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1. Alan Ladd Alan Ladd Actor, Shane Alan Ladd's mother emigrated from England age 19. His accountant father died when he was four. At age five he burned his apartment playing with matches, and his mother moved them to Oklahoma City. He was malnourished, undersized and nicknamed Tiny. His mother married a house painter who moved them to California--a la "The Grapes of Wrath"--when he was eight...
2. Eleanor Parker Eleanor Parker Actress, The Sound of Music Eleanor Jean Parker was born on June 26, 1922, in Cedarville, Ohio, the last of three children born to a mathematics teacher and his wife. Eleanor caught the acting bug early and began performing in school plays. She was was so serious about becoming a thespian, she attended the Rice Summer Theatre on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts beginning when she was 15 years old...
3. William Powell William Powell Actor, The Thin Man William Powell was on the New York stage by 1912, but it would be ten years before his film career would begin. In 1924 he went to Paramount Pictures, where he was employed for the next seven years. During that time, he played in a number of interesting films, but stardom was elusive. He did finally attract attention with The Last Command as Leo...
4. Jane Wyman Jane Wyman Actress, The Lost Weekend Jane Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield on January 5, 1917, in St. Joseph, Missouri (she was also known later as Sarah Jane Fulks). When she was only eight years old, and after her parents filed for divorce, she lost her father prematurely. After graduating high school she attempted, with the help of her mother...
5. Louis Hayward Louis Hayward Actor, And Then There Were None From his birthplace in South Africa, Louis Charles Hayward was brought to England and was educated there and on the Continent. He spent a short time managing a London nightclub, displayed some acting talent and decided on acting, and was quickly tapped by playwright Noel Coward, who became his patron...
6. Liberace Liberace Self, Another World Most remembered for his extravagant costumes and trademark candelabra placed on the lids of his flashy pianos, Liberace was loved by his audiences for his music talent and unique showmanship. He was born as Wladziu Valentino Liberace on May 16, 1919, into a musical family, in Wisconsin. His mother, Frances Liberace (née Zuchowski)...
7. Howard Hawks Howard Hawks Director, The Big Sleep What do the classic and near-classic films I Was a Male War Bride, Scarface, Twentieth Century, Bringing Up Baby, Only Angels Have Wings, His Girl Friday, Sergeant York, Ball of Fire, Air Force, To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Red River and Rio Bravo have in common with such first-rate entertainments as I Was a Male War Bride...
8. Paul Burke Paul Burke Actor, The Thomas Crown Affair Tall, dark, and handsome is how Hollywood liked their leading men back in the 1950s and 1960s, and actor Paul Burke certainly fit the bill. While his career fell short of outright stardom, he managed to stand out in a couple of acclaimed TV cop series series in the 1960s and "enjoyed" semi-cult notice by co-starring in one of the screen's most celebrated turkeys of all time...
9. William Hopper William Hopper Actor, Rebel Without a Cause
10. Noble Willingham Noble Willingham Actor, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Noble Willingham has appeared in more than 30 feature films, including Up Close & Personal, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Chinatown, Good Morning, Vietnam, City Slickers, City Slickers II, and The Distinguished Gentleman. He was born in the small town of Mineola, Texas, east of Dallas. After graduating from North Texas State College...
11. Harry Guardino Harry Guardino Actor, Dirty Harry Virile Brooklyn-born actor Harry Guardino, with dark, wavy hair and a perpetual worried look on his craggy-looking mug, started out in the acting school of hard knocks, slumming for nearly a decade in small, obscure 'tough guy' film parts in the early to mid 50s. A definite man's man, he finally attracted...
12. William Demarest William Demarest Actor, Sullivan's Travels Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, William Demarest was a prolific actor in movies and TV, making more than 140 films. Demarest started his acting career in vaudeville and made his way to Broadway. His most famous role was in My Three Sons, replacing a very sick William Frawley. Demarest was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting role in the real-life biography...
13. John Schlesinger John Schlesinger Director, Midnight Cowboy Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger, who was born in London, England on February 16, 1926, was the eldest child born of a solidly middle-class Jewish family. Berbard Schlesinger, his father, was a pediatrician, and his mother Winifred was a musician. He served in the Army in the Far East during World War II...
