List of famous people who died in 1944

List of celebrities who died in 1944
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  1. Glenn Miller

    Glenn Miller


    Alton Glenn Miller (March 1, 1904 – missing in action December 15, 1944) was an American big band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader in the swing era. He was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known big bands. Miller's notable recordings include "In the Mood", "Moonlight Serenade", "Pennsylvania 6-5000", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "A String of Pearls", "At Last", "(I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo", "American Patrol", "Tuxedo Junction", "Elmer's Tune", and "Little Brown Jug". While he was traveling to entertain U.S. troops in France during World War II, Glenn Miller's aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel.

  2. Lupe Velez

    Lupe Velez


    María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez (July 18, 1908 – December 13, 1944), known professionally as Lupe Vélez, was a Mexican stage and film actress and vedette.

  3. Harry Langdon

    Harry Langdon


    Harry Philmore Langdon (June 15, 1884 – December 22, 1944) was an American comedian who appeared in vaudeville, silent films (where he had his greatest fame), and talkies. He was briefly partnered with Oliver Hardy.

  4. Mildred Harris

    Mildred Harris


    Mildred Harris (November 29, 1901 – July 20, 1944) was a leading American film actress during the early part of 20th century. She was also the wife of Charlie Chaplin. Harris began her career in the film industry as a popular child actress when she was 11 years old. At the age of 15, she was cast as a harem girl in D. W. Griffith's Intolerance (1916). She appeared as a leading lady through the 1920s but her career slowed with the advent of the "talkies". She was critically praised for No, No Nanette in 1930, had a few bit parts in the early 1940s, and made her last appearance in the posthumously released Having Wonderful Crime of 1945.

  5. Merna Kennedy

    Merna Kennedy


    Merna Kennedy (September 7, 1908 - December 20, 1944) was an American actress of the late silent era and the transitional period into talkies.

  6. Erwin Rommel

    Erwin Rommel


    Erwin Johannes Eugen Rommel (15 November 1891 – 14 October 1944), popularly known as the Desert Fox (Wüstenfuchs,   ), was a German field marshal of World War II. He earned the respect of both his own troops and his enemies.

  7. Laird Cregar

    Laird Cregar


    Laird Cregar (July 28, 1913 – December 9, 1944) was an American film actor.

  8. Hana Brady

    Hana Brady


    Hana Brady, actually Hana "Hanička" Bradyová (16 May 1931 in Nové Město na Moravě, Czechoslovakia – 23 October 1944 in Auschwitz, Poland), was a 13-year old Jewish girl who was murdered in the Holocaust. She is the subject of the 2002 non-fiction children's book Hana's Suitcase, written by Karen Levine.

  9. Marion Harris

    Marion Harris


    Marion Harris (April 4, 1896 – April 23, 1944) was an American popular singer, most successful in the 1920s. She was the first widely known white singer to sing jazz and blues songs.

  10. Betty Compton

    Betty Compton


    Betty Compton (May 13, 1904 – July 12, 1944) was a stage actress who married New York City mayor Jimmy Walker in 1933. She was born as Violet Halling Compton in Sandown, Isle of Wight.

  11. Bella Rosenfeld

    Bella Rosenfeld


    Bella Rosenfeld Chagall (Russian: Бэлла Розенфельд-Шагал, 1895, Vitebsk – September 2, 1944, New York State), was the wife of Marc Chagall and a writer. She was the subject of many of Chagall's paintings including Bella with White Collar in 1917.

  12. Lina Cavalieri

    Lina Cavalieri


    Natalina "Lina" Cavalieri (25 December 1874 – 7 February 1944) was an Italian opera soprano singer, actress, and monologist.

  13. Aimee Semple McPherson

    Aimee Semple McPherson


  14. Fritz Pfeffer

    Fritz Pfeffer


    Friedrich "Fritz" Pfeffer (30 April 1889 – 20 December 1944) was a German dentist and Jewish refugee who hid with Anne Frank during the Nazi Occupation of the Netherlands, and who perished in the Neuengamme concentration camp in Northern Germany. Pfeffer was given the pseudonym Albert Dussel in Anne's diary, and remains known as such in many editions and adaptations of the publication.

