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1. Ginger Rogers Ginger Rogers Actress, Top Hat Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911. Her mother, known as Lelee, went to Independence to have Ginger away from her husband. She had a baby earlier in their marriage and he allowed the doctor to use forceps and the baby died. She was kidnapped by her father several times until her mother took him to court...
2. Red Skelton Red Skelton Writer, The Red Skelton Hour The son of a former circus clown turned grocer and a cleaning woman, Red Skelton was introduced to show business at the age of seven by Ed Wynn, at a vaudeville show in Vincennes. At age 10, he left home to travel with a medicine show through the Midwest, and joined the vaudeville circuit at age 15...
3. Phil Harris Phil Harris Actor, The Jungle Book A bandleader of the 1940s and a radio, film, and TV actor who always seemed to imply allegiance to the former Confederate States of America. Was a principal of long standing among the comedian Jack Benny's radio retinue, parlaying his popularity into his own radio series, in which his wife, Alice Faye, co-starred.
4. Patrick Macnee Patrick Macnee Actor, The Avengers British actor Patrick Macnee was born on February 6, 1922 in London, England into a wealthy and eccentric family. His father, Daniel Macnee, was a race horse trainer, who drank and gambled away the family fortune, leaving young Patrick to be raised by his gay mother, Dorothea Mary, and her lover. Shortly after graduating from Eton (from which he was almost expelled for running a gambling ring)...
5. 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...
6. Brad Dexter Brad Dexter Actor, The Magnificent Seven American supporting player specializing in tough guys. Of Serbian extraction, he was born in Nevada in 1917. As a young man, he boxed in amateur bouts and had early training in theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse. He joined the Air Corps during World War II and was assigned to the troupe performing the Moss Hart Broadway tribute to the Corps...
7. Alice Faye Alice Faye Soundtrack, Yes Man Alice Faye started her career as singer with Rudy Vallee's band in the early 1930s in New York. She went with Vallee to Hollywood, when he was able to get a number for her in George White's Scandals. When the female star of this film, Lilian Harvey left the set, Faye got her role. In her early years in Hollywood...
8. Kiel Martin Kiel Martin Actor, Hill Street Blues
9. Phil Foster Phil Foster Actor, Laverne & Shirley
10. Kenneth Tobey Kenneth Tobey Actor, Whirlybirds Born in Oakland, California, Kenneth Tobey was headed for a law career when he first dabbled in acting at the University of California Little Theater. That experience led to a year and a half of study at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, where his classmates included Gregory Peck, Eli Wallach and Tony Randall...
11. George Montgomery George Montgomery Actor, Battle of the Bulge George Montgomery was boxing champion at the University of Montana, where he majored in architecture and interior design. Dropping out a year later, he decided to take up boxing more seriously, and moved to California, where he was coached by ex-heavyweight world champion James J. Jeffries. While in Hollywood...
12. Mary Martin Mary Martin Actress, Peter Pan Originally a dance instructor, she came to Broadway during the Depression to begin her career as a professional actress. A daughter of Texas, she originally began work as a dance instructor until a local evangelical-adherent burned down her studio citing her work as being too sinful for human nature...
13. Ruby Keeler Ruby Keeler Soundtrack, The Wedding Planner Ruby Keeler started as a dancer on Broadway. After her marriage to Al Jolson she moved to Hollywood and become a star in Warners musicals opposite Dick Powell. After her divorce from Jolson she retired for almost 30 years, until she appeared in "No No Nanette" on Broadway in 1971 under the direction of Busby Berkeley.
14. Hoagy Carmichael Hoagy Carmichael Soundtrack, Goodfellas Award-winning songwriter ("Stardust", "Ole Buttermilk Sky", "Georgia on My Mind"), composer, pianist, actor and singer, educated at Indiana University (LL.B). He played piano in the college bands, and later gave up a law practice for a career in songwriting. He joined ASCAP in 1931, and his chief musical collaborators included Mitchell Parish...
15. Jack Garner Jack Garner Actor, My Fellow Americans
16. Georgia Davis Georgia Davis Actress, Hoosier Holiday
17. Sydney Chaplin Sydney Chaplin Actor, The Match Game In choosing a professional acting career for himself, bon vivant Sydney Chaplin had to deal with the powerful and pervasive shadow of his famous father, the legendary Charles Chaplin, hovering over him every step of the way. While his older brother, actor Charles Chaplin Jr., buckled under the pressure and died of an alcohol-related illness at age 43...
18. Sidney Sheldon Sidney Sheldon Writer, I Dream of Jeannie Sheldon was born in Chicago on February 17, 1917. He began writing as a youngster and at the age of ten he made his first sale of a poem for $10. During the Depression, he worked at a variety of jobs and while attending Northwestern University he contributed short plays to drama groups. At seventeen...
19. Charles 'Buddy' Rogers Charles 'Buddy' Rogers Actor, Wings Born to Maude and Bert Henry Rogers. Attended Olathe high school and Univ. of Kansas. He trained at the Paramount Picture School.
20. Gerald Ford Gerald Ford Self, The West Wing Documentary Special Gerald Rudolph Ford was the 38th President of the United States from August 1974 until January 1977. Ford was born on July 14, 1913, in Omaha, Nebraska as Leslie Lynch King, Jr., being the son of Leslie Lynch King and Dorothy Ayer Gardner King. His parents separated two weeks after his birth and his mother took him to Grand Rapids...
