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1. Marie Dressler Marie Dressler Actress, Dinner at Eight Once you saw her, you would not forget her. Despite her age and weight, she became one of the top box office draws of the sound era. She was 14 when she joined a theater group and she went on to work on stage and in light opera. By 1892, she was on Broadway and she later became a star comedienne on the vaudeville circuit...
2. Gustav Holst Gustav Holst Soundtrack, Invictus
3. Jean Vigo Jean Vigo Writer, L'Atalante Jean Vigo had bad health since he was a child. Son of anarchist militant Miguel Almareyda, he also never really recovered from his father's mysterious death in jail when he was 12. Abandoned by his mother, he passed from boarding school to boarding school. Aged 23, through meetings with people involved in the movies...
4. Lilyan Tashman Lilyan Tashman Actress, Manhandled Lilyan Tashman was born on October 23, 1896, in Brooklyn, New York. After toying with some stage work, she made her film debut with Experience. That was her only film of that year, and the next year she also made only one film, Head Over Heels (this was at a time when some studios and their performers were turning out a film per week)...
5. Edward Elgar Edward Elgar Soundtrack, Forrest Gump Edward Elgar was born on June 2, 1857, in Broadheath, near Worcester, where his father named William Elgar, was a music shop owner and a piano technician. Elgar was the fourth of six children. He was self-taught in all musical instruments, that were at his disposal in his father's shop, and he studied all the sheet music available in the shop...
6. Prince Randian Prince Randian Actor, Freaks Prince Randian was born in the Demarara district, British Guyana in 1871, the child of British Indian slaves. Born with tetra-amelia syndrome (the lacking of all four limbs), little is known about his early life or how he was discovered, but it seems his incredible adaptability did not go unnoticed...
7. Lowell Sherman Lowell Sherman Actor, The Pay-Off Lowell Sherman was one of the early cinema's first major stars who successfully made the transition from actor to director. Born in either 1885 or 1888, his parents were John Wm. Sherman, a theatrical producer (1855-1924), and Julia Gray Sherman, an actress and daughter of actress Kate Gray. In 1905...
8. Jenny Lee Snow Jenny Lee Snow Actress, Freaks Elvira and Jenny Lee Snow, also known as the Snow Twins, were born in Georgia, but they were often advertised in their sideshow act as being from the Yucatan of Mexico and sometimes from Australia. (Some reports state that they were not actually twins at all). Reputedly, Elvira's birthdate was March 2...
9. Bonnie Parker Bonnie Parker Uncategorised
10. John Dillinger John Dillinger Self, Dillinger: Public Enemy No. 1 One of the most famous bank robbers in history, he was born John Herbert Dillinger on June 22, 1903, to a grocery store owner named John Wilson Dillinger and his wife Mollie (the family also included an older sister, Audrey). By all accounts the Dillingers were a normal "all-American" family, but the...
11. Karl Dane Karl Dane Actor, The Big Parade Born Rasmus Karl Therkelsen Gottlieb in Copenhagen, Denmark, on October 12, 1886 the future Karl Dane had a rough childhood. His father was an alcoholic and spendthrift. At a young age his parents divorced. To escape his unhappy home he took a great interest in the arts, particularly puppeteering (something popular in Denmark at the time). Dane apprenticed as a machinist during his teenage years...
12. Russ Columbo Russ Columbo Soundtrack, Raging Bull
13. Winsor McCay Winsor McCay Writer, Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics Like many pioneers, the work of 'Winsor McCay' has been largely superseded by successors such as Walt Disney and Max Fleischer but he more than earns a place in film history for being the American cinema's first great cartoon animator. He started out as a newspaper cartoonist, achieving a national reputation for his strips 'Little Nemo in Slumberland' and 'Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend'...
14. Dorothy Dell Dorothy Dell Actress, Little Miss Marker Dorothy Dell was born Dorothy Dell Goff in Hattiesburg Mississippi, on January 20, 1915. Her family later moved to New Orleans where she became friends with Dorothy Lamour . The two girls dreamed of becoming actresses together. Dorothy began entering beauty pageants when she was a teenager and in 1930 she was crowned Miss Universe...
15. Lew Cody Lew Cody Actor, Don't Change Your Husband This dark-haired, suave American-born matinée idol of French ancestry abandoned a medical career after receiving favorable reviews for his performance in a school play at McGill Medical College in Montreal. He went on to study drama at the Stanhope Wheatcroft School of Acting in New York, then toured...
16. Ernst Röhm Ernst Röhm Self, Victory of the Faith Born in Munich in 1887, Ernst Röhm joined the German army as a teenager and served in World War I. He became acquainted with Adolf Hitler in 1919. Hitler shrewdly took note of Röhm's intensely militaristic nature, his experience in the war and the fact that he was the leader of an extreme right-wing paramilitary organization called the Frontbann--one of many such units...
17. George W. Hill George W. Hill Director, The Big House George W. Hill (1895-1934)--not to be confused with later director George Roy Hill (1921-2002) of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid fame--was one of the ace filmmakers at mighty MGM, along with King Vidor and Tod Browning, from the mid-'20s until his death in 1934, directing such major stars as Lon Chaney and Wallace Beery...
18. Clyde Barrow Clyde Barrow Uncategorised
19. Pretty Boy Floyd Pretty Boy Floyd Uncategorised One of seven children of dirt-poor Georgia farmers, Charles Arthur Floyd was born on February 3, 1904. His family moved to Oklahoma shortly after his birth, where they bought a small farm. Their luck was no better in Oklahoma than it was in Georgia, and drought, plagues of insects and devastating dust storms combined to keep them just barely out of the poorhouse...
