a person who provides musical accompaniment (usually on a piano)
a musician who plays the accordion
a theatrical performer
a female actor
Agnes George de Mille
United States dancer and choreographer who introduced formal dance to a wide audience (1905-1993)
Albert Schweitzer
French philosopher and physician and organist who spent most of his life as a medical missionary in Gabon (1875-1965)
Alfred Hawthorne
risque English comedian (1925-1992)
Alfred Lunt
United States actor who performed with his wife Lynn Fontanne in many stage productions (1893-1977)
Alice-Josephine Pons
United States coloratura soprano (born in France) (1904-1976)
Alicia Alonso
Cuban dancer and choreographer (born in 1921)
Alla Nazimova
United States actress (born in Russia) (1879-1945)
Allen Stewart Konigsberg
United States filmmaker and comic actor (1935-)
a singer whose voice lies in the alto clef
alto saxophonist
a musician who plays the alto saxophone
Andre Eglevsky
United States ballet dancer (born in Russia) (1917-1977)
Andres Segovia
Spanish guitarist who made classical guitar a concert instrument (1893-1987)
Anna Amalia Mercouri
Greek film actress (1925-1994)
Anna Pavlova
Russian ballerina (1882-1931)
Antoine Domino
United States rhythm and blues pianist and singer and composer (born in 1928)
Anton Bruckner
Austrian organist and composer of romantic music (1824-1896)
Anton Grigorevich Rubinstein
Russian composer and pianist (1829-1894)
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
Italian baroque composer and violinist (1675-1741)
Antony Tudor
United States dancer and choreographer (born in England) (1909-1987)
Arcangelo Corelli
Italian violinist and composer of violin concertos (1653-1713)
Arthur Jacob Arshawsky
United States clarinetist and leader of a swing band (1910-2004)
Arthur John Gielgud
English actor of Shakespearean roles who was also noted for appearances in films (1904-2000)
Arthur Marx
United States comedian; one of four brothers who made motion pictures together (1893-1964)
Arthur Mitchell
United States dancer who formed the first Black classical ballet company (born in 1934)
Arthur Rubinstein
United States pianist (born in Poland) known for his interpretations of the music of Chopin (1886-1982)
Arthur Stanley Jefferson Laurel
United States slapstick comedian (born in England) who played the scatterbrained and often tearful member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made many films (1890-1965)
Arthur Tatum
United States jazz pianist who was almost completely blind; his innovations influenced many other jazz musicians (1910-1956)
a public performer (a dancer or singer)
Artur Schnabel
United States composer (born in Austria) and pianist noted for his interpretations of the works of Mozart and Beethoven and Schubert (1882-1951)
Asa Yoelson
United States singer (born in Russia) who appeared in the first full-length talking film (1886-1950)
an entertainer who attracts large audiences
someone who plays the bagpipe
a singer of popular ballads
a female ballet dancer
ballet dancer
a trained dancer who is a member of a ballet company
ballet master
a man who directs and teaches and rehearses dancers for a ballet company
ballet mistress
a woman who directs and teaches and rehearses dancers for a ballet company
a player in a band (especially a military band)
Barbra Joan Streisand
United States singer and actress (born in 1942)
a male singer
an actor who travels around the country presenting plays
Baron Olivier of Birghton
English actor best know for his Shakespearean roles (1907-1989)
an adult male singer with the lowest voice
a musician who play the bass viol
a musician who plays the bassoon
baton twirler
someone who twirls a baton
Beatrice Lillie
British actress (born in Canada) (1898-1989)
Bela Bartok
Hungarian composer and pianist who collected Hungarian folk music; in 1940 he moved to the United States (1881-1945)
Bela Ferenc Blasko
United States film actor (born in Hungary) noted for portraying monsters (1884-1956)
bell ringer
someone who plays musical handbells
Belle Miriam Silverman
United States operatic soprano (born in 1929)
belly dancer
a woman who performs a solo belly dance
Benjamin David Goodman
United States clarinetist who in 1934 formed a big band (including black as well as white musicians) and introduced a kind of jazz known as swing (1909-1986)
Benjamin Kubelsky
United States comedian known for his timeing and delivery and self-effacing humor (1894-1974)
Bessie Smith
United States blues singer (1894-1937)
Bette Davis
