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Variety names Beatles century's icons

Oct. 15, 2005 at 4:58 PM

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Readers of Variety have named the Beatles as icons of the century.

The British rockers beat U.S. stars such as jazz great Louis Armstrong, who ranked No. 2 and comedian Lucille Ball who was No. 3 in the poll of the Top 100 entertainers in the past 100 years -- taken by the entertainment industry newspaper.

Actors Humphrey Bogart and Marlon Brando were Nos. 4 and 5, respectively, followed by Charlie Chaplin, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe.

Disney's signature cartoon character Mickey Mouse was No. 9, and the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Elvis Presley, rounded out the Top 10.

Variety did not reveal how many people voted in the poll, taken to mark the 100th anniversary of Variety.