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1. Sergei Rachmaninoff Sergei Rachmaninoff Soundtrack, Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Sergei Rachmaninov (also spelled Rachmaninoff) was a legendary Russian composer and pianist who emigrated after the Communist revolution of 1917, and became one of the highest paid concert stars of his time, and one of the most influential pianists of the 20th century. He was born Sergei Vasilevich Rachmaninov on April 2...
2. Robert Wiene Robert Wiene Director, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
3. Enrico Caruso Enrico Caruso Soundtrack, Match Point Enrico Caruso (b. Errico Caruso) was born on February 25, 1873, in Naples, Italy. He was the third of seven children to a poor alcoholic father. He received little primary education and briefly studied music with conductor Vicenzo Lombardini. His early income was from singing serenades. Caruso made his operatic debut on March 15...
4. Louis Feuillade Louis Feuillade Director, Les vampires Prolific director of over seven hundred films, most of them short or medium-length. Feuillade began his career with Gaumont where, as well as directing his own features, he was appointed artistic director in charge of production in 1907. Feuillade's work was largely comprised of film series; his first series...
5. Alice Guy Alice Guy Director, La fée aux choux Generally considered to be the world's first female director, French-born Alice Guy entered the film business as a secretary at Gaumont-Paris in 1896. The next year Gaumont changed from manufacturing cameras to producing movies, and Guy became one of its first film directors. She impressed the the company...
6. Jean Adair Jean Adair Actress, Arsenic and Old Lace Slight, birdlike Jean Adair came to the screen after playing a succession of crotchety or maternal roles on the stage. She was born Violet McNaughton in Ontario, Canada, and absolved her acting studies in Chicago. After extensive touring with local stock companies and a few seasons on the vaudeville Orpheum Circuit performing in one-act plays...
7. Max Reinhardt Max Reinhardt Director, A Midsummer Night's Dream Max Reinhardt was from an Austrian merchant family (surname officially changed from the family name Goldmann to Reinhardt in 1904), and even as a boy, after his family moved to Vienna, he haunted the "Hofburg Theater" and tried to see every play. In 1890 he studied at the Sulkowsky Theater in Matzleinsdorf...
8. Adolph Zukor Adolph Zukor Miscellaneous Crew, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Adolph Zukor's success began with penny arcades, offering moving peepshows that evolved into nickelodeon theaters that offered longer, larger moving pictures. On July 12, 1912, he premiered the first feature-length film, Queen Elizabeth, featuring French actress Sarah Bernhardt that ran for 40 minutes...
9. Colette Colette Writer, Gigi
10. Madame Sul-Te-Wan Madame Sul-Te-Wan Actress, King of the Zombies
11. Guy Standing Guy Standing Actor, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer Sir Guy, an actor of prominence in British and American theater, lent his genteel presence to some 19 Paramount features of the mid-1930's.
12. Fred Stone Fred Stone Actor, The Westerner Hardly remembered today, if at all, Fred Stone was once one of the most multi-faceted circus performers to hit turn-of-the century America. There seemed to be nothing he couldn't do--tightrope walking, acrobatics, clowning . . . you name it. This initial celebrity eventually led to his stellar headlining in vaudeville houses, stardom on the Broadway musical stage and character lead work in films...
13. W.C. Handy W.C. Handy Soundtrack, The Aviator
14. Leo White Leo White Actor, Blood and Sand Leo White started in comedy on the boards of English music hall in the late 1890's. He accompanied theatrical producer Daniel Frohman (later a partner of Adolph Zukor in Famous Players Lasky) to Hollywood in 1910. From 1914, he appeared in Essanay comedies and filmed the 'Sweedie' series with Wallace Beery...
15. Arthur Hoyt Arthur Hoyt Actor, It Happened One Night Extremely prolific actor/director of the silent screen, on Broadway from 1905. Hoyt joined the acting fraternity through the recommendations of an uncle, who worked as dramatic editor for a Cleveland tabloid. Signed by theatrical producer George C. Tyler (1868-1946), he began on stage (earning $10 per week)...
16. Wilbur Mack Wilbur Mack Actor, Mr. Wong, Detective
17. Willa Cather Willa Cather Writer, O Pioneers! Willa Cather was born in 1875 on a small farm close to the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. She was the eldest of seven children born to Charles Cather, a deputy Sheriff and struggling entrepreneur, and Mary Virginia Boak Cather. The family's Irish ancestors had settled in Pennsylvania in the 1750s...