United States film actress (1908-1989)
Bob Dylan
United States songwriter noted for his protest songs (born in 1941)
an entertainer who has a sensational effect
a person who amuses others by ridiculous behavior
someone who plays a bugle
a person who entertains people for money in public places (as by singing or dancing), usually while asking for money
a female singer
a witty amusing person who makes jokes
someone who parodies in an exaggerated manner
a musician who plays a carillon
a singer of carols
Cary Grant
United States actor (born in England) who was the elegant leading man in many films (1904-1986)
a male singer who was castrated before puberty and retains a soprano or alto voice
someone who plays a violoncello
character actor
an actor who specializes in playing supporting roles
Charles Camille Saint-Saens
French pianist and composer (1835-1921)
Charles Christopher Parker
United States saxophonist and leader of the bop style of jazz (1920-1955)
Charles Edward Berry
United States rock singer (born in 1931)
Charles Hardin Holley
United States rock star (1936-1959)
Charles Laughton
United States film actor (born in England) (1899-1962)
Charles Robert Redford
United States actor and filmmaker who starred with Paul Newman in several films (born in 1936)
a boy who sings in a choir
a woman who dances in a chorus line
a singer in a choir
Clara Josephine Schumann
German pianist and composer of piano music; renowned for her interpretation of music, especially the music of her husband Robert Schumann (1819-1896)
a musician who plays the clarinet
one of two actors who are given equal status as stars in a play or film
Coleman Hawkins
United States jazz saxophonist (1904-1969)
a lyric soprano who specializes in coloratura vocal music
an actor in a comedy
a professional performer who tells jokes and performs comical acts
a female comedian
a female actor in a comedy
British term for someone who introduces television acts or cabarets etc
a person who plays the concertina
someone who performs magic tricks to amuse an audience
a woman singer having a contralto voice
Cornelia Otis Skinner
United States actress noted for her one-woman shows (1901-1979)
corner man
a man at one end of line of performers in a minstrel show; carries on humorous dialogue with the interlocutor
a musician who plays the trumpet or cornet
a male singer with a voice above that of a tenor
a performer who gives exhibitions of riding and roping and bulldogging
a performer on the cymbals
Dame Alice Ellen Terry
English actress (1847-1928)
Dame Joan Sutherland
Australian operatic soprano (born in 1926)
Dame Kiri Janette Te Kanawa
New Zealand operatic soprano (born in 1944)
Dame Margot Fonteyn
English dancer who danced with Rudolf Nureyev (born in 1919)
Dame Myra Hess
English pianist (1890-1965)
Dame Sybil Thorndike
English actress (1882-1976)
dance master
a professional teacher of dancing
a performer who dances professionally
a male ballet dancer who is the partner of a ballerina
David Garrick
English actor and theater manager who was the foremost Shakespearean actor of his day (1717-1779)
Decimus Junius Juvenalis
Roman satirist who denounced the vice and folly of Roman society during the reign of the emperor Domitian (60-140)
Dino Paul Crocetti
United States singer (1917-1995)
a distinguished female operatic singer; a female operatic star
Donald Robert Perry Marquis
humorist who wrote about the imaginary life of cockroaches (1878-1937)
Douglas Elton Fairbanks
United States film actor noted for his swashbuckling roles (1883-1939)
Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
United States film actor; son of Douglas Elton Fairbanks, (1909-2000)
drum majorette
a female baton twirler who accompanies a marching band
someone who plays a drum
Dudley Stuart John Moore
English actor and comedian who appeared on television and in films (born in 1935)
Dustin Hoffman
versatile United States film actor (born in 1937)
E. G. Marshall
United States actor (1914-1998)
a performer who provides erotic entertainment by undressing to music
Edith Giovanna Gassion
French cabaret singer (1915-1963)
Edmund Kean
English actor noted for his portrayals of Shakespeare's great tragic characters (1789-1833)
Edward Goldenberg Robinson
United States film actor noted for playing gangster roles (1893-1973)
Edward Kennedy Ellington
United States jazz composer and piano player and bandleader (1899-1974)
Edward Lear
British artist and writer of nonsense verse (1812-1888)
Edward Vincent Sullivan
United States host on a well known television variety show (1902-1974)
