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1. Randolph Scott Randolph Scott Actor, Ride the High Country Handsome leading man who developed into one of Hollywood's greatest and most popular western stars. Born to George and Lucy Crane Scott during a visit to Virginia, Scott was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina in a wealthy family. He attended Georgia Institute of Technology but, after being injured playing football...
2. 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...
3. Molly Picon Molly Picon Actress, Fiddler on the Roof The little "yente" with the big, expressive talent, New York-born Yiddish icon Molly Picon entertained theater, radio, TV and film audiences for over seven decades (from age 6) with her song-and-dance routines while helping to popularize the Yiddish culture into the American mainstream as well as overseas...
4. Irene Dunne Irene Dunne Actress, Penny Serenade Irene Marie Dunne was born on December 20, 1898, in Louisville, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Joseph Dunne, who inspected steamships, and Adelaide Henry, a musician who prompted Irene in the arts. Her first production was in Louisville when she appeared in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the age of five...
5. Gracie Fields Gracie Fields Soundtrack, Chicken Run A comedienne and singer in the British Music Halls, she was the top box-office draw and the highest paid actress in Britain in the 1930's. Her Northern, working-class girl character was a favourite during the inter-war years.
6. Regis Toomey Regis Toomey Actor, The Big Sleep Pittsburgh-born and -raised character actor Regis Toomey, of Irish descent, took an early interest in the performing arts and initially studied drama at the university of his home town. One of four children of Francis X. and Mary Ellen Toomey, John Regis Toomey initially pondered a law career, but acting won out and he gradually established himself as a musical stage performer...
7. Shirley Booth Shirley Booth Actress, The Year Without a Santa Claus Character actress Shirley Booth could play everything in all facets of show business, whether it was a smart-mouthed cashier on radio's "Duffy's Tavern", the sassy maid on TV's Hazel or the pathetic woman in Come Back, Little Sheba. For those who only know her through her sitcom, it might be hard to believe she was a seasoned theatrical veteran...
8. Renée Adorée Renée Adorée Actress, The Big Parade Renee Adoree was born Jeanne de la Fontein in Lille, in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France on 30 September 1898. Renee had what one could call a normal childhood. Her background is, perhaps, one of the most difficult to find information on any actress in existence. What we do know that her interest in acting surfaced during her teen years with minor stage productions in France...
9. Sergei M. Eisenstein Sergei M. Eisenstein Director, Battleship Potemkin The son of a affluent architect, Eisenstein attended the Institute of Civil Engineering in Petrograd as a young man. With the fall of the tsar in 1917, he worked as an engineer for the Red Army. In the following years, Eisenstein joined up with the Moscow Proletkult Theater as a set designer and then director...
10. Paul Robeson Paul Robeson Soundtrack, The Emperor Jones This handsome, eloquent and highly charismatic actor became one of the foremost interpreters of Eugene O'Neill's plays and one of the most treasured names in song during the first half of the twentieth century. He also courted disdain and public controversy for most of his career as a staunch Cold War-era advocate for human rights...
11. Kenji Mizoguchi Kenji Mizoguchi Director, Ugetsu Coming from a lower class family Mizoguchi entered the production company Nikkatsu as an actor specialized in female roles. Later he became an assistant director and made his first film in 1922. Although he filmed almost 90 movies in the silent era, only his last 12 productions are really known outside of Japan because they were especially produced for Venice (e.g...
12. Oskar Homolka Oskar Homolka Actor, Sabotage Because of his heavy generically "European" accent and Slavic-sounding surname (not an uncommon one among Czechs or Slovaks), many people assumed Oscar Homolka was Eastern European or Russian. In fact, he was born in Vienna (then Austria-Hungary), the multicultural capital of a large multi-ethnic empire at the time...
13. Preston Sturges Preston Sturges Writer, Sullivan's Travels Preston Sturges' own life is as unlikely as some of the plots of his best work. He was born into a wealthy family. As a boy he helped out on stage productions for his mother's friend, Isadora Duncan (the scarf that strangled her was made by his mother's company, Maison Desti). He served in the U.S...
14. Wallace Ford Wallace Ford Actor, Freaks A stocky, friendly-faced character actor, Ford was born Samuel Jones in England and his childhood rivaled the brutality that Charles Dickens ever dreamed up. He lived for a while in an orphanage after being separated from his parents. While still young, he was sent to a Toronto branch of the orphanage...
15. Norma Varden Norma Varden Actress, The Sound of Music The daughter of a retired sea captain and his much-younger wife, actress Norma Varden was born and raised in turn-of-the-century London. A piano prodigy, she studied in Paris and appeared in concert in England during her teenage years. Acting, however, became her career of choice, studying at the Guildhall School of Music...
