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Bab -- b.10/20/1819 d.7/9/1850 (30)
Philosopher, Religionist
Misc: of Baha'u'llah faith

Lauren Bacall -- b.9/16/1924 d.8/12/2014 (89)
Jewish, Movie/Stage Actress
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Betty Joan Perske; Humphrey Bogart's, then Jason Robards Jr.'s ex-; Shimon Peres' 1st cousin
Movie Titles: Murder on the Orient Express, How to Marry a Millionaire, Key Largo, Big Sleep, Cactus Flower, Birth

Burt Bacharach -- b.5/12/1928
Jewish, Music Producer, Conductor/Composer, Arranger, Songwriter, Singer, Pianist
Names/Places: b. in Kansas City, Mo.; Angie Dickinson's, then Carol Bayer Sager's ex-hubby

Leonard Woolsey Bacon -- b.2/19/1802 d.12/24/1881 (79)
Author, Clergyman

Bahá'u'lláh -- b.11/12/1817 d.5/29/1892 (74)
Philosopher, Religionist
Names/Places: RN:Mirza Husayn Ali
Misc: Persian; founder of the Baha'i faith

Carroll Baker -- b.5/28/1931
Judaism convert, Movie Actress
Names/Places: b. in Johnstown, PA
Movie Titles: The Game, How the West Was Won, Kindergarten Cop, Giant

Jim Bakker -- b.1/2/1936 or 1/2/1939 or 1/2/1940 or 1/2/1941
Names/Places: b. in Muskegan, MI; RN:Jim Orsen; Tammy Faye's hubby
Misc: many say b. 1939 or 1940, unsure of year

Anne Bancroft -- b.9/17/1931 N.S. d.6/6/2005 N.S. (73)
Roman Catholic, Movie/Stage Actress, Director
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Anna Maria Louisa Italiano; Mel Brooks' wife
Movie Titles: The Graduate (as Mrs. Robinson immortalized by Simon & Garfunkel), Miracle Worker, Home For The Holidays, Great Expectations

Brigitte Bardot -- b.9/28/1934
Roman Catholic, Movie Actress, Singer, Model, French
Names/Places: b. in Paris; RN:Camille Javal
Misc: Sex Kitten
Movie Titles: On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Sabine Baring-Gould -- b.1/28/1834 d.1/2/1924 (89)
Misc: hymnist

Gene Barry -- b.6/14/1919 d.12/9/2009 (90)
Jewish, TV/Movie/Stage Actor
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Eugene Klass
TV Shows: Our Miss Brooks (as Gene), Bat Masterson (star), Burke's Law (as Capt. Amos Burke), The Name of the Game (as Glenn Howard)

Karl Barth -- b.5/10/1886 d.12/10/1968 (82)
Theologian, Minister, Swiss

Bartholomew I -- b.2/29/1940
Misc: Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople

Jon "Bowzer" Bauman -- b.9/14/1947 N.S.
Jewish, Game Show Host, Panelist, Bass Singer/Basso, Pop Singer
Group Names: Sha Na Na
TV Shows: Sha Na Na (as the greasy-haired muscle-flexing leader), The Pop 'n Rocker Game, The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour

Abraham Beame -- b.3/20/1906 d.2/10/2001 (94)
Jewish, Mayor
Misc: New York's first Jewish mayor

Warren Beatty -- b.3/30/1937
Screen/Scriptwriter, Protestant, TV/Movie Actor, Movie Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Richmond, Va.; FN:Henry; Shirley MacLaine's brother; Annette Bening's hubby
TV Shows: The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (as Milton Armitage)
Movie Titles: Shampoo, Dick Tracy, Bugsy, Reds, Heaven Can't Wait, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Bonnie & Clyde, Ishtar, Reds. Bulworth

Saint Thomas A. Becket -- b.12/21/1118 Ju-1 d.12/29/1170 J-LD (52)
Religionist, English
Misc: Archbishop of Canterbury

Henry Ward Beecher -- b.6/24/1813 d.3/8/1887 (73)
Author, Orator, Clergyman, Social Reformer, Abolitionist
Names/Places: Catherine Beecher & Harriet Beecher Stowe's brother

Béla Belázs -- b.8/4/1884 d.5/17/1949 (64)
Poet, Critic, Screenwriter, Jewish, Hungarian