Efrem Zimbalist
United States violinist (born in Russia) (1889-1985)
Eileen Farrell
United States operatic soprano noted for the clarity and power of her voice (1920-2002)
Eleanor Gwynne
English comedienne and mistress of Charles II (1650-1687)
Eleonora Duse
Italian actress best known for her performances in tragic roles (1858-1924)
Elizabeth Taylor
United States film actress (born in England) who was a childhood star; as an adult she often co-starred with Richard Burton (born in 1932)
Ella Fitzgerald
United States scat singer (1917-1996)
Elvis Aron Presley
United States rock singer whose many hit records and flamboyant style greatly influenced American popular music (1935-1977)
a person who acts as host at formal occasions (makes an introductory speech and introduces other speakers)
Emilie Charlotte le Breton
British actress and mistress of the prince who later became Edward VII (1853-1929)
Emmett Kelly
United States circus clown (1898-1979)
Enrico Caruso
outstanding Italian operatic tenor (1873-1921)
Erich von Stroheim
United States film actor (born in Austria) (1885-1957)
Ernestine Schumann-Heink
United States operatic contralto (1861-1936)
escape expert
an entertainer who is expert in the art of escaping
Ethel Barrymore
United States actress; daughter of Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Barrymore (1879-1959)
Ethel Merman
United States singer who appeared in several musical comedies (1909-1984)
Ethel Waters
United States actress and singer (1896-1977)
Eugene Curran Kelly
United States dancer who performed in many musical films (1912-1996)
Eva Le Gallienne
United States actress (born in England) (1899-1991)
a performer (usually of musical works)
a minor actor in crowd scenes
Ferdinand Joseph La Menthe Morton
United States jazz musician who moved from ragtime to New Orleans jazz (1885-1941)
a musician who plays the violin
film star
a star who plays leading roles in the cinema
fire walker
someone who walks barefoot on burning coals
a performer who pretends to swallow fire
someone who plays the flute
folk singer
a singer of folk songs
a professional clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman in the Middle Ages
Francis Albert Sinatra
United States singer and film actor (1915-1998)
Francis Poulenc
French pianist and composer (1899-1963)
Francois Couperin
French composer of music for organ and a member of a family of distinguished organists (1668-1733)
Francois Rabelais
author of satirical attacks on medieval scholasticism (1494-1553)
Frank Cooper
United States film actor noted for his portrayals of strong silent heroes (1901-1961)
Franz Liszt
Hungarian composer and piano virtuoso (1811-1886)
Fred Astaire
United States dancer and cinema actor noted for his original and graceful tap dancing (1899-1987)
Frederic Francois Chopin
French composer (born in Poland) and pianist of the romantic school (1810-1849)
Fritz Kreisler
United States violinist (born in Austria) (1875-1962)
Gaetan Vestris
Italian dancing-master for Louis XVI who was considered the greatest dancer of his day; he was the first to discard the mask in mime (1729-1808)
a comedian who uses gags
Galina Sergeevna Ulanova
Russian ballet dancer (1910-1998)
a musician who performs upon the viola da gamba
a carnival performer who does disgusting acts
George Balanchine
United States dancer and choreographer (born in Russia) noted for his abstract and formal works (1904-1983)
George C. Scott
award-winning United States film actor (1928-1999)
George Harrison
English rock star; lead guitarist of the Beatles (1943-2001)
George Orson Welles
United States actor and filmmaker (1915-1985)
Georges Enesco
Romanian violinist and composer (1881-1955)
Georgiana Emma Barrymore
United States actress; daughter of John Drew and wife of Maurice Barrymore; mother of Ethel Barrymore and John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore (1854-1893)
Gerard Depardieu
French film actor (born in 1948)
Gertrude Lawrence
English actress (1898-1952)
Glenda Jackson
English film actress who later became a member of British Parliament (born in 1936)
Gloria May Josephine Svensson
United States actress in many silent films (1899-1983)
Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen
United States comedienne remembered as the confused but imperturbable partner of her husband, George Burns (1906-1964)
Greta Louisa Gustafsson
United States film actress (born in Sweden) known for her reclusiveness (1905-1990)
guitar player
a musician who plays the guitar
