Very Famous People Who Died On Their Birthdays

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Allen Drury
> Lifespan: Sept. 2, 1918-1998
> Known as: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist
> Cause of death: Heart failure

Drury was a novelist and reporter who covered the U.S. Senate. He wrote 20 novels – including the Pulitzer-winning “Advise and Consent” – and several non-fiction works, often dealing with the topics of government and politicians. He completed his final novel two weeks before he died.

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Betty Friedan
> Lifespan: Feb. 4, 1921-2006
> Known as: Founder of National Organization for Women
> Cause of death: Congestive heart failure

Friedan was a feminist writer and activist who is credited with helping spark the second wave of American feminism. She died in Washington D.C. on her 85th birthday.

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Mike Douglas
> Lifespan: Aug. 11, 1925-2006
> Known as: Talk-show host
> Cause of death: Unknown

Douglas was a genial singer, actor, and talk show host, best known for “The Mike Douglas Show.” His cause of death was never revealed, but his wife said he became dehydrated after golfing and never recovered.

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Fran Warren
> Lifespan: March 4, 1926-2013
> Known as: Singer
> Cause of death: Natural causes

Born Francis Wolff, Fran Warren started out as a big band singer and eventually went solo with some success, and acted in three movies. She passed away in Connecticut at the age of 87.

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Max Julien
> Lifespan: Jan. 1, 1934-2022
> Known as: Actor
> Cause of death: Unknown

Julien was an actor, sculptor, and clothing designer. His largest film role was as Goldie in the 1973 Richard Pryor blaxploitation film “The Mack,” and he appeared in other films and TV shows over the years. He died in Los Angeles at the beginning of this year.

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