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Ali MacGraw -- b.4/1/1939
Roman Catholic, Movie Actress, Model
Names/Places: b. in Pound Ridge, N.Y.; RFN:Alice; Steve McQueen's ex-wife
Misc: some say b. in 1938; retired from acting in 1997
TV Shows: The Winds of War (as Natalie Jastrow), Dynasty (as Lady Ashley Montague)
Movie Titles: Love Story, The Getaway, Convoy, Goodbye Columbus

John Mackenzie -- b.8/30/1835 d.3/23/1899 (63)
Missionary, British

Shirley MacLaine -- b.4/24/1934
Author, Protestant, TV/Movie Actress, Dancer
Names/Places: b. in Richmond, VA; RN:Shirley MacLean Beaty, Warren Beatty's sister
Misc: also b. 1896, 1802, 1734, 1511, 76BC, etc.
TV Shows: Shirley's World (as Shirley Logan)
Movie Titles: Terms of Endearment, Used People, Steel Magnolias, Guarding Tess, In Her Shoes, Rumor Has It

Asa Mahan -- b.11/9/1799 d.4/4/1889 (89)
Clergyman, Educator
Misc: college administrator

Mahavira -- b.??/??/599BC d.??/??/527BC
Religious Leader
Misc: India monk

Norman Mailer -- b.1/31/1923 d.11/10/2007 (84)
Novelist, Jewish
Names/Places: wed 6x's

Rabbi Moses Maimonides -- b.3/30/1135 d.12/13/1204 (69)
Philosopher, Physician, Jewish, Scholar, Spanish
Misc: "The Guide of the Perplexed"

Lee Majors -- b.4/23/1940
Protestant, TV/Movie Actor
Names/Places: b. in Wyandotte, MI; RN: Harvey Lee Yeary II, Farrah Fawcett's ex-hubby
TV Shows: The Big Valley (as Heath Barkley), Owen Marshall (as Jess Brandon), The Six Million Dollar Man (as Col. Steve Austin), The Fall Guy (as Colt Seavers), Tour of Duty (as Pop), Raven (as Ski)

Melissa Manchester -- b.2/15/1951
Writer, Jewish, Actress, Composer/Songwriter, Harpsichordist, Pianist, Adult-Pop Singer
Names/Places: b. in Bronx, N.Y.
Song Titles: Deteriotta (sang lead w/ National Lampoon), Midnight Blue, Don't Cry Out Loud, You Should Hear How She Talks About You, Nice Girls
Album Titles: Melissa, Better Days and Happy Endings, Hey Ricky
TV Shows: Blossom (as Maddy Russo)

Chuck Mangione -- b.11/29/1940
Roman Catholic, Cartoon Voice Actor, Music Producer, Composer/Songwriter, Flugelhorn, Pianist, Bandleader, Jazz Musician
Names/Places: b. in Rochester, NY; RFMN:Charles Frank
Song Titles: Feels So Good
Album Titles: Feels So Good
TV Shows: King of the Hill (recurring)

Mani -- b.4/24/216 d.??/??/276
Prophet, Religionist
Misc: founded Manichaeism

Barry Manilow -- b.6/17/1943
Jewish, Director, Music Producer, Arranger, Composer, Songwriter, Pianist, Adult-Pop Singer
Names/Places: b. in Brooklyn; RN:Barry Alan Pinkus
Misc: composed the Dr. Pepper, Pepsi, and McDonald's jingles.
Song Titles: Mandy, It's a Miracle, Could It Be Magic, I Write the Songs, Tryin' to Get the Feeling Again, Beautiful Music, Weekend in New England, Looks Like We Made It, Daybreak, It's Just Another New Year's Eve, Can't Smike Without You, Even Now, Copacabana (At the Copa), Ready to Take a Chance Again, Somewhere in the Night, Ships, I Made It Through the Rain, Some Kind of Friend, Bandstand Boogie
Album Titles: Barry Manilow, Barry Manilow II, Tryin' to Get the Feeling, This One's For You, Even Now, One Voice, Barry, If I Should Love Again, Here Comes the Night, 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe, Manilow, Swing Street, Barry Manilow (1989), Singin' with the Big Bands, Summer of '78

Timothy Manning -- b.11/15/1909 d.6/23/1989 (79)
Religious Leader, Cardinal

Dinah Manoff -- b.1/25/1958
Jewish, TV/Movie/Stage Actress
Names/Places: Lee Grant's daughter
TV Shows: Empty Nest (as Carol Weston), Soap (as Elaine Lefkowitz)

