Screen Musical Actors

Gotta Sing! Gotta Dance! (Gotta Act!)
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Amy Adams
Actress, Arrival
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
“ Giselle in "Enchanted" (The Walt Disney Company, 2007) ” - musiconscreen
Jonathan Adams
Originally trained as a painter, he studied art at Chelsea Art School and London University and taught in his hometown of Northhampton after spending time in the RAF Medical Corps. He was a performer with the Children's Theatre Company and was involved in several productions in London's West End, including two years in "Alibi For a Judge."
“ Dr. Everett V. Scott - A Rival Scientist in "The Rocky Horrow Picture Show" (20th Century Fox, 1975) ” - musiconscreen
Dianna Agron
Actress, Glee
Dianna Elise Agron was born in Savannah, Georgia, to parents Ronald and Mary Agron. She grew up in a middle class family, in Savannah, before moving to Texas, and later, San Francisco, California, due to her father's career as a general manager for Hyatt. Dianna and her brother, Jason, were raised Jewish, and she graduated from Burlingame High School with honors...
“ Quinn Fabray / Sugar Motta in "Glee" (20th Century Fox Television, 2009-) ” - musiconscreen
Christina Aguilera
Soundtrack, Get Smart
Christina Maria Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York, to Shelly Loraine (Fidler) and Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera. Her father is Ecuadorian and her mother, who is American-born, has English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. Her parents divorced when she was young and she lived with her mother...
“ Ali in "Burlesque" (Sony Pictures Corp., 2010) ” - musiconscreen
“ Bob in "Everyone Says I Love You" (Miramax Films, 1996) ” - musiconscreen
Isabelle Allen
Just one year ago, young Isabelle Allen was acting in a school play (as a boy, no less). Today, she's the featured co-star of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway in director Tom Hooper's big-screen adaptation of one of the longest-running musical in history, "Les Miserables." The ten-year-old Allen plays the younger version of Cosette...
“ Young Cosette in "Les Misérables" (Universal Pictures, 2012) ” - musiconscreen
Woody Allen
Writer, Annie Hall
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
“ Joe in "Everyone Says I Love You" (Miramax Films, 1996) ” - musiconscreen
June Allyson
American leading lady whose sweet smile and sunny disposition made her the prototypical girl-next-door of American movies of the 1940s. Raised in semi-poverty in Bronx neighborhoods by her divorced mother, Allyson (nee Ella Geisman) was injured in a fall at age eight and spent four years confined within a steel brace...
“ Connie Lane in "Good News" (MGM, 1947) ” - musiconscreen
Don Ameche
Actor, Cocoon
Don Ameche was a versatile and popular American film actor in the 1930s and '40s, usually as the dapper, mustached leading man. He was also popular as a radio master of ceremonies during this time. As his film popularity waned in the 1950s, he continued working in theater and some TV. His film career...
“ Impersonator Larry Martin / Baron Manuel Duarte in "That Night in Rio" (20th Century Fox, 1941) ” - musiconscreen
“ Judas Iscariot in "Jesus Christ Superstar" (Universal Pictures, 1973) ” - musiconscreen
Julie Andrews
Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her childhood and teens...
“ Mary Poppins in "Mary Poppins" (The Walt Disney Company, 1964) ” - musiconscreen
Naveen Andrews
Actor, Lost
Naveen William Sidney Andrews was born on the 17th of January, 1969, in London, England. Naveen is the elder of two brothers, and has had an interest in acting since an early age. At the age of five, a teacher mentioned to Naveen's parents that he had expressed interest in being an actor. At the age of 16...
“ Balraj in "Bride & Prejudice" (Miramax Films, 2004) ” - musiconscreen
Actress and singer Ann-Margret is one of the most famous sex symbols and actresses of the 1960s and beyond. She continued her career through the following decades and into the 21st century. Ann-Margret was born Ann-Margret Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden, to Anna Regina (Aronsson) and Carl Gustav Olsson...
“ Kim McAfee in "Bye Bye Birdie" (Columbia Pictures, 1963) ” - musiconscreen
Fanny Ardant
Fanny Ardent was the youngest of 5 children born to a cavalry officer and his wife. She was raised in Monte Carlo where she was educated at a convent school. A voracious reader, she discovered Proust at age 15 and felt as though his writings were for her. When she was 17 her father died and the shock of his loss never left her...