16. Lotte Lenya Lotte Lenya Actress, From Russia with Love Lotte Lenya was a Tony Award-winning and Academy award-nominated actress and singer who is best remembered for her supporting role as Rosa Klebb in the classic Bond film From Russia with Love. She was born Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blaumauer on October 18, 1898, in Vienna, Austria (at that time Austro-Hungarian Empire)...
17. Bessie Love Bessie Love Actress, The Lost World Bessie Love was born in Texas. Her cowboy father moved the family to Hollywood, where he became a chiropractor. As the family needed money, Bessie's mother sent her to Biograph Studios, hoping she would become an actress. D.W. Griffith saw she was pretty and had some acting talent, and put her in several of his films...
18. Constance Talmadge Constance Talmadge Actress, A Pair of Silk Stockings She was blonde; star sister Norma Talmadge was brunette. She was buoyant and a comedienne; Norma was introspective and a tragedienne. Nicknamed "Dutch" by her stage mother Peg as she looked like a cherubic Little Dutch Boy, silver screen star Constance Talmadge was one of silent pictures' most popular and enduring stars of romantic comedy...
19. Henry Hathaway Henry Hathaway Director, True Grit Henry Hathaway, a son of a stage actress and manager, started his career as a child actor in westerns directed by Allan Dwan. His movie career was interrupted by World War I. After his discharge, he briefly tried a career in finance but then returned to Hollywood to work as an assistant director under such directors as Frank Lloyd...
20. Frank McHugh Frank McHugh Actor, Going My Way The parents of Frank McHugh ran their own stock company and he was on the stage as a child. When he was 10 he was part of an act that include his brother Matt McHugh and sister Kitty McHugh. After vaudeville and other stock companies, Frank debuted on Broadway "The Fall Guy" (1925). In 1930 he was hired at Warner Brothers as a contract player...
21. Arletty Arletty Actress, The Longest Day Before Arlette-Leonie Bathiat went to the movies she was a secretary and had posed several times as a model for different painters and photographers. In 1920 she debuted on stage at a theatre. She only began to work in movies after 1930. After World War II she was condemned to prison for having been the lover of a German official during the ocupation of France...
22. C.S. Lewis C.S. Lewis Writer, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C.S. Lewis was born in 1898 and brought up in a very strict, religious household. While he was quite young, his mother died of cancer but the "stiff upper lip" in favour at the time meant he wasn't allowed to grieve. He became an Oxford don and led a sheltered life. He seriously questioned his religious beliefs and finally left the church...
23. Walter Abel Walter Abel Actor, Fury A familiar character face in movies and television, Walter Abel was a dedicated stage actor who had studied at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York before moving on to a progression of stage work that culminated in his first appearance on Broadway in the original play "Forbidden" in late 1919...
24. George Jessel George Jessel Self, Reds Entertainer, composer, songwriter ("My Mother's Eyes"), producer and actor, educated in public schools and a singer (at age nine) with Gus Edwards acts. In 1915 he toured the British Isles, and became known as the "Boy Monologist" in vaudeville by 1917. He appeared in the Broadway productions of "The...
25. Dorothy Gish Dorothy Gish Actress, The Cardinal Dorothy 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 Dorothy and her sister Lillian Gish were old enough, they became part of the act...
26. Helen Flint Helen Flint Actress, Black Legion
27. Totò Totò Actor, The Hawks and the Sparrows Natural son of Anna Clemente and Giuseppe de Curtis (son of Marquis de Curtis). In 1929 lives with Liliana Castagnola famous cafe-concert singer who comittes suicide after being abandoned in 1930. In 1932 marries Diana Rogliani and has a daughter in 1933 named Liliana in hommage to previous lover. In 1933 adoptted by Marquis Franc isco Maria Gagliardi Focos from who inherites the titles...
28. George Gershwin George Gershwin Soundtrack, Catch Me If You Can He was born Jacob Gershowitz, 26 September 1898, in Brooklyn, New York, of Russian-Jewish immigrants. As a boy he could play popular and classical works on his brother Ira's piano by ear. In 1913 he quit school to study music and began composing for Tin Pan Alley; by 1919 he had his first hit "Swanee" and his first Broadway show "La...
29. René Clair René Clair Writer, Beauties of the Night
30. Bess Flowers Bess Flowers Actress, We Faw Down
31. Rosemary Cooper Rosemary Cooper Actress, The Return of Boston Blackie
32. John Loder John Loder Actor, How Green Was My Valley A tall, debonair, immaculately-groomed British leading man best known for his pipe-smoking chaps, actor John Loder (ne John Muir Lowe), the son of a British general, first served in Gallipoli in WWI and was a German prisoner of war at one point. Upon his release he actually stayed there in order to run a pickle factory...
