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1. Dennis O'Keefe Dennis O'Keefe Actor, The Leopard Man Tall, cheerful, outdoorsy leading man of Hollywood B movies, who started in show business as an infant, accompanying his vaudevillian parents, "Flanagan and Edwards, the Rollicking Twosome", on the stage. In his teens, Dennis started to write film scripts while attending college. He then tried to break into films as an extra...
2. Bobby Driscoll Bobby Driscoll Actor, Peter Pan Bobby Driscoll was a natural-born actor. Discovered by chance at the age of five-and-a-half in a barber shop in Altadena, CA. and then convincing in anything he ever undertook on the movie screen and on television throughout his career spanning 17 years (1943-1960). Includes such notable movie screen appearances as The Sullivans...
3. Tallulah Bankhead Tallulah Bankhead Actress, Lifeboat Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was born on January 31, 1902 in Huntsville, Alabama. Her father was a mover and shaker in the Democratic Party who served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from June 4, 1936, to September 16, 1940. Tallulah had been interested in acting and, at age 15...
4. Bea Benaderet Bea Benaderet Actress, Lucy Plays Cupid Bea Benaderet had a remarkable career in radio and television. In the earlier days of radio, before television, she provided the voice for numerous names of characters on the radio, on shows like "Fibber McGee and Molly," "My Favorite Husband" with Lucille Ball & the Jack Benny Show. She was...
5. Kay Francis Kay Francis Actress, Trouble in Paradise Kay Francis is possibly the biggest of the 'forgotten stars' from Hollywood's Golden Era, yet, for a while in the 1930s, she ranked as one of the most popular actresses, tagged the 'Queen of Warner Brothers', by 1935 earning a yearly salary of $115,000 (compared to Bette Davis with $18,000). The daughter of actress Katherine Clinton and businessman Joseph Gibbs...
6. Marion Lorne Marion Lorne Actress, The Graduate Forever embraced as the mumbling, bumbling Aunt Clara on the Bewitched television series, endearing character actress Marion Lorne had a five-decade-long career on the stage before ever becoming a familiar TV household name. Born Marion Lorne MacDougall on August 12, 1883 (other sources list 1885 and 1888)...
7. Virginia Weidler Virginia Weidler Actress, The Philadelphia Story Delightful child/juvenile actress Virginia Weidler (her friends called her "Ginny") had that knowing gleam in her eye that usually spelled trouble in one form or another for anyone at arm's reach. Born in Eagle Rock, California in 1926, she was one of six children born to Alfred Weidler, an architect...
8. Franchot Tone Franchot Tone Actor, Mutiny on the Bounty Franchot Tone was born into a well-to-do upstate New York family. Tone traveled the world with his parents and attended various schools, including The Hill School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, from which he was dismissed "for being a subtle influence for disorder throughout the fall term." He entered Cornell University...
9. Nick Adams Nick Adams Actor, Pillow Talk Nick Adams, best known to audiences as Johnny Yuma of the TV series The Rebel, played leads and supporting parts in many films of the 1950s, often cast in the same "troubled young man" mold as his good friend, James Dean. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Twilight of Honor He died in 1968 due to an overdose of drugs he was taking for a nervous disorder.
10. Fay Bainter Fay Bainter Actress, Woman of the Year Fay Bainter's career began as a child performer in 1898. For some time, she was a member of the traveling cast of the Morosco Stock Company in Los Angeles. In 1912, she made her Broadway debut in 'The Rose of Panama', but this and her subsequent play 'The Bridal Path' (1913), were conspicuous failures...
11. Ramon Novarro Ramon Novarro Actor, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ The son of a prosperous Mexican dentist, Ramon Novarro moved to Los Angeles with his family as refugees from the Mexican revolution of 1916. After stints as a ballet dancer, piano teacher and singing waiter, he became a film extra in 1917. For five years he remained an extra until director Rex Ingram cast him as Rupert in The Prisoner of Zenda...
12. William Talman William Talman Actor, The Hitch-Hiker William Talman is best known for his role as Hamilton Burger, the district attorney who perpetually lost to Perry Mason in the long-running series Perry Mason. Talman was an accomplished screenwriter and stage and screen actor, and appeared in numerous roles on television as a character actor from the mid-'50s until his death from lung cancer in August of 1968...
13. Carl Theodor Dreyer Carl Theodor Dreyer Writer, The Passion of Joan of Arc The illegitimate son of a Swedish farmer and his housekeeper, Dreyer spent his early years in Danish foster homes before being adopted by a strict Lutheran family. He became a journalist in 1910, and entered films as a title writer, then scriptwriter and eventually director. His first film showed little promise or talent...
