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1. 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)...
2. H.P. Lovecraft H.P. Lovecraft Writer, Justice League Born in Providence, Lovecraft was a sickly child whose parents died insane. When he was 16, he wrote the astronomy column in the Providence Tribune. Between 1908 and 1923, he wrote short stories for Weird Tales magazine, among others. He died in Providence, in poverty, on March 15, 1937. His most famous novel is considered to be "At the Mountains of Madness," about an expedition to the South Pole...
3. 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...
4. Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart
5. Ted Healy Ted Healy Actor, San Francisco Ted Healy was born Clarence Lee Nash in Kaufman, Texas, on October 1, 1896. Around 1919, after years of flirtation with show business, rejected a career as a businessman and entered vaudeville as Ted Healy. In 1922 his solo act was expanded to include his wife, Elizabeth Braun. The act found almost...
6. J.M. Barrie J.M. Barrie Writer, Hook
7. Osgood Perkins Osgood Perkins Actor, Scarface Mostly remembered today as the father of Anthony Perkins, Osgood Perkins enjoyed a successful career on Broadway, appearing in 22 major productions from 1924-36, often produced by Brock Pemberton. The highlight of his stage career was starring in the hit "The Front Page" as Walter Burns at the Times Square Theatre in 1928...
8. Ross Alexander Ross Alexander Actor, Captain Blood The tragically brief life of fresh-faced, boyishly handsome Ross Alexander, who seemed to have everything going for him, plays these days like a bad Hollywood movie. Alexander was a charming, highly engaging young actor whose pleasant voice and breezy personality aided greatly in his transition from Broadway teen player to young adult Warner Bros...
9. Alfred Abel Alfred Abel Actor, Metropolis This elegant actor of the golden age of German cinema appeared in several masterpieces, before the cameras of such inspired geniuses as Lang, Lubitsch and Murnau. Vocation had come rather late in his life, though. Abel was indeed already 33 when he made his first film. Beforehand, he had been a forester...
10. George Gershwin George Gershwin Soundtrack, Catch Me If You Can He was born Jacob Gershowitz, 26 September 1898, in Brooklyn, New York, of Russian-Jewish immigrants. As a boy he could play popular and classical works on his brother Ira's piano by ear. In 1913 he quit school to study music and began composing for Tin Pan Alley; by 1919 he had his first hit "Swanee" and his first Broadway show "La...
11. Marie Prevost Marie Prevost Actress, The Marriage Circle Marie Prevost was born Mary Bickford Dunn in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, on November 8, 1898. She broke into films when she was 18 years old in Unto Those Who Sin. Finding work in films was difficult in the early days, just as it is today. Marie found herself doing odd jobs until 1917, when she made another film...
12. Charles Sellon Charles Sellon Actor, Bright Eyes
13. Frank Vosper Frank Vosper Actor, The Man Who Knew Too Much
14. James A. Marcus James A. Marcus Actor, Regeneration
15. Richard Boleslawski Richard Boleslawski Director, Les Misérables Inventing a stage name "Boleslawski" (later spelled also "Boleslavsky"), young Pole Boleslaw Ryszard Srzednicki left his second home (Odessa, Russian Empire) to study theatre and train as an actor at the world-famous Moscow Art Theatre before and during WW I. He also acted in a few early Russian films...
16. Ruth Roland Ruth Roland Actress, Reno Ruth Roland was, along with Pearl White, the queen of the early movie serials. She came from a show-business family, her father being a San Francisco theater manager and her mother a professional singer. Ruth made her acting debut at age 3-1/2, and soon became a professional actress and singer. Her parents divorced...
17. Maurice Ravel Maurice Ravel Soundtrack, The Dark Knight Rises
18. William Gillette William Gillette Writer, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Handsome American actor, playwright and stage director/producer William Gillette was born in Hartford, CT, in 1853. His father Francis was a former United States Senator and crusader for women's suffrage and the abolition of slavery; his mother Elisabeth Daggett Hooker is a descendant of Rev. Thomas Hooker...
19. Edith Wharton Edith Wharton Writer, The Age of Innocence
20. Val Duran Val Duran Actor, The General Died at Dawn
21. Ralph Lewis Ralph Lewis Actor, The Birth of a Nation
22. Ralph Ince Ralph Ince Director, Lincoln, the Lover The youngest of three filmmaking brothers (the others were John Ince and Thomas H. Ince), Ralph Ince's career mirrored that of his brother John: he went from acting in silents to directing, and with the advent of sound he turned character actor. Unlike John, however, he would eventually resume directing and was successful in UK productions from 1934 until his death.
23. Katherine Grant Katherine Grant Actress, Oranges and Lemons Katherine Grant was born on May 1, 1904 in Los Angeles, California. Her parents divorced and her father passed away in 1921. At the age of eighteen she won the Miss Los Angeles beauty contest and competed in the Miss America pageant. Katherine worked as a professional dancer and to make extra money she posed nude for an art study project...