an unskilled actor who overacts
Harlean Carpenter
United States film actress who made several films with Clark Gable (1911-1937)
a clown or buffoon (after the Harlequin character in the commedia dell'arte)
Harley Granville-Barker
English actor and dramatist and critic and director noted for his productions of Shakespearean plays (1877-1946)
a musician who sings or plays in harmony
Harold Clayton Lloyd
United States comic actor in silent films; he used physical danger as a source of comedy (1893-1971)
someone who plays the harp
someone who plays the harpsichord
Harry Houdini
United States magician (born in Hungary) famous for his ability to escape from chains or handcuffs or straitjackets or padlocked containers (1874-1926)
Harry Lillis Crosby
United States singer and film actor (1903-1977)
a performer who receives prominent billing
an object of infatuation
an actor who plays villainous roles
Helen Hayes
acclaimed actress of stage and screen (1900-1993)
Helen Porter Mitchell
Australian operatic soprano (1861-1931)
Helen Traubel
United States operatic soprano (1903-1972)
Henriette Rosine Bernard
French actress (1844-1923)
Henry Fonda
United States film actor (1905-1982)
Henry Purcell
English organist at Westminster Abbey and composer of many theatrical pieces (1659-1695)
Henry Wheeler Shaw
United States humorist who wrote about rural life (1818-1885)
Herbert Marx
United States comedian; one of four brothers who made motion pictures together (1901-1979)
Hiram King Williams
United States country singer and songwriter (1923-1953)
a professional dancer
a musician who plays a horn (especially a French horn)
Huddie Leadbetter
United States folk singer and composer (1885-1949)
Hume Blake Cronyn
Canadian actor who frequently played character parts with his wife Jessica Tandy (1911-2003)
a singer who produces a tune without opening the lips or forming words
someone who acts speaks or writes in an amusing way
Humphrey DeForest Bogart
United States film actor (1899-1957)
someone who is adored blindly and excessively
Ignace Jan Paderewski
Polish pianist who in 1919 served as the first Prime Minister of independent Poland (1860-1941)
Imogene Coca
United States comedienne who starred in early television shows with Sid Caesar (1908-2001)
an actress who specializes in playing the role of an artless innocent young girl
Ingrid Bergman
Swedish film actress (1915-1982)
someone who plays a musical instrument (as a profession)
the performer in the middle of a minstrel line who engages the others in talk
a humorist who uses ridicule and irony and sarcasm
Isaac Stern
United States concert violinist (born in Russia in 1920)
Isadora Duncan
United States dancer and pioneer of modern dance (1878-1927)
Israel Strassberg
United States actor and film director (born in Austria) who was a leader in developing method acting in the United States (1901-1982)
Jack Lemmon
United States film actor (1925-2001)
James Byron Dean
United States film actor whose moody rebellious roles made him a cult figure (1931-1955)
James Cagney
United States film actor known for his portrayals of tough characters (1899-1986)
James Douglas Morrison
United States rock singer (1943-1971)
James Grover Thurber
United States humorist and cartoonist who published collections of essays and stories (1894-1961)
James Maitland Stewart
United States film actor who portrayed incorruptible but modest heros (1908-1997)
James Marshall Hendrix
United States guitarist whose innovative style with electric guitars influenced the development of rock music (1942-1970)
James Neville Mason
English film actor (1909-1984)
Jane Fonda
United States film actress and daughter of Henry Fonda (born in 1937)
Janis Joplin
United States singer who died of a drug overdose at the height of her popularity (1943-1970)
jazz musician
a musician who plays or composes jazz music
Jerry Lee Lewis
United States rock star singer and pianist (born in 1935)
Jessica Tandy
United States actress (born in England) who made many stage appearances, often with her husband Hume Cronyn (1909-1994)
Jessye Norman
United States operatic soprano (born in 1945)
Jim Henson
United States puppeteer who created a troupe of puppet characters (1936-1990)
Jimmy Durante
United States comedian remembered for his large nose and hoarse voice (1893-1980)
Joan Crawford
United States film actress (1908-1977)
Johann Sebastian Bach
German baroque organist and contrapuntist; composed mostly keyboard music; one of the greatest creators of western music (1685-1750)
John Barrymore
