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1. Frank Capra Frank Capra Director, It's a Wonderful Life One of seven children, Frank Capra was born on May 18, 1897, in Bisacquino, Sicily. On May 10, 1903, his family left for America aboard the ship Germania, arriving in New York on May 23rd. "There's no ventilation, and it stinks like hell. They're all miserable. It's the most degrading place you could ever be," Capra said about his Atlantic passage...
2. Walter Pidgeon Walter Pidgeon Actor, Forbidden Planet Walter Pidgeon, a handsome, tall and dark-haired man, began his career studying voice at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He then did theater, mainly stage musicals. He went to Hollywood in the early 1920s, where he made silent films, including Mannequin and Sumuru. When talkies arrived...
3. Fredric March Fredric March Actor, The Best Years of Our Lives Fredric March began a career in banking but in 1920 found himself cast as an extra in films being produced in New York. He starred on the Broadway stage first in 1926 and would return there between screen appearances later on. He won plaudits (and an Academy Award nomination) for his send-up of John Barrymore in The Royal Family of Broadway...
4. Edith Head Edith Head Costume Designer, Rear Window
5. Jack Haley Jack Haley Actor, The Wizard of Oz Jack Haley was a movie and vaudeville actor who is always remembered as the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz. The Tin Man role was originally was going to Buddy Ebsen, but due to allergic reaction from the aluminum powder makeup, Ebsen was taken out of the casting and Haley replaced him. To avoid the same problem arising...
6. Moe Howard Moe Howard Actor, Punch Drunks Moe Howard, the "Boss Stooge" and brother of Stooges Curly Howard and Shemp Howard, began his acting career in 1909 by playing bit roles in silent Vitagraph films. At 17 he joined a troupe working on a showboat and also appeared in several two-reel comedy shorts. In 1922 he, brother Shemp and Larry Fine joined roughhouse vaudeville comic Ted Healy...
7. Judith Anderson Judith Anderson Actress, Rebecca Dame Judith Anderson was born Frances Margaret Anderson on February 10, 1897 in Adelaide, South Australia. She began her acting career in Australia before moving to New York in 1918. There she established herself as one of the greatest theatrical actresses and was a major star on Broadway throughout the 1930s...
8. Paula Trueman Paula Trueman Actress, All My Children The delightful twinkle in her eye and that elderly mischievous look coming from the tiniest of frames were unmistakable traits in 70s and 80s lightweight films. One of a slew of popular elderly ladies getting their "fifteen minutes" at the time, character actress Paula Trueman was born around the turn of the century on April 25...
9. John Laurie John Laurie Actor, Hamlet John Laurie was a Scotsman who would play many character roles in his long career - a lot of Scotsmen to be sure - but an enthusiastic and skilled actor in nearly 120 screen roles. He was the son of a mill worker, and studied for a career in architecture which he indeed began. But with World War I he left his position to join the British army...
10. Marion Davies Marion Davies Actress, Show People Marion Cecelia Douras was born in the borough of Brooklyn, New York on January 3, 1897. She had been bitten by the show biz bug early as she watched her sisters perform in local stage productions. She wanted to do the same. As Marion got older, she tried out for various school plays and did fairly well...
11. Pola Negri Pola Negri Actress, Die Bergkatze Pola Negri was born in Poland and moved to Warsaw as a young child. Living in poverty with her mother, a teenage Pola auditioned and was accepted to the Imperial Ballet. Due to an illness which ended her dancing career, she soon switched to the Warsaw Imperial Academy of Dramatic Arts and became an actress...
12. Hermione Gingold Hermione Gingold Actress, The Music Man One of stage, screen, radio and TV's most delightful, inimitable eccentrics, Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold was born the daughter of an upscale Austrian financier and English homemaker. She made her stage debut in 1908, thus beginning a long, commanding presence in London playing everything from Jessica...
13. Cecil Parker Cecil Parker Actor, The Ladykillers An air of almost smug disdain would hang over his characters like a grey cloud. Yet he could end up being a ray of sunshine with that cloud. Stage or screen, comedy or drama, playing butler or Lord Commander, Englishman Cecil Parker was born in 1897 and took an avid interest in performing following his discharge from World War I military service...
14. Douglas Sirk Douglas Sirk Director, Imitation of Life Film director Douglas Sirk, whose reputation blossomed in the generation after his 1959 retirement from Hollywood filmmaking, was born Hans Detlef Sierck on April 26, 1900, in Hamburg, Germany, to a journalist. Both of his parents were Danish, and the future director would make movies in German, Danish and English...
15. Celia Lovsky Celia Lovsky Actress, Soylent Green Daughter of Bretislav Lvovsky (1857-1910), a minor Czech opera composer, Celia was born in Vienna where she trained at the Royal Academy of Arts and Music. She was a rising stage star in Vienna and Berlin in 1929, when she met future husband Peter Lorre. Celia accompanied the Jewish Lorre when he fled Hitler's Berlin to Vienna in 1933...
