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1. Mae West Mae West Soundtrack, I'm No Angel Mary Jane West was born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 17, 1893, to parents involved in prizefighting and vaudeville. Mae herself worked on the stage and in vaudeville from the time she was five years old. She never was academically inclined because she was too busy performing. She studied dance as a child...
2. Edward G. Robinson Edward G. Robinson Actor, Double Indemnity Edward G. Robinson arrived in the United States at age ten, and his family moved into New York's Lower East Side. He took up acting while attending City College, abandoning plans to become a rabbi or lawyer. The American Academy of Dramatic Arts awarded him a scholarship, and he began work in stock...
3. Lillian Gish Lillian Gish Actress, The Night of the Hunter Lillian Gish was born into a broken family where her restless father James Lee Gish was frequently absent. Mary Robinson McConnell a.k.a. Mary Gish, her mother, had entered into acting to make money to support the family. As soon as Lillian and her sister Dorothy were old enough, they became part of the act...
4. Leslie Howard Leslie Howard Actor, Gone with the Wind Leslie Howard Stainer was born in London, to Lilian (Blumberg) and Ferdinand "Frank" Steiner. His father was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and his English mother was of German Jewish, and mostly English, descent. Leslie went to Dulwich College. After school, he worked as a bank clerk until the outbreak of World War I...
5. Conrad Veidt Conrad Veidt Actor, Casablanca Conrad Veidt attended the Sophiengymnasium (secondary school) in the Schoeneberg district of Berlin, and graduated without a diploma in 1912, last in his class of 13. Conrad liked animals, theater, cinema, fast cars, pastries, thunderstorms, gardening, swimming and golfing. He disliked heights, flying...
6. Harold Lloyd Harold Lloyd Actor, Safety Last! Born in Buchard, Nebraska, USA to Elizabeth Fraser and 'J. Darcie 'Foxy' Lloyd' who fought constantly and soon divorced (at the time a rare event), Harold Clayton Lloyd was nominally educated in Denver and San Diego high schools and received his stage training at the School of Dramatic Art (San Diego)...
7. Jimmy Durante Jimmy Durante Soundtrack, The Notebook First wife Jeanne died in 1943. Wed second wife, Marjorie Little after 16 year courtship when she was 39 and he 67 Marjorie Little had been the hatcheck girl at the Copacabana. Durante and his second wife adopted a baby girl, Cecelia Alicia on Christmas day 1961. Durante doted on "CeCe" until his death.
8. Cedric Hardwicke Cedric Hardwicke Actor, Rope Sir Cedric Hardwicke, one of the great character actors in the first decades of the talking picture, was born in Lye, England on February 19, 1893. Hardwicke attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his stage debut in 1912. His career was interrupted by military service in World War I, but he returned to the stage in 1922 with the Birmingham Repertory Theatre...
9. Fay Bainter Fay Bainter Actress, Woman of the Year Fay Bainter's career began as a child performer in 1898. For some time, she was a member of the traveling cast of the Morosco Stock Company in Los Angeles. In 1912, she made her Broadway debut in 'The Rose of Panama', but this and her subsequent play 'The Bridal Path' (1913), were conspicuous failures...
10. Cecil Kellaway Cecil Kellaway Actor, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Cecil Kellaway was nominated for two Oscars for Best Supporting Actor for The Luck of the Irish and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. Cecil was originally offered the role of Santa Claus in Miracle on 34th Street, but he turned it down, telling his son, "Americans don't go for whimsy." His works also include some television. He played Santa Claus on an episode of Bewitched and also appeared in Twilight Zone.
11. Russel Crouse Russel Crouse Writer, The Sound of Music Playwright and producer who teamed with Howard Lindsay to create widely popular musicals and plays.
12. Ivor Novello Ivor Novello Soundtrack, Atonement Ivor was described by some who knew him in Cardiff as a truly beautiful man. Ivor, or David as he was then known, made his first public appearances as a pub and working men's club pianist and singer in and around the Cardiff area. His angelic voice and spirit allegedly created a great deal of envy amongst some men, certainly in Wales and very possibly America too.
13. Alexander Korda Alexander Korda Director, That Hamilton Woman One of a large group of Hungarian refugees who found refuge in England in the 1930s, Sir Alexander Korda was the first British film producer to receive a knighthood. He was a major, if controversial, figure and acted as a guiding force behind the British film industry of the 1930s and continued to influence British films until his death in 1956...
