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1. Ginger Rogers Ginger Rogers Actress, Top Hat Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911. Her mother, known as Lelee, went to Independence to have Ginger away from her husband. She had a baby earlier in their marriage and he allowed the doctor to use forceps and the baby died. She was kidnapped by her father several times until her mother took him to court...
2. Lucille Ball Lucille Ball Actress, The Ballet The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their grandparents...
3. Hume Cronyn Hume Cronyn Actor, Cocoon
4. Terry-Thomas Terry-Thomas Actor, Robin Hood One of Britain's most beloved eccentric comedians, the irrepressible, gap-toothed Terry-Thomas was born Thomas Terry Hoar Stevens, the son of a fairly well-to-do London businessman. He was afforded a private education at Ardingly College in Sussex, with the understanding that this was to lead him towards a prosperous future in the world of commerce...
5. Vincent Price Vincent Price Actor, House of Usher Actor, writer, and gourmet, Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. was born in St Louis, Missouri. He traveled through Europe, studied at Yale and became an actor. He made his screen debut in 1938, and after many minor roles, he began to perform in low-budget horror movies such as House of Wax, achieving his first major success with House of Usher...
6. Jean Harlow Jean Harlow Actress, The Public Enemy The dentist's daughter eloped at age 16 with a young businessman and wound up in Los Angeles where she found work as an extra and bit player (examples: Moran of the Marines and Liberty) and somewhat more prominently in Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy shorts (Double Whoopee, Bacon Grabbers)...
7. Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan Actor, Kings Row Ronald Reagan was a successful Hollywood actor who was president of the Screen Actors Guild, then turned politician and served two terms as Governor for California, then two terms as President of the United States of America. He owned a 688 acre ranch in the Santa Ynes valley, north of Santa Barbara that had been used for location shooting Hollywood movies...
8. Merle Oberon Merle Oberon Actress, Wuthering Heights Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson was born in India on February 19, 1911. She was educated in that country until the age of 17, when she left for London. Merle began her career in British films with mostly forgettable roles or bit parts. She appeared in an uncredited role in Alf's Button, a pattern that would unfortunately repeat itself regularly over the next three years...
9. Robert Taylor Robert Taylor Actor, Quo Vadis Spangler Arlington Brugh - for such was the impressive name with which Robert Taylor was born - was already displaying a diversity of talents in his youth on the plains of Nebraska. At Beatrice High School he was a standout track athlete, but also showed a talent for using his voice, winning several oratory awards...
10. Lee J. Cobb Lee J. Cobb Actor, 12 Angry Men Lee J. Cobb, one of the premier character actors in American film for three decades in the post-World War II period, was born Leo Jacoby in New York City's Lower East Side on December 8, 1911. The son of a Jewish newspaper editor, young Leo was a child prodigy in music, mastering the violin and the harmonica...
11. Danny Kaye Danny Kaye Self, EPCOT Center: The Opening Celebration Danny Kaye left school at the age of 13 to work in the so-called Borscht Belt of Jewish resorts in the Catskill Mountains. It was there he learned the basics of show biz. From there he went through a series of jobs in and out of the business. In 1939, he made his Broadway debut in "Straw Hat Revue,"...
12. Maureen O'Sullivan Maureen O'Sullivan Actress, Hannah and Her Sisters Maureen Paula O'Sullivan was born in County Roscommon, Ireland, on May 17, 1911. The future mother of Mia Farrow was educated in parochial schools in London, Dublin, and Paris. As a matter of fact, Maureen was a classmate of Vivien Leigh, another woman destined for screen immortality. Even as a schoolgirl...
13. James Gregory James Gregory Actor, The Manchurian Candidate One of the most beloved actors of all, James Gregory was born December 23, 1911, in the Bronx and grew up in New Rochelle, N.Y. In high school, he was elected president of the Drama Club. He went to work on Wall Street as a runner shortly after the 1929 crash. James Gregory performed in drama groups and achieved pro status as a summer stock player in 1935...