Saul Bellow -- b.6/10/1915 d.4/5/2005 (89)
Novelist, Jewish, Canadian
Names/Places: b. in Quebec

Carlos Filipe Ximenes Belo -- b.2/3/1948
Names/Places: b. in Portuguese Timor

Richard Benjamin -- b.5/22/1938
Jewish, TV/Movie Actor, Movie Director
Names/Places: b. in New York City; Paula Prentiss's hubby
TV Shows: He & She, Quark (as Adam Quark, the captain of an intergalactic garbage scow)
Movie Titles: Westworld, Catch-22, Marci X, Deconstructing Harry

Ezra Taft Benson -- b.8/4/1899 d.5/30/1994 (94)
Religious Leader
Misc: Mormon Church leader; ex-Sec of Agriculture

Robby Benson -- b.1/21/1956
Writer, Jewish, Professor, Soap Actor, TV/Movie Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Dallas, Texas; RN:Robbie Segal
Misc: a USC professor
TV Shows: Beauty & The Beast (as the beast) Sabrina the Teenage Witch (as Edward "Ted" Spellman season 1), Exosquad
Movie Titles: Prince Valiant, Ice Castles, One on One, The Chosen, Godfather, Die Laughing, Ode to Billy Joe, Tribute

Robert Hugh Benson -- b.11/18/1871 d.10/19/1914 (42)
Author, Poet, Clergyman, Religionist, English

Polly Bergen -- b.7/14/1930 d.9/20/2014 (84)
Jewish, TV/Movie Actress, TV Hostess, Panelist, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Knoxville, TN; RN:Nellie Paulina Burgin
TV Shows: Pepsi-Cola Playhouse, To Tell the Truth (panelist), The Polly Bergen Show, The Winds of War, 79 Park Avenue, Baby Talk (as Doris)

Ingmar Bergman -- b.7/14/1918 d.7/30/2007 (89)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Protestant, Movie Actor, Movie Producer/Director, Stage Director, Singer, Swedish
Names/Places: b. in Knoxville, TN; FN:Ernest; wed 6x's

George Berkeley -- b.3/12/1685 d.1/14/1753 (67)
Philosopher, Religionist, Irish

Susan Bernard -- b.2/11/1948 N.S.
Author, Jewish, Actress, Playmate
Names/Places: aka Sue Bernard
Misc: December 1966

Cardinal Joseph Bernardin -- b.4/2/1928 d.11/14/1996 N.S. (68)
Religious Leader
Misc: Archbishop of Chicago

Leonard Bernstein -- b.8/25/1918 d.10/14/1990 (72)
Lecturer, Jewish, Conductor/Composer, Arranger, Songwriter, Pianist
Misc: New York Philharmonic Orchestra; West Side Story composer

Daniel Berrigan -- b.5/9/1921 d.4/30/2016 N.S. (94)
Poet, Priest, Political Activist

Philip Berrigan -- b.10/5/1923 d.12/6/2002 (79)
Religious Leader
Misc: Militant Priest; Activist

Anthony Bevilacqua -- b.6/17/1923 d.1/31/2012 (88)
Religious Leader
Misc: Archbishop of Philadelphia

Chaim Nachman Bialik -- b.1/9/1873 d.7/4/1934 (61)
Poet, Jewish, Russian

Mayim Bialik -- b.12/12/1975
Jewish, TV/Movie Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Musician
Names/Places: b. in San Diego, CA; MN:Hoya
TV Shows: Peanuts (as Peppermint Patty), Webster, The Facts of Life, MacGyver, Beauty & the Beast, Blossom (as Blossom Russo), John Larroquette Show (as John's daughter), The Big Bang Theory (as Amy Farrah Fowler), The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Recess, Kim Possible, Johnny Bravo, Hey Arnold
Movie Titles: Beaches

John Biddle -- b.1/14/1615 d.9/22/1662 (47)
Religionist, Unitarian, English

David "Dave" Bing -- b.11/24/1943
Baptist, Mayor, Businessperson, NBA Guard
Misc: 1968 NBA scoring leader; some say b. Nov 29; Detroit Mayor 2009-2013
Sports Teams: Detroit Pistons (1966-1975), Washington Bullets (1975-1977), Boston Celtics (1977-1978)

Jacqueline Bisset -- b.9/13/1944
Roman Catholic, TV/Movie Actress, Movie Producer, English
Names/Places: b. in Weybridge
TV Shows: Airport, The Deep, Casino Royale

Antinette Brown Blackwell -- b.5/20/1825 d.11/5/1921 (96)
Misc: First woman to be ordained a minister of a recognized denomination in the United States.

