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1. Montgomery Clift Montgomery Clift Actor, From Here to Eternity Edward Montgomery Clift (nicknamed 'Monty' his entire life) was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, just after his twin sister Roberta and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. He was the son of Ethel "Sunny" Anderson (Fogg) and William Brooks Clift. His father made a lot of money in banking but was quite poor during the depression...
2. Walt Disney Walt Disney Producer, Peter Pan Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Flora Disney (née Call) and Elias Disney, a Canadian-born farmer and businessperson. He had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Walt moved with his parents to Kansas City at age seven, where he spent the majority of his childhood...
3. Buster Keaton Buster Keaton Actor, The General Joseph Frank Keaton, was born in Piqua, Kansas, October 4, 1895 to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage they traveled with a medicine show that included family friend...
4. Ed Wynn Ed Wynn Actor, Alice in Wonderland Long-time star comedian in vaudeville who, at the urging of his actor son, Keenan Wynn, would late in life take up acting, both light and serious. He is especially remembered for his role in the Playhouse 90 television drama "Requiem for a Heavyweight" and in the film Mary Poppins.
5. William Frawley William Frawley Actor, Miracle on 34th Street William Frawley was born in Burlington, Iowa. As a boy he sang at St. Paul's Catholic Church and played at the Burlington Opera House. His first job was as a stenographer for the Union Pacific Railroad. He did vaudeville with his brother Paul, then joined pianist Franz Rath in an act they took to San Francisco in 1910...
6. Hedda Hopper Hedda Hopper Actress, Sunset Blvd. Her father was a butcher. In 1913 she met and married matinée idol DeWolf Hopper Sr. and in 1915 they moved to Hollywood, where both began active film careers. He became a star with Triangle Company, she began in vamp parts and turned to supporting roles. After her divorce she appeared in dozens of films...
7. Clifton Webb Clifton Webb Actor, Laura Already trained in dance and theater, he quit school at age 13 to study music and painting. By 19 he was a professional ballroom dancer in New York, and by his mid-twenties he was performing in musicals, dramas on Broadway and in London, and in silent movies. His first real success in film came in middle age as the classy villain Waldo Lydecker in Laura...
8. Verna Felton Verna Felton Actress, Cinderella Verna Felton had extensive experience on the stage and in radio before she broke into film and television. Her trademarks was her distinctive husky voice and her no-nonsense attitude. She was quite in demand for voiceover work, as evidenced by her roles in Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Lady and the Tramp...
9. Alice Pearce Alice Pearce Actress, On the Town Making a career out of a post-nasal drip, this scene-stealing character comedienne was one of the best Broadway and Hollywood had to offer. It's too bad, then, that she wasn't utilized in films more often for this slight, chinless, parrot-faced, squawky-voiced bundle of (kill)joy could draw laughs from a well with a mere sniffle, gulp, or stare...
10. Wallace Ford Wallace Ford Actor, Freaks A stocky, friendly-faced character actor, Ford was born Samuel Jones in England and his childhood rivaled the brutality that Charles Dickens ever dreamed up. He lived for a while in an orphanage after being separated from his parents. While still young, he was sent to a Toronto branch of the orphanage...
11. Robert Graf Robert Graf Actor, The Great Escape
12. Eric Fleming Eric Fleming Actor, Queen of Outer Space At the age of eight, Fleming hopped on a freight train to Chicago to escape his abusive father. Following hospitalization for gang fight injuries, he returned to California where he lived with his mother and worked at Paramount as a laborer. Fleming joined the Merchant Marine, and then he served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific in WW II, where he was a Master Carpenter in the Seabees...
13. Herbert Marshall Herbert Marshall Actor, Foreign Correspondent Herbert Marshall had trained to become a certified accountant, but his interest turned to the stage. He lost a leg while serving in World War I, he was rehabilitated with a wooden leg. This did not stop him from making good his decision to make the stage as his vocation. He used a very deliberate square-shouldered and guided walk - largely unnoticeable - to cover up his disability...
14. Robert Keith Robert Keith Actor, Guys and Dolls Robert Keith was an American character actor who appeared in a number of prominent films and was the father of actor Brian Keith. A native of Indiana, Keith joined a stock company as a teenager and developed skills as a writer and actor. He appeared in dozens of plays around the country and on Broadway...