“ Pierrette in "8 Women" ["8 femmes"] (BIM, 2002) ” - musiconscreen
Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong grew up poor in a single-parent household. He was 13 when he celebrated the New Year by running out on the street and firing a pistol that belonged to the current man in his mother's life. At the Colored Waifs Home for Boys, he learned to play the bugle and the clarinet and joined the home's brass band...
“ Orchestra Leader in "Hello, Dolly!" (20th Century Fox, 1969) ” - musiconscreen
Fred Astaire
Actor, Top Hat
Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Johanna (Geilus) and Fritz Austerlitz, a brewer. Fred entered show business at age 5. He was successful both in vaudeville and on Broadway in partnership with his sister, Adele Astaire. After Adele retired to marry in 1932, Astaire headed to Hollywood. Signed to RKO...
“ Jerry Travers in "Top Hat" (RKO Radio Pictures, 1935) ” - musiconscreen
Frankie Avalon
Actor, Grease
One of a spate of teen idols to come out of Philadelphia in the 1950s and 1960s, Frankie Avalon--unlike many of the others--actually had a musical background, having been taught to play the trumpet at a very young age by his father. As a youth Avalon performed in local clubs and theaters. He won a local TV talent contest playing a trumpet solo...
“ Teen Angel in "Grease" (Paramount Pictures, 1978) ” - musiconscreen
Kevin Bacon
Actor, Apollo 13
Kevin Norwood Bacon was born on July 8, 1958 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Ruth Hilda (Holmes), an elementary school teacher, and Edmund Norwood Bacon, a prominent architect who was on the cover of Time Magazine in November 1964. Kevin's early training as an actor came from The Manning Street. His debut as the strict Chip Diller in Animal House almost seems like an inside joke...
“ Ren McCormack in "Footloose" (Paramount Pictures, 1984) ” - musiconscreen
Pearl Bailey
Composer, singer and songwriter. She was a dancer, then a singer in New York in the early 1940s, touring with the Cootie Williams orchestra, and later a featured singer in night clubs, radio and television. She made stage appearances in "Arms and the Girl", "St. Louis Woman"; and "House of Flowers"...
“ Frankie in "Carmen Jones" (20th Century Fox, 1954) ” - musiconscreen
“ Sister Bernice in "The Sound of Music" (20th Century Fox, 1965) ” - musiconscreen
Lucille Ball
Actress, I Love Lucy
The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their grandparents...
“ Mame Dennis in "Mame" (Warner Bros., 1974) ” - musiconscreen
Antonio Banderas
Actor, Desperado
Antonio Banderas, one of Spain's most famous faces, was a soccer player until breaking his foot at the age of fourteen; he is now an international film star known for playing Zorro in the eponymous film series. He was born José Antonio Domínguez Banderas on August 10, 1960, in Málaga, Andalusia, Spain...
“ Ché in "Evita" (Hollywood Pictures, 1996) ” - musiconscreen
“ Tanya in "Mamma Mia!" (Universal Pictures, 2008) ” - musiconscreen
Samantha Barks
Samantha Barks was born in Laxey, Isle of Man (British Isles) in 1990. She is a British actress best known for the role of Éponine in Les Misérables. In 2008, Samantha competed in I'd Do Anything in which she was one of the finalists in a search for a new, unknown lead to play Nancy in a West End revival of the British musical Oliver!...
“ Éponine in "Les Misérables" (Universal Pictures, 2012) ” - musiconscreen
Kim Basinger
Kim Basinger was born December 8, 1953, in Athens, Georgia, the third of five children. Both her parents had been in entertainment, her dad had played big-band jazz, and her mother had performed water ballet in several Esther Williams movies. Kim was introspective, from her father's side. As a schoolgirl...
“ Vicki Anderson in "The Marrying Man" (Hollywood Pictures, 1991) ” - musiconscreen
John Barrowman
Actor, Arrow
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, and raised in Joliet, Illinois. He returned to the UK, for a 6 month Shakespeare semester with the United States International University of San Diego, but left to star in the musical production of "Anything Goes," with Elaine Page. He went on to star in "Miss Saigon," "Matador," "Rope," and "Hair" at London's West End. Barrowman has homes in London and Cardiff, Wales.