Pere Jacques Marquette -- b.6/1/1637 N.S. d.5/18/1675 N.S. (37)
Explorer, Missionary, French
Misc: Jesuit

John Williard Marriott Jr. -- b.3/25/1932
Mormon, Businessperson
Misc: Marriott Corp CEO

Steve (Comedian) Martin -- b.8/14/1945
Comedy Writer, Protestant, TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, Banjoist
Names/Places: b. in Waco, Texas; Victoria Tennant's husband
Misc: Late 70's EXCUUUUSE ME! comedian; 1970s TV variety, frequent Saturday Night Live, Late Show and Tonight Show guest
Movie Titles: Roxanne, The Jerk, Parenthood, Man with Two Brains, Little Shop of Horrors, Pennies From Heaven, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Lonely Guy, All of Me, Trains Boats & Planes, Three Amigos, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, L.A. Story, Father of the Bride I and II, Housesitter, Leap of Faith, Simple Twist of Fate, Sgt. Bilko, The Out of Towners, Bowfinger, Bringing Down the House, Looney Tunes Back in Action, Cheaper By The Dozen (and its sequels), Shopgirl, The Pink Panther (2006, 2009)

Lee Marvin -- b.2/19/1924 d.8/29/1987 (63)
Protestant, TV/Movie Actor
Names/Places: b. in New York City
TV Shows: M Squad (as Lt. Frank Ballinger)
Movie Titles: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Jackie Mason -- b.6/9/1931
Jewish, Actor, Comedian, Producer
Names/Places: b. in Sheboygan, WI; RN:Yokoff Moshe Maza or Jacob Masier
Misc: an ordained Rabbi; AP says b. 1928
TV Shows: Chicken Soup (as Jackie Fisher), The Simpsons (as Rabbi Krustofsky)
Movie Titles: Caddyshack II

Marcello Mastroianni -- b.9/28/1924 d.12/19/1996 (72)
Roman Catholic, Movie Actor, Italian
Names/Places: b. in Rome
Misc: some say b. 1923; in over 120 films

Cotton Mather -- b.2/12/1663 J-LD d.2/13/1728 J-LD (65)
Religionist, American
Misc: b. in Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony

Johnny Mathis -- b.9/30/1935
Roman Catholic, Movie Actor, Pop Singer, Gay
Names/Places: b. in San Francisco, CA
Misc: his Greatest Hits LP stayed on Billboard's album chart over 560 weeks
Song Titles: Chances Are
Album Titles: Greatest Hits

Walter Matthau -- b.10/1/1920 d.7/1/2000 (79)
Jewish, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Movie Director
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RLN:Matuschanskayasky (Mat-Shoe-An-Shock-Vas-Key)
Movie Titles: The Fortune Cookie, Cactus Flower, The Odd Couple, Plaza Suite, Pete n Tillie, Earthquake, The Sunshine Boys, The Bad News Bears, House Calls, California Suite, Hopscotch, The Couch Trip, JFK, Goodyear, Philco, Alfred Hitchcock, Dennis the Menace movie, Grumpy Old Men I and II, I.Q., Grumpier Old Men, I'm Not Rappaport, Out to Sea, Odd Couple II

Robert Maxwell -- b.6/10/1923 d.11/5/1991 (68)
Jewish, Publisher, Zillionaire, British, Czech
Names/Places: RN:Jan Ludwick Hoch
Misc: New York Daily News owner, Maxwell Communications Corp., Mirror Group of Newspapers

Elaine May -- b.4/21/1932
Screen/Scriptwriter, Jewish, Actress, Comedienne, Movie Director
Names/Places: b. in Philadelphia; RLN:Berlin; Sheldon Harnick's ex-wife
Misc: of (Mike) Nichols & May 1960s comedy pair
Movie Titles: California Suite, The Birdcage, A New Leaf, Primary Colors, Ishtar, Small Time Crooks

Jules Mazarin -- b.7/14/1602 d.3/9/1661 (58)
Cardinal, Prime Minister, Statesman
Misc: France chief minister

Cardinal John McCloskey -- b.3/10/1810 d.10/10/1885 (75)
Religious Leader
Misc: Second archbishop of New York, who was the first American churchman to be appointed cardinal.

Michael Joseph McGivney -- b.8/12/1852 d.8/14/1890 (38)
Misc: founded Knights of Columbus

Carl McIntire -- b.5/17/1906 d.3/9/2002 (95)
Misc: founder and minister in the Bible Presbyterian Church.