United States actor; son of Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Barrymore (1882-1942)
John Birks Gillespie
United States jazz trumpeter and exponent of bebop (1917-1993)
John Dowland
English lutenist and composer of songs for the lute (1563-1626)
John Drew
United States actor (born in Ireland); father of Georgiana Emma Barrymore (1827-1862)
John Hemminge
English actor who edited the first folio of Shakespeare's plays (1556-1630)
John Lennon
English rock star and guitarist and songwriter who with Paul McCartney wrote most of the music for the Beatles (1940-1980)
John McCormick
United States operatic tenor (born in Ireland) (1884-1945)
John Wayne
United States film actor who played tough heroes (1907-1979)
John Wilkes Booth
United States actor and assassin of President Lincoln (1838-1865)
Johnny Cash
United States country music singer and songwriter (1932-2003)
a person who enjoys telling or playing jokes
Jonathan Swift
an English satirist born in Ireland (1667-1745)
Joseph Francis Keaton
United States comedian and actor in silent films noted for his acrobatic skills and deadpan face (1895-1966)
Joseph Joachim
Hungarian violinist and composer (1831-1907)
Joseph Oliver
United States jazz musician who influenced the style of Louis Armstrong (1885-1938)
Judith Jamison
United States dancer and choreographer (born in 1944)
Judy Garland
United States singer and film actress (1922-1969)
a performer who juggles objects and performs tricks of manual dexterity
Julio Iglesias
Spanish singer noted for his ballads and love songs (born in 1943)
Julius Marx
United States comedian; one of four brothers who made motion pictures together (1890-1977)
a masked dancer during a Pueblo religious ceremony who is thought to embody some particular spirit
Karl Czerny
Austrian virtuoso pianist and composer of many works for the piano; studied with Beethoven and was a teacher of Liszt (1791-1857)
Katharine Houghton Hepburn
United States film actress who appeared in many films with Spencer Tracy (1907-2003)
Katherine Cornell
United States actress noted for her performances in Broadway plays (1893-1974)
Kathryn Elizabeth Smith
United States singer noted for her rendition of patriotic songs (1909-1986)
a musician who plays a keyboard instrument
Konstantin Sergeyevich Stanislavsky
Russian actor and theater director who trained his actors to emphasize the psychological motivation of their roles (1863-1938)
koto player
a musician who plays the koto
mimics literary or musical style for comic effect
Laszlo Lowestein
United States actor (born in Hungary) noted for playing sinister roles (1904-1964)
Lauritz Lebrecht Hommel Melchior
United States operatic tenor (born in Denmark) noted for his Wagnerian roles (1890-1973)
an actor who plays a principal role
leading lady
actress who plays the leading female role
leading man
actor who plays the leading male role
Lee Yuen Kam
United States actor who was an expert in kung fu and starred in martial arts films (1941-1973)
Lena Calhoun Horne
United States singer and actress (born in 1917)
Leonard Marx
United States comedian; one of four brothers who made motion pictures together (1891-1961)
Leonide Fedorovitch Massine
French choreographer and ballet dancer (born in Russia) (1895-1979)
Leslie Howard Stainer
English actor of stage and screen (1893-1943)
Leslie Townes Hope
United States comedian (born in England) who appeared in films with Bing Crosby (1903-2003)
Lester Willis Young
United States jazz tenor saxophonist (1909-1959)
lieder singer
a singer of lieder
Lilian Alicia Marks
English ballet dancer (born in 1910)
Lillian Gish
United States film actress who appeared in films by D. W. Griffith (1896-1993)
Lillian Russell
United States entertainer remembered for her roles in comic operas (1861-1922)
Lionel Barrymore
United States actor; son of Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Barrymore (1878-1954)
Lionel Hampton
United States musician who was the first to use the vibraphone as a jazz instrument (1913-2002)
Lord of Misrule
a person appointed master of revels at a Christmas celebration
Loretta Young
United States film and television actress (1913-2000)
Louis Armstrong
United States pioneering jazz trumpeter and bandleader (1900-1971)
Luciano Pavarotti
Italian tenor (born in 1935)
Lucille Ball
United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989)
a musician who plays the lute
Lynn Fontanne
United States actress (born in England) who married Alfred Lunt and performed with him in many plays (1887-1983)