14. Elisabeth Brooks Elisabeth Brooks Actress, The Howling Elisabeth Brooks Luyties was born on July 2, 1951 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Elisabeth Brooks began acting at age five with her career encompassing both stage and screen. She started appearing in television roles in the mid-1970s and managed to pursue her acting career as a single mother while working a variety of jobs to support herself and her son...
15. Betty Hutton Betty Hutton Actress, Annie Get Your Gun Betty Hutton was born Elizabeth June Thornburg on February 26, 1921, in Battle Creek, Michigan. Two years later Betty's father decided that the family way of life wasn't for him, so he left (he committed suicide 16 years later). Having to fend for themselves, Mrs. Thornburg moved the family to Detroit to find work in the numerous auto factories there...
16. Janet Gaynor Janet Gaynor Actress, Sunrise Janet Gaynor was born Laura Gainor on October 6, 1906, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, she & her parents moved to San Francisco, California, where she graduated from high school in 1923. She then moved to Los Angeles where she enrolled in a secretarial school. She got a job at a shoe store for the princely sum of $18 per week...
17. Marc Lawrence Marc Lawrence Actor, From Dusk Till Dawn American character actor who specialized in underworld types, despite a far greater range. A native of the Bronx, Lawrence participated in plays in school, then attended the City College of New York. In 1930, he was accepted into Eva Le Gallienne's company, where he became friendly with another young actor...
18. Akim Tamiroff Akim Tamiroff Actor, Touch of Evil Though born in Russia and having a Russian-sounding name, Akim Tamiroff is actually of Armenian descent. At 19 he decided to pursue acting as a career and was chosen from among 500 applicants to the Moscow Art Theater School. There he studied under the great Konstantin Stanislavski, and launched a stage career...
19. Guy Madison Guy Madison Actor, 5 Against the House Guy Madison appeared in 85 films, on radio, and television, finding his niche in the 1940s and starring as James Butler Hickock in the television series Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok. A radio version of the show aired on the Mutual network from 1951-1956.
20. Brenda Marshall Brenda Marshall Actress, The Sea Hawk Brenda wanted to be a film actress, all right; it's just that she didn't want to be Brenda Marshall. Throughout her years in Hollywood, she insisted that her friends and coworkers address her not by her studio-fabricated cognomen, but by her given name of Ardis Ankerson (with the addition of the surname of her first husband...
21. Joan Davis Joan Davis Actress, Hold That Ghost Widely popular comedienne appeared in some movies and on radio in the 40s and on early television. She starred in the popular television series, I Married Joan, with Jim Backus as her husband and her real-life daughter, Beverly Wills as her sister. Joan died of a sudden heart attack in 1961. Two years later, a fire tragically claimed the lives of her mother, daughter and two grandsons.
22. Emmaline Henry Emmaline Henry Actress, Rosemary's Baby
23. Herbert Anderson Herbert Anderson Actor, Battleground
24. Donald Woods Donald Woods Actor, True Grit Donald Woods, a prolific cinema and television character actor whose career spanned 75 films and 150 TV programs over 40 years, was born Ralph L. Zink on December 2, 1906, in Brandon, Manitoba. (He legally changed his name to Donald Woods in 1945.) His family eventually departed Canada for California...
25. Darryl F. Zanuck Darryl F. Zanuck Producer, All About Eve Darryl F. Zanuck was undoubtedly one of the most remarkable men ever to become a Hollywood mogul. He rose through the ranks of the studio hierarchy on sheer will, overcoming every obstacle that confronted him. He had a near total lack of a formal education, no inherited fortune, shared no religious background with his employers and had no inside family connections to open any special doors...
26. Zeppo Marx Zeppo Marx Actor, Duck Soup In 1969, Zeppo Marx patented a wristwatch for cardiac patients, which sounded an alarm if the wearer went into cardiac arrest. One of Zeppo's best movie appearances was in Horse Feathers, where he sang "Everyone Says I Love You," displaying a fine tenor voice used in the Marx Brothers' stage hits.
27. Busby Berkeley Busby Berkeley Miscellaneous Crew, Gold Diggers of 1935 Busby Berkeley was one of the greatest choreographers of the US movie musical. He started his career in the US Army in 1918, as a lieutenant in the artillery conducting and directing parades. After the World War I cease-fire he was ordered to stage camp shows for the soldiers. Back in the US he became a stage actor and assistant director in smaller acting troupes...
