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Vance Packard -- b.5/22/1914 d.12/12/1996 (82)
Author, Journalist
Book Titles: Animal I.Q., The Hidden Persuaders

Billy Packer -- b.2/25/1940
Author, Sports Analyst, Sportscaster
Misc: spent over three decades as a color analyst for television coverage of college basketball
TV Shows: NBC Sports, CBS Sports

Walter Hines Page -- b.8/15/1855 d.12/21/1918 (63)
Author, Journalist, Publisher, Diplomat

Camille Paglia -- b.4/2/1947
Author, Critic, Actress

Marcel Paul Pagnol -- b.2/28/1895 d.4/18/1974 (79)
Dramatist/Playwright, Producer/Director, French

Thomas Paine -- b.1/29/1737 Ju-1 or 1/29/1736 J-LD or 2/9/1737 N.S. d.6/8/1809 (72)
Author, Philosopher, Revolutionary, Political Theorist, English
Book Titles: Common Sense, Age of Reason

Alan J. Pakula -- b.4/7/1928 d.11/19/1998 (70)
Screenwriter, Movie Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Movie Titles: All the Presidents Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, Sophie's Choice, Klute

R. J. Palacio -- b.7/13/1963 N.S.
Book Titles: Wonder

Grace Paley -- b.12/11/1922 d.8/22/2007 (84)

Ron Palillo -- b.4/2/1949 d.8/14/2012 (63)
Illustrator, Children's Author, TV/Stage/Soap Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor
Names/Places: b. in New Haven, CT
Misc: some say b. 1954
TV Shows: Welcome Back Kotter (as Arnold J. Horshack with the Aawwk aawwk aawwk laugh), One Life to Live (as Gary)

Sir Michael Palin -- b.5/5/1943 N.S.
Author, Comedy Writer, TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, Narrator, English
Names/Places: b. in Sheffield
Group Names: Monty Python
TV Shows: Do Not Adjust Your Set, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Clangers (narrator)
Movie Titles: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, Time Bandits, Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, Brazil, A Fish Called Wanda, Fierce Creatures

Adam Pally -- b.3/18/1982
Writer, Actor, Director, Singer
TV Shows: Happy Endings (as Max Blum), The Mindy Project (as Peter Prentice)
Movie Titles: Iron Man 3, Dirty Grandpa

Lilli Palmer -- b.5/24/1914 d.1/27/1986 (71)
Novelist, TV/Movie/Stage Actress, German
Names/Places: RFN:Lilli Marie Peiser

Michael Palmer -- b.10/9/1942 d.10/30/2013 (71)
Novelist, Physician
Misc: Medical thriller novelist

Chazz Palminteri -- b.5/15/1952 N.S.
Screenwriter, Actor, Producer
Misc: some say b. 1946 or 1951
Arts Titles: PL: A Bronx Tale
Movie Titles: Bullets over Broadway
Video Games: Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Norman Panama -- b.4/21/1914 d.1/13/2003 (88)

Sir Anthony Panizzi -- b.9/16/1797 d.4/8/1879 (81)
Librarian, Italian
Misc: played a part in the unification of Italy.

Christopher Paolini -- b.11/17/1983
Book Titles: Inheritance Cycle

Sara Paretsky -- b.6/8/1947
Writer, Novelist
Misc: detective fiction novelist

Sandra Paretti -- b.2/5/1935 d.3/13/1994 (59)
Novelist, German

Edith Pargeter -- b.9/28/1913 N.S. d.10/14/1995 N.S. (82)
Mystery Writer

Randall Park -- b.3/23/1974
Comedy Writer, Actor, Comedian, Director
TV Shows: Fresh Off the Boat (as Louis Huang)
Movie Titles: The Interview, Larry Crowne, Trainwreck

Alan Parker -- b.2/14/1944
Screenwriter, Movie Producer/Director, English

Dorothy Parker -- b.8/22/1893 d.6/7/1967 (73)
Author, Short Story Writer, Poet, Critic, Journalist
Names/Places: RLN:Rothschild
Misc: famed for her caustic wit (Enough Rope)

Sir Gilbert Parker -- b.11/23/1862 d.9/6/1932 (69)
Novelist, Short Story Writer, Canadian

