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1. Lucille Ball Lucille Ball Actress, I Love Lucy The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their grandparents...
2. Irene Ryan Irene Ryan Actress, The Beverly Hillbillies Before becoming known to millions as Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies, Irene Ryan was already an established vaudeville, radio and movie actress, though not as famous prior to her television stint. She accompanied Bob Hope on his famous military tours and she was known as "the gal who makes Bob Hope laugh." After being cast as Granny...
3. Bessie Love Bessie Love Actress, The Lost World Bessie Love was born in Texas. Her cowboy father moved the family to Hollywood, where he became a chiropractor. As the family needed money, Bessie's mother sent her to Biograph Studios, hoping she would become an actress. D.W. Griffith saw she was pretty and had some acting talent, and put her in several of his films...
4. Jim Davis Jim Davis Actor, Dallas Tall, rangy Jim Davis spent much of his early career in westerns, mainly at Republic Pictures. The Missouri-born and -raised Davis' relaxed, easygoing manner and Southern drawl easily fit most moviegoers' image of the cowboy, and Republic put him in a ton of them over the years (the fact that, unlike a lot of movie cowboys...
5. Maria Schell Maria Schell Actress, Superman Maria Schell studied in a religious institution in Colmar (Haut-Rhin, France). She received a dramatic training in Zurich, Switzerland. To pay her studies, she was a secretary there. Besides being a film star; Maria appeared in plays in Zurich, Basel, in Vienna (Josefstad Theater), Berlin, Munich (Kammerspiel Theater)...
6. Jayne Meadows Jayne Meadows Actress, Casino One of four children born to American missionaries, Jayne Meadows (nee Cotter) and her family returned to America in the early 1930s wherein Jayne was forced to learn the English language, only then speaking Chinese and other foreign languages. She developed an early interest in acting and her quick...
7. Gypsy Rose Lee Gypsy Rose Lee Self, The Hollywood Squares Born Rose Louise Hovick in Seattle, Washington, in 1911, but called Louise from early childhood, Gypsy Rose Lee was the daughter of a mild-mannered businessman and a restless, fiery young woman named Rose, who was determined to get out of Seattle and make a life for herself and her daughter in show business...
8. Sidney James Sidney James Actor, Bless This House The star of the Carry On series of films, Sid James originally came to prominence as sidekick to the ground breaking British comedy actor Tony Hancock, on both radio and then television. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa and named Solomon Joel Cohen, James arrived in England in 1946, second wife in tow...
9. Broderick Crawford Broderick Crawford Actor, Highway Patrol Broderick Crawford is best remembered for two roles: his Oscar-winning turn as Willie Stark in All the King's Men, and as Chief Dan Matthews on the syndicated TV series Highway Patrol. He was also memorable as Judy Holliday's boisterous boyfriend in Born Yesterday. He was born William Broderick Crawford on December 9...
10. Edward Arnold Edward Arnold Actor, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington Edward Arnold was born as Gunther Edward Arnold Schneider in 1890, on the Lower East Side of New York City, the son of German immigrants, Elizabeth (Ohse) and Carl Schneider. Arnold began his acting career on the New York stage and became a film actor in 1916. A burly man with a commanding style and superb baritone voice...
11. Madge Evans Madge Evans Actress, Army Girl Lovely Madge Evans was the perennial nice girl in films of the 1930's. By then, she had been in front of the camera for many years, starting with Fairy Soap commercials at the age of two (she sat on a bar of soap holding a bunch of violets with the tag line reading "have you a little fairy in your home?")...
12. Emily McLaughlin Emily McLaughlin Actress, General Hospital Known to her generation as the "Queen of Daytime Soaps", Ms. McLaughlin's place in the history of the network soap opera cannot be overestimated. She was not only one of the founding cast members of General Hospital in 1963 (speaking the series' first line), but it was her negotiation with ABC-TV in the 1960s which won billing for actors on daytime serials for the first time...
13. Michael Coles Michael Coles Actor, The Satanic Rites of Dracula
14. Mason Adams Mason Adams Actor, Lou Grant Mason Adams was well known for playing Pepper Young on the popular radio soap opera series Pepper Young's Family throughout the 1940 and 1950s. He was also heard on most of the successful radio programs during radio's "Golden Age." In the 1970s, Adams was frequently heard on Himan Brown's CBS Mystery Theater radio series...
