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1. Gladys Cooper Gladys Cooper Actress, My Fair Lady Gladys Cooper was the daughter of journalist William Frederick Cooper and his wife Mabel Barnett. As a child she was very striking and was used as a photographic model beginning at six years old. She wanted to become an actress and started on that road in 1905 after being discovered by Seymour Hicks to tour with his company in "Bluebell in Fairyland"...
2. Harpo Marx Harpo Marx Actor, Duck Soup With the big, poofy, curly red hair, a top hat, and a horn, the lovable mute was the favorite of the Marx Brothers. Though chasing woman was a favorite routine of his in the movies, Harpo was a devoted father and husband. He adopted the mute routine in vaudeville and carried it over to the films. Harpo...
3. Hank Patterson Hank Patterson Actor, Green Acres Hank Patterson was born in Springville, Alabama to Green and Mary Newton Patterson. Hank's great-grandfather, James Pearson, was an original settler of St. Clair county, AL as was his mother's great-grandfather, Thomas Newton. Between 1894 & 1897, the family left AL to live in Taylor, Texas where Hank...
4. Maurice Chevalier Maurice Chevalier Actor, Gigi Maurice Chevalier's first working job was as an acrobat, until a serious accident ended that career. He turned his talents to singing and acting, and made several short films in France. During World War I he enlisted in the French army. He was wounded in battle, captured and placed in a POW camp by the Germans...
5. F.W. Murnau F.W. Murnau Director, Nosferatu He studied art and literature history at the University of Heidelberg. During World War I, he was a combat pilot.
6. Barry Fitzgerald Barry Fitzgerald Actor, The Quiet Man One of Hollywood's finest character actors and most accomplished scene stealers, Barry Fitzgerald was born William Joseph Shields in 1888 in Dublin, Ireland. Educated to enter the banking business, the diminutive Irishman with the irresistible brogue was bitten by the acting bug in the 1920s and joined Dublin's world-famous Abbey Players...
7. Esther Minciotti Esther Minciotti Actress, Marty
8. George Relph George Relph Actor, Ben-Hur
9. Cathleen Nesbitt Cathleen Nesbitt Actress, The Farmer's Daughter Diminutive, genteel Cathleen Nesbitt was a grand dame of the theatre on both sides of the Atlantic in a career spanning seven decades. Among almost 300 roles on stage, she excelled at comic portrayals of sophisticated socialites and elegant mothers. Hollywood used her, whenever a gentler, sweeter version of Gladys Cooper was needed...
10. Percy Kilbride Percy Kilbride Actor, State Fair He had a long career in theater before making movies, playing hundreds of roles, mostly rustic bumpkins, in stage and stock. His film career included two isolated early films: White Woman and Soak the Rich. It began in earnest with the part of Orion Peabody in the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn wartime drama Keeper of the Flame; Kilbride was already fifty-four by then...
11. Raymond Chandler Raymond Chandler Writer, Double Indemnity An American novelist, writer of crime fiction featuring the private detective Philip Marlowe, Raymond (Thornton) Chandler was born in Chicago of an American father and an Anglo-Irish mother. He moved to England when his parents divorced. He attended Dulwich College and studied languages in France and Germany before returning to England in 1907 and becoming a naturalized British subject...
12. Paul Cavanagh Paul Cavanagh Actor, The Woman in Green Cambridge-educated Paul Cavanagh appeared in pictures as the epitome of the debonair, well-dressed Englishman. The former barrister and Royal Canadian Mountie turned to acting in 1924 and had a starring role on Broadway in 'Scotland Yard' (1929). His film career began in 1928 and lasted just over three decades...
13. Miles Mander Miles Mander Actor, Wuthering Heights This versatile artist, who had spent his 20's in New Zealand farming sheep, became novelist, playwright and film exhibitor on his return to Britain in 1918. Eventually he would observe success with The First Born, which he directed and acted in and which was based on his own novel and play. He is better remembered...
14. Edith Evans Edith Evans Actress, The Nun's Story Edith Evans was the greatest actress on the English stage in the 20th century, treading the boards for over half-a-century. She made her professional stage debut in 1912 and excelled in both classic and modern roles in the West End of London and on Broadway, as well as the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon and the Old Vic...
15. Porter Hall Porter Hall Actor, Double Indemnity For over two decades, Porter Hall made a career out of playing villains and pompous, unpleasant people. His movie career was not a mirror of his real life, however. Mr. Hall was well known as a generous and outgoing person who was well-liked by almost everybody he knew. It is ironic that the role he is most often seen in today is that of an atheist in Going My Way...