18. William Vedder William Vedder Actor, The Wild One
19. James Harcourt James Harcourt Actor, Night Train to Munich
20. Vera Lewis Vera Lewis Actress, The Roaring Twenties Born NY city. Stage actress. Entered films 1914. Appeared in 25+ silents, 60+ talkies. Appears in Birth of a Nation and Intolerance multi-line-biography
21. Gabrielle Fontan Gabrielle Fontan Actress, A Day in the Country
22. Lucy Beaumont Lucy Beaumont Actress, The Crowd
23. Séverin-Mars Séverin-Mars Actor, The Wheel
24. John St. Polis John St. Polis Actor, The Phantom of the Opera Making his screen debut in 1914, St. Polis was well established as a character during the 1920s. He made a successful transition to sound films in "Coquette" starring as Mary Pickford's father.
25. Bert Lindley Bert Lindley Actor, $50,000 Reward
26. Feodor Chaliapin Sr. Feodor Chaliapin Sr. Actor, Don Quixote Feodor Chaliapin Sr. was born on February 13, 1873, in Omet Tawi, near Kazan, Russia. His childhood was full of suffering, hunger, and humiliation. From the age of 10-16, he was working jobs at river ports, restaurants, and tried acting on stage with various Russian provincial troupes. In 1890, Chaliapin was hired to sing in a choir at the Semenov-Samarsky private theatre in Ufa...
27. Charles Avery Charles Avery Actor, Across the Alley
28. Gerald du Maurier Gerald du Maurier Actor, Lord Camber's Ladies Sir Gerald Du Maurier was one of the top thespians on the English stage in the first third of the 20th Century, and his distinguished career as an actor-manager led to his being knighted by King George V in 1922. Born in Hampstead, London on March 26, 1873, he was the son anglo-French writer and cartoonist 'George du Maurier'...
29. Theodore Lorch Theodore Lorch Actor, Flash Gordon
30. Sidney Olcott Sidney Olcott Director, From the Manger to the Cross; or, Jesus of Nazareth Prolific silent film director, the son of Irish immigrants. He started as an actor on the New York stage, and then appeared in films for Mutoscope in 1904, eventually working his way up to general manager of Biograph. Lured away to a rival company, he began to direct features for Kalem by 1907. That year...
31. Billy Quirk Billy Quirk Actor, Algie, the Miner
32. Jerold T. Hevener Jerold T. Hevener Actor, A Terrible Tragedy
33. Tom McGuire Tom McGuire Actor, Steamboat Bill, Jr.
34. Harry Humphrey Harry Humphrey Actor, Dick Tracy's G-Men
35. Joseph De Grasse Joseph De Grasse Director, Heart o' the Hills Joseph Louis DeGrasse (May 4, 1873 - May 25, 1940) was born into a French Canadian family. He is the son of Lange DeGrasse and Ellen Comeaux of Bathurst, New Brunswick. Joseph is the older brother of actor Samuel DeGrasse. There were 11 siblings. Joe immigrated to the USA around 1880 as a young child...
36. Thomas Pogue Thomas Pogue Actor, It's Love I'm After
37. Harry Solter Harry Solter Director, The Closed Door
38. Ford Madox Ford Ford Madox Ford Writer, Episode #1.1
39. Zelda Sears Zelda Sears Writer, The Divorcee
40. Cecil M. Hepworth Cecil M. Hepworth Cinematographer, Alice in Wonderland Born in London, England, in 1874, Cecil Hepworth was one of the founders of the British film industry, directing and producing many films from 1898 into the late 1920s. Developing an early interest in films from following his father on lecture tours about the magic-lantern, he patented several photographic inventions and wrote possibly the earliest handbook on the film medium...
41. Leo Slezak Leo Slezak Actor, Zirkus Saran First known as an operatic tenor, especially renowned for his Wagnerian work, he would eventually quit singing and become a comedian in Austrian films.
42. Alfred Jarry Alfred Jarry Writer, Kral Ubu
43. Burns Mantle Burns Mantle Writer, How Molly Malone Made Good American drama critic and essayist Burns Mantle was born Robert Burns Mantle in 1873 in Watertown, NY. He grew up in the Watertown area, but after finishing his education he struck out for the West. In 1892 he returned east again, intending to attend the Chicago World's Fair, but while he was in Denver he was offered a job as drama critic with the Denver Times...
44. Willard Mack Willard Mack Writer, The Dove
45. Clifford Brooke Clifford Brooke Actor, The Sea Hawk
46. Minnie Dupree Minnie Dupree Actress, The Young in Heart
47. Gertrud Arnold Gertrud Arnold Actress, Die Nibelungen: Siegfried
48. Harry T. Morey Harry T. Morey Actor, Beyond the Rainbow
49. Frida Richard Frida Richard Actress, Faust
50. Frederic Arnold Kummer Frederic Arnold Kummer Writer, The Belgian American author, playwright and screen writer Frederic Arnold Kummer was born on 5 August, 1873 at Cantonsville, Maryland, to Arnold and Mary Morris Kummer. His father, who had emigrated from Germany in 1859 and had fought in the American Civil War, was part owner of Kummer & Becker, a banking and brokerage house in Baltimore that also acted as agents for the North German Lloyd Steamship Line...
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