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1. Spencer Tracy Spencer Tracy Actor, Judgment at Nuremberg Spencer Tracy was born four years after his brother Carroll to truck salesman John Edward and Caroline Brown Tracy. He attended Marquette Academy along with Pat O'Brien and the two left school to enlist in the Navy at the start of World War I. He was still at Norfolk Navy Yard in Virginia at the end of the war...
2. Agnes Moorehead Agnes Moorehead Actress, Citizen Kane Of Irish/English ancestry, Agnes was born near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal Opera as a dancer and singer for four years...
3. James Bond James Bond Uncategorised
4. Natalie Schafer Natalie Schafer Actress, Anastasia Natalie Schafer got her start doing Broadway plays then making the move to the big screen. Even before Gilligan's Island, she was typecast in roles as society women, or elegant, fashionable ladies. It was her role as "Eunice 'Lovey' Wentworth Howell" wife of multi-millionaire Thurston Howell III, that she was best known for...
5. Luis Buñuel Luis Buñuel Writer, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the university there, where his close friends included Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca...
6. Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Actress, A Farewell to Arms Known as "The First lady of the American Theater", Helen Hayes had a legendary career on stage and in films and television that spanned over eighty years. Hayes was born in Washington, D.C., to Catherine Estelle "Essie" Hayes, an actress who worked in touring companies, and Francis van Arnum Brown, a clerk and salesman...
7. Jean Arthur Jean Arthur Actress, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington This marvelous screen comedienne's best asset was only muffled during her seven years' stint in silent films. That asset? It was, of course, her squeaky, frog-like voice, which silent-era cinema audiences had simply no way of perceiving, much less appreciating. Jean Arthur, born Gladys Georgianna Greene in upstate New York...
8. Helen Morgan Helen Morgan Soundtrack, Applause Before the tragic legacies of songbird icons Édith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Judy Garland took hold, there was the one...the original...lady who sang the blues and started the whole "bawl" rolling. Like her successors, Helen Morgan lived the sad songs she sang...and more. She started her life fittingly enough on August 2...
9. Gladys George Gladys George Actress, The Maltese Falcon Hollywood character actress probably best known for her role as Miles Archer's wife in 'The Maltese Falcon'.
10. Alastair Sim Alastair Sim Actor, A Christmas Carol The son of Alexander Sim JP and Isabella McIntyre, Alastair Sim was educated in Edinburgh. Always interested in language (especially the spoken word) he became the Fulton Lecturer in Elocution at New College, Edinburgh University from 1925 until 1930. He was invited back and became the Rector of Edinburgh University (1948 - 1951)...
11. Colin Clive Colin Clive Actor, Frankenstein Who could forget Colin Clive's "It's Alive! It's Alive!" as he melted to the floor mumbling the same over and over in ecstasy after his success at animating the Monster in the first sound version of Frankenstein. Film history - horror film history - but part of a short history for actor Colin Clive - he died at 37 years of age...
12. Preston Foster Preston Foster Actor, The Informer Actor, composer, songwriter, guitarist and author. He moved from Broadway acting (1928-1932) into films, touring America with his wife and daughter, and did some recordings. He was the executive producer at the El Camino Playhouse in California. Joining ASCAP in 1953, his chief musical collaborator was Perry Botkin...
13. Mervyn LeRoy Mervyn LeRoy Director, Mister Roberts The great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 was a tragedy for Mervyn Leroy. While he and his father managed to survive, they lost everything they had. To make money, Leroy sold newspapers and entered talent contests as a singer. When he entered vaudeville, his act was "LeRoy and Cooper--Two Kids and a Piano"...
14. Marcel Dalio Marcel Dalio Actor, Sabrina Sunday, November the 20th is the anniversary of Marcel Dalio's death in 1983. It was the end of a serendipitous life. You know him. He was a citizen of the world. Born Israel Moshe Blauschild, in Paris, in 1900, he became a much sought-after character actor. His lovely animated face with its great expressive eyes became familiar across Europe...
15. Dorothy Adams Dorothy Adams Actress, The Killing
16. Robert Siodmak Robert Siodmak Director, The Killers The director Robert Siodmak (which he insisted, be pronounced 'See-odd-mack') was a masterful film maker who successfully blended the techniques of German Expressionism with contemporary styles of American film, particularly film noir, in the process creating a handful of moody, sometimes chilling, and always memorable motion pictures...