15. George Jones George Jones Soundtrack, Crazy Heart
16. Vaughn Taylor Vaughn Taylor Actor, Psycho Reedy, balding, often bespectacled American character actor with pencil-thin moustache, once described as the man with TV's 'most deceptive face'. He looked like - and was - a certified public accountant, graduate from Northeastern University. A struggling actor in his youth, he worked in stock, tent shows and on radio...
17. John Beal John Beal Actor, The Firm John Beal was born James Andrew Bliedung on August 13, 1909, in Joplin, Missouri. The son of a department store owner and concert pianist, he began acting in school and church plays and decided to pursue it as a career following his B.S. degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. The more...
18. Celia Johnson Celia Johnson Actress, Brief Encounter Stage actress who appeared in a handful of UK films. She is best remembered for her screen performance in Noël Coward's and David Lean's Brief Encounter, opposite Trevor Howard. This film wasn't released in the United States until 1946, and her subsequent nomination for an Academy Award for the Best Actress in a Leading Role did not occur until 1947.
19. Carmine Coppola Carmine Coppola Composer, The Godfather: Part III Composer, conductor, arranger and flautist, educated at the Manhattan School of Music (BA, MA) and Juilliard (on scholarship) (MM). He was first flautist for Radio City Music Hall from 1934 to 1936, the Detroit Symphony from 1936 to 1941, the NBC Toscanini Orchestra from 1942 to 1948 and staff arranger for Radio City Music Hall from 1948 to 1956...
20. Joseph W. Sarno Joseph W. Sarno Director, Confessions of a Young American Housewife Joseph W. Sarno is one of the pioneering directors of the sex-exploitation or "sexploitation" film genre. Known for a distinctly economic style and an abiding interest in tense, psycho-sexual character development, Sarno has also come to be recognized as one of the true geniuses to emerge from the sexploitation form...
21. May McAvoy May McAvoy Actress, The Jazz Singer Silent-screen star May McAvoy was born in an upscale area of New York City. Her well-to-do family owned and operated a large livery stable situated where the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel now stands. She initially wanted to be a teacher but became intrigued with show business after watching a friend rehearse a show at a nearby vaudeville theater...
22. Count Basie Count Basie Soundtrack, Pearl Harbor The famed composer ("One O'Clock Jump", "Two O'Clock Jump", "Jumpin' at the Woodside"), pianist, songwriter and bandleader began as an accompanist to vaudeville acts. He joined the Bennie Moten orchestra in Kansas City, later organizing his own orchestra and performing on radio. In 1936 he came to New York...
23. Herb Voland Herb Voland Actor, Airplane!
24. Hubert Selby Jr. Hubert Selby Jr. Actor, Requiem for a Dream American writer. He was born and brought up in New York City, the son of Hubert and Adalin Selby. His father was a merchant seaman and former coal-miner from Kentucky who had settled in the Red Hook district of Brooklyn. Hubert Sr. returned to the merchant marine after the outbreak of World War Two...
25. Henry Rowland Henry Rowland Actor, Supervixens
26. Jacqueline Brookes Jacqueline Brookes Actress, Another World
27. Roger Gimbel Roger Gimbel Producer, The Glass House
28. Stirling Silliphant Stirling Silliphant Writer, In the Heat of the Night Advertising executive for Disney and Twentieth Century Fox before turning to screenwriting in the 1950s. Prolific writer who also published more than 50 books.
29. Cicely Courtneidge Cicely Courtneidge Actress, The L-Shaped Room
30. Peter Stone Peter Stone Writer, Charade
31. Neil McCallum Neil McCallum Actor, Vendetta Canadian actor who was long resident in the UK. He worked as a recreational therapist in a mental hospital in his native country, and claimed he gained more knowledge about acting in that role than he would do later. He arrived in England in 1949 and studied at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama...