Linda Blair -- b.1/22/1959
Protestant, Actress
Names/Places: b. in St. Louis, Mo.
Misc: did a 360-degree turn of the head in The Exorcist
Movie Titles: The Exorcist (series), Hell Night, Reposessed

Robert Blake -- b.9/18/1933
Roman Catholic, TV/Movie Actor
Names/Places: b. in Nutley, NJ; RN:Michael James Viginizzio Gubitosi
Misc: some say b. '34 or '37
TV Shows: Baretta (as Det. Tony Baretta), Hell Town (as Father Noah Hardstep Rivers), Red Ryder (as Little Beaver)
Movie Titles: Our Gang (as Mickey)

Helena "Madame" Blavatsky -- b.7/31/1831 O.S. or 8/12/1831 N.S. d.5/8/1891 N.S. (59)
Religious Leader, Russian
Misc: Theosophical Society Founder

Rube Bloom -- b.4/24/1902 d.3/30/1976 (73)
Author, Jewish, Arranger, Composer/Songwriter, Pianist, Bandleader, Jazz Singer

Allan Boesak -- b.2/23/1945
Clergyman, Reverend, Political Activist, South African
Misc: Anti-apartheid activist

Leonardo Boff -- b.12/14/1938
Theologian, Roman Catholic, Brazilian

Jakob Böhme -- b.4/24/1575 d.11/17/1624 (49)
Theologian, German
Names/Places: aka spelled Jakob Boehme

Julian Bond -- b.1/14/1940 d.8/15/2015 N.S. (75)
Quaker, Politician, Civil Rights Leader, Political Activist
Misc: former NAACP Chairman

Dietrich Bonhoeffer -- b.2/4/1906 d.4/9/1945 (39)
Theologian, German

Evangeline Cory Booth -- b.12/25/1865 d.7/17/1950 (84)
Author, General, Religionist, Composer
Misc: Salvation Army gen'l

William Booth -- b.4/10/1829 d.8/20/1912 (83)
General, Missionary, Preacher, Social Reformer, Humanitarian, British, English
Misc: Salvation Army founder

Jorge Luis Borges -- b.8/24/1899 d.6/14/1986 (86)
Essayist, Short Story Writer, Poet, Quaker, Argentine

Max Born -- b.12/11/1882 d.1/5/1970 (87)
Physicist, Jewish, German
Names/Places: Olivia Newton-John's granddad
Misc: quantum mechanics, Nobel 1954

David Bowie -- b.1/8/1947 d.1/10/2016 N.S. (69)
Painter, Protestant, Vegetarian, Movie Actor, Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Singer/Guitarist, Saxophonist, Rock & Roll Performer, English
Names/Places: b. in London; RN:David Robert Heywood Jones; Iman's hubby
Group Names: The Tin Machine, soloist
Song Titles: The Laughing Gnome, Space Oddity, The Jean Genie, Drive-In Saturday, Life on Mars?, Sorrow, Rebel Rebel, Diamond Dogs, Knock on Wood, Young Americans, Fame, Golden Years, Sound and Visiopn, Heroes, Breaking Glass, Boys Keep Swinging, DJ, Ashes to Ashes, Fashion, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), Under Pressure (with Queen), Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy (with Bing Crosby), Let's Dance, China Girl, Modern Love, Blue Jean, Tonight (with Tina Turner), This is Not America (with the Pat Metheny Group), Dancing in the Street (with Mick Jagger), Absolute Beginners, Underground, Day-In Day-Out, Never Let Me Down, Jump They Say
Album Titles: David Bowie, Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold the World, Hunky Dory, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, Aladdin Sane, Pin Ups, Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Station to Station, Low, Heroes, Lodger, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps), Let's Dance, Tonight, Never Let Me Down, Tin Machine, Tin Machine II, Black Tie White Noise, The Buddha of Suburbia, Outside, Earthling, Hours..., Heathen, Reality, The Next Day, Blackstar
Video Titles: Video EP, Serious Moonlight, Love You Till Tuesday, Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: The Motion Picture, Jazzin' For Blue Jean, Ricochet, Day-In Day-Out, Glass Spider, Black Tie White Noise, The Video Collection, Best of Bowie, A Reality Tour
Movie Titles: The Man Who Fell to Earth, Just a Gigolo, The Snowman, Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Jazzin' to Blue Jean, Labyrinth, Absolute Beginners, The Last Temptation of Chrrist, The Linguini Incident, Basquiat, Gunslinger's Revenge, Everybody Loves Sunshine