17. Allen Jenkins Allen Jenkins Actor, Pillow Talk Both of Allen Jenkins' parents were musical comedy performers, and he entered the theater as a stage mechanic after World War I, after having spent time working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Although his screen persona was that of a not-too-bright Brooklyn tough guy, Jenkins attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and appeared in many Broadway plays before making his film debut in 1931...
18. I. Stanford Jolley I. Stanford Jolley Actor, The Haunted Palace Perennial film western heavy I. Stanford Jolley could be spotted anywhere and everywhere in dusty "B" fare from 1935 on. Often mustachioed, this freelancing, wide set-eyed, black-hatted villain, who showed up in Hollywood following vaudeville and Broadway experience, could be counted on in giving the sagebrush hero a devil of a time before the film's end...
19. Mike Lally Mike Lally Actor, Coma
20. Fritz Feld Fritz Feld Actor, Bringing Up Baby
21. Robert Shayne Robert Shayne Actor, Mr. Skeffington Born in turn-of-the-century Yonkers, New York, Robert Shayne (born Robert Shaen Dawe) worked at a variety of jobs before his interests ultimately turned toward acting. He appeared in a succession of legit theater productions throughout the 1930s and even appeared in a few films, making a comedy short in New York in 1929...
22. Catherine Hessling Catherine Hessling Actress, The Little Match Girl
23. William Haines William Haines Actor, Show People Born in Staunton, Virginia, William Haines ran off to live life on his own terms while still in his teens, moving to New York City and becoming friends with such later Hollywood luminaries as designer Orry-Kelly and Cary Grant. His film career started slowly, but by the end of the silent era he was regularly named as the #1 male box-office draw...
24. Katina Paxinou Katina Paxinou Actress, Rocco and His Brothers Katina Paxinou was born in 1900, in Piraeus, Greece. She first appeared on stage in 1928, in an Athens production of Henry Bataille's "La femme nue". In the early 1930's she was one of the founding members of the National Theatre of Greece (previously named Royal Theatre) and performed several major roles in Sophocles' "Electra"...
25. Jean Inness Jean Inness Actress, Back There
26. Ricardo Cortez Ricardo Cortez Actor, The Maltese Falcon Ricardo Cortez was born Jacob Krantz in New York City, New York, the son of Sarah (Lefkowitz) and Moses/Morris Krantz, Austrian Jewish immigrants who moved to NY just before he was born. His brother was cinematographer Stanley Cortez, who also changed his surname. Cortez worked a number of jobs while he trained as an actor...
27. Jean Negulesco Jean Negulesco Director, How to Marry a Millionaire Jean Negulesco made his reputation as a director of both polished, popular entertainments as well as critically acclaimed dramatic pictures in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in Craiova, Romania, he left home at age 12, ending up in Paris. He earned some money washing dishes, which paid for his art tuition...
28. Charles Farrell Charles Farrell Actor, 7th Heaven His father was a talent agent in Boston. When he went to college he became a member of the football team. A very sporty person, young Charles nevertheless opted for an acting career. First a theater actor, he decided to move to California and to try his luck in Hollywood. After three years as an extra he was given a good role in "Old Ironsides" and soon became a matinée idol.
29. Gage Clarke Gage Clarke Actor, The Bad Seed
30. Pat Walshe Pat Walshe Actor, The Wizard of Oz Born in 1900, he worked in vaudeville as a child and appeared in Broadway in "A Good Little Devil". As an adult he continued to appear in vaudeville but also joined various circuses and Midget Troupes. He had a specialist intrest in portraying animals and was a veteran animal impersonator. He appeared in his second Broadway show "Fine and Dandy" in 1930...
31. Lloyd Corrigan Lloyd Corrigan Actor, The Manchurian Candidate
32. Xavier Cugat Xavier Cugat Soundtrack, 2046 Born in Spain, Xavier Cugat's family moved to Havana, Cuba, when he was three. Always musically inclined, he packed up and moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a cartoonist for the Los Angeles Times newspaper during the day and labored to put together a band at night. After a few years of playing smaller clubs in the L.A...
