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1. Bette Davis Bette Davis Actress, All About Eve Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but then she discovered the stage...
2. François Truffaut François Truffaut Writer, The 400 Blows François began to assiduously go to the movies at 7. He was also a great reader but not a good pupil. He left school at 14 and started working. In 1947, aged 15, he founded a film club and met André Bazin, a French critic, who becomes his protector. Bazin helped the delinquent Truffaut and also when he was put in jail because he deserted the army...
3. Annabella Annabella Actress, Le Million At age 16, Annabella was chosen by Abel Gance to appear in Napoleon. In the 30s, she became a star of French movies. She made movies in numerous other countries, before being called to Hollywood in 1938, where she met and married Tyrone Power. She remained in the USA until 1947. Then she attempted a comeback in France. She retired from show business in 1954.
4. Jean Gabin Jean Gabin Actor, La Grande Illusion Jean-Alexis Moncorge started his career with 15 years at the theatre and debuted at the "Moulin Rouge" in Paris in 1929. Despite of his rude aspect he knew to be the gentleman of the French cinema in the time between the two World Wars. One of his most popular personalities was inspector Maigret. But he was also able to play all other kind of people: aristocrats...
5. Vittorio De Sica Vittorio De Sica Director, Bicycle Thieves Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee idol of the Italian theatre...
6. Annie Fargue Annie Fargue Actress, The War Is Over
7. Aristotle Onassis Aristotle Onassis Uncategorised Aristole Onassis was an ethnic Greek born in Smyrna in the Ottoman Empire in what is now Turkey, who became a billionaire shipping tycoon when the number of billionaires could be counted on one hand. He is known to history as the second husband of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. He was the son of Socrates Onassis...
8. René Clair René Clair Writer, Beauties of the Night
9. Anatole Litvak Anatole Litvak Director, The Snake Pit The distinguished film director Anatole Litvak was born in the Ukrainian city of Kiev, the son of Jewish parents. His very first job was as a stage hand, and in 1915 he became an actor, performing at a little-known experimental theater in St. Petersburg, Russia. As a teenager he witnessed the 1917 Russian Revolution and the consequent nationalization of all theaters and drama schools...
10. Marie Trintignant Marie Trintignant Actress, Deep in the Woods Marie Trintignant died tragically on the 1st of August, 2003 from a cerebral edema in Neuilly-sur-Seine near Paris, France, following a violent fight with her boyfriend, Bertrand Cantat, lead singer in the French rock band, Noir Désir. She was just finishing filming a TV movie about Colette, directed by her mother...
11. Screamin' Jay Hawkins Screamin' Jay Hawkins Soundtrack, Just Like Heaven Screamin' Jay Hawkins was best known for his song "I Put a Spell On You, " which he recorded on the Okeh label in 1956 and which helped win him cult status in the United States, Europe and Japan. He had originally planned the tune as a ballad, but after a night of heavy drinking he tried again--screaming...
12. Pierre Fresnay Pierre Fresnay Actor, La Grande Illusion
13. Olive Thomas Olive Thomas Actress, The Flapper Oliveretta Elaine Duffy was born on October 20, 1894, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. Olive, as she was known to family and friends, did not have much of a childhood. Life in industrial Pittsburgh was depressing and grim with its smoky factories and hard living. She married Bernard Krug Thomas at the age of 16 (which wasn't uncommon at the time)...
14. Philippe de Broca Philippe de Broca Director, On Guard
15. Pearl White Pearl White Actress, The Perils of Pauline She met her first husband when they were touring together in the Trousdale Stock Company, a repertoire group. Her second husband was an actor and war hero. Her second husband was distraught over the dissolution of the marriage, and disappeared only weeks after the divorce. It was believed that he had committed suicide...
16. Paul Meurisse Paul Meurisse Actor, Diabolique Paul Meurisse was the son of a bank manager and it first looked as if he would follow in his father's footsteps when he became a solicitor's clerk in Aix-en-Provence. But his passion was elsewhere and he soon did the splits appearing as a chorus boy in music-hall revues. Leaving Aix for Paris, with a letter of recommendation signed by Huguette Duflos...
17. Claude Pinoteau Claude Pinoteau Writer, The Party
18. Raimu Raimu Actor, The Baker's Wife Orson Welles once called beloved, down-to-earth French character star Raimu (born Jules Auguste Cesar Muraire) "the greatest actor who ever lived." It is hard to argue the compliment of one genius to another. Raimu was born in Toulon, France on December 17, 1883 of very humble means. He began his career at age 16 as a music hall extra by imitating famous French comic idols...
