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Annie Dillard -- b.4/30/1945

Diane Dillon -- b.3/13/1933
Illustrator, Author

George Dillon -- b.11/12/1906 d.5/9/1968 (61)
Poet, Editor

Ernest Dimnet -- b.6/9/1866 d.12/8/1954 (88)
Lecturer, Religionist, Priest, French

Isak Dinessen -- b.4/17/1885 d.9/7/1962 (77)
Author, Danish (Denmark)
Names/Places: RN:Karen Blixen
Book Titles: Out of Africa

Diogenes -- b.??/??/412BC d.??/??/323BC
Philosopher, Greek

Diogenes 2nd -- b.??/??/372BC d.??/??/287BC
Philosopher, Greek

Thomas M. Disch -- b.2/2/1940 d.7/4/2008 (68)
Poet, Sci-fi Writer
Book Titles: The Man Who Had No Idea, Genocides, 102 H-Bombs

Elsaac D'Islaeli -- b.5/11/1766 d.1/19/1848 (81)
Author, English

Doris Disney -- b.12/22/1907 d.3/9/1976 (68)
Novelist, Mystery Writer

Walt Disney -- b.12/5/1901 d.12/15/1966 (65)
Animator, Writer, TV Host, Movie Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Chicago, IL; FN:Walter Elias
Misc: Cartoon Creator, Empire Founder; Created Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Minnie, etc.; produced Snow White, the first animated movie; Disneyland TV Show host; created Disneyland in Anaheim, planned Walt Disney World in Florida that opened five years after his death
TV Shows: Disneyland (host)

Benjamin Disraeli -- b.12/21/1804 d.4/19/1881 (76)
Novelist, Prime Minister, Statesman, British
Misc: Earl of Beaconsfield; P.M. of England

Jeane L. Dixon -- b.1/5/1904 d.1/25/1997 (93)
Author, Astrologer, Clairvoyant, Columnist
Names/Places: RN:Jeane Pinckert

Carl Djerassi -- b.10/29/1923 d.1/30/2015 (91)
Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, Chemist, Inventor, Professor, Austrian
Misc: Birth control pill creator

Lou Dobbs -- b.9/24/1945
Author, Newscaster, Actor, Radio Host, Producer, Personality
Sports Teams: RN:Louis Carl Dobbs

J. Fran Dobie -- b.9/26/1888 d.9/18/1964 (75)
Author, Professor

E. L. Doctorow -- b.1/6/1931 d.7/21/2015 (84)
Names/Places: b. in New York City; FN:Edgar Lawrence
Book Titles: The Book of Daniel, Ragtime, World's Fair, Billy Bathgate, The March Homer & Langley

Mary Elizabeth Dodge -- b.1/26/1831 d.8/21/1905 (74)
Author, Editor

John Doe -- b.2/25/1954
Poet, Actor, Songwriter, Bassist, Punk Rock Singer
Group Names: X
TV Shows: Roswell

Pete Doherty -- b.3/12/1979
Artist, Writer, Poet, Actor, Songwriter, Alternative Rock Singer/Guitarist, English

Julia Donaldson -- b.9/16/1948 N.S.
Children's Author, Playwright, English

Roger Donaldson -- b.11/15/1945
Screenwriter, Movie Producer/Director, Australian, New Zealand
Movie Titles: The Bank Job, The Recruit, The World's Fastest Indian, Species, No Way Out, Thirteen Days, Dante's Peak, Cocktail, Cadillac Man, White Sands

Lawrence Donegan -- b.7/13/1961
Author, Journalist, Rock & Roll Bassist, Scotish
Misc: after a career in music, he became a gold correspondent and author
Group Names: Lloyd Cole & the Commotions

James "J.P." Donleavy -- b.4/23/1926 N.S. d.9/11/2017 N.S. (91)
Author, Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, Irish
Misc: his 1955 novel "The Ginger Man" shook up the literary world with its combination of sexual frankness and outrageous humor
Book Titles: The Ginger Man

John Donne -- b.1/22/1572 J-LD d.3/31/1631 J-LD (59)
Poet, Clergyman, English
Misc: Metaphysical

Vincent D'Onofrio -- b.6/30/1959
Writer, Movie Actor, Producer/Director, Video Game Voice Actor, Singer
Names/Places: Greta Scacchi's hubby
TV Shows: Law and Order Criminal Intent (as Det. Robert Green)
Movie Titles: The Cell, Full Metal Jacket, Mystic Pizza, JFK, Dying Young, Ed Wood, Men in Black, Jurassic World
Video Games: Lego Jurassic World, Dishonored 2

