The Best Actresses and Actors - Born in the 1910s

by dziwnytenswiat | created - 1 month ago | updated - 57 minutes ago | Public

The current year of the competition: 1941 - Film No. 36 Here is the link to the current year: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls027552692/

Points from my "The Best Films Ever Made"-Lists: Vol. 1 = 100%, Vol. 2 = 50%, Vol. 3 = 33%, Vol. 4 = 25%, Vol. 5 = 20 %, Vol. 6 = 17%

1. Sylvia Sidney

Actress | Beetlejuice

Sylvia Sidney was born in New York City, in the Bronx borough, on August 8, 1910 with the birth name of Sophia Kosow. Her father was Russian born and her mother was born in Romania. They divorced not long after her birth. Her mother subsequently remarried and Sylvia was adopted by her stepfather, ...

2548 points

2. Loretta Young

Actress | The Farmer's Daughter

Sweet, sweeter, sweetest. No combination of terms better describes the screen persona of lovely Loretta Young. A&E's Biography (1987) has stated that Young "remains a symbol of beauty, serenity, and grace. But behind the glamour and stardom is a woman of substance whose true beauty lies in her ...

2510 points

3. Paulette Goddard

Actress | Modern Times

Paulette Goddard was a child model who debuted in "The Ziegfeld Follies" at the age of 13. She gained fame with the show as the girl on the crescent moon, and was married to a wealthy man by the time she was 16. After her divorce she went to Hollywood in 1931, where she appeared in small roles in ...

2459 points

4. Ginger Rogers

Actress | The Major and the Minor

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 ...

2095 points

5. Douglas Walton

Actor | Bride of Frankenstein

Douglas Walton was from over-the-border Ontario, and like so many Canadian actors the logical course was Chicago and then New York. Being of slight frame and a boyish face with a tuft of blond hair completing that latter effect, Walton looked the part of ineffectual, effeminate, snobbish ...

2062 points

6. Olivia de Havilland

Actress | The Heiress

Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her ...

1938 points

7. Maureen O'Sullivan

Actress | Hannah and Her Sisters

Maureen Paula O'Sullivan was born on May 17, 1911 in County Roscommon, Ireland, to Evangeline "Mary Eva" Lovatt (Frazer) and Charles Joseph O'Sullivan, an officer in the Connaught Rangers. She was of Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The future mother of Mia Farrow was educated in private ...

1888 points

8. David Niven

Actor | Murder by Death

David Niven was named after the Saint's Day on which he was born, St. David, patron Saint of Wales. He attended Stowe School and Sandhurst Military Academy and served for two years in Malta with the Highland Light Infantry. At the outbreak of World War II, although a top-line star, he re-joined the...

1845 points

9. Jane Bryan

Actress | Each Dawn I Die

Warner was grooming Bryan for stardom in the late 1930s when she met and married the love of her life, Justin Dart, head of the Rexall Drug empire. An ardent Republican, he became one of Ronald Reagan's most trusted advisors.

1763 points

10. Evelyn Keyes

Actress | The Seven Year Itch

No shrinking violet this one, but despite her talent, vivacity and sheer drive, lovely and alluring blonde Evelyn Keyes would remain for the most part typed as a "B" girl on the silver screen. In spite of her ripe contributions to such superior pictures as Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), The Jolson ...

1689 points

11. Gail Patrick

Actress | My Man Godfrey

Cold, calculating and hard-as-nails is probably the best definition of Gail Patrick's femmes on the 30s and 40s silver screen, and the actress herself was no softie in real life. The tall, slender, patrician beauty was born with the equally stately-sounding name Margaret LaVelle Fitzpatrick in ...

1687 points

12. Jean Harlow

Actress | Libeled Lady

Harlean Carpenter, who later became Jean Harlow, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. She was the daughter of a successful dentist and his wife. In 1927, at the age of 16, she ran away from home to marry a young businessman named Charles McGrew, who was 23. The couple pulled up ...

1685 points

13. Yoshiko Tsubouchi

Actress | Ukikusa monogatari

Yoshiko Tsubouchi was born in 1915 as Tomiko Yamazaki. She was an actress, known for A Story of Floating Weeds (1934), Late Spring (1949) and Otoko no okite (1968). She died in 1985.

