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  • This Is Your Life (1950–1987)
  • TV Series | 30 min | Biography, Family, Reality-TV
This Is Your Life (1950–1987)
TV Series | 30 min | Biography, Family, Reality-TV

Each week, an unsuspecting celebrity would be lured by some ruse to a location near the studio. The celebrity would then be surprised with the news that they are to be the featured guest. Next, the celebrity was escorted into the studio, ...See moreEach week, an unsuspecting celebrity would be lured by some ruse to a location near the studio. The celebrity would then be surprised with the news that they are to be the featured guest. Next, the celebrity was escorted into the studio, and one by one, people who were significant in the guest's life would be brought out to offer anecdotes. At the end of the show, family members and friends would surround the guest, who would then be presented with gifts. These usually included jewelry, a scrapbook of memories, a home 16 mm projector and a camera. Written by Thomas McWilliams See less
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Seasons
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Creator
Ralph Edwards (created by)
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Status
Edit Released
Updated Apr 12, 1950

Release date (First episode)
Oct 1, 1952 (United States)

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Cast

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1,367 cast members
Name Episodes Known for
Ralph Edwards
Self - Host / Self Self - Host / Self   See fewer
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Bob Warren
Self - Announcer / Announcer / Self (announcer) / Self -- Announcer Self - Announcer / Announcer / Self (announcer) / Self -- Announcer   See fewer
9
Eddie Cantor
Self / Self - Honoree Self / Self - Honoree   See fewer
4
4
4
Milton Berle
Self / Self - Guest Self / Self - Guest   See fewer
4
4
4
4
4
3
Ronald Reagan
Self / Self - Guest Host / Self - Host Self / Self - Guest Host / Self - Host   See fewer
3
Fifi D'Orsay
Self / Self - Honoree Self / Self - Honoree   See fewer
3
William A. Wellman
Self / Self - Guest of Honor Self / Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
3
Tennessee Ernie Ford
Self / Self - Guest of Honor Self / Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
3
3
3
3
3
3
Lauritz Melchior
Self / Self - famous Wagnerian tenor / Self - tenor with the Metropolitan Opera Self / Self - famous Wagnerian tenor / Self - tenor with the Metropolitan Opera   See fewer
3
3
Mervyn LeRoy
Self / Self - movie producer and director Self / Self - movie producer and director   See fewer
3
Roy Neal
Self / Self - NBC news producer and correspondent Self / Self - NBC news producer and correspondent   See fewer
3
3
Ralph Edward
Self - Host Self - Host   See fewer
2
2
Sara Berner
Self / Self - Guest of Honor Self / Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
2
Don DeFore
Self / Self - Honoree Self / Self - Honoree   See fewer
2
2
Andy Devine
Self / Self - Honoree Self / Self - Honoree   See fewer
2
Tommy Sands
Self / Self - Guest of Honor Self / Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
2
Connie Francis
Self - Honoree / Self - Singer Self - Honoree / Self - Singer   See fewer
2
Carolyn Jones
Self / Self - Honoree Self / Self - Honoree   See fewer
2
Dave Chasen
Self / Self - Honoree and restauranteur Self / Self - Honoree and restauranteur   See fewer
2
Stephen Boyd
Self / Self - Guest of Honor Self / Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
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Norman Taurog
Self / Self - Guest Self / Self - Guest   See fewer
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Ed Wynn
Self Self   See fewer
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Glenn Ford
Self / Self - interviewed at Academy Awards Self / Self - interviewed at Academy Awards   See fewer
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Chief American Horse
Self / Self - Sioux tribal leader Self / Self - Sioux tribal leader   See fewer
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Dianne Lennon
Self / Self - The Lennon Sisters Self / Self - The Lennon Sisters   See fewer
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Janet Lennon
Self / Self - The Lennon Sisters Self / Self - The Lennon Sisters   See fewer
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Peggy Lennon
Self / Self - The Lennon Sisters Self / Self - The Lennon Sisters   See fewer
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Kathy Lennon
Self / Self - The Lennon Sisters Self / Self - The Lennon Sisters   See fewer
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Anita Gordon
Self / Self - former Ziegfeld girl Self / Self - former Ziegfeld girl   See fewer
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Jesse Owens
Self / Self - Olympic track Gold medalist Self / Self - Olympic track Gold medalist   See fewer
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Lotte Lehmann
Self / Self - soprano with the Metropolitan Opera Self / Self - soprano with the Metropolitan Opera   See fewer
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Joe Conn
Self - Technical Director / Self - husband of Lenore Conn and NBC TV Technical Director Self - Technical Director / Self - husband of Lenore Conn and NBC TV Technical Director   See fewer
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Vivian Crosby
Self - Honoree magician and writer Self - Honoree magician and writer   See fewer
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Emma Crooks Gilbert
Self - Honoree and minister's wife Self - Honoree and minister's wife   See fewer
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Nacio Herb Brown
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Rock Hudson
Self - Guest of Honor Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
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Joan Caulfield
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Arthur Franz
Self - Guest of Honor Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
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Roy Rogers
Self - Guest of Honor Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
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Eddie Janis
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Frank Coffyn
Self - Honoree and aviation pioneer Self - Honoree and aviation pioneer   See fewer
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Joe E. Brown
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Ruby L. Bradley
Self - Army nurse in World War II Philippines Self - Army nurse in World War II Philippines   See fewer
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Roy Milton Davenport
Self - Honoree Navy Submariine Commander Self - Honoree Navy Submariine Commander   See fewer
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Walter Brennan
Self - Guest of Honor Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
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Van Heflin
Self - Guest of Honor Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
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William Bendix
Self - Guest of Honor Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
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Frankie Laine
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Rene Belbenoit
Self - Honoree who escaped from Devil's Island Self - Honoree who escaped from Devil's Island   See fewer
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George Foote Bond