“ Jack / Musical Performer - "Night and Day" in "De-Lovely" (MGM, 2004) ” - musiconscreen
Sacha Baron Cohen
British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, London. He is the son of Daniella (Weiser), a movement instructor, and Gerald Baron Cohen, a clothing store owner. His father, born in England and raised in Wales, was of Eastern European Jewish descent, while his mother was born in Israel...
“ Thénardier in "Les Misérables" (Universal Pictures, 2012) ” - musiconscreen
Drew Barrymore
Producer, Donnie Darko
Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation. Drew Blyth Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to actors John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore (née Ildiko Jaid Mako)...
“ Sophie Fisher in "Music and Lyrics" (Warner Bros. 2007) ” - musiconscreen
“ Young Hercules (Singing Voice) in "Hercules" (The Walt Disney Company, 1997) ” - musiconscreen
“ Uncle Remus / Br'er Fox (Voice) in "Song of the South" (The Walt Disney Company, 1946) ” - musiconscreen
Jennifer Beals
Actress, The L Word
Jennifer Beals was born in December 1963 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the city. With a life-long desire for acting, Beals first appeared in small high school plays and even got an uncredited bit part in My Bodyguard in 1980. After graduation, she enrolled in college at Yale University, studying American literature...
“ Alex Owens in "Flashdance" (Paramount Pictures, 1983) ” - musiconscreen
Emmanuelle Béart
Emmanuelle Béart was born August 14, 1963, in Gassin, France. She lived with her mother, brothers, and sister on a farm not far from Saint-Tropez in Provence (southern France), because her father, singer and poet Guy Béart, did not want his children to be affected by the glamour world of Paris...
“ Louise in "8 Women" ["8 femmes"] (BIM, 2002) ” - musiconscreen
Harry Belafonte
Actor, composer, author, producer and singer, educated at the New York Dramatic Workshop. He grew up in Jamaica, British West Indies, and did folk-singing in night clubs and theatres, and on television and records. His debut was at the Village Vanguard in New York. Also, he appeared in the Broadway revues "John Murray Anderson's Almanac" and "Three for Tonight"...
“ David Boyeur in "Island in the Sun" (20th Century Fox, 1957) ” - musiconscreen
Bérénice Bejo
Actress, The Artist
Actress Bérénice Bejo was born in Buenos Aires, the daughter of Silvia De Paoli, a lawyer, and Miguel Bejo, a filmmaker. When she was three, Bejo's family relocated to Paris, France. She embarked on a successful acting career in the 1990s, with various roles in French television and film productions...
“ Peppy Miller in "The Artist" (The Weinstein Company, 2011) ” - musiconscreen
Jamie Bell
Jamie Bell was born in 1986 in Billingham, England, UK, to Eileen (Matfin) and John Bell, a toolmaker. He comes from a family of dancers including his grandmother, mother, aunt, and sister. It was at his sister's dance practices that he would stand outside the door and imitate the movements of the dancers inside...
“ Billy Elliott in "Billy Elliott" (Universal Studios, 2000) ” - musiconscreen
“ Violetta ('La Traviata') in "Ziegfeld Follies" (MGM, 1945) ” - musiconscreen
Maria Bello
Actress, Prisoners
Maria Bello was born on 18 April, 1967 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to Kathy, a nurse and teacher, and Joe Bello, a contractor. She is of Italian and Polish descent. Maria went to Villanova University, majoring in political science. She had every intention of becoming a lawyer, but she took an acting class during her senior year...
“ Suzi Loomis in "Duets" (Hollywood Pictures, 2000) ” - musiconscreen
Jodi Benson
Jodi Benson, a native of Rockford, Illinois, has received worldwide recognition and critical acclaim as the voice of "Ariel" in the Academy Award-winning Walt Disney animated feature film, The Little Mermaid, as well as the bubbly voice of "Tour Guide Barbie" in Disney's Toy Story 2, winner of the Golden Globe Award for Best Picture...