21. Frank Marth Frank Marth Actor, Telefon Versatile, diligent character actor Frank Marth was a familiar presence in just about every major American prime-time TV show of the 1960's and 70's. The native New Yorker got his big break as a member of Jackie Gleason's stock company, perennially cast as uncredited background characters in Cavalcade of Stars and The Honeymooners...
22. Hal B. Wallis Hal B. Wallis Producer, Casablanca Legendary producer Hal B. Wallis was born in Chicago and moved to Los Angeles when he was in his early 20s. He got a job managing a theater owned by Warner Bros., and his success at the job caught the eye of studio head Jack L. Warner, who gave him a job in the studio's publicity department. Within a few months Wallis had worked his way up to head of the department...
23. Dick Wesson Dick Wesson Writer, The Beverly Hillbillies One of the most recognisable character actors of the 1950s, Boston Massachusetts-born Dick Wesson began his career with his older brother, Gene Wesson, in a comedy act that made the rounds of the nightclub circuit. He made his film debut in the sci-fi classic Destination Moon, and spent his career specializing in playing the rambunctious...
24. Ruth Terry Ruth Terry Actress, Alexander's Ragtime Band Ruth Terry was born Ruth McMahon in Benton Harbor, Michigan, in 1920. She got her start in show business as a child when she would sing with the band in a dance hall where her father worked as a bouncer. She began entering amateur talent contests in the local area, and her beautiful singing voice resulted in her winning many of them...
25. Diana Lewis Diana Lewis Actress, Go West Diana Lewis was born on September 18, 1919 in Ashbury Park, New Jersey. Her parents were vaudeville performers. The family moved to Hollywood and Diana, her sister Maxine, and her brother J.C. all went into show business. Diana made her film debut in the 1934 comedy It's A Gift. At the age of sixteen she married actor Jay Faye...
26. Norman Taurog Norman Taurog Director, Boys Town A successful child actor (on stage from 1907) and rather less successful romantic lead, baby-faced Norman Taurog found being behind the camera a more rewarding experience. Before becoming a director, he paid his dues as a prop man and editor. By 1919, he was put in charge of two-reel comedies, starring the comic Larry Semon...
27. Willard Parker Willard Parker Actor, Tales of the Texas Rangers As New York-born Worster Von Eps, he was a meter reader who turned professional tennis player but, in 1937, at the age of 25, he parlayed his fair-haired good looks and obvious athleticism into an acting career and changed his name to an easier-sounding marquee moniker, Willard Parker. After a number...
28. Virginia Welles Virginia Welles Actress, To Each His Own
29. Gary Graver Gary Graver Cinematographer, Sexual Roulette Gary Graver was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. In high school he produced and starred in his own weekly radio show. Moving into acting, he studied and performed at the Portland Civic Theatre and Grant High School as well as being a child circus clown and magician. He built a theater in his basement, showing 16mm films and producing plays for the neighborhood kids...
30. Wanda McKay Wanda McKay Actress, Bowery at Midnight She attended grammar school in Portland, Oregon until her family moved to Fort Worth, Texas, where she graduated from Fort Worth Polytechnic High School. Shortly afterward she proceeded to New York City to become a model. She graced the cover on many national magazines, and was selected as the model for the Chesterfield Girl...
31. Marcia Ralston Marcia Ralston Actress, A Day at Santa Anita
32. Lucien Ballard Lucien Ballard Cinematographer, The Wild Bunch Lucien Ballard, the cinematographer best known for his collaboration with director Sam Peckinpah on such films as The Wild Bunch, was born in Miami, Oklahoma. Ballard became a wanderer after dropping out of the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oklahoma, journeying to China in search of opportunity...
33. Tyler McVey Tyler McVey Actor, Attack of the Giant Leeches
34. Jolie Gabor Jolie Gabor Self, The People vs. Zsa Zsa Gabor
35. John Conte John Conte Self, Matinee Theatre
36. Earle Hagen Earle Hagen Composer, The Dick Van Dyke Show
37. B.J. Baker B.J. Baker Actress, The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant
38. Charlita Charlita Actress, Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla
39. Lisle Wilson Lisle Wilson Actor, Sisters
40. Harry Caray Harry Caray Self, 1964 World Series
41. Betty Ford Betty Ford Self, All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan
42. Susan Fleming Susan Fleming Actress, The Range Feud
43. Leonard Kibrick Leonard Kibrick Actor, It's a Wonderful World
44. Barbara Douglas Barbara Douglas Actress, Dear Octopus
45. Kem Dibbs Kem Dibbs Actor, Paths of Glory
46. Jimmy Van Heusen Jimmy Van Heusen Soundtrack, American Beauty Jimmy Van Heusen was inarguably one of the most accomplished songwriters in history. Claiming four "Oscars" and one Emmy award among his credits he also wrote more songs (85) recorded by Frank Sinatra, his long time friend, than any other composer. He also composed the songs for another good friend...
47. Candy Toxton Candy Toxton Actress, Knock on Any Door Born in Vienna, Missouri, Candy Toxton moved with her family to East St. Louis, Illinois, when she was young. She attended St. Teresa High School and, after graduation, became a model in St. Louis. She went to Chicago for greater opportunities and dated band leader Tommy Dorsey. Seeking greener pastures...
48. Carol Christensen Carol Christensen Actress, The Three Stooges in Orbit Carol was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1937. Became a model in the late 50s and was selected Miss New York Summer Festival in 1958. Was one of the 6 finalists in the 1960 Miss Rheingold contest.
49. Jackie Kelk Jackie Kelk Actor, The Pajama Game
50. Alex Dreier Alex Dreier Actor, Sweet, Sweet Rachel
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