16. Helen Shaw Helen Shaw Actress, Parenthood
17. Rhys Williams Rhys Williams Actor, The Bells of St. Mary's Moviegoers can be forgiven if they thought that stocky, jaunty Rhys Williams was a jovial Irishman, as he often played that type of character, but his role as a Welsh miner in John Ford's classic How Green Was My Valley (his film debut) was much closer to home for him, as he was born and raised in Wales...
18. Joseph Calleia Joseph Calleia Actor, Touch of Evil His full name was Giuseppe Maria Spurrin-Calleja - but he was better known as Joseph or Joe Calleia, one of Hollywood's most recognized bad guys. But Calleia's roots and talents ran much deeper than character actor. He was Maltese, born on that barren but historically important island of Malta between Italy and Africa in the Mediterranean...
19. John Gilbert John Gilbert Actor, The Big Parade John Gilbert was born into a show-business family - his father was a comic with the Pringle Stock Company. By 1915 John was an extra with Thomas H. Ince's company and a lead player by 1917. In those days he was assistant director, actor or screenwriter. He also tried his hand at directing. By 1919 he was being noticed in films and getting better roles...
20. William Faulkner William Faulkner Writer, The Big Sleep William Faulkner, one of the 20th century's most gifted novelists, wrote for the movies in part because he could not make enough money from his novels and short stories to support his growing number of dependants. The author of such acclaimed novels as "The Sound and the Fury" and "Absalom, Absalom!"...
21. Hope Emerson Hope Emerson Actress, Adam's Rib Although there may have been "bigger" actresses in Hollywood's history, there were few "larger" than Hope Emerson. At 6' 2" and 230 pounds, she towered over many of her male co-stars, and her size, brusque voice and stern demeanor typed her for a career in villainous roles, such as her star turn as the sadistic prison matron in Caged...
22. Betty Compson Betty Compson Actress, The Docks of New York A mining engineer's daughter, blond, blue-eyed Betty Compson began in show business playing violin in a Salt Lake City vaudeville establishment for $15 a week. Following that, she went on tour, accompanied by her mother, with an act called 'the Vagabond Violinist'. Aged eighteen, she appeared on Alexander Pantages Theatre Circuit...
23. Russell Collins Russell Collins Actor, The Enemy Below
24. Conrad Nagel Conrad Nagel Actor, All That Heaven Allows
25. Rouben Mamoulian Rouben Mamoulian Director, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
26. Arlene Harris Arlene Harris Actress, Hitchhike to Happiness
27. Morris Ankrum Morris Ankrum Actor, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers A graduate of the University of Southern California School of Law, Morris Ankrum was an attorney and an economics professor before switching careers and joining the theater. He was a veteran stage actor by the time he entered the film industry in the 1930s, where he spent much time in westerns, playing everything from Indian chiefs to crooked town bankers...
28. Jerome Cowan Jerome Cowan Actor, The Maltese Falcon Jerome Cowan was one of Hollywood's most prolific and instantly recognisable character actors. His trademark pencil-thin moustache and slicked back hair, immaculate suits and sophisticated manner were his stock-in-trade for impersonating an assortment of rejected husbands, shifty politicians, lawyers and shady detectives...
29. Pat Flaherty Pat Flaherty Actor, My Man Godfrey Pat Flaherty served in the military during the Mexican border campaign in 1916 and was a flying officer for the Signal Corps in World War I. He then played professional baseball in the minor leagues in Des Moines, San Francisco, Shreveport, Indianapolis, Akron and for other teams. He played professional football for the Chicago Bears in 1923...
30. John Wengraf John Wengraf Actor, Judgment at Nuremberg A great number of Austrian and German actors were forced to flee their homeland during the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis in the late 1930s only to find themselves smack dab in Hollywood pictures playing thoroughly nefarious Gestapo commanders. Viennese performer John Wengraf was one such actor...
31. Herman J. Mankiewicz Herman J. Mankiewicz Writer, Citizen Kane Herman J. Mankiewicz, now known primarily as the man who co-wrote Citizen Kane with Hollywood's greatest wunderkind, Orson Welles, was one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Hollywood and the head of Paramount's screen-writing department in the late 1920s and early '30s. He reached the pinnacle of his craft soon after arriving in Hollywood...
32. Basil Radford Basil Radford Actor, The Lady Vanishes Though thoroughly British, actor Basil Radford actually began his film career in a couple of US films. Born in Chester, England, he made his stage debut in 1922 and continued to focus on the theatre until director Alfred Hitchcock memorably teamed Radford with actor Naunton Wayne in one of his early cinematic masterpieces - The Lady Vanishes...
