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1. Spencer Tracy Spencer Tracy Actor, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 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, Bewitched 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. 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...
4. Luis Buñuel Luis Buñuel Writer, The Exterminating Angel 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...
5. James Bond James Bond
6. 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...
7. 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...
8. Natalie Schafer Natalie Schafer Actress, Gilligan's Island 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...
9. 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)...
10. Dorothy Adams Dorothy Adams Actress, The Killing
11. Preston Foster Preston Foster Actor, Waterfront 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...
12. 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...
13. 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...
14. 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...
15. Gladys George Gladys George Actress, The Maltese Falcon One of the fine if relatively short-lived character actresses of Hollywood heydays of the 1930s and 1940s, Gladys George came into an acting family while literally on the road. Her parents were actually English and touring with a Shakespearean theater company in Patten, Maine when she was born (although usually noted as 1900...
16. Mervyn LeRoy Mervyn LeRoy Director, Gypsy 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"...
17. 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...
18. Zelda Sayre Zelda Sayre Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald was born in Montgomery, Alabama. She was strikingly beautiful and intelligent, but wild and impatient with learning. In the summer of 1918, shortly after graduating from high school, she met an Army lieutenant and aspiring novelist named F. Scott Fitzgerald at a dance at the Montgomery Country Club...
19. Charles Farrell Charles Farrell Actor, My Little Margie 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.
20. 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...
21. 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...
22. Robert Shayne Robert Shayne Actor, Adventures of Superman 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...
23. Fritz Feld Fritz Feld Actor, Bringing Up Baby
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. Lloyd Corrigan Lloyd Corrigan Actor, The Manchurian Candidate
26. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Self, A Queen Is Crowned
27. Gage Clarke Gage Clarke Actor, The Bad Seed
28. 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, wideset-eyed, black-hatted villain, who showed up in Hollywood following vaudeville and Broadway experience, could be counted on to give the sagebrush hero a devil of a time before the film's end...
29. Noel Purcell Noel Purcell Actor, Moby Dick
30. Xavier Cugat Xavier Cugat Soundtrack, Radio Days 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...
31. Charles Kemper Charles Kemper Actor, Scarlet Street
32. 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 interest in portraying animals and was a veteran animal impersonator. He appeared in his second Broadway show "Fine and Dandy" in 1930...
33. 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...
34. 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...
35. Thomas Wolfe Thomas Wolfe Writer, Look Homeward, Angel
36. Roland Culver Roland Culver Actor, Thunderball
37. Catherine Hessling Catherine Hessling Actress, La petite marchande d'allumettes
38. Sammy Davis Sr. Sammy Davis Sr. Actor, The Benny Goodman Story
39. Gregory Gaye Gregory Gaye Actor, Ninotchka Character actor in US films.
40. Reed Howes Reed Howes Actor, The Dawn Rider American silent-era leading man who became a familiar heavy in B-Westerns of the talkie period. Born Hermon (not Herman) Reed Howes in Washington, D.C., in 1900, he served as an apprentice seaman in the U.S. Navy during the last year of the First World War. After the war he graduated from the University of Utah and attended Harvard Graduate School...
41. Edna Best Edna Best Actress, The Man Who Knew Too Much Genteel, lady-like British actress who was a much respected theatrical star in the 1920's and 30's, both in her own country and in the United States. Born in March 1917 in Hove, Sussex, she took to the stage at the age of seventeen as Ela Delahay in 'Charley's Aunt'. She played Peter Pan three years later and married the first of her actor husbands...
42. Steve Carruthers Steve Carruthers Actor, The Feud
43. Helen Gahagan Helen Gahagan Actress, She This beautiful Broadway singer and actress appeared in only one film, portraying the forever-young ice goddess ("she who must be obeyed"), the title character in RKO's 1935 adaptation of H. Rider Haggard's tale, She, opposite Randolph Scott. In the latter 1940s, having entered politics, she would serve two terms in the lower house of the U.S...
44. Margaret Livingston Margaret Livingston Actress, Sunrise
45. Ludwig Donath Ludwig Donath Actor, Torn Curtain
46. Mike Lally Mike Lally Actor, Coma
47. 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...
48. Eddie Parker Eddie Parker Stunts, The Star Packer
49. 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...
50. 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...
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