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Famous People Born in 1917

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List of famous people born in 1917, with photos when available. This list of celebrities born in 1917 is loosely ordered by popularity, so the most well-known people are at the top. All sorts of men and women are featured on this list, including actors, singers, musicians and athletes born in 1917. Various bits of information are available for these prominent people whose birth year is 1917, such as what schools they went to and where they were born. If you're looking for a particular famous person born in 1917 you can type their name into the "search" bar and it will take you right to them.

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  • Joan Fontaine
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    Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland (October 22, 1917 – December 15, 2013), known professionally as Joan Fontaine, was a British-American actress who is best known for her starring roles in cinema during the Classical Hollywood era. Fontaine appeared in more than 45 feature films in a career that spanned five decades. She was the younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland. Born in Tokyo, Fontaine moved to California before she was two years old. She traveled there along with her mother, Lilian Fontaine, and sister, Olivia de Havilland, following her parents' divorce. She was anaemic as a child, and her childhood was consequently marred by poor health, but she had improved by her teen years.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 96 (1917-2013)
    • Birthplace: Japan, Tokyo

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  • Dean Martin
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    Dino Paul Crocetti (June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995), known famously as Dean Martin, was an American singer, actor and comedian. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed "The King of Cool" for his seemingly effortless charisma and self-assurance.Martin gained his career breakthrough through the Martin & Lewis act, which he formed together with fellow comedian Jerry Lewis. Following an acrimonious ending of his partnership with Lewis, Martin pursued a solo career as an actor and performer. Martin established himself as a notable singer, recording numerous contemporary songs as well as standards from the Great American Songbook.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)
    • Birthplace: Steubenville, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr. (September 11, 1917 – September 28, 1989) was a Filipino politician and kleptocrat who was the tenth President of the Philippines from 1965 to 1986. A leading member of the far-right New Society Movement, he ruled as a dictator under martial law from 1972 until 1981. His regime was infamous for its corruption, extravagance, and brutality.Marcos claimed an active part in World War II, including fighting alongside the Americans in the Bataan Death March and being the "most decorated war hero in the Philippines". A number of his claims were found to be false and the United States Army documents described Marcos's wartime claims as "fraudulent" and... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 72 (1917-1989)
    • Birthplace: Sarrat, Philippines

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  • Arthur C. Clarke
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    Sir Arthur Charles Clarke (16 December 1917 – 19 March 2008) was a British science fiction writer, science writer and futurist, inventor, undersea explorer, and television series host. He co-wrote the screenplay for the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, one of the most influential films of all time. Clarke was a science writer who was an avid populariser of space travel and a futurist of uncanny ability. He wrote over a dozen books and many essays for popular magazines. In 1961 he received the Kalinga Prize, a UNESCO award for popularising science. Clarke's science and science fiction writings earned him the moniker "Prophet of the Space Age". His science fiction earned him a number of... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 91 (1917-2008)
    • Birthplace: Minehead, United Kingdom

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