The following is a sampling of errors
contained in various editions of the
Time/Information Please Almanac.
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.
Dirk Benedict (actor/writer) -
Some older editions mistakenly list his year of
birth as "1944," instead of the correct date of
March 1st, 1945. Recent editions have actually
dropped his listing altogether. For additional
in-depth biographical data, visit our biography
of Dirk Benedict.
Jack Benny (comedian) -
Some editions erroneously report he was born in
Correction: He was born February 14th, 1894,
at 4:04 a.m., at Mercy Hospital, in Chicago,
Illinois. For many years the Information Please
Almanac continued to report the incorrect
birthplace, but thankfully recent editions
have the correct data. Visit our profile of
Jack Benny for additional information.
David Copperfield (magician) - Some editions misspell his place
of birth "Matchen," but newer editions thankfully have the correct
spelling of Metuchen, New Jersey.
Senator Barry Goldwater (U.S. Senator) -
Some editions erroneously report his date of birth.
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 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. Consult
Senator Goldwater's profile for more information.
Richard Harris (actor/singer) -
Some editions erroneously report 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.
Katharine Hepburn (actress) -
Some older editions erroneously report "11/8/1909"
as her date of birth, but newer editions thankfully
have the correct 5/12/07 listed. Visit our biography
of Katharine Hepburn for additional
Billie Holiday (singer) -
Some editions erroneously report her real name was
"Eleanora Fagan" and mistakenly list her birthplace
Correction: She was actually born Elinore Harris,
April 7th, 1915, at 2:30 a.m., at Philadelphia
General Hospital, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Consult Billie Holiday's profile for more information.
Dorothy Lamour (actress/singer) -
Some editions mistakenly claim her name
at birth was "Mary Kaumeyer."
Correction: Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton was
her real name. She personally addressed
this issue in an attempt to set the record
straight. Additional biographical data can
be found in our profile of Dorothy Lamour.
Lotte Lenya (actress/singer) -
Some editions erroneously list her year
of her birth as "1905."
Correction: She was actually born October 18th,
1898, in Vienna, Austria.
Walter Matthau (actor) -
Some editions erroneously report his real
name was "Walter Matuschanskayasky."
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 his place
of birth was "Indianapolis, Ind."
Correction: He was born in Beech Grove, Indiana.
Ethel Merman (actress/singer) -
Some editions erroneously report her year of
birth as "1909."
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.
Andy Warhol (artist) -
Some editions erroneously report both his date
and place of birth. Older editions incorrectly
list his birth data as "Cleveland, Ohio, 8/8/1931."
Correction: Warhol was actually born August 6th,
1928, at 6:30 a.m., at 73 Orr Street, Soho,
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.