Elisa Donovan -- b.2/3/1971
Writer, Actress, Producer
Names/Places: NN:Red Donovan; b. in Poughkeepsie, New York; RN:Lisa Adaline Donovan
TV Shows: Beverly Hills 90210 (as Ginger), Clueless (as Amber), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (as Morgan Cavanaugh), In Gayle We Trust, The Lake
Movie Titles: Clueless, A Night at the Roxbury

Hilda Doolittle -- b.9/10/1886 d.9/27/1961 (75)

Dan Dorfman -- b.10/24/1931 d.6/16/2012 (80)
Writer, Journalist
Misc: New York Magazine

Steven Dorfman -- b.10/24/1955 d.1/4/2004 (48)
TV Shows: Jeopardy! (quirky writer)

Thomas Aloysius Dorgan -- b.4/29/1877 d.5/2/1929 (52)
Comic Strip Cartoonist, Writer
Misc: of sports

Edward Dorn -- b.4/2/1929 d.12/10/1999 (70)

Diana Dors -- b.10/23/1931 d.5/4/1984 (52)
Author, TV Actress, English
Names/Places: Richard Dawson's ex-; RN:Diana "Daisy" Fluck

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky -- b.10/30/1821 Ju-1 or 11/11/1821 N.S. d.2/9/1881 N.S. (59)
Novelist, Short Story Writer, Russian
Names/Places: MN:Mikhailovich

Bob Dotson -- b.10/3/1946
Author, Newscaster, Correspondent, Journalist
TV Shows: NBC News

Mike Doughty -- b.6/10/1970
Author, Songwriter, Alternative Rock Singer
Group Names: Soul Coughing

Emily Taft Douglas -- b.4/19/1899 d.1/28/1994 (94)
Author, Congressperson

Illeana Douglas -- b.7/25/1965
Screenwriter, Actress, Producer/Director
Names/Places: RLN:Hesselberg
Misc: specializes in comedy; sources disagree between Jul 7 and 25, some say b. 1965 or 1968
Movie Titles: Stir of Echoes, Ghost World, GoodFellas, Cape Fear, Quiz Show, To Die For, The Single Guy

Jim Douglas -- b.5/13/1942
Author, Banjoist, Jazz Singer/Guitarist, Scotish

Kirk Douglas -- b.12/9/1916
Author, Novelist, Jewish, Movie Actor, Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Amsterdam, N.Y.; RN:Issur Danielovitch Demsky
Movie Titles: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The Bad and the Beautiful, Lonely Ate The Brave, Seven Days in May, Lust for Life, Champion, Detective Story, Spartacus, Paths of Glory, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Final Countdown

Lloyd Cassel Douglas -- b.8/27/1877 d.2/13/1951 (73)
Novelist, Minister

Norman Douglas -- b.12/8/1868 d.2/9/1952 (83)
Author, Scotish

William Orville Douglas -- b.10/16/1898 d.1/19/1980 (81)
Author, Supreme Court Justice
Misc: 81st Supreme Court justice (1939-75)

Frederick A. Douglass -- b.2/14/1817 d.2/20/1895 (78)
Author, Journalist, Publisher, Editor, Social Reformer, Abolitionist
Misc: b. Feb 7?

Alexander Dovzhenko -- b.8/29/1894 O.S. or 9/10/1894 N.S. d.11/25/1956 (62)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Director, Russian, Ukrainian

Maureen Dowd -- b.1/14/1952
Author, Columnist

Eddie Dowling -- b.12/11/1894 d.2/18/1976 (81)
Dramatist/Playwright, Stage Actor, Stage Producer, Composer
Names/Places: RN:Joseph Nelson Goucher

Olin Downes -- b.1/27/1886 d.8/22/1955 (69)

Hugh Downs -- b.2/14/1921
Author, Newscaster, TV Host, Game Show Host, Announcer
Names/Places: b. in Akron, Ohio
TV Shows: 20/20 (1978-99), Concentration, Today Show (1962-71), Over Easy, Jack Paar Show (announcer)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle -- b.5/22/1859 d.7/7/1930 (71)
Novelist, Physicist, Scotish
Misc: Spiritualist; Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson creator
Book Titles: Sherlock Holmes (series)

Gardner Dozois -- b.7/23/1947 N.S. d.5/27/2018 N.S. (70)
Sci-fi Writer, Editor
Misc: He was the founding editor of The Year's Best Science Fiction anthologies (1984-present) and was editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine (1984-2004)

Margaret Drabble -- b.6/5/1939
Novelist, Critic, Biographer, English
Book Titles: Needle's Eye

Betsy Drake -- b.9/11/1923 d.10/27/2015 N.S. (92)
Writer, Movie Actress
Names/Places: Cary Grant's ex-wife
Misc: physical fitness expert