Kay Parker -- b.8/28/1944
Author, XXX-rated actress, English

Nate Parker -- b.11/18/1979
Writer, Actor, Producer/Director
Movie Titles: The Birth of a Nation, Beyond the Lights, Red Tails, The Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters, Arbitrage, Non-Stop, Felon, Pride

Robert Brown Parker -- b.9/17/1932 d.1/18/2010 (77)
Novelist, Crime Writer

Trey (Cartoonist) Parker -- b.10/19/1969
Animator, Screen/Scriptwriter, Screenwriter, Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer/Director, Songwriter, Novelty Singer
TV Shows: South Park
Movie Titles: American History, Canniball, Orgazmo, BASEketball, South Park

Brad Parks -- b.7/13/1974
Novelist, Mystery Writer
Misc: Thriller novelist
Book Titles: Faces of the Gone, Eyes of the Innocent, The Girl Next Door, The Good Cop, The Player, The Fraud

Gordon Parks -- b.11/30/1912 d.3/7/2006 (93)
Photographer, Author, Novelist, Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Director

Hildy Parks -- b.3/12/1926 d.10/7/2004 (78)
Writer, Actress, Stage Producer, Panelist
Misc: Tony Awards Show producer
TV Shows: To Tell the Truth, Down You Go

Suzan-Lori Parks -- b.5/10/1963
Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright
Misc: play: Topdog/Underdog

Anne Parrish -- b.11/12/1888 d.9/5/1957 (68)
Novelist, Children's Author

Peter Parros -- b.11/11/1960
Screenwriter, Actor
TV Shows: New Adam 12 (as Off. Gus Grant), The Haves and the Have Nots, Knight Rider
Movie Titles: Real Genius

Blaise Pascal -- b.6/19/1623 N.S. d.8/19/1662 N.S. (39)
Philosopher, Mathematician, Physicist, French
Misc: calculus

Christine Pascal -- b.11/29/1953 d.8/30/1996 N.S. (42)
Writer, Actress, Director, French
Movie Titles: 'Round Midnight, Spoiled Children, The Best Way to Walk, The Grand Highway

Pier Paolo Pasolini -- b.3/5/1922 d.11/2/1975 (53)
Novelist, Poet, Screen/Scriptwriter, Director, Italian, Gay

Ivan Passer -- b.7/10/1933
Screenwriter, Director, Czech
Movie Titles: Stalin, Cutter's Way, Born to Win, The Loves of a Blonde

John Dos Passos -- b.1/14/1896 d.9/28/1970 (74)
Author, Novelist

Boris Pasternak -- b.2/10/1890 O.S. d.5/30/1960 (70)
Novelist, Poet, Christianity convert, Russian
Names/Places: MN:Leonidovich
Misc: Nobel 1958
Book Titles: Dr. Zhivago

Francis Daniel Pastorius -- b.9/26/1651 N.S. d.9/1/1720 N.S. (68)
Poet, Pioneer, Colonist, Lawyer, Educator, German
Misc: date of death approximated

Kenneth Patchen -- b.12/13/1911 d.1/1/1972 (60)
Painter, Novelist, Poet

Ann Patchett -- b.12/2/1963
Author, Writer
Book Titles: Bel Canto

Tom Patchett -- b.??/??/????
Comedy Writer, Comedian, TV Producer
Misc: the Patchett & (Jay) Tarses team that co-produced some TV shows
TV Shows: The Carol Burnett Show (co-producer), The Bob Newhart Show (co-producer), Buffalo Bill (co-producer)
Movie Titles: The Great Muppet Caper

Michael Pate -- b.2/26/1920 d.8/31/2008 (88)
Writer, Actor, Producer

Coventry Patmore -- b.7/23/1823 d.11/26/1896 (73)
Poet, English

Alan Paton -- b.1/11/1903 d.4/12/1988 (85)
Author, Political Activist, South African

John Patrick -- b.5/17/1905 d.11/7/1995 (90)
Misc: Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Teahouse of the August Moon" and many screenplays

Gilbert Patten -- b.10/25/1866 d.1/16/1945 (78)
Author, Novelist

James Patterson -- b.3/22/1947
Author, Novelist
Book Titles: Daniel X (series), The Witch and Wizard (series), Alex Cross (series), Women's Murder Club (series), Maximum Ride (series), Michael Bennett (series), Middle School (series)