33. George Chandler George Chandler Actor, Every Which Way But Loose After military service during the First World War, Chandler studied at the University of Illinois, financing his studies by playing jazz violin in a band. During the early 1920's, he returned to the vaudeville circuit and began in films from 1928. Most of his early efforts were short one- and two-reel comedies...
34. Katharine Alexander Katharine Alexander Actress, Now, Voyager Katherine (also called Katharine) Alexander, an excellent character actress, had been born in 1897 to a mother who was part Cherokee and to a father who farmed land on Indian territory. And yet she was never given the part of a native American in the course of her thirty-five-year acting career. Often a society lady...
35. Erich Maria Remarque Erich Maria Remarque Writer, All Quiet on the Western Front German novelist Remarque was born in Osnabruck in 1898. His first novel, the anti-war All Quiet on the Western Front, was written in response to his experiences as a soldier in WWI, and published in 1929. He moved to Switzerland until 1939, when he emigrated to the U.S., where he lived and wrote until his death in 1970.
36. Gertrude Lawrence Gertrude Lawrence Actress, Rembrandt Eminent London and Broadway musical star who appeared in nine films from 1929 through 1950.
37. Bennett Cerf Bennett Cerf Self, See What You Know
38. Queenie Smith Queenie Smith Actress, Show Boat Queenie Smith was born in New York City in 1898. She is described as 5 feet 1 inch with blue eyes and blonde hair and weighing 108 pounds. Her father was English and mother, German. She was educated at public schools, including the Horace Mann School, and matriculated at age 13 with the Ballet School of Metropolitan Opera...
39. Rod La Rocque Rod La Rocque Actor, Meet John Doe Rod La Rocque was born Roderick La Rocque de la Rou on November 29, 1898, in Chicago, Illiinois, to a French father and an Irish mother. Stage-struck in his early teen years, he spent his summers with local stock companies, playing juvenile roles for $1.00 per performance. By the time he was 16, while he was appearing in vaudeville...
40. Lee Tracy Lee Tracy Actor, Dinner at Eight Rangy, red-headed and straightforward to the bone while possessing distinctively adenoidal vocal tones, this actor with a voracious appetite for high living was a fine cinematic representation of the racy and race-paced style of pre-Code Hollywood. Lee Tracy patented with peerless skill the lightning...
41. Johnny Lee Johnny Lee Actor, Song of the South
42. Rudolph Maté Rudolph Maté Cinematographer, Gilda One of the most respected cinematographers in the industry, Polish-born Rudolph Mate entered the film business after his graduation from the University of Budapest. He worked in Hungary as an assistant cameraman for Alexander Korda and later worked throughout Europe with noted cameraman Karl Freund...
43. Marie Prevost Marie Prevost Actress, The Marriage Circle Popular star in Hollywood for two decades through 1936. Began as a Mack Sennett "Bathing Beauty" in 1917, later starring in dozens of light comedies. But not long into the sound era, she would have encountered problems with her burgeoning weight, to the jeopardy of her career. Her self-remedy resulted ultimately in her starving to death. (See also Laird Cregar.)
44. Eleanor Boardman Eleanor Boardman Actress, The Crowd Philadelphia-born Eleanor Boardman had always wanted to be an actress, and as soon as she graduated high school she headed for New York to conquer Broadway. When Broadway proved not quite ready to be conquered yet, she took whatever jobs she could find, including one as an artist's model. In that capacity she heard that the Selwyn Organization...
45. Agnes Ayres Agnes Ayres Actress, The Sheik Extremely popular silent star of the 1920s. Her popularity was enhanced when she co-starred with Rudolph Valentino in The Sheik and The Son of the Sheik. She made her screen debut at Essanay Studios in 1915. She was still at the height of her popularity until the advent of sound, when she disappeared from the screen altogether...
46. Emmett Kelly Emmett Kelly Self, The Greatest Show on Earth Clown of renown (usually in sad-faced hobo's makeup although on some occasions he sported classic whiteface) with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, who acted in a handful of films.
47. Mitchell Leisen Mitchell Leisen Director, Midnight Director noted for his romantic films.
48. Richard Bishop Richard Bishop Actor, Teresa
49. Therese Giehse Therese Giehse Actress, Lacombe, Lucien Therese Giehse realized her passion for the theatre and acting at an early age. Though her family tried to change her mind about the theater she made her way to the stage anyway. She had a very intense friendship with the famous German writer Thomas Mann and his children Erika and Klaus. Klaus later dedicated his novel "Mephisto"...
50. Bertolt Brecht Bertolt Brecht Writer, Hangmen Also Die! Bertolt Brecht was born on 10 February 1898 in Augsburg, Germany and one of the country's most influential poets, playwrights and screenwriters. His most famous work was the musical "The Threepenny Opera" (with Kurt Weill), but his dramas such as "Mother Courage and Her Children" or "The Good Person of Sezuan" were equally successful...
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