19. Alexander Salkind Alexander Salkind Miscellaneous Crew, Superman
20. Marcel Duchamp Marcel Duchamp Actor, Entr'acte Famous Dada artist who shocked the world when he submitted a urinal signed "R.Mutt" to the 1917 first exhibition of the American Society of Independent Artists at the Armory Show in New York. It was reported in a press account that (Duchamp under pseudonym) J.C. Mutt of Philadelphia, little known in artistic circles...
21. Ivan Mozzhukhin Ivan Mozzhukhin Actor, A Narrow Escape Ivan Mozzhukhin was a legendary actor of Russian silent films, who escaped execution by the Soviet Red Army and had a stellar career in Europe. He was born Ivan Ilyich Mozzhukhin on September 26, 1889, in the village of Kondol, Saratov province, Russia (now Penza province, Russia). His father was general manager of the large estate of Prince Obolensky...
22. Madeleine Renaud Madeleine Renaud Actress, Le Plaisir
23. Albert Barillé Albert Barillé Writer, Il était une fois... notre terre
24. François Reichenbach François Reichenbach Director, America As Seen by a Frenchman
25. Gaby Basset Gaby Basset Actress, Touchez Pas au Grisbi
26. Gertrude Stein Gertrude Stein Writer, O Cinema Falado Gertrude Stein was the fifth child in the Daniel and Amelia Stein family. She grew up in a trilingual environment, spending her childhood in Vienna and Paris, then living in California. She graduated from Radcliffe College and went to the Medical School at Johns Hopkins University for 2 years. She continued her medical studies in Europe...
27. Wassily Kandinsky Wassily Kandinsky Art Department, Aale Tynni tarinain lähteellä Wassily Kandinsky, a lawyer turned artist, belongs in the Pantheon of the 20th century artists alongside Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. He was born Wassily (Vasili Vasilevich) Kandinsky on December 16, 1866, in Moscow, Russia. His father, Vasili Silvesterovich Kandinsky, was a successful Russian businessman...
28. Yvonne Printemps Yvonne Printemps Actress, La dame aux camélias
29. Rosy Varte Rosy Varte Actress, Love on the Run
30. Annie Fratellini Annie Fratellini Actress, Zazie dans le métro The granddaughter of a famous clown and a member of the Fratellini circus family, Annie Fratellini continued the tradition by being a circus artist herself as of the age of fourteen. Later she became the first female circus clown in France and the founder of the first circus school of the country. Not content to be a big top star...
31. Marie Bell Marie Bell Actress, Le grand jeu
32. Giani Esposito Giani Esposito Actor, Paris Belongs to Us
33. Léo Joannon Léo Joannon Director, Utopia
34. Darry Cowl Darry Cowl Actor, Not on the Lips
35. Francis Dreyfus Francis Dreyfus Producer, Jean-Michel Jarre Destination Docklands
36. Willy Rozier Willy Rozier Writer, Dora... la frénésie du plaisir
37. Betty Beckers Betty Beckers Actress, The Things of Life
38. Jacques Toja Jacques Toja Actor, Angelique and the King
39. Alain Poiré Alain Poiré Producer, Jean de Florette
40. Olivier Darrieux Olivier Darrieux Actor, Panic
41. Renée Saint-Cyr Renée Saint-Cyr Actress, The Pearls of the Crown French actress Renee Saint-Cyr became synonymous with chic comedy and romantic drama, enjoying second-string success for nearly seven decades before her death of bronchitis at age 99. Over the years she equipped herself well opposite the established talents of Raymond Rouleau, Jules Berry, Raimu, Pierre Brasseur and Paul Meurisse...
42. Ève Francis Ève Francis Actress, Eldorado
43. Jean Weber Jean Weber Actor, Le brigand gentilhomme
44. G.I. Gurdjieff G.I. Gurdjieff Writer, Meetings with Remarkable Men
45. Patachou Patachou Actress, The Adventures of Felix Patachou was born as Henriette Ragon on 10 June 1918. Born and brought up in Paris she had many jobs, including typist, shop assistant and antique dealer before, in 1948, with her husband Jean Billon, she opened a night club in Montmarte called Patachou. She began her singing career here and journalists gave her the name Patachou after the establishment...
46. Héléna Manson Héléna Manson Actress, Le Corbeau: The Raven Born in Caracas,young Elena (later to become Héléna) miraculously survived an earthquake there. She found a new home at an uncle's in New York City first, and later at another relative's in La Chaux de Fonds, Switzerland. A very early theater enthusiast, Manson trained as an actress at the Conservatoire...
47. Ernest Maupain Ernest Maupain Actor, The Dixie Winner
48. Magali Vendeuil Magali Vendeuil Actress, Beauties of the Night
49. Jean Périer Jean Périer Actor, La belle aventure
50. Jacqueline Ferreri Jacqueline Ferreri Producer, Tales of Ordinary Madness
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