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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. 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...
5. 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. A child actress in the first decade of the 20th century, by the time she turned twenty in 1920 she was well on her way to a landmark career on the American stage...
6. 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...
7. 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...
8. 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...
9. 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...
10. 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...
11. 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...
12. Allen Jenkins Allen Jenkins Actor, Pillow Talk Former stage actor Allen Jenkins became a Warner contract player in the early 30s. Mostly he played supporting parts, the hero's side-kick, e.g. for James Cagney.
13. 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)...
14. 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"...
15. 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...
16. Catherine Dale Owen Catherine Dale Owen Actress, The Rogue Song Lean, fair-haired Catherine Dale Owen, acclaimed as one of the world's ten most beautiful women of 1925, had the dubious distinction of co-starring in the film which did most to ruin John Gilbert's career in talking pictures. For most of the players concerned, His Glorious Night was anything, but. Provoking first giggles...
17. 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...
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. 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...
20. Nellie Burt Nellie Burt Actress, The Guests
21. 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...
22. Lili Valenty Lili Valenty Actress, Wild Is the Wind The multi-faceted Polish-born performer Lili Valenty appeared in a dozen or so Broadway plays in the 30s, 40s and 50s, then went on to enliven a number of routine on-camera projects in her twilight years. Born at the turn of the century, she received her start on the German stage where she became a star...
23. 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.
24. 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...
25. 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...
26. Lloyd Corrigan Lloyd Corrigan Actor, The Manchurian Candidate
27. 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...
28. Fritz Feld Fritz Feld Actor, Bringing Up Baby
29. Preston Foster Preston Foster Actor, The Informer He-man actor in 30's and 40's US films.
30. Ricardo Cortez Ricardo Cortez Actor, The Maltese Falcon Jacob was born and raised in New York, to which his Austrian parents had emigrated just before he was born. There he worked a number of jobs while he trained as an actor. When Jacob arrived in Hollywood to work in movies in 1922, the Valentino mania was in full swing. Never shy about changing a name and a background...
31. Dorothy Adams Dorothy Adams Actress, The Killing
32. Catherine Hessling Catherine Hessling Actress, The Little Match Girl
33. 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...
34. Joaquín Pardavé Joaquín Pardavé Actor, Dos pesos dejada Joaquín Pardavé was born into the theatrical milieu, the son of a pair of stage actors. He was a popular stage actor and appeared in several silent films and some early sound features, but achieved his greatest fame in the early 1940s in films like My Memories of Mexico and El baisano Jalil (which was also the first picture he directed)...
35. Noel Purcell Noel Purcell Actor, Moby Dick
36. Charles Kemper Charles Kemper Actor, Scarlet Street
37. Don Wilson Don Wilson Actor, Ferdinand the Bull Don Wilson was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. Not much is known about his early life but what is known is that he played football for the University of Colorado in the 1920's. Wilson began his radio career as a singer in Denver's radio station, KFEL, in 1923. In 1929, he started working at radio station KFI in Los Angeles, California...
38. 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 1940's and 50's. Born in Craiova, Romania, he absconded from home at the age of twelve, ending up in Paris. He earned some money washing dishes, which paid for his art tuition...
39. 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...
40. 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...
41. Roland Culver Roland Culver Actor, Thunderball
42. Mike Lally Mike Lally Actor, Coma
43. 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...
44. Sammy Davis Sr. Sammy Davis Sr. Actor, The Benny Goodman Story
45. E.E. Fogelson E.E. Fogelson Actor, Pepe
46. Gage Clarke Gage Clarke Actor, The Bad Seed
47. 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...
48. Lester Matthews Lester Matthews Actor, The Adventures of Robin Hood
49. Ruby Dandridge Ruby Dandridge Actress, Dead Reckoning
50. 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 Hove, Sussex, in March 1900, 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...
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