15. Chief Yowlachie Chief Yowlachie Actor, Red River A member of the Yakima tribe in Washington state, Chief Yowlachie (whose real name was Daniel Simmons) began his show-business career as--believe it or not--an opera singer and spent many years in that profession. In the 1920s he switched to films, and over the next 25 or so years played everything from rampaging Apache chiefs to comic-relief sidekicks...
16. Elizabeth Patterson Elizabeth Patterson Actress, Pal Joey A dainty but nevertheless feisty character actress, southern-bred Elizabeth Patterson started her career over her strict parent's objections and became a member of Chicago's Ben Greet Players, performing Shakespeare at the turn of the century. This followed college at Martin College where she studied music...
17. Minerva Urecal Minerva Urecal Actress, The Corpse Vanishes Of Scottish descent, cruel-eyed, hatchet-faced veteran actress Minerva Urecal was a radio-trained player who spent some time on the clock with stage work before setting her sights on film and TV. Born Minerva Holzer in 1894 in the town of Eureka, California, her subsequent stage moniker would become a partial anagram of her hometown name...
18. Francis X. Bushman Francis X. Bushman Actor, Sabrina
19. Byron Barr Byron Barr Actor, Double Indemnity
20. Estelita Rodriguez Estelita Rodriguez Actress, Rio Bravo
21. Douglass Montgomery Douglass Montgomery Actor, Little Women Montgomery, on stage by his teens, was scouted by MGM. The studio changed his name to Kent Douglass and cast him in dashing or romantic roles opposite some of MGM's powerhouse actresses, such as Joan Crawford (in Paid ) and Katharine Hepburn (in Little Women, in which he played the role of Laurie)...
22. Nestor Paiva Nestor Paiva Actor, Creature from the Black Lagoon Veteran character actor Nestor Paiva had one of those nondescript ethnic mugs and a natural gift for dialects that allowed him to play practically any type of foreigner. Born in Fresno, California, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and developed an interest in performing while hooking up with college theatrics...
23. Crahan Denton Crahan Denton Actor, To Kill a Mockingbird
24. Robert Rossen Robert Rossen Writer, The Hustler
25. Joseph Egger Joseph Egger Actor, A Fistful of Dollars
26. Joseph Crehan Joseph Crehan Actor, The Roaring Twenties
27. John Reynolds John Reynolds Actor, Manos: The Hands of Fate
28. Sophie Tucker Sophie Tucker Soundtrack, The Great Gatsby What becomes a legend most? For the beloved Russian-born entertainer Sophie Tucker, it was most definitely the live stage. The stage was her home. She fed off a live audience and it's what made her the sensation she was. Seeing her up close and personal was to get the very best of her. Movies and TV were too restrictive to capture the true essence of Sophie Tucker...
29. Hugh Sanders Hugh Sanders Actor, The Wild One
30. Natacha Rambova Natacha Rambova Costume Designer, Salomé Primarily famous as the wife of screen idol Rudolph Valentino, Natacha Rambova was also a talented dancer and an innovative set designer, bringing the Art Deco style to Hollywood for the first time. At the age of 17 she became a protégé and lover of Russian ballet Svengali Theodore Kosloff, a brilliant but manipulative dancer who shot her in the leg when she finally escaped from his dance company...
31. Carolyn Mitchell Carolyn Mitchell Actress, The Cry Baby Killer Carolyn Mitchell was born Barabara Ann Thomason on January 25, 1937 in Phoenix, Arizona, to Don and Helen Thomason. While attending Emerson Elementary School in Phoenix, she became known as the prettiest girl in Phoenix. Her family moved to Inglewood, California in 1951, a part of Los Angeles, a mecca for beautiful and ambitious young woman desiring to be spotted...
32. Anne Nagel Anne Nagel Actress, Black Friday Anne Nagel's life could be summed up in two words: pretty miserable. Born to devoutly religious Bostonian parents who had long encouraged her to become a nun, she had been enrolled in a preparatory school for just that purpose. As a young teenager, she worked part time as a photographer's model, and...