33. Ian Hunter Ian Hunter Actor, The Adventures of Robin Hood Ian Hunter was born in the Kenilworth area of Cape Town, South Africa where he spent his childhood. In his teen years he and his parents returned to the family origins in England to live. Sometime between that arrival and the early years of World War I, Hunter began exploring acting. But in 1917 - and being only 17 - he joined the army to serve in France for the year of war still remaining...
34. Friedrich von Ledebur Friedrich von Ledebur Actor, Ginger and Fred Tall, lean, austere-looking Austrian character actor, whose chiselled features appeared on screen in small parts from 1945. Friedrich was the younger brother of renowned Viennese stage and film actor and director Leopold von Ledebur, both descended from a distinguished aristocratic family (their forebears included several high-ranking luminaries among the clergy...
35. Margaret Livingston Margaret Livingston Actress, Sunrise
36. Aaron Copland Aaron Copland Soundtrack, Raging Bull Aaron Copland is an Academy Award-winning composer (The Heiress), author, conductor, lecturer and educator. He was educated at public schools and was a music student of his sister and later Leopold Wolfson, Victor Wittgenstein, Clarence Adler, Rubin Goldmark and Nadia Boulanger. In 1925, he received the first Guggenheim fellowship awarded to a composer...
37. Charles Vidor Charles Vidor Director, Gilda Hungarian-born Karoly Vidor spent the First World War as a lieutenant in the Austro-Hungarian infantry. Following the armistice, he made his way to Berlin and worked for the German film company Ufa, as editor and assistant director. In 1924, he emigrated to the U.S. and, for several years, earned his living as a singer in Broadway choruses and (at one time) with a Wagnerian troupe...
38. Ruth Clifford Ruth Clifford Actress, Wagon Master American actress, originally of leading roles, whose career lasted from silent days into the television era. A native of Rhode Island, she attended St. Mary's Seminary in Narragansett, Rhode Island, then, following her mother's death in 1911, came to Los Angeles as a teenager to live with her actress aunt...
39. Sammy Davis Sr. Sammy Davis Sr. Actor, The Benny Goodman Story
40. Arthur Askey Arthur Askey Self, Arthur Askey: Part 2 Arthur Askey was a diminutive British comedian, born in 1900. He began his professional career as a music hall performer in 1924, but it wasn't until 1938's Band Waggon (which lasted a full five seasons), that he became a household name in England. His film debut was in the 1937 British feature Calling All Stars...
41. Noel Purcell Noel Purcell Actor, Moby Dick
42. Roland Culver Roland Culver Actor, Thunderball
43. Eddie Garr Eddie Garr Actor, Vaudeville Days
44. Barton Yarborough Barton Yarborough Actor, The Ghost of Frankenstein Born in Goldthwaite Texas, Barton Yarborough ran away from home as a youth to join vaudeville. In the 1920s he got involved in radio, and in 1932 began a long run as Cliff Barbour on the hugely famous drama "One Man's Family," which he appeared in until his death. Other outstanding radio roles came along the way...
45. Ludwig Donath Ludwig Donath Actor, Torn Curtain
46. Robert Florey Robert Florey Director, The Cocoanuts Robert Florey became infatuated with Hollywood while in his teens. By the time, he set off for America in the early 1920's, he had written articles on film for Cinemagazine, La Cinematographie Francaise and Le Technicien du Film, acted and directed one-reel shorts in Switzerland and worked as an assistant for Louis Feuillade at his studio in Nice...
47. Robert Wyler Robert Wyler Writer, The Big Country
48. Heinrich Himmler Heinrich Himmler Self, Triumph of the Will Born in 1900, Heinrich Himmler was the godson of a Bavarian prince and became an officer cadet during the First World War. Never actually seeing combat, Himmler was discharged at the war's end and went to a technical college, where he majored in agriculture. During the turbulent years of the 1920s in which Germany's economy had been destroyed...
49. Steve Carruthers Steve Carruthers Actor, The Feud
50. Wilfrid Lawson Wilfrid Lawson Actor, Pygmalion A scene stealing actor of lugubrious countenance, Wilfred Lawson (born Wilfred Worsnop) made his debut on the stage in "Trilby" at the Pier Pavilion in Brighton at the age of 16. He served as a pilot in the RAF during the final months of World War I, before resuming his theatrical career, becoming a well-established character player by the end of the decade...
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