1615 points

14. Elizabeth Allan

Actress | The Personal History, Adventures, Experience, & Observation of David Copperfield the Younger

British stage and film actress Elizabeth Allan was born in Skegness, Lincolnshire. She made her stage debut at the age of 17; her movie debut came about four years later with an appearance in the Hercule Poirot mystery Alibi (1931).

At the beginning of her career, Allan mainly appeared in films for ...

1501 points

15. Jack Carson

Actor | Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

When Jack Carson arrived in Hollywood in 1937, he found work at RKO as an extra. His first major acting role came alongside Humphrey Bogart in the romantic comedy Stand-In (1937). After a few years, he developed into a popular character actor who would be seen in a large number of comedies, ...

1420 points

16. Margaret Lindsay

Actress | Scarlet Street

Picture-pretty brunette Margaret Lindsay was one of a number of pleasant, sweet-natured ingénues who could do no wrong in a score of 1930s stylish Hollywood pictures. Such altruistic love interests were often overlooked in pictures that were carried by the flashy histrionics of a jaunty James Cagney...

1362 points

17. Vivien Leigh

Actress | A Streetcar Named Desire

If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time ...

1343 points

18. Merle Oberon

Actress | Wuthering Heights

Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson was born in India on February 19, 1911. She was educated in that country until the age of 17, when she left for London. Merle began her career in British films with mostly forgettable roles or bit parts. She appeared in an uncredited role in Alf's Button (1930), a ...

1305 points

19. Barbara O'Neil

Actress | Gone with the Wind

Barbara O'Neil was born on July 17, 1910 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She was an actress, known for Gone with the Wind (1939), All This, and Heaven Too (1940) and I Remember Mama (1948). She was married to Joshua Logan. She died on September 3, 1980 in Cos Cob, Connecticut, USA.

1240 points

20. Robert Taylor

Actor | Quo Vadis

Born Spangler Arlington Brugh, Robert Taylor began displaying a diversity of talents in his youth on the plains of Nebraska. At Beatrice High School, he was a standout track athlete, but also showed a talent for using his voice, winning several oratory awards. He was a musician and played the cello...

1212 points

21. Bernard Blier

Actor | L'école buissonnière

Bernard Blier was born on January 11, 1916 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was an actor, known for L'école buissonnière (1949), Manèges (1950) and Speriamo che sia femmina (1986). He was married to Annette Martin and Gisèle Brunet. He died on March 29, 1989 in Saint-Cloud, ...

1197 points

22. Patric Knowles

Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Fourteen-year-old Reginald Lawrence Knowles was being readied to take his place with other relatives in the family bookbinding business (in Leeds) when he ran off to become an actor. He was inevitably brought back home, but he made good his second escape a few years later - his willful Knowles ...

1176 points

23. Ida Lupino

Actress | High Sierra

Ida was born in London to a show business family. In 1933, her mother brought Ida with her to an audition and Ida got the part her mother wanted. The picture was Her First Affaire (1932). Ida, a bleached blonde, came to Hollywood in 1934 and played small and insignificant parts. Peter Ibbetson (...

1171 points

24. Ann Sheridan

Actress | Kings Row

Ann Sheridan won the "Search for Beauty" contest which carried with it a Paramount screen test. Signed to a contract at 18, she was put into a number of small roles under her real name of Clara Lou Sheridan. As she got better, her name was changed to Ann. In 1936, after two dozen films, she went to...

1170 points

25. Richard Carlson

Actor | Creature from the Black Lagoon

The son of an attorney, Richard Carlson had an introspective quality to his performances and looked every inch the academic he first aspired to be. Following his graduation from the University of Minnesota with a Master's Degree in English, the tall, dark-haired youth had a brief stint as a drama ...

1164 points

26. Isuzu Yamada

Actress | Kumonosu-jô

Isuzu Yamada was born on February 5, 1917 in Osaka, Japan as Mitsu Yamada. She was an actress, known for Throne of Blood (1957), Yojimbo (1961) and Flowing (1956). She was married to Tsutomu Shimomoto, Yoshi Katô, Takita, Kazuo, Ichirô Tsukida and Teinosuke Kinugasa. She died on July 9, 2012 in ...