20. Eugenie Besserer Eugenie Besserer Actress, The Jazz Singer Eugenie Besserer was born in Watertown, New York on Christmas Day of 1868. She was largely a silent film actress who made her debut in 1910's silent version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. She was 42 at the time. For the most part Eugenie was a character actress, much in demand for filling in roles. Because of her willingness to take just about any role...
21. Baby Face Nelson Baby Face Nelson Uncategorised Lester M. Gilis, aka "Baby Face Nelson," began his crime career at an early age in a street gang in the Chicago slums. He was given the nickname "Baby Face" by his gang members because he looked much younger than he actually was (14). His specialty was car theft, bootlegging and armed robbery. He spent several years in prison on auto theft and bank robbery charges...
22. Maria Sklodowska-Curie Maria Sklodowska-Curie Uncategorised
23. Willard Mack Willard Mack Writer, The Dove
24. John Francis Dillon John Francis Dillon Director, Sally John started his career with Keystone in 1913 under the name `John Dillon,' working with Kalem, Farnum, Nestor, Universal, Keystone and Lubin Pictures. The latter part of his career was spent playing bit parts and second leads in B pictures.
25. Gertrude Howard Gertrude Howard Actress, I'm No Angel
26. Paul von Hindenburg Paul von Hindenburg Self, Hindenburg Coming from an aristocratic Prussian family, Paul von Hindenburg joined the Prussian army as a young man, retiring as a general in 1913 at age 66. Recalled to duty during World War I, he was placed in command of the German forces at the battle of Tannenberg in 1914 against the Russians which, due to...
27. Weston Doty Weston Doty Actor, Peter Pan
28. Wilhelm Diegelmann Wilhelm Diegelmann Actor, The Blue Angel
29. Gerald du Maurier Gerald du Maurier Actor, Lord Camber's Ladies Sir Gerald Du Maurier was one of the top thespians on the English stage in the first third of the 20th Century, and his distinguished career as an actor-manager led to his being knighted by King George V in 1922. Born in Hampstead, London on March 26, 1873, he was the son anglo-French writer and cartoonist 'George du Maurier'...
30. Alec B. Francis Alec B. Francis Actor, Beyond the Rocks
31. Francelia Billington Francelia Billington Actress, Blind Husbands Francelia Billington born in Dallas, Texas, raised on a ranch, became an expert at horsemanship, on stage from an early age, later a pretty star of popular westerns and melodramas, first working with the Kalem Film Co in 1912 then moved to Reliance-Majestic studios and Thanhouser the following year and starred in many films under the direction of D.W...
32. Thorne Smith Thorne Smith Writer, Topper The 1926 publication of "Topper" brought writer Thorne Smith immediate acclaim. A sophisticated spoof of middle-class manners and morals, it chronicles the madcap adventures of Cosmo Topper, a mild-mannered bank executive who is rescued from his drab "summer of suburban Sundays" by fun-loving ghosts George and Marion Kerby...
33. Cicely Oates Cicely Oates Actress, The Man Who Knew Too Much
34. Edith Yorke Edith Yorke Actress, City Girl
35. Tom Buckingham Tom Buckingham Writer, Should Tailors Trifle?
36. John Daumery John Daumery Director, La foule hurle
37. Lou Tellegen Lou Tellegen Actor, 3 Bad Men Born in the Netherlands of Greek/Dutch descent, Lou Tellegen (born Isidor Van Dameler) was a marvelously handsome man whose life was temptestuous. Having something of a wandering pair of feet, he journeyed through Europe during his youth, doing odd jobs like prize fighting, driving a cab in Brussels...
38. Emile Chautard Emile Chautard Director, The Blind Sculptor French director and actor of American and French films. He began his career as a stage actor at the Odeon in Paris, then at the Eclair, where he became artistic director and chief director of the theatre school in 1910. Five years later he traveled to America and began a successful career as a film director for a variety of American film companies...
39. Harry A. Pollard Harry A. Pollard Director, The Sacrifice
40. Phyllis Rankin Phyllis Rankin Actress, The Swim Princess
41. Winston Doty Winston Doty Actor, Peter Pan
42. Harry Lorraine Harry Lorraine Actor, Wireless
43. Hal Skelly Hal Skelly Actor, The Struggle Dancer Hal Skelly was born in Wisconsin in 1892, he left home at 15 to join a circus, went with 17 to comedy, toured with light opera China and Japan, joined after that Dockstader's minstrels, made his Broadway debut in 1918 in "Fiddlers Three". His biggest success was the play "Burlesque", what was filmed as "Dance of Life"...
44. John J. McGraw John J. McGraw Self, Breaking Into the Big League
45. Robert Brower Robert Brower Actor, Thirty Days at Hard Labor
46. James Durkin James Durkin Actor, The Chasm
47. Sydney Deane Sydney Deane Actor, Melting Millions
48. Edgar Connor Edgar Connor Actor, Black and Tan Edgar Connor grew up dancing for pennies on the streets of Jacksonville, Florida, when, in 1906, J. Rosamond Johnson and Bob Cole, two black vaudevillians, recruited him to sing and dance in two of their vaudeville productions, "The Shoo-Fly Regiment" and "The Red Moon." From there, he became a fixture in vaudeville both in the States...
49. Bert Woodruff Bert Woodruff Actor, Speedy Bert Woodruff was the son of non-professionals Hannah R. and William A. Woodruff of Peoria, Illinois. He was married to Hattie M. Sprague. He entered the theatrical profession in 1876 in Minstrels and toured for two years as a Minstrel. Toured on the stage from 1878 until 1882, and then entered Vaudeville in Peoria...
50. Louis F. Gottschalk Louis F. Gottschalk Composer, Orphans of the Storm
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