“ Ariel (Voice) in "The Little Mermaid" (The Walt Disney Company, 1989) ” - musiconscreen
Robby Benson
Director, Friends
“ Beast (Voice) in "Beauty and the Beast" (The Walt Disney Company, 1991) ” - musiconscreen
Elizabeth Berkley
Actress, Showgirls
Elizabeth Berkley was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Her mother, Jere, owns a gift basket business and her father, Fred, is a lawyer. Her family is Jewish. When Elizabeth was five her parents enrolled her at Detroit Dance Company. Loving dance, young Elizabeth began to take part in several ballets...
“ Nomi Malone in "Showgirls" (United Artists, 1995) ” - musiconscreen
Vivian Blaine
Vivian Blaine was represented.managed by Robert Cipriano and Capri Productions Limited, along with L'Etoile Talent Agency in the early 1980s. Robert Cipriano took a special interest in Vivian assisting her to book performances throughout NYC and Atlantic City/Las Vegas. Vivian Blaine was heard saying that Robert Cipriano reminded her of her first husband Manny Franks.
“ Miss Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls" (MGM, 1955) ” - musiconscreen
Born in 1965 in the Icelandic capital city of Reykjavik, the daughter of Gudmundur Gunnarsson (an electrician) and Hildur Hauksdóttir who divorced before her second birthday, Björk grew up in a hippie-type community with her mother and her seven siblings. She started to study classical music at the...
“ Selma Jezkova in "Dancer in the Dark" (Fine Line Features, 2000) ” - musiconscreen
Michael Blevins
Michael Blevins is originally from East Tennessee. He attended the University of North Carolina, majoring in Acting and Dance and continued his studies in the performing arts at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He has appeared in several Broadway productions including, "Bring Back Birdie"...
“ Mark Tobori in "A Chorus Line" (MGM, 1985) ” - musiconscreen
“ Tracy Turnblad in "Hairspray" (New Line Cinema, 2007) ” - musiconscreen
Stanley Blum
After his retirement as a Pharmacist, Stanley Blum pursued his true life ambition. It all started at a film screening... Watching the film The Jolson Story at age 14 inspired Stanley Blum to sing. Paraphrasing Al Jolson, "let [Stanley Blum] sing and he is happy"! The following year, he took part in the Carol Levis Talent Competition at the City Varieties Theatre in Leeds...
“ Stanley Blum in "Stanley Blum: The Singing Gentleman" (Singing Productions, 2013) ” - musiconscreen
Emily Blunt
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British actress known for her roles in The Young Victoria and The Devil Wears Prada. Blunt was born on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of four children in the family of Joanna Mackie, a former actress and teacher, and Oliver Simon Peter Blunt...
“ The Baker's Wife in "Into the Woods" (The Walt Disney Company, 2014) ” - musiconscreen
Ann Blyth
The dark, petulant beauty of this petite American film and musical star worked to her advantage, especially in her early dramatic career. Ann Marie Blyth was born of Irish stock to Harry and Nan Blyth on August 16, 1928, in Mt. Kisco, New York. Her parents split while she was young and she, her mother and sister moved to New York City...
“ Kathie in "The Student Prince" (MGM, 1954) ” - musiconscreen
Ray Bolger
Ray Bolger was born Raymond Wallace Bolger on January 10, 1904 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Anne C. (Wallace) and James Edward Bolger, both Irish-Americans. Ray began his career in vaudeville. He was half of a team called "Sanford and Bolger" and also did numerous Broadway shows on his own. Like Gene Kelly...
“ 'Hunk' / The Scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz" (MGM, 1939) ” - musiconscreen
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful. Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant banker...
“ Mrs. Lovett in "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" (Warner Bros., 2007) ” - musiconscreen
Pat Boone
Actor, singer, author and songwriter ("Exodus") Pat Boone was educated at David Lipscombe College, North Texas State College and Columbia University (from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1958). His career in entertainment began when he emceed a teenage talent show on radio and television in Nashville...
“ Wayne Frake in "State Fair" (20th Century Fox, 1962) ” - musiconscreen
“ Diana Morales in "A Chorus Line" (MGM, 1985) ” - musiconscreen
Barry Bostwick
Tall (6' 4"), agile, energetic, and ever-so-confident as both actor and singer, especially on the award-winning Broadway stage, Barry Bostwick possesses that certain narcissistic poise, charm and élan that reminds one instantly (and humorously) of a Kevin Kline -- both were quite brilliant in their respective interpretations of The Pirate King in "The Pirates of Penzance"...
