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1. Billie Burke Billie Burke Actress, The Wizard of Oz Billie Burke was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885 in Washington, D.C. Her father was a circus clown, and as a child she toured the United States and Europe with the circus (before motion pictures and after the stage, circuses were the biggest form of entertainment in the world)...
2. Burt Mustin Burt Mustin Actor, Cat Ballou Burt Mustin was a salesman most of his life, but got his first taste of show business as the host of a weekly radio variety show on KDKA Pittsburgh in 1921. He appeared onstage in "Detective Story" at Sombrero Playhouse in Phoenix Arizona, and played the janitor in the movie version, (Detective Story)...
3. Sig Ruman Sig Ruman Actor, Stalag 17 Wonderfully talented German-born actor, capable of tremendous comedic and dramatic performances, usually as some type of pompous bureaucrat or similarly arrogant individual. Ruman was born on October 11, 1884, in Hamburg, Germany, and actually studied electrotechnology in college before making the switch to acting...
4. Emil Jannings Emil Jannings Actor, The Blue Angel His real name was Theodor Friedrich Emil Janenz, and in the early 1900s, he was already working in the theater under Max Reinhardt's company. Important movies where he defined himself as a convincing actor were Madame DuBarry and Quo Vadis?, followed by The Last Laugh(aka The Last Laugh) in 1924 and Jealousy (aka Variety) in 1925...
5. Oscar Micheaux Oscar Micheaux Writer, Body and Soul Oscar Micheaux, the first African-American to produce a feature-length film (The Homesteader in 1920) and a sound feature-length film (The Exile in 1931), is not a major figure in American film just for these milestones, but because his oeuvre is a window onto the American psyche as regards race and its deleterious effects on individuals and society...
6. Charles Winninger Charles Winninger Actor, Nothing Sacred Short, chubby-framed, twinkle-eyed, ever-huggable Charles Winninger was a veteran vaudevillian by the time he arrived in talking films. Born in a trunk to show biz folk in Athens, Wisconsin, on May 26, 1884, he was initially christened Karl Winninger. He left school while quite young (age 8) to join and tour with his parent's vaudeville family act which was called Winninger Family Concert Co...
7. Hugh Herbert Hugh Herbert Actor, Eternally Yours Shy, stammering and widely popular US screen comedian of the 30's and 40's whose trademark gesture could be seen in all his fingers fluttering together, usually accompanied by his other trademark - that "woo-woo!" exclamation.
8. Eleanor Roosevelt Eleanor Roosevelt Self, The Frank Sinatra Timex Show: To the Ladies
9. Charity Grace Charity Grace Actress, Alcohol and Old Lace
10. Louis B. Mayer Louis B. Mayer Miscellaneous Crew, Greed Mayer was born Lazar Mayer in the Ukraine and grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after his parents fled Russian oppression in 1886. He had a brutal childhood, raised in poverty and suffering physical and emotional abuse from his nearly-illiterate peddler father. In the early 1890s, he changed his name to Louis and fudged his birth date to reflect the more "patriotic" date of July 4...
11. Mary Nash Mary Nash Actress, The Philadelphia Story When her Hollywood career began in 1934, Mary Nash was already a veteran performer, having appeared in vaudeville and on Broadway. Following a brief appearance as a dancer in 1904, she joined Ethel Barrymore in a 1905 off- Broadway production, 'Alice-Sit-by-the-Fire'. This was followed by 'Captain Jinks' and 'The Silver Box' with the same company...
12. J.M. Kerrigan J.M. Kerrigan Actor, Gone with the Wind Elfin character player who, sometimes ornery, sometimes self-righteous and usually puffin' away on his pipe, would likely elude the mischief he made for others! (Rather like his countryman Barry Fitzgerald, with a bit more shiftiness - a bit more of a mean streak perhaps.)
13. Josephine Dillon Josephine Dillon Actress, The Lady and the Monster
14. Sophie Tucker Sophie Tucker Soundtrack, The Great Gatsby What becomes a legend most? For the beloved Russian-born entertainer Sophie Tucker, it was most definitely the live stage. The stage was her home. She fed off a live audience and it's what made her the sensation she was. Seeing her up close and personal was to get the very best of her. Movies and TV were too restrictive to capture the true essence of Sophie Tucker...
15. Forrester Harvey Forrester Harvey Actor, Rebecca
16. Maria Franklin Gable Maria Franklin Gable Self, Starlit Days at the Lido
17. Torben Meyer Torben Meyer Actor, Judgment at Nuremberg
18. Robert J. Flaherty Robert J. Flaherty Director, Nanook of the North
19. Harry Antrim Harry Antrim Actor, The Heiress
20. Harry Langdon Harry Langdon Actor, The Strong Man Langdon was 12 years old when he ran away to join the circus. Soon he was involved in medicine shows, circuses and Vaudeville where he spent the next 20 years developing an act called "Harry's New Car". With Vaudeville, he would play and perfect the act in town after tank town, year after year. By 1923...
21. Alexandra Tolstoy Alexandra Tolstoy Actress, Martin the Cobbler Countess Alexandra Lvovna Tolstoy (Aleksandra Tolstaya) was the youngest daughter of the famous Russian writer Count Leo Tolstoy. She was born in 1884, in Yasnaya Polyana, the ancestral estate of the Tolstoy family. Her mother, named Sofia Andreevna Bers, was the literary secretary for Leo Tolstoy...
22. Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli Actor, Long Live Walter Jameson
23. Harrison Ford Harrison Ford Actor, Janice Meredith Silent screen leading man in films from 1915-1932. He left films in 1932 due to the arrival of sound. He was hit by a car on September 13, 1951, never fully recovered from his injuries and died on December 2, 1957.