Richard North Patterson -- b.2/22/1947

Don Michael Paul -- b.4/17/1963
Writer, TV Actor, Producer/Director
TV Shows: Hat Squad (as Buddy Capatosa)
Movie Titles: The Island, Half Past Dead, Who's Your Caddy?, Robot Wars

Elliot Paul -- b.2/10/1891 d.4/7/1958 (67)
Writer, Journalist

James Kirke Paulding -- b.8/22/1778 N.S. d.4/6/1860 N.S. (81)
Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright

Linus Pauling -- b.2/28/1901 d.8/19/1994 (93)
Author, Chemist, Physicist
Names/Places: MN:Carl; b. in Portland, Oregon
Misc: two-time Nobel laureate who charted the chemical underpinnings of life itself, worked for nuclear peace and touted the benefits of vitamin C.

Cesare Pavese -- b.9/9/1908 d.8/27/1950 (41)
Novelist, Poet, Italian

Alexander Payne -- b.2/10/1961
Screenwriter, Movie Producer/Director
Movie Titles: Citizen Ruth, About Schmidt, Election, The Descendants, Sideways, Nebraska

John Howard Payne -- b.6/9/1791 N.S. d.4/10/1852 N.S. (60)
Author, Poet, Playwright, Diplomat, Stage Actor
Misc: stage: Home Sweet Home

Sandra (Writer) Payne -- b.8/20/1951
Writer, Librarian

Octavio Paz -- b.3/31/1914 d.4/19/1998 (84)
Writer, Poet, Diplomat, Mexican

Elizabeth P. Peabody -- b.5/16/1804 d.1/3/1894 (89)
Writer, Philanthropist, Educator
Misc: founded the first kindergarten in U.S.

Josephine Peabody -- b.5/30/1874 d.12/4/1922 (48)
Dramatist/Playwright, Poet

Thomas Love Peacock -- b.10/18/1785 N.S. d.1/23/1866 N.S. (80)
Novelist, Poet, English

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale -- b.5/31/1898 d.12/24/1993 (95)
Author, Orator, Clergyman, Reverend, Evangelist, Religionist, Minister
Book Titles: The Power Of Positive Thinking

Ridley Pearson -- b.3/13/1953 N.S.
Novelist, Children's Author
Book Titles: Peter and the Starcatchers (sreies), The Risk Agent, Killer Summer, Never Look Back

Donald Curloss Peattie -- b.6/21/1898 d.11/16/1964 (66)
Author, Botanist, Naturalist

Anthony Peck -- b.10/24/1956
Writer, Actor, Producer
Names/Places: Gregory's son, Cheryl Tiegs' hubby

George Peck -- b.9/28/1840 d.4/16/1916 (75)
Writer, Mayor

J. Eddie Peck -- b.10/10/1958
Writer, Actor, Producer
TV Shows: Days of Our Lives, Young & the Restless, All My Children

Richard Peck -- b.4/5/1934 N.S. d.5/23/2018 N.S. (84)

Sam Peckinpah -- b.2/21/1925 d.12/28/1984 (59)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Director
Names/Places: FN:David Samuel

Simon Pegg -- b.2/14/1970
Writer, Actor, Comedian, English
Movie Titles: Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul, Mission Impossible-Ghost Protocol, How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, The World's End

Charles Peguy-French -- b.1/7/1873 d.9/5/1914 (41)
Writer, Poet

Mario Pei -- b.2/16/1901 d.3/2/1978 (77)
Linguist, Philosopher, Professor

Charles Sanders Peirce -- b.9/10/1839 d.4/19/1914 (74)
Philosopher, Scientist, Pragmatist
Misc: Logic Relationist

Austin Pendleton -- b.3/27/1940
Playwright, Movie Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Stage Director
Movie Titles: A Beautiful Mind, My Cousin Vinny, Short Circuit, Simon, Hello Again, Finding Nemo

Sean Penn -- b.8/17/1960
Screenwriter, Actor, Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Santa Monica; Madonna's ex-
Misc: ex-Brat Pack
Movie Titles: 21 Grams, Milk, Dogtown and Z-Boys, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Colors, Dead Man Walking, Thin Red Line, Sweet and Lowdown, Up at the Villa, I Am Sam, Mystic River