14. Jeanette Nolan Jeanette Nolan Actress, The Fox and the Hound Jeanette Nolan began her acting career in the Pasadena Community Playhouse and, while a student at Los Angeles City College, made her radio debut in 1932 in "Omar Khayyam", the first transcontinental broadcast from station KHJ. Her film debut was probably also her best part, Lady Macbeth opposite director/actor Orson Welles's Macbeth...
15. Roy Rogers Roy Rogers Actor, Melody Time Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye) moved to California in 1930, aged 18. He played in such musical groups as The Hollywood Hillbillies, Rocky Mountaineers, Texas Outlaws, and his own group, the International Cowboys. In 1934 he formed a group with Bob Nolan called Sons of the Pioneers. While in that group he was known as Leonard Slye...
16. Ellen Corby Ellen Corby Actress, Vertigo Ellen Hansen (aka Ellen Corby aka Grandma Walton) was born June 3, 1911 (or 1913), in Racine, WI. She grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and left for Hollywood in the early 1930s to become an actress, which she became only after working as a script assistant for twelve years. She appeared in over 25 uncredited or small character parts before taking the role of the lovelorn Aunt Trina...
17. Broderick Crawford Broderick Crawford Actor, All the King's Men Broderick Crawford is best remembered for two roles: his Oscar-winning turn as Willie Stark in All the King's Men, and as Chief Dan Matthews on the syndicated TV series Highway Patrol. He was also memorable as Judy Holliday's boisterous boyfriend in Born Yesterday. He was born William Broderick Crawford on December 9...
18. Cantinflas Cantinflas Actor, Around the World in Eighty Days Cantinflas was a prolific and productive Mexican comedian/producer/writer/singer. He was married to Valentina Ivanova from 1936 until her death. He appeared in more than 55 films, including (as Passepartoute) Around the World in Eighty Days.
19. Phil Silvers Phil Silvers Actor, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
20. Nicholas Ray Nicholas Ray Director, Rebel Without a Cause Born in small-town Wisconsin in 1911, Nicholas Ray's early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the University of Chicago after a year, but made such an impression on his professor and writer Thorton Wilder that he was recommended for a scholarship with Frank Lloyd Wright...
21. Leif Erickson Leif Erickson Actor, On the Waterfront
22. Ruth Hussey Ruth Hussey Actress, The Philadelphia Story A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Drama, Ruth Hussey's first show-business job was as a fashion commentator on a local radio station. She journeyed to New York City, where she was signed as a model by the world-famous Powers agency. She obtained some stage roles with touring companies and was noticed by MGM...
23. Rosetta LeNoire Rosetta LeNoire Actress, Guiding Light Born Rosetta Olive Barton, she was the goddaughter of famed tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. She was in the landmark all-black version of "Macbeth," directed by Orson Welles in the 1930s. Former president Bill Clinton presented her with the National Medal of the Arts in 1999. Appeared in the movies "Moscow on the Hudson" (1984)...
24. Tennessee Williams Tennessee Williams Writer, A Streetcar Named Desire Tennesse Williams won two Pulitzer Prizes, for "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1947) and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1955). His other major plays include "Summer and Smoke" (1948), "The Rose Tattoo" (1951), "Camino Real" (1953), "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1959), and "The Night of the Iguana" (1961). In addition to his two Pulitzers...
25. Smiley Burnette Smiley Burnette Actor, Billy the Kid Returns Smiley worked on a local radio station and in Vaudeville after high school. Always interested in music, he was friends with Gene Autry and worked with him on the radio show "The National Barn Dance". When Westerns became a big draw with sound, the studios were always on the lookout for singing cowboys...
