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Noted Individuals Who Would Have Turned 100 in

April & May 2017

~ To view living individuals of note turning 100 in 2017, click here to go to the "Born 1917" page. ~

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  Dinu Lipatti
Romanian classical pianist and composer
04/01/1917 – 12/02/1950
  Melville Shavelson
American motion picture director and screenwriter, The Seven Little Foys, Houseboat
04/01/1917 – 08/08/2007
  Dabbs Greer
American actor, House of Wax, The Green Mile
04/02/1917 – 04/28/2007
  Lou Monte
American singer, "Dominick the Donkey", "Pepino the Italian Mouse"
04/02/1917 – 06/12/1989
  Leonora Carrington
English-born Mexican surrealist painter and writer
04/06/1917 – 05/25/2011
  R. G. Armstrong
American actor, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Dick Tracy
04/07/1917 – 07/27/2012
  Brad Dexter
American actor, The Asphalt Jungle, The Magnificent Seven
04/09/1917 – 12/12/2002
  Robert B. Woodward
American Nobel Prize-winning organic chemist
04/10/1917 – 07/08/1979
  Helen Forrest
American singer, "I Had the Craziest Dream"
04/12/1917 – 07/11/1999
  Valerie Hobson
English actress, Great Expectations, Kind Hearts and Coronets
04/14/1917 – 11/13/1998
  Hans Conried
American actor, The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T, TV's Make Room for Daddy
04/15/1917 – 01/05/1982
  Billy Benedict
American actor, the Bowery Boys film series
04/16/1917 – 11/25/1999
  Barry Nelson
American actor, Mary, Mary, The Shining
04/16/1917 – 04/07/2007
  Charlotte Salomon
German painter
04/16/1917 – 10/10/1943
  Yvette Chauviré
French prima ballerina assoluta
04/22/1917 – 10/19/2016
  Dorian Leigh
American fashion model
04/23/1917 – 07/07/2008
  Ella Fitzgerald
American singer, known as "The First Lady of Song"
04/25/1917 – 06/15/1996
(Some sources cite a 1918 birth year)
  Virgil Trucks
American baseball player
04/26/1917 – 03/23/2013
  Denzil Best
American jazz percussionist and composer
04/27/1917 – 05/24/1965
  Robert Anderson
American playwright and screenwriter, Tea and Sympathy
04/28/1917 – 02/09/2009
  Robert Cornthwaite
American actor, The Thing from Another World, TV's Picket Fences
04/28/1917 – 07/20/2006
  Maya Deren
Russian-born American avant-garde filmmaker
04/29/1917 – 10/13/1961
  Celeste Holm
American Oscar-winning actress, Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve
04/29/1917 – 07/15/2012
  John Beradino
American baseball player and actor, TV's General Hospital
05/01/1917 – 05/19/1996
  Betty Comden
American librettist, lyricist, screenwriter, Singin' in the Rain
05/03/1917 – 11/23/2006
  Domenico Bartolucci
Italian cardinal, composer, and Sistine Chapel Choir director (1956-1997)
05/07/1917 – 11/11/2013
  David Tomlinson
English actor, Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks
05/07/1917 – 06/24/2000
  John Anderson, Jr.
American politician, Kansas governor (1961-1965)
05/08/1917 – 09/15/2014
  Fay Kanin
American playwright and screenwriter, Teacher's Pet
05/09/1917 – 03/27/2013
  Margo
Mexican-born American actress, Lost Horizon, Viva Zapata!
05/10/1917 – 07/17/1985
  Lou Harrison
American composer
05/14/1917 – 02/02/2003
  George Gaynes
Finnish-born American actor, the Police Academy film series, TV's Punky Brewster
05/16/1917 – 02/15/2016
  James Donald
Scottish actor, Lust for Life, The Bridge on the River Kwai
05/18/1917 – 08/03/1993
  Raymond Burr
Canadian-born American actor, Rear Window, TV's Perry Mason, Ironside
05/21/1917 – 09/12/1993
  Edward Lorenz
American mathematician and meteorologist
05/23/1917 – 04/16/2008
  Sid Melton
American actor, TV's Make Room for Daddy, Green Acres
05/23/1917 – 11/02/2011
  Steve Cochran
American actor, White Heat
05/25/1917 – 06/15/1965
  Jimmy Hamilton
American jazz clarinetist
05/25/1917 – 09/20/1994
  Theodore Hesburgh
American clergyman and University of Notre Dame president (1952-1987)
05/25/1917 – 02/26/2015
  Barry Commoner
American cellular biologist and 1980 Citizens' Party presidential candidate
05/28/1917 – 09/30/2012
  John F. Kennedy
American president (1961-1963)
05/29/1917 – 11/22/1963

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