Jonathan Penner -- b.3/5/1962
Writer, Actor, Movie Producer
TV Shows: Grapevine (as David), Naked Truth (as Nicky Columbus)
Movie Titles: Coneheads, Rude Awakening, The Last Supper, Let the Devil Wear Black

Michael Pennington -- b.6/7/1943
Author, Actor, Director, English
Book Titles: Return of Sherlock Holmes
Movie Titles: The Iron Lady, Fagile, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, Star Wars: Episode VI -Return of the Jedi

Jacques Pépin -- b.12/18/1935
Author, Chef, Personality, French

Marina Augusta Pepper -- b.12/8/1967
Children's Author, Journalist, Politician, Actress, Model, Playmate, English
Names/Places: aka Marina Augusta Baker
Misc: March 1987

Samuel Pepys -- b.2/23/1633 J-LD d.5/26/1703 J-LD (70)
Author, Diarist, Naval Officer, English

Lance Percival -- b.7/26/1933 d.1/6/2015 (81)
Writer, Actor, English
TV Shows: That Was The Week That Was

Walker Percy -- b.5/28/1916 d.5/10/1990 (73)
Novelist, Philosopher, Physician, Psychiatrist
Misc: Great southern writer; B. 5-14?

S. J. Perelman -- b.2/1/1904 d.10/17/1979 (75)
Author, Humorist
Names/Places: RFN:Sidney Joseph
Book Titles: Around the World in 80 Days

Chelsea Peretti -- b.2/20/1978
Comedy Writer, Actress, Comedienne, Video Game Voice Actress
TV Shows: Parks and Recreation (writer), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (as Gina Linetti)
Movie Titles: Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats, The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest
Video Games: Grand Theft Auto IV

Isaac Peretz -- b.5/18/1852 N.S. d.4/3/1915 N.S. (62)
Writer, Jewish, Polish
Names/Places: NN: The Father of Modern Yiddish Literature

Lucia Perillo -- b.9/30/1958 N.S. d.10/16/2016 N.S. (58)
Novelist, Poet

Joseph Perkins -- b.7/5/1819 d.8/26/1885 (66)
Philosopher, Congressperson, Businessperson, Philanthropist
Misc: co-founder of the Western Reserve Historical Society, born in Warren, Ohio

Marlin Perkins -- b.3/28/1905 d.6/14/1986 (81)
Author, Naturalist, Zoologist, TV Host
Names/Places: d. in St. Louis
Misc: some say b. 1902
TV Shows: Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom

Nathan Perlmutter -- b.3/2/1923 d.7/12/1987 (64)
Author, Lecturer, Attorney/Lawyer, Civil Rights Leader
Misc: Leader of the American Jewish community

Bob Perlow -- b.12/28/????
Comedy Writer, TV Host
TV Shows: People Do the Craziest Things

Charles Perrault -- b.1/12/1628 N.S. d.5/15/1703 N.S. (75)
Poet, Children's Author, French
Misc: fairy tales such as Cinderella

Gerard Perreau -- b.4/1/1938 d.8/3/2002 (64)
Writer, Movie Actor

Gene Perret -- b.4/3/1937
Screen/Scriptwriter, Comedy Writer
TV Shows: Bob Hope TV Specials, Carol Burnett Show

Francis Perrin -- b.10/10/1947
Screenwriter, Actor, Movie Director, Mime, French

Frank Perry -- b.8/21/1934 d.8/29/1995 (61)
Novelist, Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Director
Names/Places: Eleanor Perry's, then Barbara Goldsmith's, then Virginia Brush Ford's hubby
Misc: some say b. 1930 or 1931
Book Titles: Mommie Dearest

Ralph Barton Perry -- b.7/3/1876 d.1/22/1957 (80)
Author, Philosopher, Educator, American

Tyler Perry -- b.9/13/1969
Writer, Playwright, Actor, Producer/Director
TV Shows: House of Payne, For Better For Worse
Movie Titles: Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea Goes To Jail

