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1. Ruth Gordon Ruth Gordon Actress, Rosemary's Baby When Ruth Gordon convinced her father, a sea captain, to let her pursue acting she came to New York and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in a few silents made at Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1915. She made her Broadway debut in "Peter Pan" as Nibs the same year. The next 20 years she spent on stage...
2. George Burns George Burns Actor, Oh, God!
3. Howard Hawks Howard Hawks Director, The Big Sleep What do the classic and near-classic films I Was a Male War Bride, Scarface, Twentieth Century, Bringing Up Baby, Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, Sergeant York, Ball of Fire, Air Force, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Red River and Rio Bravo have in common with such first-rate entertainments as I Was a Male War Bride...
4. Hope Summers Hope Summers Actress, Rosemary's Baby Versatile, dark-haired actress Hope Summers could portray a friendly neighbor or companion as she did for Frances Bavier's Aunt Bee character on many episodes of The Andy Griffith Show or a deceptive threat as her witch character proved to be to John Cassavetes' quivering pregnant wife in Rosemary's Baby...
5. Irene Purcell Irene Purcell Actress, Just a Gigolo
6. Arthur Shields Arthur Shields Actor, The Quiet Man Though not as well known as his nearly decade-older brother Barry Fitzgerald, Shields was a talented actor with well over twice the film roles in his career. Fitzgerald was already a well established player at the renowned Dublin Abbey Theater when Shields, also bitten by the acting bug, joined in 1914...
7. Raymond Massey Raymond Massey Actor, Arsenic and Old Lace Educated at the University of Toronto & Balliol College, Oxford, he joined the Canadian Field Artillery in World War I, served in France & was wounded. His first appearance was in a stage production in Siberia, during its occupation by American Forces in 1918. Raymond returned to Canada & the farm implement business after the war...
8. Ian Wolfe Ian Wolfe Actor, Witness for the Prosecution Respected character actor whose on-screen work included everything from Shakespeare to Dick Tracy (his last film). After a long apprenticeship in the theatre, the 38-year-old Wolfe finally debuted in films in The Barretts of Wimpole Street, recreating his Broadway role. He then toiled away steadily in Hollywood for the next several decades...
9. Elliott Nugent Elliott Nugent Director, My Favorite Brunette An American minor leading man of early Depression-era talkies who played earnest, boyish leads, Ohio-born Elliott Nugent would earn more distinction as a writer, producer and director of stage and film after all was said and done. The son of playwright/producer/actor J.C. Nugent, Elliott was born in 1896 and came from pure show business stock...
10. Alan Mowbray Alan Mowbray Actor, The Man Who Knew Too Much Alan Mowbray, the American film actor who was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild, was born Ernest Allen on August 18, 1896, in London, England, to a non-theatrical family. He served in the British army during World War I and received the Military Medal and the French Croix De Guerre for bravery in action...
11. Ted Healy Ted Healy Actor, San Francisco US vaudevillian who in 1923 founded a stage act known as "Ted Healy & His Stooges," the latter comprising one Moe Howard and his brother, Shemp Howard, whose roles were to act as foils, or stooges, for Healy's jokes. Joined later by Larry Fine, the Howards later went off on their own, eventually to call themselves "The Three Stooges." Over the years there would be six stooges in all...
12. Jessie Royce Landis Jessie Royce Landis Actress, North by Northwest Jessie Royce Landis was called "an international star" in her New York Times obituary. She was 20 when she made her stage debut at the Playhouse in Chicago as the young countess in "The Highwayman". Soon she was on Broadway. In 1950 she went to London for "Larger Than Life", a dramatization of W. Somerset Maugham's novel...
13. Larry Keating Larry Keating Actor, When Worlds Collide Supporting actor in films and TV who portrayed witty and urbane although often curmudgeonly types.
14. William A. Wellman William A. Wellman Director, A Star Is Born William Wellman, the Oscar-winning screenwriter-director of the original A Star Is Born, was called "Wild Bill" during his World War I service as an aviator, a nickname that persisted in Hollywood due to his larger-than-life personality and lifestyle. A leap-year baby born in 1896 on the 29th of February in Brookline...
15. Ralph Forbes Ralph Forbes Actor, Twentieth Century Ralph Forbes had other ideas than the family wish for him to seek a career in law or the navy. He became interested in acting and began stage work in England. By 1917, he had come to the US to get his feet wet in the film medium with his first silent that year. But he returned to the UK to work in the early British film industry from 1921 to 1926...
16. J. Carrol Naish J. Carrol Naish Actor, Sahara J. Carroll was born in New York City to Catherine Moran and Patrick Sarsfield Naish (not in the business). He was educated at St. Cecilia's Academy, New York City. He had seven years stage experience in Paris and New York. Later in stock company. First screen appearance in 1930. Fox brought him to Hollywood.