28. Phyllis Douglas Phyllis Douglas Actress, The Galileo Seven
29. Gary Morton Gary Morton Producer, All the Right Moves Gary Morton was a comedian who worked the famed "Borscht Belt" of resorts in the Catskills Mountains. Never as talented nor as renowned as such fellow Borsht Belt comics like Milton Berle, whom he caricatured in one of his few film roles in Lenny, Morton nonetheless was personally popular among his fellow performers...
30. Chris Alcaide Chris Alcaide Actor, The Big Heat An arch-villain--the ultimate henchman!--Chris Alcaide has appeared in scores of film-noirs (mainly vintage Columbia B detective movies) and westerns. His steely look and his deep voice threatened for decades TV and movie stars, such as Glenn Ford, Tyrone Power, Lorne Greene, Richard Boone...
31. Jean Carson Jean Carson Actress, The Party All this shapely character "broad" had to do was open her mouth to induce laughter--and so she did, primarily on TV during the '50s and '60s. And although she milked that unmistakable rasp for all its worth, she also showed great comedy sense. Born Jean Leete on February 23, 1923, in Charleston, West Virginia...
32. Charles Farrell Charles Farrell Actor, 7th Heaven His father was a talent agent in Boston. When he went to college he became a member of the football team. A very sporty person, young Charles nevertheless opted for an acting career. First a theater actor, he decided to move to California and to try his luck in Hollywood. After three years as an extra he was given a good role in "Old Ironsides" and soon became a matinée idol.
33. Walter Lang Walter Lang Director, The King and I Walter Lang entered the film industry in New York when he got a job as a clerk in the office of a film production company. He worked his way up to assistant director, and directed his first film in 1926. By the time sound arrived Lang was already a well-regarded director, but he left the business at that time to try his hand as an artist in Paris...
34. Huell Howser Huell Howser Self, Huell Howser Special Event
35. Jerry Vale Jerry Vale Self, Goodfellas
36. Donald Burton Donald Burton Actor, Hudson Hawk
37. Charles Robinson Charles Robinson Actor, The Sand Pebbles Charles Robinson graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Princeton in 1958. His theatrical family opened his acting career, at age three, on Broadway. After college, his first film was Splendor in the Grass, to be followed by The Singing Nun, Shenandoah and Take Her, She's Mine. After "Tall Story"...
38. Don Barclay Don Barclay Actor, Cinderella
39. Robert J. Anderson Robert J. Anderson Production Manager, Demolition Man
40. Leo Durocher Leo Durocher Self, Episode #1.3 American professional baseball player and manager.
41. George Givot George Givot Actor, Lady and the Tramp Dapper American character actor and radio personality, born in Omaha, Nebraska. After attending Chicago University, Givot entered show business as a comedian with the Ziegfeld Follies. His particular forte was mimicking a variety of ethnic dialects. Performing in vaudeville and in nightclubs, he scored an immediate hit with his comic creation...
42. Val Guest Val Guest Director, Casino Royale Val Guest began his career as an actor on the British stage and in early sound films. He ran the one-man London office of "The Hollywood Reporter" until an encounter with director Marcel Varnel led to a screen writing job at Gainsborough Studios. Guest's directing career began in the early 1940s with a Ministry of Information short about the perils of sneezing (!)...
43. Magda Gabor Magda Gabor Self, The People vs. Zsa Zsa Gabor
44. Francis Lederer Francis Lederer Actor, Pandora's Box Frantisek Lederer was born on November 6th, 1899, in Czechoslovakia. His father was a leather merchant, and young Frantisek began his working life as a department store delivery boy in Prague. He fell in love with acting from a young age, and was soon on stage touring Moravia and then all over Central Europe with people like Peter Lorre...
45. Beverly Wills Beverly Wills Actress, Some Like It Hot Light actress.
46. Shauna Grant Shauna Grant Actress, Virginia
47. Gummo Marx Gummo Marx Self, America After Dark
48. Richard Thorpe Richard Thorpe Director, Jailhouse Rock After working in vaudeville, on the stage and in early movies, Richard Thorpe launched his directing career in 1923. After directing dozens of low-budget comedies and westerns, his talents were recognized in the mid-'30s when he went to work for MGM. Studio honcho Louis B. Mayer valued efficiency in his directors...
49. Lyn Peters Lyn Peters Actress, Grave of the Vampire
50. Claire Kelly Claire Kelly Actress, A Guide for the Married Man
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