Saint John Perse -- b.5/31/1887 d.9/20/1975 (88)
Poet, Diplomat, French

Persius -- b.??/??/34AD d.??/??/62AD
Misc: Latin

Bill Persky -- b.9/9/1931
Screenwriter, Actor, Producer/Director

Laurence J. Peter -- b.9/16/1919 d.1/12/1990 (70)
Author, Psychologist, Educator, Canadian
Misc: expander of The Peter Principle

Julia Peterkin -- b.10/31/1880 d.8/10/1961 (80)

Russell Peters -- b.9/29/1970 N.S.
Author, Comedian, Canadian
Book Titles: Call Me Russell

Paul Petersen -- b.9/23/1945
Novelist, Screen/Scriptwriter, TV Actor, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Glendale, CA; Patty's brother
Misc: some say b. 1944
TV Shows: The Donna Reed Show (as Jeff Stone), The Mickey Mouse Club

Wolfgang Petersen -- b.3/14/1941 N.S.
Screenwriter, Movie Producer/Director, German
Movie Titles: Troy, Das Boot, The Neverending Story, The Perfect Storm

Roger Tory Peterson -- b.8/28/1908 d.7/28/1996 (87)
Author, Scientist, Ornithologist

Francesco Petrarch -- b.7/20/1304 d.7/19/1374 (69)
Poet, Scholar, Italian
Names/Places: RLN:Petrarca; Humanist
Misc: some say b. 1303; of the Italian Renaissance

Lori Petty -- b.10/14/1963
Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Actress, Movie Director
TV Shows: Orange is the New Black (as Lolly Whitehill)
Movie Titles: Tank Girl, Free Willy, Point Break, A League of Their Own

Roger Peyrefitte -- b.8/17/1907 d.11/5/2000 (93)
Writer, French

Penny Peyser -- b.2/9/1951
Writer, Actress, Producer
TV Shows: Rich Man Poor Man (as Ramona Scott), Tony Randall Show (as Bobby), The Blue & the Gray, Crazy Like a Fox (as Cindy Fox), Knots Landing (as Amanda Michaels)
Movie Titles: All the President's Men, The In-Laws, The Frisco Kid

Bob Pflugfelder -- b.4/27/1968 N.S.
Author, Scientist
Misc: science educator

Jay Pharoah -- b.10/14/1987
Comedy Writer, Actor, Comedian
TV Shows: Saturday Night Live
Movie Titles: Ride Aloong, Top Five, Lola Versus

Herbert Philbrick -- b.5/11/1915 d.8/16/1993 (78)
Author, Spy
Misc: U.S. counterintelligence agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) who spied on the Communist Party of the United States during the 1940s.
Book Titles: I Led Three Lives

Charles-Louis Philippe -- b.8/4/1874 d.12/21/1909 (35)
Novelist, French

Irna Phillips -- b.7/1/1901 d.12/23/1973 (72)
Screenwriter, Actress
Misc: created six soap operas

Julia Phillips -- b.4/7/1944 N.S. d.1/1/2002 N.S. (57)
Author, Producer

Kevin Phillips -- b.11/30/1940
Writer, Commentator

Lou Diamond Phillips -- b.2/17/1962
Screenwriter, Actor
Misc: is of Philippine, Hispanic, Hawaiian, Cherokee, & Scotch-Irish descent
TV Shows: Numb3rs, SGU Stargate Universe (as Colonel David Telford), Longmire (as Henry Standing Bear)
Movie Titles: La Bamba (as Ritchie Valens), Young Guns, Courage Under Fire

Todd Phillips -- b.12/20/1970
Screenwriter, Actor, Producer/Director
Movie Titles: Old School, The Hangover (series), Due Date

Eden Philpotts -- b.11/4/1862 d.12/29/1960 (98)
Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, Poet, India

Giuseppe Piazzi -- b.7/16/1746 d.7/22/1826 (80)
Author, Astronomer, Italian
Misc: discovered the first asteroid -Ceres

Bill Pickel -- b.11/5/1959
Author, NFL Tackle

Bobby "Boris" Pickett -- b.2/11/1938 d.4/25/2007 (69)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Actor, Songwriter, Novelty Singer
Names/Places: b. in Sommerville, MA
Misc: some say b. 1938 or 1939
Group Names: Bobby Boris Picket and the Crypt-Kickers, soloist
Song Titles: The Monster Mash