Madonna Louise Ciccone
United States pop singer and sex symbol during the 1980s (born in 1958)
a singer of madrigals
Mae West
United States film actress (1892-1980)
Mahalia Jackson
United States singer who did much to popularize gospel music (1911-1972)
Manuel de Falla
Spanish composer and pianist (1876-1946)
Marc Blitzstein
United States pianist and composer of operas and musical plays (1905-1964)
Marcel Marceau
French mime famous for his sad-faced clown (born in 1923)
Maria Magdalene von Losch
United States film actress (born in Germany) who made many films with Josef von Sternberg and later was a successful cabaret star (1901-1992)
Maria Meneghini Callas
Greek coloratura soprano (born in the United States) known for her dramatic intensity in operatic roles (1923-1977)
Maria Tallchief
United States ballerina who promoted American ballet through tours and television appearances (born in 1925)
Marian Anderson
United States contralto noted for her performance of spirituals (1902-1993)
Marie Dolores Eliza Rosanna Gilbert
Irish dancer (1818-1861)
Marilyn Horne
United States operatic mezzo-soprano (born 1934)
Marta Brigit Nilsson
Swedish operatic soprano who played Wagnerian roles (born in 1918)
Martha Graham
United States dancer and choreographer whose work was noted for its austerity and technical rigor (1893-1991)
Mary Leontyne Price
United States operatic soprano (born 1927)
Mary Martin
United States actress (1913-1990)
Mary Pickford
United States film actress (born in Canada) who starred in silent films (1893-1979)
Maurice Barrymore
United States actor; husband of Georgiana Emma Barrymore and father of Ethel Barrymore and John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore (1847-1905)
Maurice Chevalier
French actor and cabaret singer (1888-1972)
Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson
Australian actor (born in the United States in 1956)
Merce Cunningham
United States dancer and choreographer (born in 1922)
Meryl Streep
United States film actress (born in 1949)
a soprano with a voice between soprano and contralto
Michael Joe Jackson
United States singer who began singing with his four brothers and later became a highly successful star during the 1980s (born in 1958)
Michael Philip Jagger
English rock star (born in 1943)
Mikhail Baryshnikov
Russian dancer and choreographer who migrated to the United States (born in 1948)
Miles Dewey Davis Jr.
United States jazz musician; noted for his trumpet style (1926-1991)
an actor who communicates entirely by gesture and facial expression
mind reader
a magician who seems to discern the thoughts of another person (usually by clever signals from an accomplice)
a performer in a minstrel show
Moira Shearer
Scottish ballet dancer and actress (born in 1926)
an entertainer who performs alone
movie actor
an actor who plays a role in a film
Natalie Wood
United States film actress (1938-1981)
Nathan Birnbaum
United States comedian and film actor (1896-1996)
nautch girl
a professional dancing girl in India
Niccolo Paganini
Italian violinist and composer of music for the violin (1782-1840)
Norma Jean Baker
United States film actress noted for sex appeal (1926-1962)
a musician who plays the oboe
Oliver Hardy
United States slapstick comedian who played the pompous and overbearing member of the Laurel and Hardy duo who made many films (1892-1957)
opera star
singer of lead role in an opera
a person who plays an organ
Otis Skinner
United States actor (1858-1942)
Pablo Casals
an outstanding Spanish cellist noted for his interpretation of Bach's cello suites (1876-1973)
Paul Bustill Robeson
United States bass singer and an outspoken critic of racism and proponent of socialism (1898-1976)
Paul Leonard Newman
United States film actor (born in 1925)
Paul Simon
United States singer and songwriter (born in 1942)
Pearl Mae Bailey
United States singer (1918-1990)
a musician who plays percussion instruments
an entertainer who performs a dramatic or musical work for an audience
Peter Alexander Ustinov
British actor and playwright (1921-2004)
Peter Seamus O'Toole
British actor (born in Ireland in 1932)
Peter Seeger
United States folk singer who was largely responsible for the interest in folk music in the 1960s (born in 1919)
Peter Sellers
English comic actor (1925-1980)
a person who plays the piano
Pinchas Zukerman
Israeli violinist (born in 1948)
pipe major
the chief piper in a band of bagpipes
Placido Domingo
Spanish operatic tenor noted for performances in operas by Verdi and Puccini (born in 1941)
