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1. Walt Disney Walt Disney Producer, Peter Pan 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 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. Their father William made a lot of money in banking but was quite poor during the depression. Their mother...
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 An old-fashioned comedian, who, by recommendation by his son Keenan Wynn, became one of the world's most beloved clowns, and one of the best actors of his time. He was born on November 9, 1886. He performed in the Ziegfeld Follies, and later had a son Keenan in 1916. He later wrote his own shows...
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. 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...
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. Richard Whorf Richard Whorf Director, Till the Clouds Roll By
10. 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...
11. 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...
12. 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...
13. 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...
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. Russel Crouse Russel Crouse Writer, The Sound of Music Playwright and producer who teamed with Howard Lindsay to create widely popular musicals and plays.
16. Minerva Urecal Minerva Urecal Actress, 7 Faces of Dr. Lao 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...
17. Robert Rossen Robert Rossen Writer, The Hustler
18. Joseph Egger Joseph Egger Actor, A Fistful of Dollars
19. 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...
20. Francis X. Bushman Francis X. Bushman Actor, Sabrina
21. Maria Franklin Gable Maria Franklin Gable Self, Starlit Days at the Lido
22. 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...
23. 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...
24. Robert Graf Robert Graf Actor, The Great Escape
25. John Reynolds John Reynolds Actor, Manos: The Hands of Fate
26. 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...
27. Julia Faye Julia Faye Actress, The Ten Commandments
28. Crahan Denton Crahan Denton Actor, To Kill a Mockingbird
29. 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...
30. Hugh Sanders Hugh Sanders Actor, The Wild One
31. 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...
32. 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...
33. 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...
34. 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...
35. Charles Watts Charles Watts Actor, An Affair to Remember
36. Pat O'Malley Pat O'Malley Actor, Invasion of the Body Snatchers Often confused with the British-born comic actor J. Pat O'Malley, who is the better remembered, silent dramatic film star Pat O'Malley had an enduring career that stands on its own. He was of solid Irish-American stock, born in Forest City, Pennsylvania, in 1890. A one-time railroad switchman, he also had circus experience by the time he discovered an interest in movie making...
37. Billy Rose Billy Rose Soundtrack, 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...
38. 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)...
39. Byron Barr Byron Barr Actor, Double Indemnity
40. Estelita Rodriguez Estelita Rodriguez Actress, Rio Bravo
41. 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...
42. David J. Stewart David J. Stewart Actor, Murder, Inc.
43. Nikolai Cherkasov Nikolai Cherkasov Actor, Alexander Nevsky Nikolai Konstantinovich Cherkasov was born on July 27, 1903, in St. Petersburg, Russia. His birth was complicated and he had to be pulled by the head with forceps that left permanent marks and visible impressions on his head. His father, Konstantin Aleksandrovich Cherkasov, was an official at the Imperial Department of Railroads of Russia...
44. 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...
45. C.S. Forester C.S. Forester Writer, The African Queen C.S. Forester went to Holywood during the opening years of World War II to help write and produce "propaganda" films that would convince U.S. filmgoers that the they should take the side of the British and Allies in the War, which led to such films as Eagle Squadron.
46. Claire McDowell Claire McDowell Actress, The Big Parade
47. Sol Gorss Sol Gorss Actor, The Killing
48. Javier Solís Javier Solís Actor, Un callejón sin salida
49. Virginia Hill Virginia Hill Self, Kefauver Investigation
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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