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1. 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...
2. 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...
3. 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...
4. William Hopper William Hopper Actor, Rebel Without a Cause
5. Ginny Simms Ginny Simms Actress, Night and Day War-era songstress Ginny Simms was born Virginia Simms on May 23, 1913, in Texas but was raised in California, which accounts for her lack of a Southern accent in her speaking/singing voice. Though she studied piano as a child, it was her vocal gifts that launched her career, which started when she formed a singing trio while studying at Fresno State Teachers College...
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. 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...
9. 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...
10. 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...
11. 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...
12. 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...
13. 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...
14. 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...
15. 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...
16. 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...
17. Janet Gaynor Janet Gaynor Actress, Sunrise After graduating from high school in San Francisco, Janet moved to Los Angeles and enrolled at a Hollywood secretarial college. Eager to get into movies, she started working as an extra in comedy shorts. In 1925, she was hired by Fox and was cast in The Johnstown Flood. In 1927 she appeared in 7th Heaven as Diane and Sunrise as the wife in danger...
18. Marc Lawrence Marc Lawrence Actor, From Dusk Till Dawn Swarthy, pock-faced actor who has portrayed sinister types throughout his long career.
19. Herbert Anderson Herbert Anderson Actor, Battleground
20. Emmaline Henry Emmaline Henry Actress, Rosemary's Baby
21. 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...
22. 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.
23. Phyllis Douglas Phyllis Douglas Actress, The Galileo Seven
24. Robert J. Anderson Robert J. Anderson Production Manager, Demolition Man
25. 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...
26. Magda Gabor Magda Gabor Self, The People vs. Zsa Zsa Gabor
27. 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...
28. Charles Winninger Charles Winninger Actor, Nothing Sacred Short, chubby-framed, twinkle-eyed, ever-huggable Charles Winninger was a veteran vaudevillian by the time he arrived in talking films. Born in a trunk to show biz folk in Athens, Wisconsin, on May 26, 1884, he was initially christened Karl Winninger. He left school while quite young (age 8) to join and tour with his parent's vaudeville family act which was called Winninger Family Concert Co...
29. Zeppo Marx Zeppo Marx Actor, Duck Soup When Milton "Gummo" Marx left the troupe of brothers early in their vaudeville days to become a manufacturer, Zeppo, the youngest of the five Marx Brothers, joined the troupe as the new Marx Brother. Zeppo was the least zany of the quartet and would play the straight man to the other brothers. After doing five movies (Duck Soup was the last)...
30. Huell Howser Huell Howser Self, Huell Howser Special Event
31. 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...
32. Shauna Grant Shauna Grant Actress, Virginia
33. 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.
34. 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.
35. 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...
36. 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...
37. Lyn Peters Lyn Peters Actress, Grave of the Vampire
38. Jerry Vale Jerry Vale Self, Goodfellas
39. Sid Tomack Sid Tomack Actor, A Double Life
40. 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...
41. Bill Goodwin Bill Goodwin Actor, Spellbound
42. 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...
43. Rhodes Reason Rhodes Reason Actor, King Kong Escapes Rhodes Reason was born in Glendale, California on April 19, 1930. He is the younger brother of Rex Reason. Rhodes made his professional debut at the age of 18 in the play Romeo and Juliet under the direction of Charles Laughton. His career has spanned nearly 40 years and he has appeared in over 230 roles in television...
44. 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...
45. 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...
46. Val Guest Val Guest Director, The Day the Earth Caught Fire Val Guest (1911-2006) had one of the most varied careers in film history, both in output and profession. Since 1932, he had tried his hand at writing, directing, producing, acting and composing, all in film and all with varying degrees of success. His first taste of success came co-writing some of Will Hay's best comedies with Marriott Edgar...
47. 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"...
48. Gummo Marx Gummo Marx Self, America After Dark
49. Russell Hayden Russell Hayden Actor, Lost City of the Jungle
50. Harold Robbins Harold Robbins Writer, Nevada Smith Harold Robbins summed up his career best in a 1971 ITV documentary: "I'm the world's best writer--there's nothing more to say". This phenomenally successful author--over 750,000,000 copies of his books were sold worldwide, and most were adapted successfully for the screen--started life as a foundling in a Roman Catholic orphanage before being shuttled between foster homes...
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