Malcolm Boyd -- b.6/8/1923 d.2/27/2015 (91)
Author, Clergyman, Gay

Robert Boyle -- b.1/25/1627 Ju-1 or 1/25/1626 J-LD d.12/30/1691 J-LD (64)
Author, Scientist, Chemist, Physicist, Theologian, Irish
Misc: experiments with color

Louis Dembitz Brandeis -- b.11/13/1856 d.10/5/1941 (84)
Jewish, Supreme Court Justice
Misc: the first Jewish member of the nation's highest court (1916-39)

William Brewster -- b.1/24/1567 J-LD d.4/10/1644 J-LD (77)
Religionist, English

Jeff Bridges -- b.12/4/1949
Protestant, Movie Actor
Names/Places: b. in Los Angeles; Lloyd's son, Beau's bro; photographer Susan Geston's hubby
Movie Titles: The Mirror Has Two Faces, The Big Lebowski, Arlington Road, Muse, Seabiscuit, The Door in the Floor, Iron Man

Elijah C. Bridgman -- b.4/22/1801 N.S. d.11/2/1861 N.S. (60)
Missionary, American

Christie Brinkley -- b.2/2/1954
Protestant, TV Actress, TV Hostess, Model
Names/Places: b. in Monroe, MI; Billy Joel's ex-wife

David Brinkley -- b.7/10/1920 d.6/11/2003 (82)
Protestant, Newscaster, Journalist, Commentator
Names/Places: b. in Wilmington, NC
TV Shows: The Huntley/Brinkley Report, NBC News, This Week with David Brinkley

Joseph A. Brodsky -- b.5/24/1940 d.1/28/1996 (55)
Author, Poet, Jewish, Russian
Misc: U.S. poet laureate

Charles Bronson -- b.11/3/1921 d.8/30/2003 (81)
Roman Catholic, TV/Movie Actor
Names/Places: b. in Scooptown, PA; RLN:Bunchinsky then Buchinsky; Jill Ireland's husband
Misc: some say b. 1920 or '22
TV Shows: Man With a Camera (as Mike Kovac)
Movie Titles: The Magnificent Seven, Dirty Dozen, Deathwish, The Great Escape

Mel Brooks -- b.6/28/1926
Comedy Writer, Jewish, Movie Actor, Comedian, Cartoon Voice Actor, Movie Producer/Director, Novelty Singer
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Melvin Kaminsky; Anne Bancroft's hubby
Album Titles: The 2,000-Year-Old Man (co-star with Carl Reiner)
TV Shows: Your Show of Shows (one of the writers for Sid Caesar's show)
Movie Titles: Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, History of the World Part I, High Anxiety, Young Frankenstein, Robots

Phillips Brooks -- b.12/13/1835 d.1/23/1893 (57)
Author, Clergyman, Composer
Misc: the American Episcopal bishop who wrote the words to "O Little Town of Bethlehem," was born in Boston.

Pierce Brosnan -- b.5/16/1953
Roman Catholic, TV/Movie Actor, Producer, Irish
Names/Places: b. in County Meath; Cassandra Harris' hubby
Misc: some say b. May 15 or 1953 or 1952
TV Shows: Remington Steele (star)
Movie Titles: Die Another Day, GoldenEye, Mrs. Doubtfire, Mars Attacks, Dante's Peak, Tomorrow Never Dies, Thomas Crown Affair, The World Is Not Enough, The Laws of Attraction, After The Sunset, Mamma Mia!