24. Martha Morris Martha Morris Actress, Freaks
25. John D. Rockefeller John D. Rockefeller Self, Freakonomics
26. Guy Standing Guy Standing Actor, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
27. Renate Müller Renate Müller Actress, Victor and Victoria Highly popular German star Renate Muller was the toast of late 20s Berlin along with the legendary Marlene Dietrich. Unlike Dietrich, however, she suffered at the hands of the Nazis and died under mysterious circumstances. Renate was born in Munich on April 26, 1906, the daughter of a newspaper editor-in-chief and a painter...
28. Bessie Smith Bessie Smith Soundtrack, Kill Bill: Vol. 2
29. John T. Prince John T. Prince Actor, White Zombie
30. Rosa Valetti Rosa Valetti Actress, M Rosa Valetti was born the daughter of industrialist Felix Vallentin, and was the sister of Hermann Vallentin. She first appeared on the Berlin stage and later also in Paris, Bruxelles and Vienna. During the first WW she worked for Ludwig Roth, her first husband, at the Residenz-Theater in Berlin. She also worked as a director and acted in most theaters...
31. Nikolay Batalov Nikolay Batalov Actor, Tretya meshchanskaya Nikolai Petrovich Batalov was born on December 6, 1899, in Moscow, Russia, into the family of a clerk. From 1910-1915 he studied at the Moscow Mercantile School named after the Czar Aleksander III. His interest in theatre and literature was supported by his grandmother, who encouraged his voracious reading...
32. Lucy Beaumont Lucy Beaumont Actress, The Crowd
33. Monroe Owsley Monroe Owsley Actor, Indiscreet Largely forgotten today, actor Monroe Owsley was born in Atlanta around the turn of the century and raised by his mother, stage actress Gertrude Owsley. His own theater career started up as a teen and he eventually hit Broadway in the mid 1920s, migrating to films around the advent of sound. His first movie role was as a young suitor in The First Kiss starring Fay Wray...
34. Emmett Dalton Emmett Dalton Writer, When the Daltons Rode Emmett Dalton was the youngest of the three Dalton brothers, part of a bandit gang notorious for robbing trains and banks in the Midwest during the late 1890s (interestingly, the brothers started their life of crime with a failed attempt at breaking into the safe on a Southern Pacific Railroad train in 1891 near San Luis Obispo...
35. H.M. Walker H.M. Walker Writer, Safety Last!
36. Charles Hill Mailes Charles Hill Mailes Actor, The Mark of Zorro
37. Helen Burgess Helen Burgess Actress, The Plainsman Young and full of promise, Paramount contract player Helen Burgess possessed a lovely, sweet-faced quality, but made only four films during her lifetime. Born April 26, 1916, the rather demure Portland, Oregon beauty was given an auspicious debut in Cecil B. DeMille's epic bio-western The Plainsman...
38. Snitz Edwards Snitz Edwards Actor, The Thief of Bagdad Snitz Edwards was born Edward Neumann in Hungary. Married first wife in 1889 and was divorced some time later. Although he was almost 20 years older than his wife, Edwards married Eleanor Taylor, an actress from Boston, in 1906. They had three children, Cricket (b. 1906), Evelyn (b. 1914) and Marian (b...
39. Frank Alexander Frank Alexander Actor, The Sawmill Frank "Fatty" Alexander was an obese comedian who appeared in silent one- and two-reel slapstick comedies as a side-kick before co-starring with two other heavyweights, Hilliard Karr and 'Kewpie Ross' in F.B.O.'s low-budget "Ton of Fun" series at the end of the silent era. Born in Olympia, Washington on May 25...
40. Lady Tree Lady Tree Actress, The Private Life of Henry VIII.
41. Bruno Eichgrün Bruno Eichgrün Actor, Erzgauner
42. Hadji Ali Hadji Ali Actor, Politiquerías
43. George Hassell George Hassell Actor, Captain Blood
44. Arthur Edmund Carewe Arthur Edmund Carewe Actor, The Phantom of the Opera
45. Richard Powell Richard Powell Actor, Treasure Island
46. Clifford Smith Clifford Smith Director, Ace Drummond
47. Gottfried Huppertz Gottfried Huppertz Composer, Metropolis
48. J. Frank Glendon J. Frank Glendon Actor, A Tale of Two Worlds
49. Yevgeni Zamyatin Yevgeni Zamyatin Writer, The Lower Depths Yevgeni Ivanovich Zamyatin was born on February 1, 1884, in Lebedyan, Tambov Province, Russia. His father, named Ivan Dmitrievich Zamyatin, was a Russian Orthodox priest and a schoolmaster. His mother, named Maria Aleksandrovna (nee Platonova), was a pianist. Young Zamyatin grew up at the family estate, where he read voraciously, and his mother played his favorite music of Frédéric Chopin...
50. DeWitt Jennings DeWitt Jennings Actor, Mutiny on the Bounty
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