1059 points

27. Rand Brooks

Actor | Gone with the Wind

After passing his screen test, Rand Brooks played a bit role in the 1938 film Love Finds a Way. He then found several other roles before landing the part of Charles Hamilton in Gone with the Wind. He went on to play small roles in films such as Laddie, And One was Beautiful, The Son of Monte Cristo...

1057 points

28. Mary Anderson

Actress | Lifeboat

Mary Anderson was born on April 3, 1918 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. She was an actress, known for Lifeboat (1944), Gone with the Wind (1939) and Henry and Dizzy (1942). She was married to Leon Shamroy and Leonard Marion Behrens. She died on April 6, 2014 in Burbank, California, USA.

1056 points

29. Edward Norris

Actor | Decoy

Although a veteran of over 70 feature films including many grade A classics, Norris was best known as the star of many Bs, thanks to his appearances in innumerable second features during the 1930s and 1940s. The son of a prominent gynecologist, Septimus Edward Norris, he grew up in Philadelphia. At...

1038 points

30. George Walcott

Actor | Fury

George Walcott was born on October 15, 1914 in California, USA as George Wolcott. He was an actor, known for Fury (1936), Born Reckless (1937) and Cocoanut Grove (1938). He died on August 18, 1964 in Alameda, California.

1027 points

31. George Reeves

Actor | Adventures of Superman

George Reeves was born George Keefer Brewer in Woolstock, Iowa, to Helen Roberta (Lescher) and Donald C. Brewer. He was of German, English, and Scottish descent. Reeves was raised in Pasadena, California, and educated at Pasadena Junior College. He was a skilled amateur boxer and musician. He ...

1015 points

32. Robert Paige

Actor | Son of Dracula

A "B" Hollywood leading man who had the requisite tall, dark and handsome features (plus an excellent singing voice) that Hollywood often relied upon, Robert Paige was an extremely capable player worthy of stronger dramatics but was too often trapped in staid and standard leading man roles that ...

1004 points

33. Ann Rutherford

Actress | Gone with the Wind

Ann Rutherford was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The daughter of a former Metropolitan Opera singer, John Rutherford, and her actress mother, Lillian Mansfield, was destined for show business. Not long after her birth, her family moved to California, where she made her stage debut in...

987 points

34. John Garfield

Actor | Four Daughters

John Garfield was born Jacob Julius Garfinkle on the Lower East Side of New York City, to Hannah Basia (Margolis) and David Garfinkle, who were Jewish immigrants from Zhytomyr (now in Ukraine). Jules was raised by his father, a clothes presser and part-time cantor, after his mother's death in 1920,...

983 points

35. David Tree

Actor | Don't Look Now

British actor David Tree was a promising talent who came from prime theatre stock as the son of drama critic Alan Leonard Romaine Parsons and stage actress Viola Tree. His mother, in turn, was the daughter of one of England's most heralded classical stage actors of the late 19th century and early ...

956 points

36. Dick Winslow

Actor | Airport

Dick Winslow's parents were Winonian Breazeala (a writer) and Sidney R. Johnson. Graduated from Belmont High School in Los Angeles, and first appeared in films when he was five years old. Appeared in the play "Silver Thread" at the Egan Theatre in Los Angeles, and in "The Emperor's Clothes" at the ...

953 points

37. Margaret Lockwood

Actress | The Lady Vanishes

Karachi-born Margaret Lockwood, daughter of a British colonial railway clerk, was educated in London and studied to be an actress at the Italia Conti Drama School. Her first moment on stage came at the age of 12, when she played a fairy in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1928. She had a bit part in ...

947 points

38. Linden Travers

Actress | The Lady Vanishes

Linden Travers was born on May 27, 1913 in Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England as Florence Linden-Travers. She was an actress, known for The Lady Vanishes (1938), Christopher Columbus (1949) and Bank Holiday (1938). She was married to James Frederick Holman and Ewart Guy Leon. She died on October ...

947 points

39. Mamo Clark

Actress | Mutiny on the Bounty

Mamo Clark was born on December 6, 1914 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. She was an actress, known for Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), One Million B.C. (1940) and The Hurricane (1937). She died on December 18, 1986 in Panorama City, California, USA.