14. Betty Blythe Betty Blythe Actress, She Brunette, buxom matinee idol Betty Blythe capitalised on the 'roaring 20's' infatuation with exotic screen sirens to achieve a brief period of stardom. She was notoriously one of the first actresses to ever appear nude (or in various stages of undress) on screen. It wasn't that Betty couldn't act, as well - in fact...
15. Roy Del Ruth Roy Del Ruth Director, Topper Returns Roy Del Ruth was born on Oct. 18, 1895 in Philadelphia, PA, Del Ruth began his Hollywood career during the silent era as a writer for Mack Sennett in 1915.He began directing in 1919 for Sennett with his first short film Hungry Lions. In the early 1920s, he moved over to features with such early efforts as "Asleep at the Switch" (1923)...
16. Merian C. Cooper Merian C. Cooper Writer, King Kong In 1920, Merian C. Cooper was a member of volunteer of the American Kosciuszko Squadron that supported the Polish army in the war with Soviet Russia, where he met best friend and producing partner Ernest B. Schoedsack. On 26 July 1920, his plane was shot down, and he spent nearly nine months in the Soviet prisoner-of-war camp...
17. Julia Faye Julia Faye Actress, The Ten Commandments
18. Richard Dix Richard Dix Actor, Cimarron Richard Dix was a major leading man at RKO Radio Pictures from 1929 through 1943. He was born Ernest Carlton Brimmer July 18, 1893, in St. Paul, Minnesota. There he was educated, and at the desires of his father, studied to be a surgeon. His obvious acting talent in his school dramatic club led him to leading roles in most of the school plays...
19. Charley Chase Charley Chase Actor, On the Wrong Trek While Charley Chase is far from being as famous as "The Big Three" (Charles Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd) today, he's highly respected as one of the "greats" by fans of silent comedy. Chase (real name Charles Parrott) was born in Maryland, USA, in 1893. After a brief career in vaudeville...
20. Enid Bennett Enid Bennett Actress, Robin Hood Australian-born Enid Bennett (her sisters, Catherine Bennett and Marjorie Bennett, were also actresses) started her career on stage in Sydney. She became a well-regarded stage actress there, and eventually made her way to New York to conquer Broadway. Broadway, however, wasn't particularly interested in being conquered by Miss Bennett...
21. Leatrice Joy Leatrice Joy Actress, The Ace of Hearts Making her film debut as an extra in 1917, Leatrice Joy soon graduated to playing opposite comics Billy West and Oliver Hardy. Director Cecil B. DeMille took her under his wing and starred her in several of his films. Often playing career girls dressed in mannish suits, or sophisticated society girls...
22. William Dieterle William Dieterle Director, The Hunchback of Notre Dame Born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Wilhelm Dieterle was the youngest of nine children of parents Jacob and Berthe Dieterle. They lived in poverty, and when he was old enough to work, young Wilhelm earned money as a carpenter and a scrap dealer. He dreamed of better things, though, and theater caught his eye as a teen...
23. Ernest Whitman Ernest Whitman Actor, Road to Zanzibar
24. Irving Bacon Irving Bacon Actor, Gone with the Wind A minor character actor who appeared in literally hundreds of films, actor Irving Bacon could always be counted on for expressing bug-eyed bewilderment or cautious frustration in small-town settings with his revolving door of friendly, servile parts - mailmen, milkmen, clerks, chauffeurs, cab drivers...
25. Richard Connell Richard Connell Writer, Meet John Doe Richard Connell was born In Dutchess County, New York in 1893. He began covering baseball games for his father's newspaper at age ten and was editing the paper at age sixteen. He served in World War I, and then lived in various European countries. After settling in Beverly Hills, California, Connell began writing short stories. Connell passed away in 1949.
26. George Selk George Selk Actor, Narcotics
27. Ina Claire Ina Claire Actress, Ninotchka Effervescent, blond star of sophisticated Broadway comedy in the 1920's. Born Ina Fagan, of Irish descent, she lost her father in a car accident four months before she was born. Without a breadwinner in the family, she was forced to live in a boarding house with her mother. From earliest childhood she displayed a precocious talent for impersonating other people...