26. Gypsy Rose Lee Gypsy Rose Lee Self, Episode dated 15 March 1967 Born Rose Louise Hovick in Seattle, Washington, in 1911, but called Louise from early childhood, Gypsy Rose Lee was the daughter of a mild-mannered businessman and a restless, fiery young woman named Rose, who was determined to get out of Seattle and make a life for herself and her daughter in show business...
27. Michael Hordern Michael Hordern Actor, Where Eagles Dare Following a brief teaching career, Michael Hordern made his stage debut in 1937. He made his film debut in 1939, but his career was stalled by WWII. He resumed his acting career in 1946, both in theatre and films. He hit his stride in the 1960s playing befuddled characters, particularly stuffy public officials. He was knighted in 1983.
28. Hugh Marlowe Hugh Marlowe Actor, The Day the Earth Stood Still Marlowe was born Hugh Hipple in Philadelphia, and began his stage career in the 1930s at the Pasadena Playhouse in California. He performed extensively on radio, stage, television and film with credits including off-Broadway productions of "The Deer Park" in 1967 and "All My Sons" in 1974.
29. Ann Doran Ann Doran Actress, Rebel Without a Cause Ann Doran appeared in over 500 motion pictures and 1000 television shows, by one count. Starting at the age of four, she appeared in hundreds of silent films under assumed names so her father's family wouldn't find out. Rarely a featured player (although Charles Starrett's Rio Grande is a notable exception), she provided many a wonderful performance in support of the leads.
30. Butterfly McQueen Butterfly McQueen Actress, Gone with the Wind Thelma McQueen attended public school in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from high school in Long Island, New York. She studied dance with Katherine Dunham, Geoffrey Holder, and Janet Collins. She danced with the Venezuela Jones Negro Youth Group. The "Butterfly" stage name, which does describe her constantly moving arms...
31. Vaughn Taylor Vaughn Taylor Actor, Psycho Reedy, balding, often bespectacled American character actor with pencil-thin moustache, once described as the man with TV's 'most deceptive face'. He looked like - and was - a certified public accountant, graduate from Northeastern University. A struggling actor in his youth, he worked in stock, tent shows and on radio...
32. Harry Andrews Harry Andrews Actor, Battle of Britain British character actor Harry Andrews had the sort of massive granite face and square jaw that would stamp that career, but he set himself apart with brilliant stage and screen work. He had graduated from Wrekin College in Shropshire and then moved on to the stage, appearing with Liverpool Repertory in 1933 and focusing on Shakespearean roles...
33. Jules Dassin Jules Dassin Director, Rififi Jules Dassin was an Academy Award-nominated director, screenwriter and actor best known for his films Rififi, Never on Sunday, and Topkapi. He was born Julius Samuel Dassin on 18 December 1911, in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. He was one of eight children of Russian-Jewish immigrants...
34. Bernard Herrmann Bernard Herrmann Music Department, Citizen Kane The man behind the low woodwinds that open Citizen Kane, the shrieking violins of Psycho, and the plaintive saxophone of Taxi Driver was one of the most original and distinctive composers ever to work in film. He started early, winning a composition prize at the age of 13 and founding his own orchestra at the age of 20...
35. Henny Backus Henny Backus Actress, The Great Man
36. Joseph Barbera Joseph Barbera Producer, Scooby-Doo
37. Patric Knowles Patric Knowles Actor, The Adventures of Robin Hood Fourteen-year-old Reginald Lawrence Knowles was being readied to take his place with other relatives in the family bookbinding business (in Leeds) when he ran off to become an actor. He was inevitably brought back home, but he made good his second escape a few years later - his willful Knowles Irish origin would not be denied...
38. Doodles Weaver Doodles Weaver Actor, The Birds Well-remembered at Stanford for his many pranks and practical jokes. Was an occasional guest on Rudy Vallee radio program and Kraft Music Hall in the late 1930s and early 40s. Performed in clubs nationwide. He specialized in manic comic sports narrations, often using his friends' names as characters...
