Famous People Who Died on July 11
Lady Bird Johnson
Actor, Filmmaker / 1907 - 1989
Laurence Olivier was one of the most acclaimed actors of the 20th century, known for his numerous Shakespeare roles on stage and screen as well as memorable turns in more modern classics.
William Ernest Henley
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profile name: George Gershwin profile occupation: Songwriter
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profile name: Lady Bird Johnson profile occupation: Women's Rights Activist, U.S. First Lady
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profile name: Laurence Olivier profile occupation: Actor, Filmmaker
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profile name: Michael DeBakey profile occupation: Educator, Inventor, Doctor, Surgeon
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profile name: Arthur Evans profile occupation: Archaeologist
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profile name: William Ernest Henley profile occupation: Literary Critic, Editor, Poet
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