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1. Walt Disney Walt Disney Producer, 101 Dalmatians At age 16, during World War I, he lied about his age to join the American Red Cross. He soon returned home, where he won a scholarship to the Kansas City Art Institute. There, he met a fellow animator, Ub Iwerks. The two soon set up their own company. In the early 20s, they made a series of animated shorts for the Newman theater chain...
2. Montgomery Clift Montgomery Clift Actor, From Here to Eternity Monty was born just after his twin sister Roberta and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. Their father William made a lot of money in banking but was quite poor during the depression. Their mother Ethel "Sunny" was born out of wedlock and spent much of her life and the family fortune finding her illustrious southern lineage and raising her children as aristocrats...
3. Buster Keaton Buster Keaton Actor, The General When, at six months, he tumbled down a flight of stairs unharmed, he was given the name "Buster" by Harry Houdini who, along with W.C. Fields, Bill Robinson ("Bojangles"), Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson shared headlines with "The Three Keatons": Buster, his father Joe Keaton and mother Myra Keaton...
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. 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...
6. 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...
7. 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...
8. 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...
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. Russel Crouse Russel Crouse Writer, The Sound of Music Playwright and producer who teamed with Howard Lindsay to create widely popular musicals and plays.
11. 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...
12. 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...
13. Herbert Marshall Herbert Marshall Actor, The Little Foxes 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. Wallace Ford Wallace Ford Actor, Freaks Wallace Ford's career as a character actor in over 200 films from 1932 to 1965 can be divided into two parts. In his early movies his freckled and friendly face and wavy hair lent itself to light, wise-cracking leads in a string of B pictures. By 1950 he had morphed into a stocky, grizzled old-timer in an impressive group of Westerns...
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. Crahan Denton Crahan Denton Actor, To Kill a Mockingbird
18. Robert Rossen Robert Rossen Writer, The Hustler
19. Francis X. Bushman Francis X. Bushman Actor, Sabrina
20. Myrl Alderman Myrl Alderman Composer, Something to Sing About
21. John Reynolds John Reynolds Actor, Manos: The Hands of Fate
22. Charles Watts Charles Watts Actor, An Affair to Remember
23. 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...
24. 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 he played everything from rampaging Apache chiefs to comic-relief sidekicks...
25. 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...
26. Joseph Egger Joseph Egger Actor, Fistful of Dollars
27. Gertrude Berg Gertrude Berg Actress, The Goldbergs Gertrude was born in New York City and her father owned a summer resort hotel. While in her teens, she wrote dialogues about her father and grandfather and recited them to guests at the hotel. This was the beginning of her writing which eventually led her to write "The Goldbergs". She married British-born...
28. 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...
29. Natacha Rambova Natacha Rambova Costume Designer, Salome Born in 1897 to a no good drunk father and a determined mother in Utah. Rambova was born Winifred Kimball Shaughnessy. Years later during the Minervala Dance Tour when her hometown paper promoted her as 'that pigtailed Shaghnessy girl' Rambova locked herself in her room crying and refused to come out...
30. 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...
31. Robert Graf Robert Graf Actor, The Great Escape
32. Helen Menken Helen Menken Self, The 17th Annual Tony Awards 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...
33. Maria Franklin Gable Maria Franklin Gable Self, Starlit Days at the Lido
34. C.S. Forester C.S. Forester Writer, The African Queen 'Cecil Scott Forester' was born on 27th August, 1899 in Cairo, Egypt. He was educated in England at Alleyn's School and Dulwich College, at neither of which, he said, he made any particular impression except as an extremely naughty boy. He left Dulwich College and attempted to take up medicine but soon found that his real vocation was storytelling and writing...
35. 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...
36. 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...
37. Joseph Crehan Joseph Crehan Actor, The Roaring Twenties
38. Virginia Hill Virginia Hill Self, Kefauver Investigation
39. Hugh Sanders Hugh Sanders Actor, The Wild One
40. Milos Milos Milos Milos Actor, The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming
41. 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...
42. Richard Whorf Richard Whorf Director, Till the Clouds Roll By
43. Pat Hogan Pat Hogan Actor, Indian Paint 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...
44. Minerva Urecal Minerva Urecal Actress, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao A stage actress, Urecal made her screen debut in 1934. For the remainder of her career and two hundred plus movies, she played cleaning women, landladies, shopkeepers and the like. She was known as a Marjorie Main type actress and later went on to a career in television playing in such shows as "Tugboat Annie" and "Peter Gunn." Minerva claimed her name was an amalgam of her hometown...
45. Byron Barr Byron Barr Actor, Double Indemnity
46. Estelita Rodriguez Estelita Rodriguez Actress, Rio Bravo
47. Rex Lease Rex Lease Actor, The Monster Walks Born in 1903 (not 1901, according to Social Security records), strapping cowboy actor Rex Lease was initially interested in the ministry when he decided to devote his life instead to acting. In what would be a rollercoaster ride of a career, he set his sights on Hollywood in 1922 and broke into silent films as an extra and bit player...
48. Julia Faye Julia Faye Actress, The Ten Commandments
49. Peter George Peter George Writer, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
50. 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)...
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