Jay Pickett -- b.2/10/1961
Writer, Actor, Producer
Movie Titles: Abandoned, Soda Springs

Robert Pierce -- b.10/1/1952
Writer, Actor
TV Shows: Joanie Loves Chachi (as Bingo)

Marge Piercy -- b.3/31/1936
Writer, Novelist, Poet
Book Titles: Woman on the Edge of Time, "He, She and It", Gone to Soldiers

Frank Pierson -- b.5/12/1925 N.S. d.7/22/2012 N.S. (87)
Screenwriter, Movie Director
Movie Titles: Dog Day Afternoon, Cool Hand Luke

Tim Pigott-Smith -- b.5/13/1946 N.S. d.4/7/2017 N.S. (70)
Author, Actor, English
Movie Titles: V for Vendetta, Quantum of Solace, Alice in Wonderland (2010), Gangs of New York

Francis Pilkington -- b.6/16/1907 d.??/??/????
Children's Author, Irish

Michael Piller -- b.5/30/1948 d.11/1/2005 (57)
Screen/Scriptwriter, TV Producer
TV Shows: Star Trek The Next Generation (co-creator and executive producer), Star Trek Deep Space 9 (co-creator & executive producer)

Pindar -- b.9/4/522BC or ??/??/518BC d.??/??/438BC
Poet, Greek

Phillip Pine -- b.7/16/1920 d.12/22/2006 (86)
Writer, Actor, Producer/Director
TV Shows: The Blue Knight (as Sgt. Newman)

Sir Arthur Wing Pinero -- b.5/24/1855 d.11/23/1934 (79)
Dramatist/Playwright, English

Miguel Piñero -- b.12/19/1946 d.6/16/1988 N.S. (41)
Playwright, Actor, Puerto Rican

Daniel M. Pinkwater -- b.11/15/1941
Children's Author, Sci-fi Writer
Book Titles: Lizard Music, The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death, Fat Men from Space, Borgel, The Big Orange Splot

Gordon Pinsent -- b.7/12/1930
Screenwriter, Playwright, Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Director, Canadian
TV Shows: Babar (as King Babar)
Movie Titles: Away From Her, The Old Man and the Sea, The Shipping News; Away From Her

Robert Pinsky -- b.10/20/1940
Author, Essayist, Poet, Translator, Literary Critic
Book Titles: Selected Poems

Harold Pinter -- b.10/10/1930 d.12/24/2008 (78)
Dramatist/Playwright, Actor, Director, English
Names/Places: b. in London

Judy Pioli -- b.3/3/1950
Screenwriter, Actress, Producer/Director
Misc: 1980s sitcoms
TV Shows: Laverne and Shirley

Luigi Pirandello -- b.6/28/1867 d.12/10/1936 (69)
Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, Italian, Sicilian

Dean Pitchford -- b.7/29/1951
Novelist, Screen/Scriptwriter, Actor, Director, Music Figure, Songwriter

Walter Pitkin -- b.2/6/1878 d.1/25/1953 (74)
Book Titles: Life Begins at 40

Mary Kay Place -- b.9/23/1947
Screen/Scriptwriter, TV/Movie Actress, Director, Country Singer
TV Shows: Mary Hartman Mary Hartman (as Loretta Haggers), Big Love (as Adaleen Grant), Lady Dynamite (as Marilyn Bamford)
Movie Titles: Being John Malkovich, Sweet Home Alabama, City of Ember, The Rainmaker, The Big Chill

Belva Plain -- b.10/9/1915 d.10/12/2010 (95)

Suzie Plakson -- b.6/3/1958
Artist, Writer, Poet, Actress, Singer
TV Shows: Mad About You (as Dr. Joan Golfinos Herman), Star Trek: The Next Generation (as both Vulcan & 1/2 Klingon-1/2 human), Love and War (as Mary "Meg" Margaret Tynan), How I Met Your Mother (as Judy Eriksen)
Movie Titles: Red Eye, Wag the Dog, Disclosure, My Stepmother is an Alien