16. Miles Malleson Miles Malleson Actor, The Thief of Bagdad Actor, playwright and screenwriter Miles Malleson's list of credits reads like a history of British cinema in the first half of the 20th century. Born in Croydon in Surrey, he attended Brighton College in Sussex before studying at Cambridge University with the intention of becoming a schoolmaster. However...
17. Harry Tyler Harry Tyler Actor, The Grapes of Wrath
18. Anita Loos Anita Loos Writer, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes While she is now best known for her book "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," Anita Loos was one of Hollywood's foremost early screenwriters. She began writing screen scenarios for the 'Biograph Company' at an early age (though not 12, as she later claimed), and the first to be produced, The New York Hat, was...
19. Eugene O'Neill Eugene O'Neill Writer, Long Day's Journey Into Night Eugene O'Neill, the winner of four Pulitzer Prizes for Drama and the 1936 Nobel Prize for Literature, is widely considered the greatest American playwright. No one, not Maxwell Anderson, Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller, nor Edward Albee, approaches O'Neill in terms of his artistic achievement or his impact on the American theater...
20. Max Steiner Max Steiner Composer, Casablanca Austrian composer who achieved legendary status as the creator of hundreds of classic American film scores. As a child he was astonishingly musically gifted, composing complex works as a teenager and completing the course of study at Vienna's Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in only one year...
21. Monty Woolley Monty Woolley Actor, The Bishop's Wife Large and hearty Monty Woolley was born to privilege on August 17, 1888, the son of a hotel proprietor who owned the Marie Antoinette Hotel on Broadway. A part of Manhattan's elite social circle at a young age, he studied at both Yale (Master's degree) and Harvard and returned to Yale as an English instructor and coach of graduate dramatics...
22. Anna Q. Nilsson Anna Q. Nilsson Actress, Sunset Blvd. Anna Quirentia Nilsson, popularly known as "Anna Q", who was born on March 30th, 1888, in Ystad, Sweden, emigrated to the United States in 1905. The 5'7" Nilsson used her blonde beauty to become a famous model for well-known fashion photographers and fine artists. In 1907 she was chosen the most beautiful girl in the US and in 1911 made her film debut in Molly Pitcher...
23. Irving Berlin Irving Berlin Soundtrack, The Aviator Irving Berlin was born Israel Isidor Baline on May 11, 1888 in Mogilev, Belarus, Russian Empire. Towering composer, songwriter, ("God Bless America", "Always", "Blue Skies", "White Christmas") author and publisher, he came to the United States at age 5 and was educated in New York's public schools. His earliest musical education was from his father...
24. Jack Holt Jack Holt Actor, Cat People Staunch, granite-jawed American leading man of silent and early talkie films, much associated with Westerns. A native of New York City, Holt often claimed to have been born in Winchester, Virginia, where he grew up. The son of an Episcopal minister, he attended Trinity School in Manhattan, then the Virginia Military Institute...
25. Florence Bates Florence Bates Actress, Rebecca The American character actress, Florence Rabe, was the daughter of an antique store owner. She gained a degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas in 1906 and went on to a career in teaching and social work. She changed course after being persuaded by a friend to study law, and, passing her bar exam in 1914...
26. Will Hay Will Hay Actor, Oh, Mr. Porter! William Thompson Hay was probably one of the most versatile of entertainers. He was not only a character comedian of the first rank, but was also an astronomer of high repute - he discovered the spot on the planet Saturn in 1933 - and a fully qualified air pilot; he was once an engineer. Born at Stockton on Tees in 1888...
27. Ian Fleming Ian Fleming Actor, Quartet
28. Paul Hurst Paul Hurst Actor, Gone with the Wind American character actor of prodigious output who also directed and wrote silent films, Paul Hurst spent much of his early work in low-budget western. A native of Traver, California (in the San Joaquin Valley), Hurst had a first-hand knowledge of Western lore, growing up surrounded by the multi-million-acre Lux & Miller ranches that ran cattle throughout the state...
29. Selmer Jackson Selmer Jackson Actor, The Grapes of Wrath Ubiquitous, silver-haired 30's-40's US character actor with well-modulated voice, usually given roles involving authority or authoritativeness: judges, lawyers, doctors, high-ranking government or military men and the like.