39. Billy Sands Billy Sands Actor, Rocky Billy Sands was born William F. Sands on January 6, 1911 in Bergen, NY to John F. and Dana A. Sands. He began his professional acting career in 1946 when he appeared on Broadway with Spencer Tracy in Robert Sherwood's "Rugged Path", but he eventually became a television character actor who appeared regularly as Pvt...
40. Robert Middleton Robert Middleton Actor, Friendly Persuasion Despite the fact that hefty, beetle-browed character actor Robert Middleton (born Samuel G. Messer) was known for most of his career as a mop-faced villain capable of the most vicious and contemptible of crimes, the man himself was quite a happy and hearty gent who loved to play practical jokes, particularly on his family...
41. Stephen McNally Stephen McNally Actor, Winchester '73 "B" actor Stephen McNally forsook a thriving career as a practicing attorney in the late 1930s when he made the decision to switch gears and pursue acting, which he did avidly. He began his career on stage using his real name of Horace McNally and earned minor status in World War II-era films as both a minor hero and heavy...
42. Guy Rolfe Guy Rolfe Actor, Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge Gaunt and saturnine British character actor of stage, screen and television, Guy Rolfe first made his stage debut in 1936, the same year he had a small uncredited bit part in Knight Without Armor. Rolfe had spent his early twenties as a professional race car driver and boxer before making the move into films...
43. Gail Patrick Gail Patrick Actress, My Man Godfrey Cold, calculating and hard-as-nails is probably the best definition of Gail Patrick's femmes on the 30s and 40s silver screen, and the actress herself was no softie in real life. The tall, slender, patrician beauty was born with the equally stately-sounding name Margaret LaVelle Fitzpatrick in Birmingham...
44. Ben Alexander Ben Alexander Actor, All Quiet on the Western Front Starting out as a child actor in 1915, Ben Alexander's first roles were in the films of such directors as Cecil B. DeMille and D.W. Griffith. He later graduated to juvenile leads and supporting parts in sound films, most notably in All Quiet on the Western Front. When his acting career slowed down in the mid-'30s...
45. Sonny Tufts Sonny Tufts Actor, The Seven Year Itch Born into a prominent Boston family of bankers whose patriarch was said to have arrived in America from England in 1683, Sonny Tufts would end his career as a Hollywood "bad boy," immersed in drink and scandal. Tufts was graduated from Yale in 1935 and began pursuing a career in opera, eventually auditioning with the Metropolitan Opera in New York...
46. Nino Rota Nino Rota Composer, The Godfather Born in Milan in 1911 into a family of musicians, Nino Rota was first a student of Orefice and Pizzetti. Then, still a child, he moved to Rome where he completed his studies at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia in 1929 with Alfredo Casella. In the meantime, he had become an 'enfant prodige', famous both as a composer and as an orchestra conductor...
47. Jean-Pierre Aumont Jean-Pierre Aumont Actor, Day for Night Another in the long line of dramatically handsome foreign imports who made an immediate impact on WWII Hollywood was debonair French actor Jean-Pierre Aumont. The epitome of grace and sophistication, the stylish leading man went on to have a long and respectful career on stage, film and TV, both here and abroad...
48. Frank Nelson Frank Nelson Actor, Garfield in Paradise He had one of those instantly identifiable mugs that made you laugh as soon as you saw him. And then he'd open his mouth. Veteran character actor Frank Nelson was here, there and everywhere in the 50s and 60s, usually playing a pop-eyed, hot-tempered foil to the likes of TV's top comedy stars such as Lucille Ball and Jack Benny...
49. Robert H. Harris Robert H. Harris Actor, How to Make a Monster
50. Thora Hird Thora Hird Actress, Lost for Words In a career than spanned eight decades, Thora Hird was widely-regarded as one of Britain's finest character actresses. She made over 100 films as well as starring in a host of TV comedies and, as a straight actress, excelled in the works of playwright Alan Bennett. Even in her 90s, she was working almost daily...
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