Nigel Planer -- b.2/22/1953
Novelist, Playwright, Actor, Comedian, English
Misc: stage: Evita, Chicago, We Will Rock You, Wicked, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
TV Shows: The Young Ones (as Neil), King and Castle (as David Castle)
Movie Titles: Brazil, I Give It a Year, Hogfather

Sylvia Plath -- b.10/27/1932 d.2/11/1963 (30)
Author, Poet

Plato -- b.5/19/427BC or 5/21/427BC d.??/??/347BC
Philosopher, Greek
Names/Places: RN:Aristocies

Plautus -- b.??/??/254BC d.??/??/184BC
Misc: Latin

Henry Pleasants -- b.5/23/1884 d.??/??/????
Author, Music Critic, Composer

George Plimpton -- b.3/18/1927 N.S. d.9/25/2003 N.S. (76)
Author, Critic, Actor, Musician, MLB Player, NHL Player
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Movie Titles: Paper Lion, Trapeze

Pliny Jr. -- b.??/??/62AD d.??/??/113
Misc: Latin

Norman Podhoretz -- b.1/16/1930
Author, Commentator, Editor
Names/Places: b. in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Misc: New York Post

Edgar Allan Poe -- b.1/19/1809 d.10/7/1849 (40)
Author, Short Story Writer, Poet, Literary Critic, Editor
Names/Places: b. in Boston, MA; d. in Baltimore, Md.
Misc: widely regarded as the central figure of Romanticism
Book Titles: The Raven, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart

Letty Cottin Pogrebin -- b.6/9/1939
Author, Lecturer, Journalist

William Pogue -- b.1/23/1930 d.3/3/2014 (84)
Author, Astronaut, Teacher

Frederik Pohl -- b.11/26/1919 d.9/2/2013 (93)
Sci-fi Writer

Jean Poiret -- b.8/17/1926 d.3/14/1992 (65)
Dramatist/Playwright, Movie Actor, Movie Director, French
Movie Titles: La Cage Aux Folles

Roman Polanski -- b.8/18/1933
Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Actor, Movie Director, French, Polish
Names/Places: b. in Paris; Sharon Tate's widower
Movie Titles: Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown, Pirates, The Pianist (director of these four)

Herb Polesie -- b.7/3/1899 d.6/8/1979 (79)
Dramatist/Playwright, Producer, Panelist
TV Shows: Charade Quiz (panelist), 20 Questions (panelist)

Stephen Poliakoff -- b.12/1/1952
Screenwriter, Dramatist, Playwright, Director, English

Jeff Pollack -- b.11/15/1959 d.12/23/2013 (54)
Writer, Screen/Scriptwriter, TV Producer, Movie Director

Sarah Polley -- b.1/8/1979
Screenwriter, Actress, Movie Director, Singer, Canadian
TV Shows: Road to Avonlea
Movie Titles: Dawn of the Dead, Mr. Nobody, Splice, Go

Ida Pollock -- b.4/12/1908 d.12/3/2013 (105)
Novelist, British

Marco Polo -- b.9/15/1254 d.1/9/1324 (69)
Writer, Explorer, Traveler, Italian
Misc: His exact date and place of birth are archivally unknown

Henrik Pontoppidan -- b.7/24/1857 d.8/21/1943 (86)
Author, Novelist, Danish (Denmark)

Ernest Poole -- b.1/23/1880 d.1/10/1950 (69)
Author, Novelist, Journalist

Olaf Pooley -- b.3/13/1914 d.7/14/2015 (101)
Writer, Actor, English
TV Shows: Star Trek: Voyager, Doctor Who, Sunday Night Theatre

Faith Popcorn -- b.5/11/1943
Misc: Prognosticatress; her name sounds like a Holy snack!
Book Titles: The Popcorn Report, Clicking, EVEolution, The Dictionary of the Future

Alexander Pope -- b.5/21/1688 J-LD or 5/31/1688 N.S. d.5/30/1744 J-LD (56) or 6/10/1744 N.S. (56)
Poet, Satirist, English

Sir Karl Popper -- b.7/28/1902 d.9/17/1994 (92)
Philosopher, Austrian

Paulina Porizkova -- b.4/9/1965
Children's Author, Movie Actress, Model, Playmate, Czech
Names/Places: Ric Ocasek's wife
Misc: Playboy August 1987; Sports Illustrated swimsuit covergirl
Movie Titles: The Adventures of Ralphie the Roach