17. F. Scott Fitzgerald F. Scott Fitzgerald Writer, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button "There are no second acts in American lives," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, who himself went from being the high priest of the Jazz Age to a down-and-out alcoholic within the space of twenty years, not before giving the world several literary masterpieces, the most famous of which is The Great Gatsby (1924)...
18. Tom Keene Tom Keene Actor, Plan 9 from Outer Space Not much is known about the early life of ruggedly handsome cowboy actor Tom Keene, born George Duryea in Rochester, New York. However, he arrived in Hollywood in the late 1920s after college studies at Columbia and Carnegie Tech and immediately made some impact as the lead of The Godless Girl. Known for his sharp...
19. Arnold Ridley Arnold Ridley Actor, Dad's Army Arnold Ridley's acting career began before World War I while he was a student at Bristol University when he was paid a pound a week for, in his own words, "playing bits and pieces" at the Theatre Royal in Bristol (now the Bristol Old Vic). Having been "rather badly knocked about" in World War I (he fought at the Battle of the Somme and was injured three times...
20. Olive Carey Olive Carey Actress, The Searchers Olive Carey was born Olive Fuller Golden on January 31, 1896. Olive was 18 when she appeared in her first motion picture, a silent entitled, Tess of the Storm Country. After she made A Knight of the Range, she retired from films. In 1916, she married actor Harry Carey who was eighteen years older. They had two children...
21. Abraham Sofaer Abraham Sofaer Actor, Quo Vadis Born on October 1, 1896, in Rangoon, Burma, to Burmese-Jewish parents, distinguished veteran character actor Abraham Sofaer was a one-time schoolteacher in both Rangoon and London. He switched gears to acting after a short time and made his stage debut as a walk-on in William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" in 1921...
22. Leo McCarey Leo McCarey Director, An Affair to Remember
23. Lilia Skala Lilia Skala Actress, Flashdance Born and raised in Vienna, Austria, Lilia Skala would become a star on two continents. In pre-World War II Austria she starred in famed Max Reinhardt's stage troupe, and in post-war America she would become a notable matronly, award-worthy character star on Broadway and in films. Forced to flee her Nazi-occupied homeland with her Jewish husband and two young sons in the late 1930s...
24. Melville Cooper Melville Cooper Actor, Rebecca Born George Melville Cooper on October 15, 1896, in Birmingham England, he was the son of non-professionals W.C.J. and Frances (Brennan) Cooper, and attended various English public schools, including King Edward's School in Birmingham. Attracted to the stage as a teenager, he made his debut at Stratford-on-Avon at age 18...
25. Joseph Schildkraut Joseph Schildkraut Actor, The Diary of Anne Frank An imposing Austrian import-turned-matinée idol on the silent screen, Hollywood actor Joseph Schildkraut went on to conquer talking films as well -- with Oscar-winning results. Inclined towards smooth, cunning villainy, his Oscar came instead for his sympathetic portrayal of Captain Alfred Dreyfus in The Life of Emile Zola...
26. Marjorie Bennett Marjorie Bennett Actress, Mary Poppins
27. Jean Dixon Jean Dixon Actress, My Man Godfrey Connecticut-born Jean Dixon had an auspicious theatre debut: on a Parisian stage with Sarah Bernhardt while still a student at a French university. Upon her return to the U.S. in 1921, she made her Broadway debut, and thereafter appeared in many stage productions, on Broadway and across the country...
28. Barbara La Marr Barbara La Marr Actress, The White Moth Reatha Watson (Barbara La Marr) is most famous as one of the first drug-related deaths in Hollywood, but she is notable for many other reasons. Born in Yakima, Washington, her parents moved to the Imperial Valley in California, where Reatha began her explorations of Los Angeles as a teenager. After...
29. Edith Bouvier Beale Edith Bouvier Beale Self, The Beales of Grey Gardens
30. Walter Lang Walter Lang Director, The King and I Walter Lang entered the film industry in New York when he got a job as a clerk in the office of a film production company. He worked his way up to assistant director, and directed his first film in 1926. By the time sound arrived Lang was already a well-regarded director, but he left the business at that time to try his hand as an artist in Paris...
31. Ethel Waters Ethel Waters Actress, Cabin in the Sky The child of a teenage rape victim, Ethel Waters grew up in the slums of Philadelphia and neighboring cities, seldom living anywhere for more than a few weeks at a time. "No one raised me, " she recollected, "I just ran wild." She excelled not only at looking after herself, but also at singing and dancing; she began performing at church functions...