an actor situated in the audience whose acting is rehearsed but seems spontaneous to the audience
a pleasing entertainer
prima ballerina
a leading female ballet dancer
Princess Grace of Monaco
United States film actress who retired when she married into the royal family of Monaco (1928-1982)
someone overly fond of making puns
one who operates puppets or marionettes
question master
the host or chairman of a radio or tv quiz show or panel game
someone who performs rap music
Ravi Shankar
Indian sitar player who popularized classical Indian music in the West (born in 1920)
a musician who gives recitals
recorder player
someone who plays the recorder
a person who enacts a role in an event that occurred earlier
Reginald Carey Harrison
English actor on stage and in films (1908-1990)
Renata Tebaldi
Italian operatic soprano (born in 1922)
rhythm and blues musician
a performer (and sometimes composer) of rhythm and blues music
Richard Burbage
English actor who was the first to play the leading role in several of Shakespeare's tragedies (1567-1619)
Richard Burton
Welsh film actor who often co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor (1925-1984)
Richard Starkey
rock star and drummer for the Beatles (born in 1940)
Riley B King
United States guitar player and singer of the blues (born in 1925)
Ringgold Wilmer Lardner
United States humorist and writer of satirical short stories (1885-1933)
the person in charge of performances in a circus ring
Robert Charles Benchley
United States humorist (1889-1945)
Robert De Niro
United States film actor who frequently plays tough characters (born 1943)
Robert Mitchum
United States film actor (1917-1997)
Robert Nesta Marley
Jamaican singer who popularized reggae (1945-1981)
rock 'n' roll musician
a performer or composer or fan of rock music
rock star
a famous singer of rock music
Rosa Melba Ponselle
United States soprano (1897-1981)
Rose Louise Hovick
United States striptease artist who became famous on Broadway in the 1930s (1914-1970)
Roy Orbison
United States composer and rockabilly tenor popular in the 1950s (1936-1988)
Rudolf Nureyev
Russian dancer who was often the partner of Dame Margot Fonteyn and who defected to the United States in 1961 (born in 1938)
Rudolf Serkin
United States concert pianist (born in Czechoslovakia) (1903-1991)
Ruth Saint Denis
United States dancer and choreographer who collaborated with Ted Shawn (1877-1968)
woman whose dancing beguiled Herod into giving her the head of John the Baptist
Samuel Langhorne Clemens
United States writer and humorist best known for his novels about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (1835-1910)
Sarah Kemble Siddons
English actress noted for her performances in Shakespearean roles (1755-1831)
Sarah Vaughan
United States jazz singer noted for her complex bebop phrasing and scat singing (1924-1990)
a person who performs in the operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan
a musician who plays the saxophone
an actor who draws more attention than other actors in the same scene
second banana
a performer who acts as stooge to a comedian
Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff
composer and piano virtuoso born in Russia (1873-1943)
Shirley Temple Black
popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)
Sidney Caesar
United States comedian who pioneered comedy television shows (born 1922)
Sidney Poitier
United States film actor and director (born in 1927)
a performer who reads without preparation or prior acquaintance (as in music)
a person who sings
Sir Alec Guinness
English stage and screen actor noted for versatility (1914-2000)
Sir Anthony Philip Hopkins
Welsh film actor (born in 1937)
Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin
English comedian and film maker; portrayed a downtrodden little man in baggy pants and bowler hat (1889-1977)
Sir Harry MacLennan Lauder
Scottish ballad singer and music hall comedian (1870-1950)
Sir Henry Maxmilian Beerbohm
English writer and caricaturist (1872-1956)
Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
English actor and theatrical producer noted for his lavish productions of Shakespeare (1853-1917)
Sir James Paul McCartney
English rock star and bass guitarist and songwriter who with John Lennon wrote most of the music for the Beatles (born in 1942)
Sir Noel Pierce Coward
English dramatist and actor and composer noted for his witty and sophisticated comedies (1899-1973)
Sir Ralph David Richardson
British stage and screen actor noted for playing classic roles (1902-1983)
