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CENTENNIAL BIRTHDAYS

Noted Individuals Who Would Have Turned 100 in

March & April 2017

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

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  Robert Lowell
American poet, Lord's Weary Castle, Life Studies
03/01/1917 – 09/12/1977
  Desi Arnaz
Cuban-born American singer, musician, actor, and television producer
03/02/1917 – 12/02/1986
  Laurie Baker
English-born Indian architect
03/02/1917 – 04/01/2007
  Harry Coover
American chemist and inventor, developed Super Glue
03/06/1917 – 03/26/2011
  Donald Davidson
American philosopher
03/06/1917 – 08/30/2003
  Will Eisner
American cartoonist, The Spirit, and graphic novelist, A Contract with God
03/06/1917 – 01/03/2005
  Frankie Howerd
English comedian and actor
03/06/1917 – 04/19/1992
  Leslie Fiedler
American literary critic
03/08/1917 – 01/29/2003
  Googie Withers
English actress, The Lady Vanishes, Night and the City
03/12/1917 – 07/15/2011
  Nat King Cole
American jazz pianist and singer, "Mona Lisa", "Unforgettable"
03/17/1917 – 02/15/1965
  Payton Jordan
American track and field coach
03/19/1917 – 02/05/2009
  Ed Furgol
American golfer
03/22/1917 – 03/06/1997
  Virginia Grey
American actress, The Women, All That Heaven Allows
03/22/1917 – 07/31/2004
  Kenneth Tobey
American actor, It Came from Beneath the Sea, TV's Whirlybirds
03/23/1917 – 12/22/2002
  John C. Kendrew
English Nobel Prize-winning biochemist and crystallographer
03/24/1917 – 08/23/1997
  Alex Steinweiss
American graphic designer, originated album cover art
03/24/1917 – 07/17/2011
  Rufus Thomas
American singer, "Walking the Dog", "Do the Funky Chicken"
03/26/1917 – 03/26/2001
  Cyrus Vance
American government official, Secretary of State (1977-1980)
03/27/1917 – 01/12/2002
  Tommy Holmes
American baseball player and manager
03/29/1917 – 04/14/2008
  Man o' War
American Thoroughbred race horse
03/29/1917 – 11/01/1947
  Herbert Anderson
American actor, TV's Dennis the Menace
03/30/1917 – 06/11/1994
  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

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