James McIntyre -- b.8/8/1857 d.7/16/1937 (79)

David O. McKay -- b.9/8/1873 d.1/18/1970 (96)
Religious Leader
Misc: the 9th Mormon President

Rod McKuen -- b.4/29/1933 d.1/29/2015 (81)
Poet, Roman Catholic, Composer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Oakland, Ca.
Misc: some say b. 1938
Song Titles: The Mummy (as Dor in the 1959 Bob McFadden record)

Ed McMahon -- b.3/6/1923 d.6/23/2009 (86)
Author, Roman Catholic, Movie Actor, Game Show Host, Variety Show Host, Announcer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit; Alyce Ferrell then Victoria Valentine's ex-hubby
Misc: WWII pilot; a big top clown, American Family Publisher's money giveawayman; Budweiser spokesman; still owes D.T. $10 million
Song Titles: Here's Johnny ("Weird Al" Yankovic immortalized him in that song)
TV Shows: The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (as sidekick and announcer), Whodunit?, Star Search, TV Bloopers & Practical Jokes (co-star with Dick Clark), Snap Judgement, Concentration, The Tom Show (as Charlie Dickerson)

Kristy McNichol -- b.9/11/1962
Roman Catholic, TV/Movie Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Producer, Pop Singer
Names/Places: b. in Los Angeles; Jimmy's sister
Misc: some say b. Sep 9
TV Shows: Apple's Way, Family (as Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence), Empty Nest (as Barbara Weston), Invasion America
Movie Titles: The Pirate Movie, White Dog

Aimee Semple McPherson -- b.10/9/1890 d.9/27/1944 (53)

Anne Meara -- b.9/20/1929 N.S. d.5/23/2015 N.S. (85)
Roman Catholic, Soap Actress, TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Comedienne, Commercial Actress, Irish
Names/Places: b. Brooklyn; Jerry Stillers' wife & comedic partner, Ben's mother
Misc: James Brady gives me b. Sept 22, other sources say b. Sept 20
TV Shows: Paul Lynde Show (as Grace Dickerson), The Corner Bar, Kate McShane (star), Rhoda (as Sally Gallagher), Archie Bunker Place (as Veronica Rooney), Alf (semireg), All My Children, Murphy Brown
Movie Titles: The Boys From Brazil, Awakenings, Crooked Lines, Zoolander, Sex in the City: The Movie

Philipp Melanchthon -- b.2/15/1497 J-LD d.4/19/1560 J-LD (63)
Humanist, Theologian, German

Burgess Meredith -- b.11/16/1907 d.9/9/1997 (89)
Episcopalian, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, TV Host, Movie Director
Names/Places: b. in Cleveland, Ohio
Misc: not b. years 1908 or 1909 according to his son
TV Shows: Batman (as The Penguin), Those Amazing Animals (co-host), Gloria (as Dr. Willard Adams)
Movie Titles: Winterset, Mr. Novak, Rocky (as Mickey)

Robert Merrill -- b.6/4/1917 N.S. d.10/23/2004 N.S. (87)
Jewish, Actor, Baritone, Opera Singer
Names/Places: b. in Brooklyn; RN:Moishe Miller
Misc: The Metropolitan Opera
TV Shows: Your Show of Shows

Thomas Merton -- b.1/31/1915 d.12/10/1968 (53)
Author, Poet, Religionist, Priest, French

Elder Michaux -- b.11/7/1883 d.10/20/1968 (84)
Religious Leader, Preacher
Names/Places: MN:Lightfoot Solomon

James A. Michener -- b.2/3/1907 d.10/16/1997 (90)
Author, Novelist, Quaker
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Book Titles: Tales of South Pacific, Hawaii, Space

Bette Midler -- b.12/1/1945
Jewish, TV/Movie/Stage Actress, Songwriter, Adult-Pop Singer
Names/Places: b. in Patterson, NJ
Movie Titles: The Rose, For The Boys, Hocus Pocus, First Wives Club, That Old Feeling, Drowning Mona, The Stepford Wives (2004)

Sylvia Miles -- b.9/9/1932
Jewish, Actress, Comedienne
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Misc: some say b. 1930 or b. 1933
Movie Titles: Heat, Wall Street, Midnight Cowboy, Farewell My Lovely

Johnny Miller -- b.4/29/1947
Mormon, Golfer
Misc: British Open champ 1976 and U.S. Open champ 1973

William Miller -- b.2/3/1908 d.??/??/????
Religious Leader

Nathan Milstein -- b.12/31/1904 d.12/21/1992 (87)
Jewish, Violinist, Russian
Misc: concert virtuoso