24. Werner Krauss Werner Krauss Actor, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
25. Harry S. Truman Harry S. Truman Self, Universal Newsreel
26. E.G. Tatum E.G. Tatum Actor, Within Our Gates
27. Tempe Pigott Tempe Pigott Actress, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
28. Fred Kelsey Fred Kelsey Actor, Hans Christian Andersen
29. Godfrey Tearle Godfrey Tearle Actor, The 39 Steps Godfrey Seymour Tearle was born in 1884, the son of British actor/manager George (Osmond) Tearle and American actress Marianne Conway (her second marriage). His father and uncle were first-generation acting Tearles, and his mother also came from a family of actors. It seems that Godfrey's destiny was set at birth...
30. Stuart Holmes Stuart Holmes Actor, The Man Who Laughs Stuart Holmes, born Joseph Liebchen, was a silent screen leading man (from 1909) who starred in Fox's first feature film, Life's Shop Window, filmed on Staten Island for $4,500. Being of somewhat menacing demeanour, the cold-eyed, moustachioed Holmes quickly discovered his penchant for playing dastardly villains of French...
31. Bud Osborne Bud Osborne Actor, Bride of the Monster Bud Osborne's almost 50-year career in films began--as far as is known--in 1912 with, naturally, a western. Originally from Texas, Osborne worked for "Wild West" shows where he was noted for his astonishing prowess in handling six-horse wagons and stagecoaches, a talent that carried over into films...
32. Laurette Taylor Laurette Taylor Actress, Peg o' My Heart
33. Frank Hagney Frank Hagney Actor, It's a Wonderful Life
34. Richard Tucker Richard Tucker Actor, Wings
35. Forbes Murray Forbes Murray Actor, A Chump at Oxford
36. Mimi Aguglia Mimi Aguglia Actress, The Outlaw "The whole world's a stage and all the men and women are mere players " is one of Shakespeare's most famous quotes. And it seemed written specially for Mimi Aguglia, for if she was not a "mere" player a player she was in the theatre and, later, in the movies. And wasn't she the daughter of an actress (Giuseppina Aguglia) before becoming the mother of another one (Argentina Brunetti)...
37. Harrison Greene Harrison Greene Actor, The Vampire Bat This burly stage comedian first appeared on film in "Men Call It Love" in 1931. Harrison went on to become a notable character actor with a knack for foreign accents. Notable appearances included two Three Stooges comedies. Harrison played the roles of A. Mouser in the Three Stooges' Ants in the Pantry (1936) and Bustoff the wrestler in another Stooge opus, Grips Grunts and Groans (1937)...
38. Bud Fisher Bud Fisher Writer, The Sandstorm
39. C. Henry Gordon C. Henry Gordon Actor, Scarface Although he occasionally played honest police officials or army officers, New York-born C. Henry Gordon excelled at playing oily, duplicitous villains, whether gangsters, businessmen or evil rulers. Among the many evildoers he portrayed, his most memorable would have to be the murderous Surat Khan, who massacred prisoners...
40. Evelyn Nesbit Evelyn Nesbit Actress, The Hidden Woman Ms. Nesbit, artists' model and chorus girl, was at the heart of what at the time was known as the Crime of the Century. Her abusive husband, Pittsburgh million-heir Harry Thaw, murdered 52-year old architect and socialite Stanford White (of the firm McKim, Mead, and White), who had taken advantage of...
41. Sôjin Kamiyama Sôjin Kamiyama Actor, Seven Samurai
42. Owen Moore Owen Moore Actor, A Star Is Born Born in 1886, virile and dashing silent screen idol Owen Moore, equipped with incredibly handsome reddish and ruddy features, came to America with his family from Ireland at age 11. After some stage work, he entered films at the Biograph Studio in 1908 and appeared in many of D.W. Griffith's early productions...
43. Jimmy Conlin Jimmy Conlin Actor, Anatomy of a Murder
44. Kathleen Howard Kathleen Howard Actress, It's a Gift Former opera singer and magazine editor who played character roles in US films from the mid-30's through the 40's.
45. William Austin William Austin Actor, It
46. Texas Guinan Texas Guinan Actress, The Gun Woman It's hard to be very specific about any dates or events early in the life of Texas Guinan. She loved publicity and frequently improvised facts about herself when she felt they made better stories than the truth. She was born in Waco, Texas, but likely not on a ranch as she often claimed. She was active in vaudeville and theater...
47. Leon Schlesinger Leon Schlesinger Producer, Porky in Wackyland Leon Schlesinger occupies an odd niche in Hollywood history. He was every bit a studio mogul but occupied a narrow, if extremely lucrative corner of the industry, an animation company. He might have shared this corner with Walt Disney but the two men couldn't have been more different in their professional outlook...
48. Georgia Simmons Georgia Simmons Actress,
49. Maurice Cass Maurice Cass Actor, Charlie Chan at the Opera Maurice Cass was born on October 12, 1884, in Vilnius, Lithuania (then Vilno, Russian Empire). He emigrated to the USA, and in his pursuit of an acting career, he began as announcer and comedian in New York. Cass had a pleasant face, a small body and a big voice. With his nearsightedness and his inevitable pince-nez adding weight to his intelligent face...
50. Alice Roosevelt Longworth Alice Roosevelt Longworth Self, Christening and Launching Kaiser Wilhelm's Yacht 'Meteor' Alice Lee Roosevelt was the daughter of Theodore Roosevelt, then a New York state assemblyman. Her mother died two days after her birth; Theodore remarried 'Edith Kermit Carow' and established a family seat in Oyster Bay, Long Island, where Alice grew up amid wealth, tradition, and politics. When her father suddenly became U.S...
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