Self - Honoree country doctor in the U.S. Navy Self - Honoree country doctor in the U.S. Navy   See fewer
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George Gregory Jr.
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Ernest Borgnine
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Robert Cummings
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Virginia Graham
Self - Guest of Honor Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
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Joseph Anthony
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Dean Hess
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Henry Clay Conner Jr.
Self - Honoree war hero Self - Honoree war hero   See fewer
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Bela Herskovits
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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J. Harrison Heckman
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Georgia Bowen
Self - founded a foster home for handicapped children Self - founded a foster home for handicapped children   See fewer
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Ruth Joiner
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Ernest Breech
Self - Ford Motors executive Self - Ford Motors executive   See fewer
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Dennis Weaver
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Lawrence Welk
Self - Guest of Honor Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
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Lila Lee
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Thelma White
Self - Guest of Honor Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
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Duke Kahanamoku
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Lee De Forest
Self - Honoree inventor and scientist Self - Honoree inventor and scientist   See fewer
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Ronnie Deauville
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Gladys Feldman
Self - Honoree - former Ziegfeld girl Self - Honoree - former Ziegfeld girl   See fewer
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Constance Hope
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Ruthie Davis
Self - Honoree mother of Bette Davis Self - Honoree mother of Bette Davis   See fewer
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Edward N. Bliss Jr.
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Frances Farmer
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Steve Allen
Self - Guest of Honor Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
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Jan Clayton
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Harry Warren
Guest / Self Guest / Self   See fewer
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Danny Davey
Self - Honoree UPS driver who aids Native Americans Self - Honoree UPS driver who aids Native Americans   See fewer
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Samuel G. Fuqua
Self - Honoree Pearl Harbor hero Self - Honoree Pearl Harbor hero   See fewer
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Dennis Branch
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Frank Capra
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Dick Clark
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Leo Carrillo
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Ted Lewis
Self - Guest of Honor Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
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Roger Williams
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Caleb Chu
Self - Honoree and Chinese doctor in Kentucky Self - Honoree and Chinese doctor in Kentucky   See fewer
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Selma Herbert
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Zaddie Bunker
Self - Honoree and great-grandmother pilot Self - Honoree and great-grandmother pilot   See fewer
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Florence Anderson
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Charles Coburn
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Rossano Brazzi
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Nat 'King' Cole
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Harry Blackstone
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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William Kirk
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Frank Brocato
Self - Honoree and chief collector for Marineland of the Pacific Self - Honoree and chief collector for Marineland of the Pacific   See fewer
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Bea Knight
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Charles Boswell
Self - blind golfer Self - blind golfer   See fewer
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Frank L. Bogart
Self - Honoree railroad conductor Self - Honoree railroad conductor   See fewer
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Oscar Howe
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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William Butler
Honoree and Assistant Chief Ranger - Mt. Ranier National Park Honoree and Assistant Chief Ranger - Mt. Ranier National Park   See fewer
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William Frawley
Self - Guest of Honor Self - Guest of Honor   See fewer
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Rafer Johnson
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Benny Hochman
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Burch Donahue
Self - Honoree judge who is also a polio victim Self - Honoree judge who is also a polio victim   See fewer
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Lenore Conn
Self - Honoree ham radio operator Self - Honoree ham radio operator   See fewer
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Lillian Kinkela Keil
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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James G. Jones
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Desmond T. Doss
Self (guest of honor) Self (guest of honor)   See fewer
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Hermione Gingold
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Clark Smith
Self (of The General Conference - Seventh-day Adventist) Self (of The General Conference - Seventh-day Adventist)   See fewer
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Des Cummings
Self (of The Southern California Conference - Seventh-day Adventist) Self (of The Southern California Conference - Seventh-day Adventist)   See fewer
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Gerald G. Cooney
Self (guest) Self (guest)   See fewer
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Audrey Doss
Self (guest) Self (guest)   See fewer
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Harold Doss
Self (guest) Self (guest)   See fewer
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William Thomas Doss
Self (guest) Self (guest)   See fewer
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Bertha Edward Oliver
Self (guest) Self (guest)   See fewer
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Onless C. Brister
Self (guest) Self (guest)   See fewer
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Jack Glover
Self (guest) Self (guest)   See fewer
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Dorothy Pauline Schutte
Self (guest) Self (guest)   See fewer
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Desmond Doss Jr.