Dr. Joyce Brothers -- b.10/20/1927 d.5/13/2013 (85)
Author, Psychologist, Jewish, Columnist, Actress, Panelist
Names/Places: RN:Joyce Diane Bauer
Misc: some say b. Sep 20 or 1928
TV Shows: Gong Show (panelist)

Jackson Browne -- b.10/9/1948
Protestant, Songwriter, Pianist, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, West German
Names/Places: b. in Heidelbert, West Germany
Song Titles: Doctor My Eyes, Here Come Those Tears Again, Running on Empty, Stay, Boulevard, That Girl Could Sing, Somebody's Baby, Lawyers in Love, Tender is the Night, Fro America
Album Titles: Jackson Browne, For Everyman, Late for the Sky, The Pretender, Running on Empty, Hold Out, Lawyers in Love, Lives in the Balance, World in Motion, I'm Alive

Emil Brunner -- b.12/23/1889 d.4/6/1966 (76)

Anita Bryant -- b.3/25/1940
Baptist, Pop Singer, Beauty Pagent Winner
Misc: Miss Oklahoma 1958, Florida Orange Juice; anti-gay activist who got hit with a pie in her face
TV Shows: George Gobel Show

Martin Buber -- b.2/8/1878 d.6/13/1965 (87)
Philosopher, Theologian, German
Misc: zionist

William Frank Buckley Jr. -- b.11/24/1925 d.2/27/2008 (82)
Author, Roman Catholic, Journalist, Editor, Founder, TV Host
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Misc: National Review
TV Shows: Firing Line

Shakyamuni Buddha -- b.4/12/556BC or 5/2/556BC d.??/??/????
Religious Leader

Siddhartha Gautama Buddha -- b.4/8/563BC d.2/15/483BC (79)
Philosopher, Religious Leader, Prince, India
Names/Places: MN:Gautama
Misc: founded Buddhism

Frederick Buechner -- b.7/11/1926
Author, Clergyman, Theologian

John Bunyan -- b.11/28/1628 J-LD d.8/31/1688 J-LD (59)
Author, Novelist, Soldier, Preacher, English
Book Titles: The Pilgrim's Progress

Robert Jones Burdette -- b.7/30/1844 d.11/19/1914 (70)
Author, Humorist, Clergyman, American

Gilbert Burnet -- b.9/18/1643 Ju-1 d.3/17/1715 Ju-1 (71)
Theologian, Scotish

Carol Burnett -- b.4/26/1933
Author, Christian Scientist, TV/Movie Actress, Comedienne, Variety Show Hostess, Panelist, Singer
Names/Places: b. in San Antonio, TX
Misc: some say b. in 1934 or '36; once worked as a N.Y. hatcheck girl, and once the editor of a school newspaper at Hollywood High
TV Shows: Fresno (TV mini-series), Pantotime Quiz, Garry Moore Show, Carol Burnett Show, Mama's Family (as Eunice Higgins also on Carol Burnett Show), All My Children (as Verla Grubbs as a guest), Carol & Company, Desperate Housewives (as Eleanor Mason)
Movie Titles: Post Grad, Friendly Fire (TV movie)

George Burns -- b.1/20/1896 d.3/9/1996 (100)
Author, Jewish, TV/Movie/Stage/Radio Actor, Comedian, Vaudevillan, Singer
Names/Places: b. in New York City; Gracie Allen's hubby; RN:Nathan Birnbaum
Misc: He was booked on his 100th birthday (Jan 1996) at the London Palladum but changed it to Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas
TV Shows: Burns & Allen Show (as himself)
Movie Titles: The Sunshine Boys, Oh God!, Going in Style

Ellen Burstyn -- b.12/7/1932
Roman Catholic, TV/Movie/Stage Actress
Names/Places: b. in Detroit; RN:Edna Rae Gillooly MacRae
TV Shows: The Ellen Burstyn Show (as Ellen Brewster)
Movie Titles: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, The Last Picture Show, Harry & Tonto, Exorcist,The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Horace Bushnell -- b.4/14/1802 d.2/17/1876 (73)
Theologian, Minister
Names/Places: NN:The Father of American Religious Liberalism

Michel-Celse-Roger de Bussy-Rabutin -- b.4/13/1618 N.S. d.4/9/1693 N.S. (74)
Writer, Soldier, Religionist, Diplomat, French

Red Buttons -- b.2/5/1919 d.7/13/2006 (87)
Jewish, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Variety Show Host
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Aaron Chwatt
TV Shows: The Red Buttons Show, The Double Life of Henry Phyfe, Knots Landing (as Al Baker)

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