“ Brad Majors - A Hero in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (20th Century Fox, 1975) ” - musiconscreen
“ Carmen in "The Carmen Ballet Featurette" (BO&BO, 2012) ” - musiconscreen
“ Connie Wong in "A Chorus Line" (MGM, 1985) ” - musiconscreen
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
“ Sky Masterson in "Guys and Dolls" (MGM, 1955) ” - musiconscreen
Rossano Brazzi
Rossano Brazzi was an Italian stage and film actor. He was married to Lydia Brazzi until her death, and to Isle Fischer, his second wife, until his death. His first break into films came in 1942, when Zarah Leander's film studio was casting for a leading man to play opposite Leander in the film Damals (At That Time, Le Foyer Perdu)...
“ Emile De Becque in "South Pacific" (20th Century Fox, 1958) ” - musiconscreen
Lucille Bremer
A brief but beautiful little wave in the MGM musical pool during the mid-40s was lovely, classy, red-headed Lucille Bremer. Her natural dancing talent, aristocratic manner and stately carriage dazzled film-goers briefly, like a shooting star, and then was gone. She was groomed by the studio for big things after Eleanor Powell retired and Lucille seemed more than ready to ascend the MGM pedestal...
“ Yolanda in "Yolanda and the Thief" (MGM, 1945) ” - musiconscreen
Beau Bridges
Beau Bridges is the son of actor Lloyd Bridges and his wife, who was his college sweetheart, Dorothy Dean Bridges. Born just two days after the attack on Pearl Harbour, he was delivered by candlelight because of a power blackout. Named Lloyd Vernet Bridges III, his parents immediately started calling him Beau after Ashley Wilkes' son in Gone with the Wind...
“ Frank Baker in "The Fabulous Baker Boys" (20th Century Fox, 1989) ” - musiconscreen
Jeff Bridges
Jeffrey Leon Bridges was born on December 4, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, the son of well-known film and TV star Lloyd Bridges and his long-time wife Dorothy Dean Bridges (née Simpson). He grew up amid the happening Hollywood scene with big brother Beau Bridges. Both boys popped up, without billing...
“ Bad Blake in "Crazy Heart" (Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2009) ” - musiconscreen
Jim Broadbent
One of England's most versatile character actors, Jim Broadbent was born on May 24, 1949, in Lincolnshire, the youngest son of furniture maker Roy Laverick Broadbent and sculptress Doreen "Dee" (Findlay) Broadbent. Jim attended a Quaker boarding school in Reading before successfully applying for a place at an art school...
“ Harold Zidler in "Moulin Rouge!" (20th Century Fox, 2001) ” - musiconscreen
Matthew Broderick
A slight comic actor chiefly known for his boyish charm, Matthew Broderick was born on March 21, 1962 in New York City, to Patricia Broderick (née Biow), a playwright and painter, and James Broderick, an actor. His father had Irish and English ancestry, and his mother was from a Jewish family (from Germany and Poland)...
“ Leo Bloom in "The Producers" (Universal Pictures, 2005) ” - musiconscreen
Pierce Brosnan
Actor, GoldenEye
Pierce Brendan Brosnan was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, to May (Smith), a nurse, and Thomas Brosnan, a carpenter. He lived in Navan, County Meath, until he moved to England, UK, at an early age (thus explaining his ability to play men from both backgrounds convincingly). His father left the household when Pierce was a child and although reunited later in life...
“ Sam in "Mamma Mia!" (Universal Pictures, 2008) ” - musiconscreen
Yul Brynner
Exotic leading man of American films, famed as much for his completely bald head as for his performances, Yul Brynner masked much of his life in mystery and outright lies designed to tease people he considered gullible. It was not until the publication of the books "Yul: The Man Who Would Be King" and "Empire and Odyssey" by his son...
“ King Mongkut of Siam in "The King and I" (20th Century Fox, 1956) ” - musiconscreen
Pablo Bubar
Actor, Boom Town
Since childhood, Pablo Bubar has been extremely fond of MOVIES WITH TONS OF LOVE SONGS. Some of his showbiz highlights comprise: 1) being included on the Young Actors Selection of Cannes 2013, 2014, and 2015; 2) being featured on BBC Three's extravagant show Boom Town; and 3) joining the Gravity Cast of London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony: Enlightenment...