Polly Draper -- b.6/15/1955
Writer, Actress, Producer/Director
TV Shows: thirtysomething (as Ellyn Warren)
Movie Titles: Side Effects, The Tic Code, Obvious Child

Claudia Dreifus -- b.11/24/1944
Author, Lecturer, Journalist, Educator

Theodore Dreiser -- b.8/27/1871 d.12/28/1945 (74)
Book Titles: An American Tragedy, Sister Carrie

Elizabeth Drew -- b.12/17/1887 d.4/??/1965
Writer, Literary Critic, English

Elizabeth Drew -- b.11/16/1935
Author, Journalist

Rosalyn Drexler -- b.11/25/1926
Artist, Painter, Writer, Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright, Wrestler

Jimmy Driftwood -- b.6/20/1907 d.7/12/1998 (91)
Author, Songwriter, Folk Singer
Song Titles: The Battle of New Orleans (songwriter)

John Drinkwater -- b.6/1/1882 d.3/25/1937 (54)
Author, Dramatist/Playwright, Poet, Biographer, English
Book Titles: Bird in Hand

Matt Drudge -- b.10/27/1966
Author, Commentator, Internet Website Editor
Misc: The Drudge Report creator and editor

Ree Drummond -- b.1/6/1969 N.S.
Photographer, Author, Chef, Personality, Internet Website Blogger
Book Titles: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier
TV Shows: Pioneer Woman

William Drummond -- b.4/13/1854 d.4/6/1907 (52)
Poet, Canadian, Irish

Allen Drury -- b.9/2/1918 d.9/2/1998 (80)
Book Titles: Advise and Consent

John Dryden -- b.8/9/1631 J-LD or 8/19/1631 N.S. d.5/1/1700 J-LD (68) or 5/12/1700 N.S. (68)
Dramatist/Playwright, Poet, Critic, English

Robert Dubac -- b.12/18/1954
Writer, Actor, Comedian

W. E. B. Du Bois -- b.2/23/1868 d.8/27/1963 (95)
Writer, Historian, Civil Rights Leader, Social Reformer, Educator
Names/Places: RFMN:William Edward Burghardt
Misc: NAACP founding member; Black influencer

William Pène Du Bois -- b.5/9/1916 d.2/5/1993 (76)
Illustrator, Children's Author

Duchess Sarah -- b.10/15/1959
Author, Duchess
Names/Places: Duchess of York; aka "Fergie" Ferguison; Prince Andrew's ex-wife

David Duchovny -- b.8/7/1960
Writer, TV/Movie Actor, Producer, Director, Songwriter, Singer
TV Shows: The X Files (as Agent Fox William "Spooky" Mulder), Californication (as Hank Moody)
Movie Titles: Evolution, Return To Me, Full Frontal, House of D, Working Girl, Don't Tell Mom The Babysitter's Dead, Beethoven, The X-Files: Fight The Future, Zoolander, The X-Files: I Want To Believe

Jean-François Ducis -- b.8/22/1733 N.S. d.3/31/1816 N.S. (82)
Poet, Dramatist, French

Rick Ducommun -- b.7/3/1956 d.6/17/2015 (58)
Comedy Writer, Actor, Comedian, Canadian
TV Shows: Thicke of the Night, Rock-n-America
Movie Titles: Groundhog Day, The Burbs, Spaceballs, Die Hard, Hunt For Red October, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Encino Man, Last Action Hero, Scary Movie

Dave Dudley -- b.5/3/1928 d.12/22/2003 (75)
Author, Songwriter, Country Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: RLN:Pedruska
Misc: Trucking song pioneer

Ross Duffer -- b.2/15/1984 N.S.
Screenwriter, Filmmaker, TV Producer/Director
Names/Places: Matt's twin brother
TV Shows: Strager Things

Padraic Duffy -- b.12/30/1974
Screenwriter, Actor
Names/Places: Patrick's son
TV Shows: Dallas (as Mark Harris)
Movie Titles: "Me, You, a Bag and Bamboo" (writer)

Roger Martin du Gard -- b.3/23/1881 d.8/22/1958 (77)
Author, Dramatist/Playwright, French

Sir William Dugdale -- b.9/12/1605 J-LD d.2/10/1686 J-LD (80)
Writer, Scholar, English

Christian Duguay -- b.1/3/1970
Comedy Writer, Actor, Comedian, Producer
TV Shows: Ridiculousness, MAD TV

Georges Duhamel -- b.6/30/1884 d.4/13/1966 (81)
Author, French

Paul Abraham Dukas -- b.10/1/1865 N.S. d.5/17/1935 N.S. (69)
Critic, Scholar, Teacher, Composer, French
Movie Titles: The Sorcerer's Apprentice (composer)

