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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. 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...
5. 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.)
6. 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...
7. 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...
8. 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...
9. Lucy Beaumont Lucy Beaumont Actress, The Crowd
10. 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...
11. 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...
12. J.M. Barrie J.M. Barrie Writer, Hook
13. 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...
14. Maurice Ravel Maurice Ravel Soundtrack, The Dark Knight Rises
15. Charles Sellon Charles Sellon Actor, Bright Eyes
16. Paul Graetz Paul Graetz Actor, Mr. Cohen Takes a Walk
17. Arthur Edmund Carewe Arthur Edmund Carewe Actor, The Phantom of the Opera
18. Nikolai Batalov Nikolai 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...
19. Edith Wharton Edith Wharton Writer, The Age of Innocence
20. Ralph Lewis Ralph Lewis Actor, The Birth of a Nation
21. 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...
22. Amelia Earhart Amelia Earhart
23. Guy Standing Guy Standing Actor, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer
24. DeWitt Jennings DeWitt Jennings Actor, Mutiny on the Bounty
25. John D. Rockefeller John D. Rockefeller Self, Freakonomics
26. 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...
27. Martha Morris Martha Morris Actress, Freaks
28. James A. Marcus James A. Marcus Actor, Regeneration
29. 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...
30. Bessie Smith Bessie Smith Soundtrack, Kill Bill: Vol. 2
31. 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.
32. Lady Tree Lady Tree Actress, The Private Life of Henry VIII.
33. 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...
34. 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...
35. Sydney Booth Sydney Booth Actor, The Three Musketeers: Part 1
36. 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...
37. Earl 'Snake Hips' Tucker Earl 'Snake Hips' Tucker Actor, Crazy House
38. 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...
39. Lige Conley Lige Conley Actor, A Fresh Start
40. Harry McCoy Harry McCoy Writer, Hot Paprika
41. H.M. Walker H.M. Walker Writer, Safety Last!
42. Frank Losee Frank Losee Actor, Orphans of the Storm
43. Mary Blackford Mary Blackford Actress, Merrily Yours
44. Richard Powell Richard Powell Actor, Treasure Island
45. Charles Hill Mailes Charles Hill Mailes Actor, The Mark of Zorro
46. J. Frank Glendon J. Frank Glendon Actor, A Tale of Two Worlds
47. 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...
48. Bruno Eichgrün Bruno Eichgrün Actor, Erzgauner
49. Bobby Dunn Bobby Dunn Actor, The Fast Mail-Man
50. John Printz John Printz Actor, White Zombie
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