  15. Richard Bennett

    Richard Bennett


    Richard Bennett (May 21, 1870 – October 22, 1944) was an American actor who became a stage and silent screen matinee idol over the early decades of the 20th century. He was the father of actresses Constance Bennett, Barbara Bennett and Joan Bennett by his second wife, actress Adrienne Morrison.

  16. Sadakichi Hartmann

    Sadakichi Hartmann


    Carl Sadakichi Hartmann (November 8, 1867 - November 22, 1944) was a critic and poet of German and Japanese descent.

  17. Manuel L. Quezon

    Manuel L. Quezon


    Manuel Luis Quezon y Molina (August 19, 1878 – August 1, 1944) served as president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944. He was the first Filipino to head a government of the Philippines (as opposed to other historical states), and is considered to have been the second president of the Philippines, after Emilio Aguinaldo (1897–1901).

  18. Asmahane



    Amal al-Atrash (Arabic: آمال الأطرشĀmāl al-Aṭrash; 25 November 1912 – 14 July 1944), better known by her stage name Asmahan (أسمهان Asmahān), was an Arab Druze singer and actress of Syrian origins who lived in Egypt. Having immigrated to Egypt in childhood, her family knew the composer Dawood Hosni, and she sang the compositions of Mohamed El Qasabgi and Zakariyya Ahmad. She also sang the compositions of Mohammed Abdel Wahab and her brother Farid al-Atrash, a then rising star musician in his own right. Hers was the only female voice in Arab music to pose serious competition to that of Umm Kulthum, who is considered to be one of the Arab world's most distinguished singers of the 20th century. Her mysterious death in an automobile accident shocked the public. Journalists spread gossip about her turbulent personal life and an alleged espionage role in World War II.

  19. Dick Purcell

    Dick Purcell


    Dick Purcell (August 6, 1908 - April 10, 1944) was an American actor best known for playing Marvel Comics' Captain America in the 1943 film serial, co-starring with Lorna Gray and Lionel Atwill. Purcell also appeared in films such as Tough Kid (1938), Heroes in Blue (1939), Irish Luck (1939) and King of the Zombies (1941).

  20. George Hill

    George Hill


    George Hill (1750–1819) was a Minister of St Andrews. He was Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1789, but an active member for much longer, where he succeededWilliam Robertson as leader of the Moderates. He was Principal of St Mary's College, St Andrews as well as Dean of the Chapel Royal and Dean of the Order of the Thistle.

  21. Kasturba Gandhi

    Kasturba Gandhi


    Kasturba Mohandas Gandhi  listen  (born Kastur Kapadia; 11 April 1869 – 22 February 1944) was the wife of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. In association with her husband, Kasturba Gandhi was a political activist fighting for civil rights and Indian independence from the British.

  22. Artur Phleps

    Artur Phleps


    Artur Gustav Martin Phleps (29 November 1881 – 21 September 1944) was an Austro-Hungarian, Romanian and German army officer who held the rank of SS-Obergruppenführer und General der Waffen-SS (lieutenant general) in the Waffen-SS during World War II. An Austro-Hungarian Army officer before and during World War I, he specialised in mountain warfare and logistics, and had been promoted to Oberstleutnant (lieutenant colonel) by the end of the war. During the interwar period he joined the Romanian Army, reaching the rank of General-locotenent (major general), and also became an adviser to King Carol. After he spoke out against the government, he was sidelined and forcibly retired from the army.

  23. Giovanni Gentile

    Giovanni Gentile


    Giovanni Gentile (May 30, 1875 – April 15, 1944) was an Italian neo-Hegelian Idealist philosopher and politician, a peer of Benedetto Croce. He described himself as 'the philosopher of Fascism', and ghostwrote A Doctrine of Fascism (1932) for Benito Mussolini. He also devised his own system of philosophy, Actual Idealism.

  24. Charles King

    Charles King


    Charles King (October 31, 1886 – January 11, 1944) was a vaudeville and Broadway actor who also starred in several movies. He starred as the leading actor in the hit MGM movie, The Broadway Melody (1929), the first all-talking film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

  25. Olive Custance

    Olive Custance


    Olive Eleanor Custance (7 February 1874 – 12 February 1944) was a British poet and wife of Lord Alfred Douglas. She was part of the aesthetic movement of the 1890s, and a contributor to The Yellow Book.

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