926 points

40. Movita

Actress | Fort Apache

Movita Castaneda was an American actress best known for having been the second wife of actor Marlon Brando. She was eight years older than Brando. In films, she played exotic women/singers, such as in Flying Down to Rio (1933) and Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), of which she was the last surviving ...

926 points

41. Noah Beery Jr.

Actor | The Rockford Files

Familiar and well-liked character actor of very different persona than either his father, Noah Beery, or his uncle, Wallace Beery. He attended Harvard Military Academy but managed to make a number of appearances on film and on stage with his father before adulthood. At age 19, he began playing ...

905 points

42. David Bruce

Actor | The Mad Ghoul

David Bruce was born on January 6, 1916 in Kankakee, Illinois, USA as Marden Andrew McBroom. He was an actor, known for The Mad Ghoul (1943), Lady on a Train (1945) and Flying Tigers (1942). He was married to Cynthia Sory. He died on May 3, 1976 in Hollywood, California, USA.

894 points

43. Nita Pike

Actress | The Great Dictator

Nita Pike was born on August 1, 1913 in France as Juanita M. Pike. She was an actress, known for The Great Dictator (1940), Espionage (1937) and Techno-Crazy (1933). She was married to Alan Edwards. She died on May 10, 1954 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

880 points

44. Jackie Coogan

Actor | The Kid

Jackie Coogan was born into a family of vaudevillians where his father was a dancer and his mother had been a child star. On the stage by four, Jackie was touring at the age of five with his family in Los Angeles, California.

While performing on the stage, he was spotted by Charles Chaplin, who then...

874 points

45. Fred Crane

Actor | Gone with the Wind

Fred Crane was born on March 22, 1918 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Herman Frederick Crane. He was an actor, known for Gone with the Wind (1939), The Gay Amigo (1949) and General Hospital (1963). He was married to Terry Lynn Halfacre, Anita Joan Cohen, Barbara Jeanne Garoutte, Ruth Ceder and ...

870 points

46. Butterfly McQueen

Actress | Gone with the Wind

Thelma McQueen attended public school in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from high school in Long Island, New York. She studied dance with Katherine Dunham, Geoffrey Holder, and Janet Collins. She danced with the Venezuela Jones Negro Youth Group. The "Butterfly" stage name, which does describe her ...

870 points

47. Dorris Bowdon

Actress | The Grapes of Wrath

Dorris Bowdon was discovered by a scout from 20th Century Fox, after she had just won the Miss Memphis 1937 title. She went west to Hollywood, along with two other ingénues, Linda Darnell and Mary Healy, who to this day has remained her closest friend. A friend in the publicity department arranged ...

857 points

48. O.Z. Whitehead

Actor | The Grapes of Wrath

American character actor of rather bizarre range, a member of the so-called "John Ford Stock Company." Originally a New York stage actor of some repute, Whitehead entered films in the 1930s. He played a wide variety of character parts, often quite different from his own actual age and type. He is ...

857 points

49. Charles Tannen

Actor | The Grapes of Wrath

Charles Tannen was born on October 22, 1915 in New York City, New York, USA as Charles David Tannen. He was an actor and writer, known for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Ensign O'Toole (1962) and Jesse James (1939). He died on December 28, 1980 in San Bernardino, California, USA.

857 points

50. Barbara Read

Actress | Make Way for Tomorrow

Barbara Read was born on December 29, 1917 in Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada. She was an actress, known for Make Way for Tomorrow (1937), Three Smart Girls (1936) and The Spellbinder (1939). She was married to William Talman, Bill Josephy and William Paul III. She died on December 11, 1963 in Laguna ...

854 points

51. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was nine) he traveled the world with his father. When his father died (he was fifteen) he became the ward of Chicago's Dr....

853 points

52. Dorothy Comingore

Actress | Citizen Kane

Dorothy Comingore earned a place in motion picture history for her role as the second Mrs. Kane (the Marion Davies to Orson Welles's William Randolph Hearst) in Citizen Kane (1941). It was an extraordinary performance, justifiably praised by critics and public alike. She was apparently slated to be...