14. Dan Duryea Dan Duryea Actor, Winchester '73 Dan Duryea was definitely the man you went to the movies for and loved to hate. His sniveling, deliberately taunting demeanor and snarling flat, nasal tones set the actor apart from other similar slimeballs of the 1940s and 1950s. From his very first picture, the highly acclaimed The Little Foxes, in which he portrayed the snotty...
15. Helen Walker Helen Walker Actress, Call Northside 777 Helen Walker was a beautiful and bright actress whose career never reached its full potential, in spite of her evident talent. She was a successful actress on Broadway, and in 1942 her performance in the play "Jason" was so impressive that she was signed up to act in films. She immediately earned good notice and received star billing in her film debut...
16. Fred Clark Fred Clark Actor, Sunset Blvd. This popular, baggy-eyed, bald-domed, big lug of a character actor had few peers when called upon to display that special "slow burn" style of comedy few others perfected. But perfect he did -- on stage, film and TV. In fact, he pretty much cornered the market during the 50s and 60s as the dour, ill-tempered guy you loved to hate...
17. Albert Dekker Albert Dekker Actor, The Wild Bunch A stage actor from 1927, Albert Dekker was an established Broadway star when he made his film debut ten years later. Tall and with rugged good looks, Dekker often played aggressive character roles, and was memorable as the double-crossing gang leader in the classic The Killers. From 1945 to 1946 he served a term in the California legislature representing the Hollywood district...
18. Gerald Mohr Gerald Mohr Actor, Funny Girl Bearing a strong resemblance to Humphrey Bogart certainly helped in typecasting the handsome Gerald Mohr into "B" film noir. Born in New York City in 1914, he was the son of Sigmond Mohr and Henrietta Noustadt, a Viennese singer. In 1920 his father was killed in a tragic accident while at work when Mohr was five years old...
19. Martin Luther King Martin Luther King Self, Rev Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. His father, Martin Luther King Sr., was a pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. His mother was a schoolteacher. For Martin the civil rights movement began one summer in 1935 when he was six years old. Two of his friends did not show up to play ball with him and Martin decided to go looking for them...
20. Wendell Corey Wendell Corey Actor, Rear Window Wendell Corey was a hard-working American character actor who appeared in numerous movies and television productions in the 1940s, '50s and '60s. Born on March 20, 1914 in Dracut, Massachusetts, in the northeastern part of the Commonwealth near the New Hampshire border, Corey was the son of a Congregationalist clergyman...
21. Finlay Currie Finlay Currie Actor, Ben-Hur Scottish-born Finlay Currie was a former church organist and choirmaster who made his stage debut at 20 years of age. It took him 34 more years before making his first film, but he worked steadily for another 30 years after that. Although he was a large, imposing figure, with a rich, deep voice and somewhat authoritarian demeanor...
22. John Steinbeck John Steinbeck Writer, The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck was the third of four children and the only son born to John Ernst and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck. His father was County Treasurer and his mother, a former schoolteacher. John graduated from Salinas High School in 1919 and attended classes at Stanford University, leaving in 1925 without a degree...
23. Scotty Beckett Scotty Beckett Actor, My Favorite Wife Scotty Beckett was one of the cutest, most successful child actors of the 1930s and 1940s. His descent into a life of alcoholism, drugs, and crime remains one of the most tragic of Hollywood stories. Born Scott Hastings Beckett on September 30, 1929 in Oakland, California, he and his family moved to Los Angeles when Scotty was 3 years old...
24. Mae Marsh Mae Marsh Actress, The Birth of a Nation Like much of early Hollywood history, much of Mae Marsh's biography is shrouded in mystery and the creation of studio publicity people. The story of the Marsh children being taken to Hollywood by their aunt is often told, but according to the 1910 U.S. Census, the Marsh children were all living with their parents in Los Angeles...
25. Dorothy Gish Dorothy Gish Actress, The Cardinal Dorothy Gish was born into a broken family where her restless father James Lee Gish was frequently absent. Mary Robinson McConnell a.k.a. Mary Gish, her mother, had entered into acting to make money to support the family. As soon as Dorothy and her sister Lillian Gish were old enough, they became part of the act...
26. Martin Melcher Martin Melcher Producer, Pillow Talk
27. Helen Keller Helen Keller Writer, Patience Helen Keller contracted a virulent childhood disease which resulted in complete loss of sight and hearing at nineteen months. Her parents futilely sought help for her, as did family friend Alexander Graham Bell. Finally, when Keller was seven, Annie Sullivan, a young teacher, was hired by the family...
28. Tommy Noonan Tommy Noonan Actor, A Star Is Born Slim, often bespectacled, comedy performer Tommy Noonan (nee Thomas Patrick Noone) started off in experimental theater, alongside his half-brother, actor John Ireland, who went on to have an enviable career of his own. The Delaware-born actor then launched his own repertory theatre back in his home state in the early 1940s...