Self (guest) Self (guest)   See fewer
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Marie Blake
Self (as Blossom Rock) Self (as Blossom Rock)   See fewer
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Jeanette MacDonald
Jeanette MacDonald Jeanette MacDonald   See fewer
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Frank Ross
Self - husband of Joan Caulfield and producer-director Self - husband of Joan Caulfield and producer-director   See fewer
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F. Hugh Herbert
Self - playwright Self - playwright   See fewer
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Nina Leen
Self - photographer Self - photographer   See fewer
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Billie Clevenger
Self - Honoree and NBC telephone operator Self - Honoree and NBC telephone operator   See fewer
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Dorothy Mackaill
Self - actress Self - actress   See fewer
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Tracy Keenan Wynn
Tracy Wynn Tracy Wynn   See fewer
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Bennett Green
Self - actor Self - actor   See fewer
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Melodye Condos
Self - daughter of Martha Raye Self - daughter of Martha Raye   See fewer
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Leo Robin
Self - songwriter Self - songwriter   See fewer
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Morris Stoloff
Self - Musical Director at Columbia Pictures Self - Musical Director at Columbia Pictures   See fewer
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George Cates
Self - songwriter Self - songwriter   See fewer
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Edward J. Kay
Self - Musical Director at Monogram Pictures Self - Musical Director at Monogram Pictures   See fewer
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Gus Van
Self Self   See fewer
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Jack Owens
Self - songwriter Self - songwriter   See fewer
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Mel Leven
Self - songwriter Self - songwriter   See fewer
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Ed Lewis
Self - professional wrestler Self - professional wrestler   See fewer
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Henry Pritchard
Self - songwriter Self - songwriter   See fewer
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Demetros Apostolon
Self - airplane crash survivor Self - airplane crash survivor   See fewer
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Billy Pierce
Self - star pitcher for the Chicago White Sox Self - star pitcher for the Chicago White Sox   See fewer
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Carl Haverlin
Self - President of BMI Self - President of BMI   See fewer
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Robert Sour
Self - songwriter Self - songwriter   See fewer
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George Howe
Self - songwriter Self - songwriter   See fewer
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Rene Chaplow Janis
Self - vaudevillian and wife of Eddie Janis Self - vaudevillian and wife of Eddie Janis   See fewer
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Marion MacDaniel
Self - member of vaudeville team with Phil Baker and Eddie Janis Self - member of vaudeville team with Phil Baker and Eddie Janis   See fewer
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Merritt Tompkins
Self - former Vice President of BMI Self - former Vice President of BMI   See fewer
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Tom Fox
Self Self   See fewer
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Lou Babcock
Self - schoolteacher and Honoree Self - schoolteacher and Honoree   See fewer
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Gene Biscailuz
Self - Los Angeles County sheriff Self - Los Angeles County sheriff   See fewer
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Roy Keyser
Self - Honoree Self - Honoree   See fewer
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Howard Deighton
Self - member of Hollywood Victory Committee during World War II Self - member of Hollywood Victory Committee during World War II   See fewer
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Bobby Burns
Self - songwriter Self - songwriter   See fewer
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Peter Reid
Self - father of Martha Raye Self - father of Martha Raye   See fewer
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