32. Olga Baclanova Olga Baclanova Actress, Freaks Born Olga Vladimirovna Baklanova, one of six children of Vladimir Baklanoff and his wife Alexandra, later billed as the Russian Tigress in her early talking films, was born August 19, 1896. She graduated from the Cherniavsky Institute in Moscow prior to her selection in 1912 at age 16 to apprentice at the Moscow Art Theatre...
33. Ruth Donnelly Ruth Donnelly Actress, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Feisty, ebullient character comedienne who, for three decades, enlivened Hollywood films with her drollery and quick-fire repartee. The daughter of a newspaper editor and music critic, Ruth made her stage debut in the chorus of the touring production 'The Quaker Girl' in 1913. Four years later, she had made it to Broadway...
34. Jim Jordan Jim Jordan Actor, The Rescuers
35. Doris Lloyd Doris Lloyd Actress, The Sound of Music
36. Lilyan Tashman Lilyan Tashman Actress, Manhandled Lilyan Tashman was born on October 23, 1896, in Brooklyn, New York. After toying with some stage work, she made her film debut with Experience. That was her only film of that year, and the next year she also made only one film, Head Over Heels (this was at a time when some studios and their performers were turning out a film per week)...
37. Amanda Randolph Amanda Randolph Actress, Amanda
38. Anton Walbrook Anton Walbrook Actor, La Ronde This dark, debonair, dashing and extremely distinguished Austrian actor was christened Adolf Wohlbrück in Vienna, the scion of a family of circus clowns. He broke away easily from generations of tradition as the circus life had no appeal whatsoever to Walbrook. Trained by the legendary director Max Reinhardt...
39. Julien Duvivier Julien Duvivier Director, The Little World of Don Camillo Revered by such legendary fellow directors as Ingmar Bergman and Jean Renoir, Julien Duvivier is one of the greatest figures in the history of French cinema and of world cinema in general. He is perhaps the most neglected of the "Big Five" of classic French cinema (the other four being Jean Renoir, Rene Clair...
40. Dziga Vertov Dziga Vertov Director, Man with a Movie Camera Born in Bialystok, Poland, studied music and enrolled in St. Petersburg Neurological Institute in 1916. Worked on first Soviet newsreel, Kinonedelia (1918-1919), then on subsequent newsreel series (inc. Kinopravda, 1922-1925).
41. Natalie Talmadge Natalie Talmadge Actress, Our Hospitality Natalie Talmadge was the middle daughter of the original "stage mother", Margaret Talmadge (Peg). Her two sisters, Constance Talmadge (the comedienne) and Norma Talmadge (the tragedian) were also in the movies, and had their own production companies, bankrolled by Norma's husband in the 1920s, Joseph M. Schenck...
42. Roy Gordon Roy Gordon Actor, Foreign Correspondent
43. Fernando Soler Fernando Soler Actor, Susana
44. Bill Walker Bill Walker Actor, The Long, Hot Summer
45. Jack Perrin Jack Perrin Actor, Jaws of Justice Jack Perrin was born in Three Rivers, MI, on July 25, 1896. His father, a real estate investor, had an eye on the burgeoning prospects in Los Angeles and moved his family there when Perrin was about four. Jack literally grew up witnessing the birth of the film industry, which exploded there in 1913...
46. Blanche Sweet Blanche Sweet Actress, Judith of Bethulia Blanche Sweet was born Sarah Blanche Sweet on June 18, 1896 in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents were vaudeville actors and she began performing at the age of four. In 1909 she signed a contract with Biograph studios. She made dozens of films and became known as "The Biograph Blonde". Blanche had a highly publicized affair with director Marshall Neilan...
47. Richard Thorpe Richard Thorpe Director, Jailhouse Rock After working in vaudeville, on the stage and in early movies, Richard Thorpe launched his directing career in 1923. After directing dozens of low-budget comedies and westerns, his talents were recognized in the mid-'30s when he went to work for MGM. Studio honcho Louis B. Mayer valued efficiency in his directors...
48. Charles Wagenheim Charles Wagenheim Actor, Foreign Correspondent Initially drawn to an acting career to counterbalance an acute case of shyness, diminutive character actor Charles Wagenheim's career comprised hundreds upon hundreds of minor but atmospheric parts on stage, film and TV. Born in Newark, New Jersey, in 1896, he was the son of immigrant parents. Enlisting in the military during World War I...
49. A.J. Cronin A.J. Cronin Writer, The Stars Look Down British novelist A.J. Cronin was born in Dumbartonshire, Scotland, in 1896. In 1914 he entered Glasgow University to study medicine, but his studies were interrupted by World War I, in which he served in the British Navy as a surgeon sublieutenant. He received his M.B. and Ch.B. in 1919, and took a job as a ship's surgeon on a passenger liner...
50. Adele Astaire Adele Astaire Self, The Fred Astaire Songbook
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