Sir Yehudi Menuhin
British violinist (born in the United States) who began his career as a child prodigy in the 1920s (1916-1999)
sitar player
a musician who plays the sitar
snake charmer
a performer who uses movements and music to control snakes
Sofia Scicolone
Italian film actress (born in 1934)
a musician who performs a solo
a person who sings
a woman songster (especially of popular songs)
Sophie Tucker
United States vaudevillian (born in Russia) noted for her flamboyant performances (1884-1966)
a female singer
Spencer Tracy
United States film actor who appeared in many films with Katharine Hepburn (1900-1967)
an actor able to replace a regular performer when required
a young (film) actress who is publicized as a future star
Stephane Grappelli
French jazz violinist (1908-1997)
Stephen Butler Leacock
Canadian economist best remembered for his humorous writings (1869-1944)
Steve Martin
United States actor and comedian (born in 1945)
a man who performs feats of strength at a fair or circus
Swedish Nightingale
Swedish soprano who toured the United States under the management of P. T. Barnum (1820-1887)
the person who proposes toasts and introduces speakers at a banquet
a musician who plays syncopated jazz music (usually in a dance band)
Tallulah Bankhead
uninhibited United States actress (1903-1968)
Tamara Karsavina
Russian dancer who danced with Nijinsky (1885-1978)
Tammy Wynetter Pugh
United States country singer (1942-1998)
tap dancer
a dancer who sounds out rhythms by using metal taps on the toes and heels of the shoes
taxi dancer
a woman employed to dance with patrons who pay a fee for each dance
Ted Shawn
United States dancer and choreographer who collaborated with Ruth Saint Denis (1891-1972)
an adult male with a tenor voice
tenor saxophonist
a musician who plays the tenor saxophone
Thelonious Sphere Monk
United States jazz pianist who was one of the founders of the bebop style (1917-1982)
Thomas J. Hanks
United States film actor (born in 1956)
Thomas Tallis
English organist and composer of church and secular music; was granted a monopoly in music printing with William Byrd (1505-1585)
Thomas Wright Waller
United States jazz musician (1904-1943)
a woman who sings popular songs
a person who plays the kettledrums
toast mistress
a woman toastmaster
top banana
the leading comedian in a burlesque show
torch singer
a singer (usually a woman) who specializes in singing torch songs
an actor who specializes in tragic roles
an actress who specializes in tragic roles
trombone player
a musician who plays the trombone
TV star
a star in a television show
Twyla Tharp
innovative United States dancer and choreographer (born in 1941)
a selfish actor who upstages the other actors
Vaslav Nijinsky
Russian dancer considered by many to be the greatest dancer of the 20th century (1890-1950)
a performer who works in vaudeville
a performer who projects the voice into a wooden dummy
a musician who plays the vibraphone
a musician who plays the viola
Virginia Katherine McMath
United States dancer and film actress who partnered with Fred Astaire (1911-1995)
Vivien Leigh
English film actress (1913-1967)
Vladimir Horowitz
Russian concert pianist who was a leading international virtuoso (1904-1989)
(metonymy) a singer
plays a small part in a dramatic production
Wanda Landowska
United States harpsichordist (born in Poland) who helped to revive modern interest in the harpsichord (1879-1959)
a singer; usually a singer who adds embellishments to the song
a clown whose face is covered with white make-up
William Byrd
English organist and composer of church music; master of 16th century polyphony; was granted a monopoly in music printing with Thomas Tallis (1543-1623)
William Clark Gable
United States film actor (1901-1960)
William Claude Dukenfield
United States comedian and film actor (1880-1946)
William Henry Pratt
United States film actor (born in England) noted for his performances in horror films (1887-1969)
William John Clifton Haley Jr.
United States rock singer who was one of the first to popularize rock'n'roll music (1925-1981)
William Penn Adair Rogers
United States humorist remembered for his homespun commentary on politics and American society (1879-1935)
Woodrow Charles Herman
United States jazz musician and bandleader (1913-1987)
Woodrow Wilson Guthrie
United States folk singer and songwriter (1912-1967)
someone who plays a xylophone
a singer who changes register rapidly (popular is Swiss folk songs)
a buffoon in one of the old comedies; imitates others for ludicrous effect