shows and readings. He appeared in theatre in Berlin in 1928. His appearance as the pathetic child murderer in "M" (1931) set the seal on his subsequent career. A diffident, sad-eyed figure with a whispering, wheedling voice he was often typecast as smilingly sinister villians and outcasts.He moved to Hollywood in 1934 where his successes included "Casablanca" (1942) and "The Beast with Five Fingers" (1946).He made a series of 8 films as Mr Moto, a Japanese detective and also formed an unholy alliance with Sidney Greenstreet seen to best effect in "The Maltese Falcon" (1941) and "The Mask of Dimitrios" (1944). Other films include "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" (1954) and "The Raven" (1963). He wrote and directed one film, "Der Velorene" (1951:The Lost One).

Bela Lugosi

Béla Ferenc Dezso Blaskó
1882 - 1956

US film actor.

Carol Lynley

Carole Ann Jones
Born: 13 February 1942
New York City

She was named at birth after screen legend Carole Lombard. Starred alongside Ann-Margret in The Pleasure Seekers. When she modelled she used the name "Carolyn Lee" and she wanted to use that as her stage name, but another acress already had it so she used the same sound with an altered spelling.


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