853 points

53. Ruth Warrick

Actress | Citizen Kane

Reedy and regal actress Ruth Warrick will be remembered for two names and two names alone. In films, she will indelibly be referred to as the castoff first "Mrs. Citizen Kane," and on TV she will forever be synonymous with her character of Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, the obnoxiously wealthy, ...

853 points

54. Leo Gorcey

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Leo Gorcey's parents were actor Bernard Gorcey (born 1888) who stood 4' 10", and Josephine Condon (born 1901), who stood 4' 11" and weighed 95 pounds; they worked in vaudeville in New York. In 1915, 14-year-old Josephine gave birth to Fred. In 1917, Leo was born, a large baby at 12 lb. 3 oz.; as an...

838 points

55. Joan Fontaine

Actress | Rebecca

Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to ...

836 points

56. Teresa Wright

Actress | Shadow of a Doubt

A natural and lovely talent who was discovered for films by Samuel Goldwyn, the always likable Teresa Wright distinguished herself early on in high-caliber, Oscar-worthy form -- the only performer ever to be nominated for Oscars for her first three films. Always true to herself, she was able to ...

833 points

57. Ann Dvorak

Actress | Scarface

Ann Dvorak was the daughter of silent film star Anna Lehr and silents director Edwin McKim. She entered films at the start of sound, as a dance instructor for the lavish MGM musicals. She came to international prominence in Scarface (1932) with Paul Muni, but often complained about the lack of ...

833 points

58. William Tracy

Actor | The Shop Around the Corner

Pittsburgh-born actor William Tracy was born on December 1, 1917, and began performing professionally as a youth. Trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Art, he appeared in musical and comedy roles until his big break arrived in 1937 at age 19 when he took over the role of fidgety military ...

831 points

59. Margaret Hayes

Actress | The Glass Key

Auburn-haired Margaret 'Maggie' Hayes made her Broadway debut in 1940 and was signed by Paramount the following year. She generally played second leads, often as 'the other woman', but was never quite fulfilled in her profession. Instead, she pursued diverse other career paths outside of acting, ...

829 points

60. Richard Webb

Actor | Out of the Past

Richard Webb was born on September 9, 1915 in Bloomington, Illinois, USA as John Richard Webb. He was an actor, known for Out of the Past (1947), Captain Midnight (1954) and Star Trek (1966). He was married to Florence Pauline Mendelsohn and Elizabeth Regina Sterns. He died on June 10, 1993 in Van ...

829 points

61. Ben Alexander

Actor | All Quiet on the Western Front

Starting out as a child actor in 1915, Ben Alexander's first roles were in the films of such directors as Cecil B. DeMille and D.W. Griffith. He later graduated to juvenile leads and supporting parts in sound films, most notably in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). When his acting career ...

819 points

62. Martha Raye

Actress | Waikiki Wedding

Known as "The Big Mouth" and considered the female equivalent to Bob Hope, Martha Raye was an American icon in her own right.

She was born Margy Reed in Butte, Montana, to Maybelle Hazel (Hooper) and Peter Reed, Jr., vaudeville performers. She had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Raye made her ...

819 points

63. Jane Frazee

Actress | Swing in the Saddle

A professional entertainer since the age of six, blue-eyed brunette Jane Frazee and her older sister Ruth Frazee had a vaudeville sister act and appeared in nightclubs and on radio together. They journeyed to Hollywood, but the act broke up when Ruth failed her screen tests and Jane passed hers. ...

819 points

64. Lewis Howard

Actor | Song of My Heart

Lewis Howard was born on January 16, 1919 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Song of My Heart (1948), I'm Nobody's Sweetheart Now (1940) and Horror Island (1941). He died on September 29, 1951 in New York, New York.

819 points

65. Rita Johnson

Actress | The Big Clock

Rita Johnson was born on 8/13/13 in Worcester Ma. She attended the New England Conservatory of Music, did summer stock, then moved on to Broadway in 1935. She was an extremely versatile actress, who played virtually every type of role. Unfortunately, her career came to a halt in 1948 when a hair ...