28. Cedric Gibbons Cedric Gibbons Art Director, The Wizard of Oz After graduating from New York's Art Students League he worked for his architect father, then started film work at Edison Studios in 1915 assisting Hugo Ballin. In 1918 he moved to Goldwyn as art director and, in 1924, began his 32 year stint as supervising art director for some 1500 MGM films, with direct responsibility in well over 150 of those...
29. Gene Morgan Gene Morgan Actor, Blonde Venus
30. Al St. John Al St. John Actor, Riders of Destiny Silent-film comic who appeared in dozens of Mack Sennett's early Keystone comedies and would eventually create and star in his own vehicles for other studios. With the advent of sound, he became a character actor in westerns and later the bewhiskered sidekick of B-western heroes like Buster Crabbe, Robert Livingston and Lash La Rue.
31. Roy O. Disney Roy O. Disney Camera and Electrical Department, Alice's Day at Sea
32. Vsevolod Pudovkin Vsevolod Pudovkin Director, Storm Over Asia
33. Carl Benton Reid Carl Benton Reid Actor, In a Lonely Place Carl Benton Reid was a drama graduate from Carnegie Tech who had several years of stage experience performing at the Cleveland PLayhouse in the 1920's, where he met his future wife, stage actress Hazel Harrison. After moving to New York, he became a noted actor on the Broadway stage with some impressive credits to his name...
34. Robert Harron Robert Harron Actor, The Birth of a Nation Today screen actor Robert (Bobby) Harron is one of Hollywood's forgotten souls, although he was a huge celebrity in his time and graced some of the silent screen's most enduring masterpieces. A talented, charismatic star in his heyday, Bobby had everything going for him but died far too young to make the longstanding impression he certainly deserved...
35. Jean Acker Jean Acker Actress, Checkers Jean Acker was born in 1893 on a New Jersey farm and was named Harriet. Her father was part Cherokee and her mother was Irish. Her parents had separated when she was young. She attended school at St. Mary's Seminary in Springfield, New Jersey. Her acting career began in vaudeville and stock-company drama before she moved in front of the cameras...
36. Dorothy Parker Dorothy Parker Writer, A Star Is Born Dorothy Rothschild was born on August 22, l893 into a family of comfortable financial means. Raised by her father and Stepmother after her mother's death, she was given an excellent education for the times. Highly intelligent, she pursued a career after her formal education and proved herself to be one of the early feminists...
37. Earle Hodgins Earle Hodgins Actor, Paradise Canyon
38. John Brahm John Brahm Director, Time Enough at Last The son of comedian and theatre director Ludwig Brahm, Hans followed in his father's footsteps and began his career on the stages of Vienna, Berlin and Paris. Again, like his father, he graduated to directing and had his first fling with the film business as a dialogue director for a Franco/German co-production...
39. Fay Holden Fay Holden Actress, Samson and Delilah
40. Chris-Pin Martin Chris-Pin Martin Actor, The Ox-Bow Incident Dark-complexioned, roly-poly comic actor in Hollywood films of the 30s, 40s and early 50s, in whose 80-or-so screen appearances he usually affected a fractured Mexican accent.
41. Ernest B. Schoedsack Ernest B. Schoedsack Director, The Most Dangerous Game
42. Jesslyn Fax Jesslyn Fax Actress, Rear Window
43. Dennis Hoey Dennis Hoey Actor, Terror by Night Character actor in early-30's UK films who then enjoyed a career in Hollywood from the late 30's through earlier 50's.
44. Howard Smith Howard Smith Actor, Kiss of Death
45. Anne O'Neal Anne O'Neal Actress, The Bishop's Wife
46. Gino Corrado Gino Corrado Actor, Paradise Canyon
47. Cicely Courtneidge Cicely Courtneidge Actress, The L-Shaped Room
48. Mercedes de Acosta Mercedes de Acosta Writer, Rasputin and the Empress
49. Theodore von Eltz Theodore von Eltz Actor, Topper Born in New Haven, Connecticut on November 5, 1893, silent screen lead Theodore Von Eltz was the son of a Yale professor and educated at Hill School at Pottstown Pennsylvania. Originally prepped to become a doctor, he decided instead to pursue acting. At age 19 he made his New York debut and soon was hitting the Broadway boards with performances in "Children of Earth" (1915)...
50. Lew Brice Lew Brice Actor, The Income Tax Collector
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