30. George Chesebro George Chesebro Actor, Wolfblood George Chesebro was an American character actor who, after a few leading roles in silent films, became an omnipresent bit player in "B" westerns. A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Chesebro became involved in traveling stock theater productions before the age of 20, and by 1911 was a seasoned performer...
31. Thea von Harbou Thea von Harbou Writer, Metropolis
32. Nana Bryant Nana Bryant Actress, Harvey
33. William B. Davidson William B. Davidson Actor, The Most Dangerous Game
34. William Dewhurst William Dewhurst Actor, Sabotage
35. Jameson Thomas Jameson Thomas Actor, It Happened One Night On the British stage from his teens, he first appeared as a half-breed boy in "The Squaw Man." His screen debut was in 1923 in the film "Chu Chin Chow." Dissatisfied with the British film industry, he moved to Hollywood and played a number of minor roles up to the time of his death. On the English stage he appeared with such greats as Anna May Wong, Alice Joyce and Gilda Grey.
36. Frances Marion Frances Marion Writer, The Champ The most renowned female screenwriter of the 20th century, and one of the most respected scripters of any gender, Frances Marion was born in San Francisco. She modeled and acted and had some success as a commercial artist. She entered into journalism and served in Europe as a combat correspondent during World War I...
37. Roy Webb Roy Webb Composer, Notorious Trained in classical music at Columbia University, Webb worked on Broadway by the time he was in his mid-20's, not only composing incidental music, but co-writing original plays with his older brother, the director Kenneth S. Webb. By 1923, he worked as conductor/arranger on hit shows like "Music Box Revue" and "Stepping Stones"...
38. Jean Murat Jean Murat Actor, Carnival in Flanders
39. Joseph P. Kennedy Joseph P. Kennedy Miscellaneous Crew, The Trespasser Patriarch of a famous political family, Kennedy had a brief Hollywood career: He was one of the first financiers to play a leading role in the movie industry. Although he grew up in modest East Boston, where his father was a barkeeper and politician, Kennedy was educated with the Establishment's children at Boston Latin School and Harvard...
40. T.E. Lawrence T.E. Lawrence Writer, Lawrence of Arabia
41. Olaf Hytten Olaf Hytten Actor, The Good Earth
42. Irving Cummings Irving Cummings Director, Curly Top New York-born Irving Cummings began his career as an actor on the Broadway stage in his late teens, and appeared with the legendary Lillian Russell's company. He entered films in 1909 as an actor, and became a very popular leading man in the early 1920s. He began directing at around that time, turning out mostly action films and an occasional comedy...
43. Victor Francen Victor Francen Actor, La fin du jour
44. Almira Sessions Almira Sessions Actress, Sullivan's Travels A member of a very socially prominent Washington family, Sessions played vaudeville, radio, television and film for sixty years. Sessions made her debut in 1909 in a comic opera. She has appeared over 500 times in movies and on television. Session sang comic songs in cabarets before going to New York to act on the stage...
45. Harry Beaumont Harry Beaumont Director, The Broadway Melody Born in Abilene, KS, in 1888, Harry Beaumont started his show-business career early--he quit school to become an actor in a traveling stock company, and eventually made his way to the New York stage. In 1912 he began working as a film actor for Edison studios--which was headquartered across the river in New Jersey--in everything from two-reel shorts to serials...
46. Basil Dean Basil Dean Producer, 21 Days Together Basil Dean first appeared as an actor on the British stage in 1906. He soon switched careers and began writing and directing plays. Turning to the film industry, he became a producer and director in 1928; many of the films he produced and directed were based on his own stage plays.
47. Jack Rube Clifford Jack Rube Clifford Actor, 45 Minutes from Hollywood Jack Clifford (born John Clifford Cooley in 1888) had what one might call a "challenged childhood." He was in two orphanages, and seven foster homes from New York to Texas. Despite the early obstacles he became an American "headliner" (Orpheum Circuit) vaudeville performer, who was evidently pretty good...
48. Marcel L'Herbier Marcel L'Herbier Director, Sacrifice d'honneur
49. Wally Patch Wally Patch Actor, Pygmalion
50. Jules Furthman Jules Furthman Writer, The Big Sleep Jules Furthman was a magazine and newspaper writer when he began writing for films in 1915. When the U.S. entered WWI Furthman used the name "Stephen Fox" for his screenplays because he thought his name sounded too German, but he reverted to his real name after the war. Furthman became one of the most prolific...
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