The following is a sampling of errors
contained in various editions of the
Daily Celebrity Almanac, by Bob Barry.
Additional information on each error
correction can be found by clicking on
the link at the beginning and/or end
of each entry below.
Eddie Albert (actor) -
Some editions mistakenly report he was born in "1908."
Visit our list of errors contained in other reference books.
Correction: Because he was born out of wedlock,
his mother altered his birth certificate
to read "1908." His son, Edward Albert (also
an actor), confirmed this, and the fact that
Eddie Albert was actually born in 1906 in
Rock Island, Illinois. Consult Eddie Albert's profile for more information.
Jack Benny (comedian) - Some editions mistakenly claim
he was born in "Waukegan, IL"
Correction: He was born February 14th, 1894,
at 4:04 a.m., at Mercy Hospital, in Chicago, Illinois.
Visit our profile of Jack Benny for additional
Barbara Bush (Former First Lady) -
Some editions erroneously state she was born in "Rye, NY"
Correction: She was born at Booth Memorial Hospital,
in New York City, New York, not Rye, New York,
where she was raised. Mrs. Bush specifically addresses
this issue in her autobiography and confirms her
New York City birth. Additional biographical data can
be found in our profile of Barbara Bush.
Adelle Davis (writer/nutritionist/dietitian) - Some editions
erroneously spell her name "Adele."
Correction: It's actually spelled Adelle.
W.C. Fields (comedian) - Some editions erroneously
show "April 9, 1880" as his date of birth and
also report Fields was born "William Dunkenfield."
Correction: The correct spelling of his last
name is Dukenfield. He was born January 29th,
1880, at Arlington House on the corner of Main
and Mill Streets, Darby, near Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. Fields lied about his date of
birth (giving "April 9, 1879" as his d.o.b.)
in order to get married while still underage.
For many years, most reference books reported
this erroneous date. Most reference works have
now corrected their information. The above
birth date has been verified by members of
his family on several occasions, and confirmed
by various government records. Consult W.C. Fields'
profile for more information.
Senator Barry Goldwater (U.S. Senator) -
Some editions erroneously report "January 1" as
his date of birth.
Correction: This is one error that is
perfectly understandable. Not only did nearly
every reference source on the planet report the
same erroneous date of birth, but Barry Goldwater
himself reported January 1st as his date
of birth in his various autobiographies and other
books because he truly believed that it was his
actual date of birth. Late in life, Senator Goldwater
learned he was actually born at 3 a.m., on January 2nd,
1909. Additional biographical data can be found
in our profile of Senator Goldwater.
Richard Harris (actor/singer) -
Some editions mistakenly claim he was born in "1933."
Correction: He was born October 1st, 1930, at
11:20 a.m. GDT (10:20 GMT), in Limerick, Ireland.
This is the date and time of birth Richard himself
reported as his precise time of birth, and has
subsequently been verified by many researchers.
For additional biographical data, visit our profile
of Richard Harris.
Audrey Hepburn (actress) -
Some editions erroneously list "Audrey Hepburn Ruston"
as her name at birth.
Correction: Members of her family have addressed,
at length, the erroneous birth name attributed to
her and have confirmed that Audrey Kathleen Ruston
is the name on her birth certificate. Consult
Audrey Hepburn's profile for more information.
Heinrich Himmler (Nazi German war criminal) -
Some editions incorrectly report "November 7"
as his date of birth.
Correction: Heinrich Himmler was actually born October 7th.
Billie Holiday (singer) - Some editions erroneously
report her real name as "Eleanora Fagan," her
birthplace as "Baltimore, MD." and list her cause
of death as a "heroin overdose."
Correction: She was actually born Elinore Harris,
April 7th, 1915, at 2:30 a.m., at Philadelphia
General Hospital, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
and died of heart failure and cirrhosis of the
liver. Visit our profile of Billie Holiday for
Dorothy Lamour (actress/singer) -
Some editions erroneously state her last name at
birth was "Stanton."
Correction: Dorothy Lamour was actually born
Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton. Additional
biographical data can be found in our profile
of Dorothy Lamour.
Walter Matthau (actor) -
Some editions erroneously list "Walter Matuschanskayasky"
as his real name.
Correction: His family has repeatedly verified
that Walter John Matthow was his actual name at
birth. For additional information, visit our
profile of Walter Matthau.
Steve McQueen (actor) -
Some editions erroneously report "Indianapolis, IN"
as his birthplace.
Correction: He was born in Beech Grove, Indiana.
Ethel Merman (actress/singer) -
Some editions erroneously report "1909" as her
year of birth.
Correction: She was actually born January 16th, 1908,
at 359 4th Avenue, in Astoria, Queens, New York.
For additional in-depth biographical data, visit our
biography of Ethel Merman.
Gilda Radner (actress/comedienne) - Some editions erroneously
list her date of death as "May 2, 1989."
Correction: She died at 6:20 a.m., May 20th, 1989.
Her death certificate confirms this info.
Sugar Ray Robinson (boxing champion) -
Some editions mistakenly claim his name at birth
was "Walter Smith."
Correction: He was born Walker Elliot Smith, Jr.
Additional biographical data can be found in our
profile of Sugar Ray Robinson.
Vivian Vance (actress) -
Some editions erroneously list her year of birth
Correction: She was born July 26th, 1909,
at 311 East 5th Street, in Cherryvale, Kansas.
Visit our profile of Vivian Vance for
It is not our intent to denigrate this fine
publication, but merely to point out the above
inaccuracies to prevent further dissemination of
the erroneous data.