33. Walter Winchell Walter Winchell Actor, Wake Up and Live
34. Gregory Ratoff Gregory Ratoff Actor, All About Eve Producer, director and actor Gregory Ratoff was born in Samara, Russia on April 20, 1897, and studied at the University of St. Petersburg. His pursuit of a law career was interrupted by service in the Czar's army, and he fought in World War I. He later changed his focus and went on to make a name for himself with the Moscow Art Theatre...
35. Lya De Putti Lya De Putti Actress, The Informer The daughter of a Hungarian baron and countess, Lya De Putti went on to perform classical ballet in Berlin, Germany, after a brief stint in Hungarian vaudeville. She later made several films at the German UFA studios, most notably Jealousy, before going to Hollywood in 1926. While in America she starred in several movies, mostly in vamp roles.
36. Nunnally Johnson Nunnally Johnson Writer, The Grapes of Wrath The son of a railway superintendent, Nunnally Johnson was schooled in Columbus, Georgia, graduating in 1915. He worked for the local newspaper as a delivery boy, became a junior reporter for the Savannah Press, and then moved on to New York in 1919. There, his journalistic career really took off, particularly...
37. Marian Anderson Marian Anderson Soundtrack, The Great Debaters Marian Anderson was born on February 27, 1897, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the first of three sisters in the family. Her father, named John Anderson, was a salesman at a railroad station. Her mother, named Anna Anderson, was a schoolteacher. From the age of six, Anderson sang in the choir of the United Methodist Church...
38. Joseph Goebbels Joseph Goebbels Self, Triumph of the Will Josef Goebbels, the man who almost single-handedly developed the field of propaganda into an art form, would, for a day, be the leader of World War II Germany. Goebbels was born in the German Rhineland to strict Catholic parents. He was short, standing at just under 5' 6", of small stature and skinny...
39. Wolfe Barzell Wolfe Barzell Actor, Love with the Proper Stranger
40. Orry-Kelly Orry-Kelly Costume Designer, Casablanca Studied art in Australia, then sailed to New York to become an actor. A job painting murals in a nightclub lead to work designing titles for Fox East Coast studios. Went to Hollywood in 1932 and worked at Warner Brothers First National Studios before moving on to Universal, RKO, Fox, and MGM. Designed costumes for all the great actresses...
41. Helen Jerome Eddy Helen Jerome Eddy Actress, Quality Street A gentle-mannered, somewhat mournful-looking actress, brown-haired Helen Jerome Eddy enjoyed a substantial career in the silents, often in genteel, well-bred roles which required a certain amount of pathos. After acting on the stage at the Pasadena Playhouse, she began in films with the Lubin company in 1915...
42. Nils Asther Nils Asther Actor, The Bitter Tea of General Yen Nils Asther was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1897 and raised in Malmö, Sweden, by his wealthy Swedish parents. After attending the Royal Dramatic Theater School in Stockholm, he began his stage career in Copenhagen. His film debut came in 1916 when the director Mauritz Stiller cast him in the lead role (as an aspiring actor...
43. Cyril Ritchard Cyril Ritchard Actor, The Hobbit Legendary for his preening, prancing, delightfully playful villain Captain Hook on the award-winning stage (as well as TV) opposite America's musical treasure Mary Martin, beloved musical star Cyril Ritchard had a vast career that would last six decades, but "Peter Pan" would become his prime legacy...
44. Jean Epstein Jean Epstein Director, The Fall of the House of Usher
45. Emmett Lynn Emmett Lynn Actor, The Night of the Hunter Lynn was one of the old grubby prospector sidekicks who supplied the comic relief in a number of Republic Westerns through the forties and early fifties. He also appeared with the Three Stooges in 'The Yokes on Me (1944)'. His last two films were of a religious nature with 'A Man Called Peter (1955)' and 'The Ten Commandments (1956)'.
46. Dorothy Arzner Dorothy Arzner Director, Dance, Girl, Dance Dorothy Arzner, the only woman director during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood's studio system--from the 1920s to the early 1940s and the woman director with the largest oeuvre in Hollywood to this day--was born January 3, 1897 (some sources put the year as 1900), in San Francisco, California, to a German-American father and a Scottish mother...
47. Robert Riskin Robert Riskin Writer, Mr. Deeds
48. Harry Wilson Harry Wilson Actor, Some Like It Hot
49. Erich Wolfgang Korngold Erich Wolfgang Korngold Soundtrack, The Big Lebowski Erich Wolfgang Korngold was the son of a well-known music critic. He was a child prodigy who composed his first orchestral piece at 14 and drew the attention of Richard Strauss, Gustav Mahler and many other prominent composers and conductors. He had begun a promising career as a serious composer of...
50. John Alexander John Alexander Actor, Arsenic and Old Lace Making his stage debut at age 16, John Alexander joined a Shakespearean repertory company and in 1917 appeared on Broadway in "The Merchant of Venice." Although he played many parts on both stage and in films, his best known role was that of the crazed Teddy Brewster--the son who thinks he's Theodore Roosevelt - in Arsenic and Old Lace, a part he played both on stage and in the movie.
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