Liza Minnelli -- b.3/12/1946
Roman Catholic, Movie/Stage Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Producer, Dancer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Hollywood; Judy Garland & Vincente's daughter, Peter Allen's ex-wife
Misc: stage: Cabaret; at 19, she was the youngest to ever win a Tony award in 1965
TV Shows: Arrested Development (as Lucille Austero), Journey Back to Oz (as Dorothy, voice)
Movie Titles: Cabaret, That's Entertainment, Sex and the City 2

Robert Mitchum -- b.8/6/1917 d.7/1/1997 (79)
Protestant, TV/Movie Actor
Names/Places: b. in Bridgeport, CT
TV Shows: The Winds of War, North & South
Movie Titles: Cape Fear, Hopalong Cassidy (western series), Gung Ho, The Story of GI Joe, Out of the Past, Night of the Hunter

Mohammed -- b.1/19/570 d.6/8/632 (62)
Misc: his teachings, recorded in the Koran, forged a new religion, Islam; d. date according to tradition. UPI says b. Apr 20, 571.

Marilyn Monroe -- b.6/1/1926 d.8/5/1962 (36)
Judaism convert, Movie Actress, Singer, Model
Names/Places: b. in Los Angeles; RN:Norma Jean Mortenson Baker; Joe DiMaggio's, then Arthur Miller's ex-
Misc: was found dead in the bedroom of her Los Angeles home. Her death was ruled a "probable suicide" caused by an overdose of sleeping pills.
Movie Titles: Some Like It Hot

Dwight L. Moody -- b.2/5/1837 d.12/22/1899 (62)

Sun Myung Moon -- b.1/6/1920 d.9/3/2012 (92)
Misc: Unification Church-Moonies

Dudley Moore -- b.4/19/1935 d.3/27/2002 (66)
Protestant, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Comedian, Songwriter, Pianist, English
Names/Places: b. in London; Tuesday Weld's & Suzy Kendall's ex-husband
Misc: 1960s comedy team with Peter Cook
Song Titles: L.S. Bumblebee (sung with Peter Cook)
TV Shows: Dudley (as Dudley Bristol), Really Wild Animals (as the voice of Spin the globe)
Movie Titles: Unfaithfully Yours, 10, Foul Play, Arthur, Crazy People

George E. Moore -- b.11/4/1873 d.10/24/1958 (84)
Theologian, English

Mary Tyler Moore -- b.12/29/1936 d.1/25/2017 N.S. (80)
Roman Catholic, Actress, Variety Show Hostess, Dancer
Names/Places: b. in Brooklyn, New York
Misc: some say b. 1937, but she said she turned 60 on David Letterman the day after in 1996
TV Shows: Mary Tyler Moore Show (as Mary Richards), Dick Van Dyke Show (as Laura Petrie), New York News (as Louise Felcott)

Sir Roger Moore -- b.10/14/1927 N.S. d.5/23/2017 N.S. (89)
Protestant, TV/Movie Actor, English
Names/Places: b. in London
TV Shows: Ivanhoe, The Alaskans, Maverick (as Cousin Beauregard Maverick), The Saint (as Simon Templar)
Movie Titles: Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, Shout at the Devil, North Sea Hijack

Christopher Darlington Morley -- b.5/5/1890 d.3/28/1957 (66)
Novelist, Quaker, Journalist, American
Names/Places: MN:Darlington

Jedediah Morse -- b.8/23/1761 d.6/9/1826 (64)
Geographer, Clergyman

Moses -- b.??/??/???? d.??/??/????
Misc: fl.c.1300BC

Mother Angelica -- b.4/20/1923 N.S. d.3/27/2016 N.S. (92)
Religionist, Personality
Names/Places: aka Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation; RN: Rita Antoinette Rizzo
Misc: a nun who was the founder of the satellite network called Eternal Word Television Network

Mother Teresa -- b.8/27/1910 d.9/5/1997 (87)
Religious Leader, Nun, Humanitarian, Italian
Names/Places: RN:Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu; NN:Saint of the Gutters
Misc: Nobel Peace Laureate; founded Missionaries of the Charity

Elijah Muhammad -- b.??/??/570 d.??/??/632
Misc: Secular leader

Elijah Muhammad -- b.10/7/1897 d.2/25/1975 (77)
Names/Places: RLN:Poole
Misc: Black Muslim founder

Heinrich Muhlenberg -- b.9/6/1711 N.S. d.10/7/1787 N.S. (76)
Clergyman, German

John Peter Muhlenberg -- b.10/1/1746 d.10/1/1807 (61)
Revolutionary, Clergyman, American

Abel Muzorewa -- b.4/14/1925 d.4/8/2010 (84)
Clergyman, Prime Minister, Leader, African
Misc: Zimbabwe Rhodesia Prime Minister

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