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Famous People Named Edna

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Who knew there were so many famous people named Edna in the world? Our list of celebrities named Edna includes pictures and information about each person when available, so you can get to know them a little better if you don't know them. The famous Ednas below come from all walks of life, but all ended up achieving fame or notoriety in one way or another. This list includes singers named Edna, actors named Edna, and much more. Edna St. Vincent Millay, Edna May Oliver, and Edna Ferber are only a few of the well-known people named Edna on this list.
  • AgeDec. at 58 (1892-1950)

    BirthplaceRockland, Maine

    Edna St. Vincent Millay (February 22, 1892 – October 19, 1950) was an American poet and playwright. She received the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1923, the third woman to win the award for poetry,...  more

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  • AgeDec. at 59 (1883-1942)

    BirthplaceMalden, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Edna May Oliver (born Edna May Nutter, November 9, 1883 – November 9, 1942) was an American stage and film actress. During the 1930s, she was one of the better-known character actresses in American...  more
  • Edna Ferber

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 82 (1885-1968)

    BirthplaceKalamazoo, Michigan

    Edna Ferber (August 15, 1885 – April 16, 1968) was an American novelist, short story writer and playwright. Her novels included the Pulitzer Prize-winning So Big (1924), Show Boat (1926; made into...  more
  • Edna O'Brien

    Novelist, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceTuamgraney, Republic of Ireland

    Josephine Edna O'Brien, (born 15 December 1930) is an Irish novelist, memoirist, playwright, poet and short story writer. Philip Roth described her as "the most gifted woman now writing in English",...  more
  • Age41

    BirthplaceUasin Gishu County, Kenya

    Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat (born 15 September 1979) is a Kenyan long-distance runner. She is the 2011 and 2013 IAAF World Champion in the marathon. She established herself as an elite marathon runner...  more
  • Edna Skinner (May 23, 1921 – August 8, 2003) was an American film and television actress notable for playing Kay Addison, neighbor of Wilbur Post, in the iconic TV series Mister Ed. Her character...  more
  • AgeDec. at 62 (1895-1958)

    BirthplaceParadise Valley, Nevada, United States of America

    Olga Edna Purviance (; October 21, 1895 – January 13, 1958) was an American actress during the silent movie era. She was the leading lady in many of Charlie Chaplin's early films and in a span of...  more
  • AgeDec. at 74 (1900-1974)

    BirthplaceHove, United Kingdom

    Edna Best (3 March 1900 – 18 September 1974) was a British stage and screen actress....  more
  • AgeDec. at 115 (1893-2008)

    BirthplaceIndiana, United States of America

    Edna Ruth Parker (née Scott) (April 20, 1893 – November 26, 2008) was an American supercentenarian who, for fifteen months, was recognized as the oldest person in the world. She featured in two...  more
  • Edna Lewis

    Writer, Chef

    AgeDec. at 89 (1916-2006)

    BirthplaceWestern Area Urban District, Freetown, Sierra Leone

    Edna Lewis (April 13, 1916 – February 13, 2006) was a renowned African-American chef, teacher, and author who helped refine the American view of Southern cooking. She championed the use of fresh, in...  more
  • AgeDec. at 92 (1921-2014)

    BirthplaceBromley, Kent, England, UK

    Edna Lillian Doré (née Gorring; 31 May 1921 – 11 April 2014) was a British actress. Doré was known for her bit-part roles in situation comedies and for playing the character of Mo Butcher in...  more
  • Edna Healey

    Edna May Healey, Baroness Healey (née Edmunds; 14 June 1918 – 21 July 2010) was a British writer, lecturer and filmmaker....  more
  • Edna Staebler


    AgeDec. at 100 (1906-2006)

    BirthplaceKitchener, Guelph, Canada

    Edna Staebler, (January 15, 1906 – September 12, 2006) was a Canadian author and award-winning literary journalist, best known for her series of cookbooks, particularly Food That Really Schmecks...  more
  • Edna Patterson

    Francia Yakilnilna Mitynen aka Edna Margaret Patterson was a Soviet citizen born in Australia. Mitynen was an illegal officer of the Naval GRU who was smuggled into the United States in August...  more
  • Edna F. Kelly


    AgeDec. at 91 (1906-1997)

    BirthplaceEast Hampton, New York, United States of America

    Edna Kelly (née Flannery; August 20, 1906 – December 14, 1997) was an American politician who served as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives from New York. Kelly was...  more
  • AgeDec. at 50 (1906-1957)

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Edna Marion, also known as Edna Marian (born Edna Marion Hannam; December 12, 1906 – December 2, 1957) was a silent motion picture actress who appeared in a number of Hal Roach short comedies. Her...  more
  • Edna Anhalt

    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Edna Anhalt (April 10, 1914 – 1987) was an American screenwriter, television writer, and film producer. Together with then husband Edward Anhalt, she enjoyed some considerable success in a 10-year...  more
  • Edna Buchanan

    Journalist, Novelist


    BirthplacePaterson, New Jersey

    Edna Buchanan (née Rydzik, born March 16, 1939) is an American journalist and writer best known for her crime mystery novels. She won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize for General News Reporting "for her...  more
  • Edna B. Foa



    BirthplaceHaifa, Israel

    Edna Foa (born 1937, Haifa) is an Israeli professor of clinical psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she serves as the Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety....  more
  • AgeDec. at 66 (1906-1972)

    BirthplaceBolton, United Kingdom

    Edna Morris was an actor....  more
  • Edna Murphy

    Model, Actor

    AgeDec. at 74 (1899-1974)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Edna Murphy (November 17, 1899 – August 3, 1974) was an American actress of the silent era. She appeared in 80 films between 1918 and 1933. Murphy was voted "Most Photographed Movie Star of 1925" by...  more
  • AgeDec. at 86 (1895-1982)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Edna Holland was an actress....  more
  • AgeDec. at 86 (1910-1997)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York, Harlem

    Edna Mae Harris (September 29, 1914 – September 15, 1997), sometimes credited as Edna May Harris was an American actress and singer. Harris was one of the premier African–American film actress of the...  more
  • Edna May

    Actor, Singer

    AgeDec. at 69 (1878-1948)

    BirthplaceSyracuse, New York, United States of America

    Edna May Pettie (September 2, 1878 – January 1, 1948), known on stage as Edna May, was an American actress and singer. A popular postcard beauty, May was famous for her leading roles in Edwardian...  more
  • Edna Kramer


    AgeDec. at 82 (1902-1984)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York

    Edna Ernestine Kramer Lassar (May 11, 1902 - July 9, 1984), born Edna Ernestine Kramer, was an American mathematician and author of mathematics books. Kramer was born in Manhattan to Jewish...  more
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