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1. Sergei Rachmaninoff Sergei Rachmaninoff Soundtrack, Shine 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. 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...
3. Robert Wiene Robert Wiene Director, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
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. 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...
6. 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...
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. 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...
9. 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...
10. Mabel Colcord Mabel Colcord Actress, Little Women
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. 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...
13. Karin Swanström Karin Swanström Actress, Giftasvuxna döttrar
14. Colette Colette Writer, Gigi
15. 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...
16. Lucy Beaumont Lucy Beaumont Actress, The Crowd
17. William P. Burt William P. Burt Actor, Danger Lights
18. Theodore Lorch Theodore Lorch Actor, Flash Gordon
19. William Vedder William Vedder Actor, The Wild One
20. 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)...
21. 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
22. Wilbur Mack Wilbur Mack Actor, Mr. Wong, Detective
23. Ford Madox Ford Ford Madox Ford Writer, Episode #1.1
24. Séverin-Mars Séverin-Mars Actor, The Wheel
25. 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.
26. Bert Lindley Bert Lindley Actor, $50,000 Reward
27. 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.
28. Tom McGuire Tom McGuire Actor, Steamboat Bill, Jr.
29. 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'...
30. 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...
31. Lee De Forest Lee De Forest Producer, Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake Sing Snappy Songs
32. 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...
33. Yorke Sherwood Yorke Sherwood Actor, Feet of Mud
34. James Harcourt James Harcourt Actor, Night Train to Munich
35. John Philliber John Philliber Actor, Double Indemnity
36. Madame Sul-Te-Wan Madame Sul-Te-Wan Actress, King of the Zombies
37. Charles Wellesley Charles Wellesley Actor, The Poor Little Rich Girl
38. 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...
39. Gabrielle Fontan Gabrielle Fontan Actress, A Day in the Country
40. W.C. Robinson W.C. Robinson Actor, The Musketeers of Pig Alley
41. Sailor Sharkey Sailor Sharkey Actor, The Grey Vulture
42. Otto A. Harbach Otto A. Harbach Soundtrack, Ray Otto Harbach was a songwriter ("I Won't Dance", "Yesterdays", "The Touch of Your Hand") and author, educated at Knox College (BA, MA, DHL, and an honorary member of the Board of Trustees) and Columbia University. At Whitman College he was a professor of English between 1895 and 1901, then a newspaper writer in New York between 1902 and 1903 and an advertising-agency employee into 1910...
43. Harry Solter Harry Solter Director, The Closed Door
44. Joseph De Grasse Joseph De Grasse Director, Heart o' the Hills Born in New Brunswick, Canada, Joseph De Grasse began his career as a journalist, but soon switched careers and became a stage actor. He entered films in 1910. Soon afterwards he changed careers again, this time becoming a director, and turned out action pictures and dramas until the mid-'20s, when he briefly resumed his career as an actor.
45. Gertrud Arnold Gertrud Arnold Actress, Siegfried
46. 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...
47. Zelda Sears Zelda Sears Writer, The Divorcee
48. Gerald Lawrence Gerald Lawrence Actor, Captain Nighthawk
49. Alfred Jarry Alfred Jarry Writer, Kral Ubu
50. Oliver Eckhardt Oliver Eckhardt Actor, Forbidden
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