819 points

66. Wendy Hiller

Actress | Murder on the Orient Express

Wendy Hiller, daughter of Frank and Marie Hiller, was born on 15th August 1912 in Bramhall, near Stockport, Cheshire, England. She was educated at Winceby House School, Bexhill then moved on to Manchester Repertory Theatre. She appeared on stage in Sir John Barry's tour of Evensong, then as Sally ...

812 points

67. Leueen MacGrath

Actress | Pygmalion

Leueen MacGrath was born on July 3, 1914 in London, England as Leueen Emily Macgrath. She was an actress and writer, known for Pygmalion (1938), Edward, My Son (1949) and The Ford Theatre Hour (1948). She was married to Stephen Quinto, Dr. Stephen Goodyear, George S. Kaufman, Desmond Davis and ...

812 points

68. Dick Foran

Actor | Fort Apache

Dick Foran was the matinée idol of the B movies. He started as a band singer and then sang on the radio. He was hired by Warner Brothers as a supporting actor who could croon a tune when called upon. His good looks and good natured personality made him a natural choice for the supporting cast. His ...

812 points

69. Stephen Murray

Actor | The End of the Affair

Stephen Murray was born on September 6, 1912 in Partney, Lincolnshire, England as Stephen Umfreville H. Murray. He was an actor, known for The End of the Affair (1955), Dulcimer Street (1948) and Silent Dust (1949). He was married to Joan Butterfield. He died on March 31, 1983 in London, England.

812 points

70. Rochelle Hudson

Actress | Imitation of Life

Rochelle Hudson was born on March 6, 1916 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. She was an actress, known for Imitation of Life (1934), Harold Teen (1934) and Born Reckless (1937). She was married to Robert L. Mindell, Dick Irving Hyland, Harold E. Thompson and Charles Brust. She died on January 17, ...

810 points

71. Kôji Mitsui

Actor | Donzoko

Kôji Mitsui was born on March 6, 1910 in Yokohama, Japan. He was an actor, known for The Lower Depths (1957), The Hidden Fortress (1958) and The Unbalanced Wheel (1957). He died on July 20, 1979 in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan.

809 points

72. Valerie Hobson

Actress | Bride of Frankenstein

Elegant, quintessentially English (although born in Northern Ireland) Valerie Hobson was the daughter of a British army officer. She studied dancing at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) and appeared on the stage for the first time at age 16, but she contracted a case of scarlet fever and ...

807 points

73. Billie Seward

Actress | Air Hawks

Billie Seward was born on October 23, 1912 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Rita Ann Seward. She was an actress, known for Air Hawks (1935), Men of the Hour (1935) and One Crowded Night (1940). She was married to Billy Wilkerson and Frank Devlin. She died on March 20, 1982 in Los Angeles, ...

804 points

74. Marion Byron

Actress | Steamboat Bill, Jr.

At Warner Brothers, tiny, five feet tall Marion Byron was nicknamed (and occasionally billed as) "Peanuts". She was a cute and vivacious soubrette who featured in early, long forgotten musicals, with titles like Show of Shows (1929), Broadway Babies (1929) and Playing Around (1930). Marion began ...

803 points

75. John Payne

Actor | Miracle on 34th Street

Perhaps not so surprisingly, John Payne maintained that his favorite movie of all time was one of his own -- Miracle on 34th Street (1947) -- simply because it reflected his own strong and spiritual belief system. Today, of course, the film, which co-stars beautiful Maureen O'Hara, Oscar-winning ...

803 points

76. Jacqueline Laurent

Actress | L'abito nero da sposa

Jacqueline Laurent was born on August 6, 1918 in Brienne-le-Château, Aube, France as Jacqueline Suzanne Janin. She was an actress, known for L'abito nero da sposa (1945), Le Jour Se Leve (1939) and Addio, amore! (1943). She died on December 18, 2009 in Grasse, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

802 points

77. June Clayworth

Actress | The Good Fairy

June Clayworth was born on June 9, 1912 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress, known for The Good Fairy (1935), Beat the Band (1947) and Live, Love and Learn (1937). She was married to Sid Rogell. She died on January 1, 1993 in Calabasas, California, USA.