Vernon Duke -- b.10/10/1903 d.1/16/1969 (65)
Poet, Composer, Russian
Names/Places: RN:Vladimir Dukelsky
Misc: Broadway composer

Alexandre Dumas -- b.7/24/1802 d.12/5/1870 (68)
Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, French
Names/Places: aka Dumas pere
Book Titles: The Three Musketeers, Man in the Iron Mask, Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas -- b.7/27/1824 d.11/27/1895 (71)
Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, French
Names/Places: b. in Paris; aka Dumas fils

Daphne du Maurier -- b.5/13/1907 d.4/19/1989 (81)
Novelist, Playwright, English
Misc: Gothic wrote Rebecca

Jean Henri Dunant -- b.5/8/1828 d.10/30/1910 (82)
Author, Philanthropist, Swiss
Misc: founder of the Red Cross Movement; shared the first Nobel Peace Prize

Paul Laurence Dunbar -- b.6/27/1872 d.2/9/1906 (33)
Novelist, Poet

David Douglas Duncan -- b.1/23/1916 N.S. d.6/7/2018 N.S. (102)
Author, Journalist, Photojournalist

Lois Duncan -- b.4/28/1934 N.S. d.6/15/2016 N.S. (82)
Misc: suspense writer
Book Titles: I Know What You Did Last Summer (later adapted for a motion picture)

Robert Edward Duncan -- b.1/7/1919 d.2/3/1988 (69)

John Dungan -- b.6/19/1949
Screen/Scriptwriter, Director, English

Lena Dunham -- b.5/13/1986
Writer, Actress, Director
TV Shows: Girls (creator and as Hannah Horvath)

William Dunlap -- b.2/19/1766 N.S. d.9/28/1839 N.S. (73)
Artist, Painter, Playwright, Historian, Actor, Stage Producer, American

Clive Dunn -- b.1/9/1920 d.11/6/2012 (92)
Artist, Author, Actor, Comedian, English

Colton Dunn -- b.6/30/1977 N.S.
Screenwriter, Actor, Producer
TV Shows: Superstore (as Garrett)

Dominick Dunne -- b.10/29/1925 d.8/26/2009 (83)

Finley Peter Dunne -- b.7/10/1867 d.4/24/1936 (68)
Humorist, Journalist
Misc: created Mr. Dooley

John Gregory Dunne -- b.5/25/1932 d.12/30/2003 (71)

Philip Dunne -- b.2/11/1908 d.6/2/1992 (84)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Director
Misc: Screen Actors Guild founder; or d. May 2?

Joseph Dunninger -- b.4/28/1892 d.3/9/1975 (82)
Astrologer, Magician/Illusionist
Names/Places: NN:The Amazing Dunninger aka The Master Mentalist

Jack Dunphy -- b.8/22/1914 d.4/26/1992 (77)
Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, Short Story Writer, Dancer

Baron Edward J. M. Plunkett Dunsany -- b.7/24/1878 d.10/25/1967 (89)
Author, Dramatist/Playwright, Poet, Irish

Mark Duplass -- b.12/7/1976 N.S.
Writer, Actor, Producer/Director
TV Shows: The League (as Pete Eckhart), The Mindy Project (as Brandan Deslaurier)
Movie Titles: The One I Love, Safety Guaranteed, The Puffy Chair

Christopher Durang -- b.1/2/1949
Playwright, Actor

Will Durant -- b.11/5/1885 d.11/7/1981 (96)
Author, Poet, Philosopher, Historian
Names/Places: Ariel's hubby
Book Titles: Story Of Civilization

Jimmy Durante -- b.2/10/1893 d.1/29/1980 (86)
Author, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Variety Show Host, Vaudevillan, Composer, Singer, Pianist
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Misc: 'Schnozzola' man
Song Titles: Inka Dinka Doo
TV Shows: The Jimmy Durante Show, Lennon Sisters

Walter Duranty -- b.5/25/1884 d.10/3/1957 (73)
Author, Journalist, British

Marguerite Duras -- b.4/4/1914 d.3/3/1996 (81)
Novelist, Screen/Scriptwriter, Director, French
Misc: some say b. Apr 14

Lawrence George Durrell -- b.2/27/1912 d.11/7/1990 (78)
Novelist, India
Book Titles: Alexandria Quartet (series of novels)

Friedrich Durrenmatt -- b.1/5/1921 d.12/14/1990 (69)
Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, Swiss

Dale Dye -- b.10/8/1944
Author, Captain, Businessperson, Actor

Wayne Dyer -- b.5/10/1940 d.8/29/2015 N.S. (75)
Misc: Motivational Speaker
Book Titles: Your Erroneous Zones

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