29. Dorothy Abbott Dorothy Abbott Actress, A Virgin in Hollywood Perennial starlet Dorothy Abbott was a sexy, vivacious, wide-smiling model, showgirl and actress who could brighten up a room. Unfortunately, her cinematic offerings wound up being pretty minimal and her last years were marred by depression and, ultimately, a tragic end. She was born Dorothy E. Abbott on December 16...
30. Lee Tracy Lee Tracy Actor, Dinner at Eight Rangy, red-headed and straightforward to the bone while possessing distinctively adenoidal vocal tones, this actor with a voracious appetite for high living was a fine cinematic representation of the racy and race-paced style of pre-Code Hollywood. Lee Tracy patented with peerless skill the lightning...
31. Pert Kelton Pert Kelton Actress, The Music Man Vaudevillain, Broadway player and, for one decade from 1929, screen actress often in comedic roles. She also appeared in character parts in a handful of 60s films. She is memorable as the original - and the most believable - Alice Kramden, wife of Ralph Kramden (immortalized by Jackie Gleason), in TV's "The Honeymooners." Kelton's performances took place (ca...
32. Robert F. Kennedy Robert F. Kennedy Self, Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-68) US politician, born in Brookline, Massachusetts, the third son of Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy and wife Rose Kennedy. He studied at Harvard and at Virginia University Law School, served at sea (1944-46) in World War II, was admitted to the bar (1951), and served on the Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities (1957-59)...
33. Frankie Lymon Frankie Lymon Soundtrack, American Graffiti
34. Al Mulock Al Mulock Actor, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
35. Charles Chaplin Jr. Charles Chaplin Jr. Actor, Fangs of the Wild
36. Edric Connor Edric Connor Actor, Moby Dick
37. Howard Smith Howard Smith Actor, Kiss of Death
38. Joan Tabor Joan Tabor Actress, The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom
39. Donald Wolfit Donald Wolfit Actor, Lawrence of Arabia One of the great British stage actors of his era Donald Wolfit was noted for his magnificent portrayals of King Lear and Tamburlaine. Yet no actor of his generation was surrounded by more controversy. He was tempermental and difficult to deal with, enraged by criticism and tyrannical with the companies he led...
40. John Ridgely John Ridgely Actor, The Big Sleep John Ridgely was a versatile character actor who made over 100 films at Warner Brothers during the 1930s and 1940s. Starting out in bit roles in such films as Dark Victory, They Died with Their Boots On and The Man Who Came to Dinner, Ridgely eventually graduated to larger roles in such classics as Howard Hawks' Air Force...
41. Tony Hancock Tony Hancock Actor, Call Me Genius Tony Hancock was born in Birmingham, England, the son of John and Lillian Hancock. He was educated at Durlston Court, Swanage, and Bradfield College, Reading. He served in the R.A.F. (ground crew) during the war. In 1942 he was in the R.A.F. Gang Show. He was de-mobbed in 1946. He appeared at the Windmill Theatre...
42. Upton Sinclair Upton Sinclair Writer, There Will Be Blood
43. Bud Flanagan Bud Flanagan Actor, Life Is a Circus
44. Francis McDonald Francis McDonald Actor, The Ten Commandments Francis J. McDonald - not a name to bring ready recognition-but a look at the face reminds one of many old movie roles indeed. His career as an actor literally spanned from early silent films and the great silver screen era of sound film to follow on through the golden age of television. His screen credits...
45. Jack P. Pierce Jack P. Pierce Make-Up Department, The Killers As we look back on the cinematic pioneers of the 20th century, no individual is more significant in his field than genius makeup artist Jack Pierce, the legendary monster-maker who worked in the 1930s and 1940s at Universal Studios during its classic horror period. Pierce's story is equal parts triumph and tragedy...
46. Olga Lindo Olga Lindo Actress, Sapphire
47. Doris Lloyd Doris Lloyd Actress, The Sound of Music
48. Juanita Hall Juanita Hall Soundtrack, South Pacific American singer and actress, best remembered as Bloody Mary in Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'South Pacific', their Broadway musical version of James A. Michener's novel. She reprised that role in the 1958 film adaptation of the Broadway hit, but alas in the movie her singing was dubbed.
49. Cornell Woolrich Cornell Woolrich Writer, Rear Window Prolific mystery writer Cornell Woolrich was born in New York City, but his parents separated when he was young and he spent much of his childhood in Latin America with his father. Then he was sent back to New York to live with his rich, domineering mother, Claire. He attended Columbia University where he wrote his first novel...
50. Virginia Maskell Virginia Maskell Actress, Only Two Can Play This ill-fated British actress was born in the Shepherd's Bush area of London, England, on February 27, 1936. After the outbreak of World War II, young Virginia and her family were evacuated to South Africa. She eventually returned to London and entered a convent school where the pretty, grey-eyed brunette developed an interest in acting...
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