“ Pablo the Romantic (The Sketches of 'The Romantic') in "Boom Town" (BBC, 2013) ” - musiconscreen
Jack Buchanan
Born in Scotland, Jack Buchanan made his stage acting debut in Britain in 1912, and on Broadway in 1924. Though he made his film debut in 1917 during the silent film era, Buchanan is probably best remembered for The Band Wagon, co-starring with Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Nanette Fabray, James Mitchell, Oscar Levant and Robert Gist...
“ Jeffrey Cordova in "The Band Wagon" (MGM, 1953) ” - musiconscreen
“ Richie Walters in "A Chorus Line" (MGM, 1985) ” - musiconscreen
Billie Burke
Billie Burke was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885 in Washington, D.C. Her father was the internationally famous clown, Billy Burke, and she would spend most of her early years touring Europe before the family settled in London. In 1903, she appeared on the stage as an actress and came to America in 1907 to star opposite John Drew in "My Wife"...
“ Glinda in "The Wizard of Oz" (MGM, 1939) ” - musiconscreen
Carol Burnett
The entertainment world has enjoyed a five-decade love affair with comedienne/singer Carol Burnett. A peerless sketch performer and delightful, self-effacing personality who rightfully succeeded Lucille Ball as the carrot-topped "Queen of Television Comedy," it was Burnett's traumatic childhood that set the stage for her comedy...
“ Miss Hannigan in "Annie" (Columbia Pictures, 1982) ” - musiconscreen
Gerard Butler
Actor, 300
Gerard James Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland, to Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. His family is of Irish origin. Gerard spent some of his very early childhood in Montreal, Quebec, but was mostly raised, along with his older brother and sister, in his hometown of Paisley. His parents divorced when he was a child...
“ The Phantom in "The Phantom of the Opera" (Warner Bros., 2004) ” - musiconscreen
Amanda Bynes
Actress, Easy A
Amanda Laura Bynes was born on April 3, 1986, in Thousand Oaks, California, the youngest of three children of Lynn (Organ), a dental assistant, and Richard Bynes, a dentist. Her father is of Lithuanian, Irish, and Polish descent, and her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family from Toronto. Amanda became interested in acting and performing from the age of three...
“ Penny Pingleton in "Hairspray" (New Line Cinema, 2007) ” - musiconscreen
Maria Callas
This volatile opera diva was born in New York City to Greek émigrés in 1923. Her father set up a pharmacy and changed the family name from Kalogeropoulos to Callas. As a child Maria studied the piano. When her parents separated (she was 14 at the time), her mother returned to Athens with Maria and her sister...
“ Medea in "Medea" (San Marco, 1969) ” - musiconscreen
“ Anastasia (Singing Voice) in "Anastasia" (20th Century Fox, 1997) ” - musiconscreen
Nell Campbell
Nell Campbell (aka Little Nell) was born May 24, 1953 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She was the daughter of Ross, humorist and editor of the Daily Telegraph, and Ruth Campbell. She made her "debut" tap dancing for an exhibition for Martin Sharp in 1970. When she turned 18 her father moved her brother...
“ Columbia - A Groupie in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (20th Century Fox, 1975) ” - musiconscreen
Kate Capshaw
Kate Capshaw was born Kathleen Sue Nail in Fort Worth, Texas, to Beverley Sue (Simon), a beautician and travel agent, and Edwin Leon Nail, an airline employee. Capshaw worked as a teacher with an MA in Learning Disabilities. Her desire to be an actress led her to New York where she landed a role on the soap The Edge of Night...
“ Willie Scott in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (Paramount Pictures, 1984) ” - musiconscreen
Irene Cara
Actress, Fame
Irene Cara started out in the Spanish market at the tender age of five. Her first American television series was the acclaimed children's series The Electric Company, starring alongside Bill Cosby and Morgan Freeman. In the Late 1970s she starred in the title roles for two Warner Bros. movies, Aaron Loves Angela and Sparkle...
