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1. Jean Harlow Jean Harlow Actress, The Public Enemy Harlean Carpenter, who later became Jean Harlow, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. She was the daughter of a successful dentist and his wife. In 1927, at the age of 16, she ran away from home to marry a young businessman named Charles McGrew, who was 23. The couple pulled up stakes and moved to Los Angeles...
2. H.P. Lovecraft H.P. Lovecraft Writer, Re-Animator 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. 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...
4. 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...
5. J.M. Barrie J.M. Barrie Writer, Hook
6. Katherine Grant Katherine Grant Actress, Oranges and Lemons
7. 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...
8. Ted Healy Ted Healy Actor, San Francisco US vaudevillian who in 1923 founded a stage act known as "Ted Healy & His Stooges," the latter comprising one Moe Howard and his brother, Shemp Howard, whose roles were to act as foils, or stooges, for Healy's jokes. Joined later by Larry Fine, the Howards later went off on their own, eventually to call themselves "The Three Stooges." Over the years there would be six stooges in all...
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. Flavia Arcaro Flavia Arcaro Actress, The Devil's Darling
11. William Gillette William Gillette Writer, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Handsome American actor, playwright and stage director/producer William Gillette born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1853. His father Francis was a former United States Senator and crusader for the abolition of slavery and women's suffrage, his mother Elisabeth Daggett Hooker is a descendant of Reverend...
12. Marie Prevost Marie Prevost Actress, The Marriage Circle Popular star in Hollywood for two decades through 1936. Began as a Mack Sennett "Bathing Beauty" in 1917, later starring in dozens of light comedies. But not long into the sound era, she would have encountered problems with her burgeoning weight, to the jeopardy of her career. Her self-remedy resulted ultimately in her starving to death. (See also Laird Cregar.)
13. Helen Lowell Helen Lowell Actress, Party Wire
14. Maurice Ravel Maurice Ravel Soundtrack, The Dark Knight Rises
15. 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...
16. Edith Wharton Edith Wharton Writer, The Age of Innocence
17. Al Boasberg Al Boasberg Writer, The General
18. Guy Standing Guy Standing Actor, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer Sir Guy, an actor of prominence in British and American theater, lent his genteel presence to some 19 Paramount features of the mid-1930's.
19. DeWitt Jennings DeWitt Jennings Actor, Mutiny on the Bounty Portrayed figures of authority in Hollywood films from 1915 until the end of his days.
20. 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 WW1. He also acted in a few early Russian films...
21. Martha Morris Martha Morris Actress, Freaks
22. 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...
23. Paul Graetz Paul Graetz Actor, Mr. Cohen Takes a Walk
24. Arthur Edmund Carewe Arthur Edmund Carewe Actor, The Phantom of the Opera Handsome leading man, sometimes in shady roles, in Hollywood silents and early talkies.
25. Charles Sellon Charles Sellon Actor, Bright Eyes
26. T. Roy Barnes T. Roy Barnes Actor, Seven Chances
27. Lucy Beaumont Lucy Beaumont Actress, The Crowd
28. 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...
29. H.M. Walker H.M. Walker Writer, Safety Last!
30. Renate Müller Renate Müller Actress, Viktor and Viktoria 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...
31. Gottfried Huppertz Gottfried Huppertz Composer, Metropolis
32. Horacio Quiroga Horacio Quiroga Writer, Stories of Love, Madness and Death Quiroga was born in Uruguay, but he went to Argentina in 1901, to live and work. His life was marked by a series of tragic events : his father had died in an accident with a rifle, briefly after that he lost his eldest brother and his stepfather in another accident. In 1900 he lost his best friend in an accident with a pistol ànd his wife committed suicide...
33. Marvel Rea Marvel Rea Actress, The Simp Marvel Rea was born Marvel Luciel Rea on November 9, 1901, in Ainsworth, Nebraska. Her family moved to California when she was a child. Marvel grew into a beautiful teenager and in 1917 she became a Mack Sennett bathing beauty. The following year she married banker Henry Page Wells. Unfortunately he was a drug addict and she divorced him less than a year later...
34. 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...
35. Bruno Eichgrün Bruno Eichgrün Actor, Erzgauner
36. Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart Self, Amelia Earhart
37. John D. Rockefeller John D. Rockefeller Self, Freakonomics
38. Bessie Smith Bessie Smith Soundtrack, Kill Bill: Vol. 2
39. James A. Marcus James A. Marcus Actor, Regeneration
40. Earl 'Snake Hips' Tucker Earl 'Snake Hips' Tucker Actor, Crazy House
41. Ralph Lewis Ralph Lewis Actor, The Birth of a Nation
42. Ralph Ince Ralph Ince Director, The Singapore Mutiny 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.
43. Rudolf Lettinger Rudolf Lettinger Actor, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
44. Ruth Roland Ruth Roland Actress, Hands Up! 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...
45. Caroline Harris Caroline Harris Actress, The Necklace
46. 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...
47. 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...
48. Frank Alexander Frank Alexander Actor, Heavy Love 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...
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. Eddie Shubert Eddie Shubert Actor, Gypsy Sweetheart
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