Blanche Yurka - Actress. Born in St Paul, Minnesota, she was an opera singer when she made her debut as a character actor on Broadway in 1910. Turning to the screen, she is most remembered for the role as the vicious Madame Defarge in "A Tale of Two Cities" (1935). Among her many film credits were "Song of Bernadette" (1943), "A Night to Remember" (1943) and "13 Rue Madeleine" (1947).
Cathy O'Donnell - Actress. Began her film career with a role in 'The Best Years of Our Lives' (1946). Went on to be featured in several film-noir movies of the 1940s and 50s. One of her more notable roles was that of Ben-Hur's sister in the 1959 version of Ben-Hur. She was married to film director Robert Wyler for 22 years until her death from cancer in 1970.
Frank Gorshin, Jr - Actor. He was born in Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania). Appearing in more than 100 films, he is best remembered for his portrayal of the character 'The Riddler' in the classic 1960's TV series "Batman," for which he received an Emmy Award nomination.
Beverly Sills - Opera Singer. Considered to be one of the best known opera singers of the 1960s and 1970s, she was renowned for her coloratura roles in operas around the world. Born Belle Miriam Silverman in Brooklyn, she became general manager of the New York City Opera in 1980 after retiring from her singing career. Subsequently, in 1994, became Chairman of Lincoln Center and in 2002, of the Metropolitan Opera.
Neville Brand - Actor, Military Figure. Born in Griswold, Iowa, prior to his acting career he served as a Sergeant in the 331st Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division during World War II. After the war, he enrolled at the American Theater Wing, New York and worked on Broadway. He relocated to Hollywood and started his big screen career in "D.O.A." (1950). His other film credits included "Stalag 17" (1953), "Return From the Sea" (1954), "Love Me tender" (1956) and "Birdman of Alcatraz"…