“ Coco in "Fame" (MGM, 1980) ” - musiconscreen
Mariah Carey
Soundtrack, Love Actually
Mariah Carey was born in Long Island, New York. She is the daughter of Patricia (Hickey), a singer and vocal coach, who is of Irish descent, and Alfred Roy Carey, an engineer, who was of Afro-Cuban ancestry. Mariah attended Greenlawn's Harborfields High School. In June of 1990, Mariah made her debut with "Mariah Carey" which entered at #73...
“ Billie Frank in "Glitter" (20th Century Fox, 2001) ” - musiconscreen
“ Frederick Egerman in "A Little Night Music" (Elliott Kastner Productions, 1977) ” - musiconscreen
Leslie Caron
Actress, Gigi
Actress and dancer. Gene Kelly got her to the movies for the film An American in Paris in 1951. Got a world-wide reputation for her roles in Lili (1953) and Gigi (1958).
“ Lili in "Lili" (MGM, 1953) ” - musiconscreen
“ Sarah in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (MGM, 1954) ” - musiconscreen
Charmian Carr
Charmian Carr was born Charmian Farnon on December 27, 1942. She got her name because, supposedly, her father liked the name after reading William Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra". Charmian was the name of one of Cleopatra's maids. She was the second of three daughters. Her mother, Rita Oehmen, had been a vaudeville actress with her brother Eddy...
“ Liesl in "The Sound of Music" (20th Century Fox, 1965) ” - musiconscreen
Pat Carroll
She has played everything from chatterbox wives to wicked stepsisters on TV, and from Gertrude Stein to Shakespeare's Falstaff on stage. At age 80 plus, the plucky comedienne shows no signs of stopping any time soon. The riotous Pat Carroll was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1927, the daughter of Kathryn Angela Meagher and Maurice Clifton Carroll...
“ Ursula (Voice) in "The Little Mermaid" (The Walt Disney Company, 1989) ” - musiconscreen
Angela Cartwright
Born in England, Angela is the younger sister of actress Veronica Cartwright. As a child she was cast as the cute little stepdaughter, Linda Williams, on Make Room for Daddy. She was on the show from 1957 to 1964. After that, she was cast as Brigitta in the popular Julie Andrews movie The Sound of Music. Soon after...
“ Brigitta in "The Sound of Music" (20th Century Fox, 1965) ” - musiconscreen
Adriana Caselotti
Adriana was born into an operatic family - her father Guido, an immigrant from Italy, taught music in New York City, her mother Maria (from Naples) sang at the Royal Opera, and a sister Louise was a noted opera singer and voice teacher. She was 18 when Walt Disney personally chose her for the voice of Snow White in his first full-length animated feature Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs...
“ Snow White (Voice) in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" (The Walt Disney Company, 1937) ” - musiconscreen
George Chakiris
George Chakiris made his film debut at the age of 12 singing in the chorus of Song of Love. Following his graduation from high school, he supported his night-time dancing, singing and dramatic lessons with a daytime job clerking in a Los Angeles department store. Later he started his acting/dancing...
“ Bernardo in "West Side Story" (United Artists, 1961) ” - musiconscreen
Carol Channing
Carol Channing was born January 31, 1921, at Seattle, Washington, the daughter of a prominent newspaper editor, who was very active in the Christian Science movement. She attended high school in San Francisco and later worked as a model in Los Angeles. She attended prestigious Bennington College in...
“ Muzzy Van Hossmere in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (Universal Pictures, 1967) ” - musiconscreen
Stockard Channing
Actress, Grease
One of Broadway and Hollywood's cleverer talents who tends to shine a smart, cynical light on her surroundings, Stockard Channing was born Susan Williams Antonia Stockard on February 13, 1944, in New York City, to a Catholic family, with English and Irish ancestry. The daughter of Lester Napier Stockard...
“ Rizzo in "Grease" (Paramount Pictures, 1978) ” - musiconscreen
“ Frank Schultz in "Show Boat" (MGM, 1951) ” - musiconscreen
Marge Champion
One of the great dancer and choreographers in both movies and stage, Marge Champion is best known today as the former wife of Gower Champion, when they worked together as a highly successfully dancing team in the MGM musical years. After retiring from movies, Champion now works as a dance teacher and as a choreographer in New York.