Bob Porter -- b.6/20/1940
Writer, Music Producer
Misc: discographer; radio presenter; reissued many classic blues and jazz recordings

Cole Porter -- b.6/9/1891 d.10/15/1964 (73)
Dramatist/Playwright, Composer, Composer/Songwriter, Lyricist, Songwriter, Gay
Names/Places: b. in Peru, IN
Misc: 23 broadway musicals
Song Titles: Begin the Begine, Night & Day, You're the Top (and over 1000 other songs)

Eleanor Porter -- b.12/19/1868 d.5/21/1920 (51)
Misc: Pollyanna creator

Gene Stratton Porter -- b.8/17/1863 d.12/6/1924 (61)
Author, Naturalist

Hal Porter -- b.2/16/1911 d.9/29/1984 (73)
Writer, Australian
Book Titles: Paper Chase

Katherine Anne Porter -- b.5/15/1890 d.9/18/1980 (90)
Novelist, Short Story Writer, American
Misc: some say 1894

Peter Porter -- b.2/16/1929 d.4/23/2010 (81)
Poet, Australian

Sylvia Porter -- b.6/18/1913 d.6/5/1991 (77)
Author, Journalist, Publisher, Columnist, Economist
Names/Places: RLN:Feldman; d. June 6?
Misc: Financial writer, tax expert

William Sidney Porter -- b.9/11/1862 d.6/5/1910 (48)
Novelist, Short Story Writer, American
Names/Places: aka O. Henry

Charles Portis -- b.12/28/1933
Book Titles: Norwood, True Grit

Brian Posehn -- b.7/6/1966
Writer, Actor, Comedian, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer, Musician
Misc: Just Shoot Me
Movie Titles: Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, The Devil's Rejects, Surf's Up, Brother Bear

Elizabeth Post -- b.5/7/1920 d.4/24/2010 (89)
Writer, Editor
Names/Places: Emily is her hubby's grandma

Emily Post -- b.10/27/1872 d.9/25/1960 (87)
Author, Journalist, Columnist
Misc: Etiquette authority

Jim Post -- b.10/28/1939
Playwright, Actor, Composer, Songwriter, Folk Singer
Group Names: Friend & Lover

Melville Post -- b.4/19/1869 d.6/23/1930 (61)
Misc: b. 1871?
Book Titles: Uncle Abner (detective stories)

Chaim Potok -- b.2/17/1929 d.7/23/2002 (73)
Book Titles: The Chosen

Beatrix Potter -- b.7/28/1866 d.12/22/1943 (77)
Illustrator, Children's Author, English
Names/Places: FN:Helen
Misc: some say b. July 30 or July 6
Book Titles: Peter Rabbit

Dennis Potter -- b.5/17/1935 d.6/7/1994 (59)
Author, Screenwriter, Producer/Director, English
TV Shows: Pennies From Heaven (TV mini-series), The Singing Detective (screenwriter)

Stephen Potter -- b.2/1/1900 d.12/2/1969 (69)
Humorist, British
Misc: best known for his mocking self-help books and their film and television derivatives

Ezra Loomis Pound -- b.10/30/1885 d.11/1/1972 (87)
Names/Places: b. in Hailey, ID
Misc: indicted for treason for his pro-Fascist Italy radio broadcasts; mentally unstable to stand trial

Alvin F. Poussaint -- b.5/15/1934
Author, Psychiatrist, Professor
Misc: wrote numerous books on child psychiatry

Anthony Powell -- b.12/21/1905 d.3/28/2000 (94)
Book Titles: March of Time

Brittney Powell -- b.3/4/1972
Writer, Actress, German
TV Shows: Safety Geeks: SVI (as Dr. Randy Minki), Pacific Palisades (as Beth Hopper)
Movie Titles: Airborne, That Thing You Do!, Fled, Stacy's Mom

Enoch Powell -- b.6/16/1912 d.2/8/1998 (85)
Writer, Poet, Linguist, Soldier, Politician, English
Misc: racist Greek professor

Michael Powell -- b.9/30/1905 d.2/19/1990 (84)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Producer/Director, English

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