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Grace Abbott (1878 - 1939) An American social worker who worked to improve the rights of immigrants and the regulation of child labor. She helped to write the Social Security Act. Born in Grand Island, NE (340)

Grover Cleveland Alexander (1887 - 1950) One of the greatest pitchers in baseball history; played for the Philadelpia Phillies, the Chicago Cubs, and the St. Louis Cardinals. Nicknamed "Old Pete." Born in Elba, NE (351)

Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987) Born Frederick Austerlitz. An American dancer, choreographer, singer, musician and actor. He was considered to be one of the greatest dancers of the 20th century. His career spanned 76 years. Born in Omaha, NE (341)

Max Baer (1909 - 1959) Born Maximilian Adelbert Baer. An American boxer of the 1930s, one-time Heavyweight Champion of the World, actor, entertainer, professional wrestler and referee. Born in Omaha, NE (950)

Bil Baird (1904 - 1987) Born William Britton Baird. An American puppeteer of the mid- and late 20th century. One of his best known creatures was Charlemane the lion. Born in Grand Island, NE (951)

Marlon Brando (1924 - 2004) An American actor and film director. Widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time. He is a cultural icon and most famous for his roles as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront and Vito Corleone in The Godfather. Born in Omaha, NE (342)

Warren Buffett (1930 - ) An American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He was the most successful investor of the 20th century and consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people. Born in Omaha, NE (346)

Dick Cavett (1936 - ) Born Richard Alva Cavett. A former American television talk show host. He was the host of The Dick Cavett Show. Born in Gibbon, NE (952)

Dick Cheney (1941 - ) Born Richard Bruce Cheney. White House Chief of Staff to President Ford, U.S. congressman, Secretary of Defense and Vice President of the U.S. from 2001 to 2009. Born in Lincoln, NE (670)

Montgomery Clift (1920 - 1966) Born Edward Montgomery Clift. An American film and stage actor. Some of his movies include From Here to Eternity, The Misfits and Judgment at Nuremberg. Born in Omaha, NE (953)

Red Cloud (1822 - 1909) A war leader and a chief of the Oglala Lakota from 1868 to 1909. He defeated the U.S. Army in many battles. Born in North Platte, NE (350)

James Coburn (1928 - 2002) Born James Harrison Coburn III. An American film and television actor. He appeared in nearly 70 films and made over 100 television appearances during his 45-year career. Born in Laurel, NE (954)

Sandra Dale Dennis (1937 - 1992) An American theater and film actress. Some of her films include Splendor in the Grass, The Four Seasons and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Born in Hastings, NE (955)

Mignon Good Eberhart (1899 - 1996) An American author of mystery novels. She had one of the longest careers among major American mystery writers. Born in Lincoln, NE (956)

Harold Eugene "Doc" Edgerton (1903 - 1990) A professor of electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is credited with transforming the stroboscope from an obscure laboratory instrument into a common device. He was also involved with the development of sonar and deep-sea photography. Born in Fremont, NE (957)

Ruth Etting (1897 - 1978) An American singing star and actress of the 1920s and 1930s. She had over 60 hit recordings and worked in stage, radio and film. She is know as "America's sweetheart of song." Born in David City, NE (958)

Henry Fonda (1905 - 1982) An American film and stage actor with a career spanning more than five decades. Some of his films include The Grapes of Wrath, 12 Angry Men, Yours, Mine and Ours and On Golden Pond. Born in Grand Island, NE (345)

Gerald R. Ford (1913 - 2006) Born Leslie Lynch King, Jr. He became the 38th President of the United States when Richard Nixon resigned. He served from 1974 to 1977. Before this he was the 40th Vice President of the United States from 1973 to 1974. Born in Omaha, NE (267)

Hoot Gibson (1892 - 1962) Born Edmund Richard Gibson. An American rodeo champion and a pioneer cowboy film actor, director and producer. Born in Tekamah, NE (959)

Joyce Clyde Hall (1891 - 1982) American businessman who became the founder of the Hallmark Card Corporation. Born in David City, NE (347)

David Janssen (1931 - 1980) An American film and television actor. Best known for his starring role as Dr. Richard Kimble in the television series The Fugitive. Born in Naponee, NE (960)

Dorothy McGuire (1916 - 2001) An American actress. She started her career in the theater but also did film. Some of her films include A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Three Coins in the Fountain, Old Yeller and The Greatest Story Ever Told. Born in Omaha, NE (961)

Nick Nolte (1941 - ) Born Nicholas King Nolte. An American actor. Some of his films include The Deep 48 Hrs., Hulk, Hotel Rwanda and Warrior. Born in Omaha, NE (962)

Paul Revere (1938 - 2014) Musician. Leader and organist of the rock group Paul Revere & The Raiders. Born in Harvard, NE (130)

Hilary Swank (1974 - ) An American actress and producer. Some of her films include The Next Karate Kid, Million Dollar Baby, New Year's Eve and P.S. I Love You. Born in Lincoln, NE (619)

Inga Swenson (1932 - ) An Emmy award and Golden Globe-nominated American actress. Best known for her portrayal of Gretchen Kraus in the TV sitcom Benson. Her favorite role was Lizzie Currie in the musical 110 in the Shade. Born in Omaha, NE (963)

Robert Taylor (1911 - 1969) Born Spangler Arlington Brugh. An American film and television actor. He was one of the most popular leading men of his time. Born in Filley, NE (964)

Don Wilson (1900 - 1982) An American announcer and occasional actor in radio and television. Remembered best as the rotund announcer and comic foil to the star of The Jack Benny Program. Born in Lincoln, NE (966)

Julie Wilson (1924 - ) An American singer and actress. She made her Broadway stage debut in the 1946 revue Three to Make Ready. Other Broadway shows include Kismet, The Pajama Game Born in Omaha, NE (967)

Malcolm X (1925 - 1965) Born Malcolm Little. An American Muslim minister and a human rights activist. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history. He focused on black pride and economic reliance until he was killed in 1965. Born in North Omaha, NE (348)