“ Ellie May Shipley in "Show Boat" (MGM, 1951) ” - musiconscreen
Grace Chang
Actress, Shan hu
Chang Yufang, better known as Grace Chang, was born in Shanghai, China, in 1933, while her ancestral background is Zhejiang (China). Her screen-name "Ge Lan" is actually a Romanization transliteration of her English name "Grace" In 1948, her whole family emigrated to Hong Kong, where she grew up. She speaks several dialects of Chinese (Mandarin...
“ Lin Keping in "Air Hostess" ["Kong zhong xiao jie"] (Cathay Organisation, 1959) ” - musiconscreen
Cyd Charisse
Cyd Charisse was born Tula Ellice Finklea on March 8, 1921 in Amarillo, Texas. Born to be a dancer, she spent her early childhood taking ballet lessons and joined the Ballet Russe at age 13. In 1939, she married Nico Charisse, her former dance teacher. In 1943, she appeared in her first film, Something to Shout About...
“ Fiona Campbell in "Brigadoon" (MGM, 1954) ” - musiconscreen
“ Mrs. (Ma) Toad (Singing Voice) in "Thumbelina" (Don Bluth, 1994) ” - musiconscreen
Duane Chase
He started acting in commercials when he was 11, along with a bit of modelling work. He left show business after high school, moving out of Los Angeles and for a time fought fires with the forestry service. He is now a computer software analyst/designer for oil and mining companies. He enjoys climbing mountains and lives outside of Seattle, Washington.
“ Kurt in "The Sound of Music" (20th Century Fox, 1965) ” - musiconscreen
Elmer Figueroa de Arce, better known as Chayanne, was born in Puerto Rico, the third of five siblings. He is married to Venezuelan Mariana Elizabeth "Marilisa" Maronesa de Figueroa, with whom he has a son, Lorenzo Valentino and a daughter, Isadora Sofia. Chayanne debuted as a singer at ten years of age...
“ Rafael Infante in "Dance with Me" (Columbia Pictures, 1998) ” - musiconscreen
Actress, Mask
The beat goes on ... and on ... and as strong as ever for this superstar entertainer who has well surpassed the four-decade mark while improbably transforming herself from an artificial, glossy "flashionplate" singer into a serious, Oscar-worthy, dramatic actress ... and back again! With more ups and downs than the 2008 Dow Jones Industrial Average...
“ Tess in "Burlesque" (Sony Pictures Corp., 2010) ” - musiconscreen
Maurice Chevalier
Actor, Gigi
His heavy French accent, melodic voice and Gallic charm made Maurice Chevalier the prototype of the gallant French monsieur in the American cinema of the 1930s. Before he went to Hollywood he worked as a farmer, circus acrobat, cabaret singer and, starting in 1908, a comical actor in French films, a few times even with the celebrated Max Linder...
“ Maurice in "Love Me Tonight" (Paramount Pictures, 1932) ” - musiconscreen
Petula Clark
Petula Clark was a star at the age of 11. She starred in the music halls and on BBC radio singing for the troops during WWII. She was a child star in a series of British films from the end of WWII through to the early 1950s,and by 1954 was having hit records. After a move to France in 1960, having fallen for a Frenchman...
“ Katherine Bridges in "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" (MGM, 1969) ” - musiconscreen
Glenn Close
Six time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Mary Hester "Bettine" (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families. Glenn...
“ Nellie Forbush in "South Pacific" (Touchstone Television, 2001) ” - musiconscreen
Natalie Cole
Growing up and living under the huge, daunting shadow of a singing icon can intimidate a son or daughter enough to want to look anywhere else to find their station in life. Those who dared to try to follow in their footsteps, such as Frank Sinatra Jr., found success branching out in other areas of music; others like the Crosby brothers...
“ Musical Performer - "Ev'ry Time You Say Goodbye" in "Anything Goes" (MGM, 2004) ” - musiconscreen
Nat 'King' Cole
Nat King Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles at Montgomery, Alabama. He received music lessons from his mother and his family moved to Chicago when he was only five, where his father Edward James Coles was a minister at the True Light Baptist Church and later Pastor of the First Baptist Church. At 12 he was playing the church organ and at 14 he formed a 14 piece band called the Royal Dukes...
“ W.C. Handy in "St. Louis Blues" (Paramount Pictures, 1958) ” - musiconscreen
“ Kurt Hummel / Finn Hudson in "Glee" (20th Century Fox Television, 2009-) ” - musiconscreen