33. Maria Franklin Gable Maria Franklin Gable Self, Starlit Days at the Lido
34. Bimal Roy Bimal Roy Director, Madhumati
35. Lenny Bruce Lenny Bruce Self, Lenny Bruce in 'Lenny Bruce' Lenny Bruce was born Leonard Alfred Schneider on October 13, 1925, in Mineola, Long Island, New York. His British-born father, Myron, was a shoe clerk, his mother, Sadie, was a dancer. Lenny's parents were divorced when he was a child. To support herself and her son, Sadie Schneider persued a career in show business and sent Lenny to live with various aunts...
36. Virginia Hill Virginia Hill Self, Kefauver Investigation
37. Charles Watts Charles Watts Actor, An Affair to Remember
38. Russel Crouse Russel Crouse Writer, The Sound of Music Playwright and producer who teamed with Howard Lindsay to create widely popular musicals and plays.
39. Ronald Shiner Ronald Shiner Actor, Dry Rot
40. Jonathan Hale Jonathan Hale Actor, Strangers on a Train Canadian-born Jonathan Hale had a long film career, appearing in over 200 pictures. He was a member of the diplomatic service prior to his film career, and his stately bearing stood him in good stead for the variety of corporate executives, military officers and high-level politicians he often played...
41. Julia Faye Julia Faye Actress, The Ten Commandments Julia Faye's career is inextricably linked to director Cecil B. DeMille. He was her mentor, while she was for many years his mistress (a liaison which was tolerated by De Mille's long-suffering wife Constance Adams). Julia was born in Richmond, Virginia, of French-American parentage. She had a Southern drawl which she never lost...
42. Claire McDowell Claire McDowell Actress, The Big Parade
43. Sammy Stein Sammy Stein Actor, Modern Times
44. Ethel Clayton Ethel Clayton Actress, Crooked Streets Silent-screen actress Ethel Clayton was a convent-educated girl from Champaign, IL, who sought work as a stage actress after finishing her education. She secured small parts here and there, but hit the big time when she went to work for the Frawley Organization, which had several touring stock companies...
45. Nikolai Cherkasov Nikolai Cherkasov Actor, Alexander Nevsky The preeminent Russian actor, at least in Western eyes, of the first half of the twentieth century. He became interested in the theatre as a teenager and joined the Teatr Mariinskij as a stagehand in 1918. He apprenticed with various traveling companies and therein learned ballet, pantomime, and acrobatics...
46. Billy Rose Billy Rose Soundtrack, The Devil's Advocate Broadway impresario Billy Rose was born William Samuel Rosenberg on September 9, 1899, in The Bronx, New York. Known as "The Little Napoleon of Showmanship," the diminutive Rose made his name and his legend as a producer, writer, lyricist, composer, director and theatre owner/operator, as well as the husband of "Funny Girl" Fanny Brice...
47. Helen Menken Helen Menken Actress, Stage Door Canteen Helen Menken was born in New York to deaf parents. Her original name was Meinken, her New York-born father Frederick being of French/German extraction. Her mother, Mary Madden, was Irish-born. She married Humphrey Bogart at the Gramercy Park Hotel on May 20, 1926, four years after taking out a marriage license in New York City...
48. Jules Furthman Jules Furthman Writer, The Big Sleep Jules Furthman was a magazine and newspaper writer when he began writing for films in 1915. When the U.S. entered WWI Furthman used the name "Stephen Fox" for his screenplays because he thought his name sounded too German, but he reverted to his real name after the war. Furthman became one of the most prolific...
49. Wilfrid Lawson Wilfrid Lawson Actor, Pygmalion A scene stealing actor of lugubrious countenance, Wilfred Lawson (born Wilfred Worsnop) made his debut on the stage in "Trilby" at the Pier Pavilion in Brighton at the age of 16. He served as a pilot in the RAF during the final months of World War I, before resuming his theatrical career, becoming a well-established character player by the end of the decade...
50. Pat Hogan Pat Hogan Actor, The Last Frontier Thurman Lee Haas was born on 3 February, 1920 in central Oklahoma on the Pottawatomie Indian Reservation (home of the Kickapoo Tribe). His parents were Reuben Claude Haas and the former Ann Maud Waldrip. His father was a farmer who later became involved in tribal governments in Oklahoma and the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming...
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