32. Jack Valenti Jack Valenti Self, Thou Shalt Not: Sex, Sin and Censorship in Pre-Code Hollywood Texas born, Harvard educated, Jack Valenti has led several lives; a wartime bomber pilot, advertising agency founder, political consultant, White House Special Assistant, movie industry leader. In his current role as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America, Valenti has presided over a worldwide sea change in the industry...
33. Mark Farmer Mark Farmer Actor, Mister Corbett's Ghost After Mark's career in film and television he formed a band with school classmate Billy Hardwicke. They had been making music together for years so formed a band called Littlehouse. Mark played acoustic guitar, Billy Hardwicke played electric and both sang. Fellow friends Patrick Watson played bass and Steve Claridge on drums...
34. Bronislau Kaper Bronislau Kaper Music Department, A Day at the Races Born: February 5, 1902 in Warsaw, Poland Died: April 25, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, USA Kaper displayed musical talent as early as the age of seven when his family acquired a piano. His inclination to music led him to study both piano and composition, while also taking courses in law to satisfy his father...
35. Sammy Jackson Sammy Jackson Actor, No Time for Sergeants
36. John Bunny John Bunny Actor, A Cure for Pokeritis When John Bunny died the New York Times stated, "The name John Bunny will always be linked to the movies." Little did movie fans of 1915 realize that he would be completely forgotten the next year and completely omitted from many books on silent movies 70-80 years later. Bunny was the ninth in a line of English sea captains and would be the first not to follow in that profession...
37. Roland Pertwee Roland Pertwee Writer, The Grove Family Actor/writer Roland Pertwee was born in Brighton, England, in 1885. He began his career in the arts as a painter, and received a scholarship to attend the Royal Academy School of Art. His career as a painter didn't last long, however; after several individuals who commissioned him to paint their portraits were so unsatisfied with his work that they refused to pay for it...
38. Julio Bracho Julio Bracho Director, Crepúsculo
39. Inday Ba Inday Ba Actress, Klassfesten
40. Elinor Fair Elinor Fair Actress, The Volga Boatman
41. Dominique Aury Dominique Aury Writer, Les fruits de la passion Dominique Aury, a French writer, translator, editor, and journalist who received the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur. She was born in 1907, abandoned at birth by her mother, and raised by her paternal grandmother. After completing her studies she worked in publishing and translating, where she gained the respect of many prominent French intellectuals...
42. Albert Maltz Albert Maltz Writer, Two Mules for Sister Sara Oscar-nominated screenwriter Albert Maltz was born on October 28, 1908 in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Columbia University in 1930, he attended the Yale School of Drama for two years as a tyro playwright. After striking out on his own as a dramatist, he developed sociopolitical plays which...
43. Joey Faye Joey Faye Actor, Once Upon a Time in America This multi-faceted comic appeared first in burlesque -- usually as "second banana" to a star comedian (ofttimes Phil Silvers) -- and then appeared successfully on the legitimate stage, in film, on television and in adverts. He claimed credit for two of vaudeville's more renowned pieces of business:...
44. Albert Stratton Albert Stratton Actor, Wedlock
45. Estée Lauder Estée Lauder Self, Biography Estee Lauder was the daughter of immigrants, and lived above her father's hardware store in working-class Queens. Her family called her 'Esty', and when a public school official spelled it Estee, it stuck. In 1930, she married a garment center businessman named Joseph Lauter (later changed to Lauder)...
46. Carmen Scarpitta Carmen Scarpitta Actress, Fellini's Casanova
47. Barney Oldfield Barney Oldfield Self, Into the Breach: 'Saving Private Ryan'
48. Don Marlowe Don Marlowe Actor, Squad Car Don Marlowe graduated from Central High School in Duluth Minnesota. He moved to Los Angeles and became a close friend of Bela Lugosi. He was a veteran of WWII.
49. Jill Dando Jill Dando Self, Breakfast News
50. Shirley Deane Shirley Deane Actress, Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe Vivacious, sunny, blue-eyed Shirley Deane first trained as a dancer from the age of seven and learned to play the piano. She began her professional career on stage in San Francisco and arrived in Hollywood via winning a dancing beauty contest. Signed by 20th Century Fox primarily on the strength of her singing voice...
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