802 points

78. Googie Withers

Actress | One of Our Aircraft Is Missing

Googie Withers began her acting career at the age of 12. She was dancing in the chorus in a West End revue when she was spotted by a Warner Brothers casting director. She went to do a screen test for them at the Riverside Studios and was invited to become an extra. On her first day at the filming of...

801 points

79. Veda Ann Borg

Actress | Kid Galahad

Born in Boston, Veda Ann Borg was a New York model in 1936 when a screen test brought her a short-lived contract at Paramount, where she made her debut film, Three Cheers for Love (1936). She fit better at Warner Brothers, where she played at least 15 roles (some of them bits) in 1937-38; but in ...

789 points

80. Paulette Dubost

Actress | La règle du jeu

Paulette Dubost was born on October 8, 1910 in Paris, France as Paulette Marie Emma Deplanque. She was an actress, known for The Rules of the Game (1939), Clairette's 28 Days (1933) and Les mystères de Paris (1962). She was married to André Ostertag. She died on September 21, 2011 in ...

786 points

81. John Howard

Actor | The Philadelphia Story

A native Ohioan, John Howard (born John R. Cox, Jr.) had no interest in working in theater until schoolmates at Cleveland's Western Reserve University turned him on to acting. After some work on his college stage, he made his movie debut in a bit part in Paramount's One Hour Late (1934) before ...

785 points

82. Margo

Actress | Lost Horizon

The daughter of a Spanish surgeon, Maria Margarita Guadalupe Teresa Estella Castilla Bolado y O'Donnell was born in Mexico City. As a niece to famous bandleader Xavier Cugat, she performed with his orchestra from the age of nine as a specialty dancer in nightclubs, and, later, on the Starlight Roof...

783 points

83. Mae Clarke

Actress | Frankenstein

Vivacious, blonde Mae Clarke was exposed to cinema from an early age, her father being an organist in a motion picture theatre. Growing up in Atlantic City, New Jersey, she learned how to dance and, at the tender age of 13, was already performing in nightclubs and amateur theatricals. In 1924 she ...

769 points

84. Ruth Hussey

Actress | The Philadelphia Story

A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Drama, Ruth Hussey's first show-business job was as a fashion commentator on a local radio station. She journeyed to New York City, where she was signed as a model by the world-famous Powers agency. She obtained some stage roles with touring ...

765 points

85. Wendy Barrie

Actress | The Gay Falcon

Wendy Barrie was born in Hong Kong of an English-Irish father and a Russian Jewish mother, the daughter of King's Counsel F.C. Jenkins. She received her education at a convent school in England and a finishing school in Switzerland. After working in a beauty parlors, she made her first foray into ...

700 points

86. Morton Lowry

Actor | How Green Was My Valley

Born as Edward Morton Lowater in Lancashire England to parents Edward Morton Lowater (1888-1956) and Bithiah Holmes (1884-1968), he had one sister Kathleen.

Morton Lowry began a career to pursue acting on the London Stage. He started his stage career using the name Edward Lowater and appeared in ...

697 points

87. Henry Brandon

Actor | The Searchers

German-born Henry Brandon was a character actor in American films, most often seen in villainous roles. His parents emigrated to the US shortly after his birth. His early interest in acting led him to study at the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse. He landed the lead villain role in the Stan ...

652 points

88. Geraldine Fitzgerald

Actress | Wuthering Heights

Geraldine Fitzgerald was the only actress to appear as both Laurence Olivier's wife and Rodney Dangerfield's mother-in-law, which surely qualifies her as running the gamut (if not the gauntlet, in the latter case) of A to Z for co-starring with cinema immortals. The Irish lass appeared in many ...

650 points

89. Willie Best

Actor | High Sierra

One of the hard-working, unappreciated African-American actors of Hollywood's "Golden Era" who produced good work with what he was given. He starred alongside some of film's great comedians including the Marx Brothers, Bob Hope, Laurel and Hardy and three films with Shirley Temple. In addition to ...

581 points

90. Ellen Drew

Actress | Isle of the Dead

Talented Missouri-born Ellen Drew was born Esther Loretta Ray in 1915, the daughter of an Irish barber. She worked various jobs (accountant, salesgirl) to support her family until her fresh-faced good looks and high-wattage smile earned her a couple of beauty pageant trophies. Encouraged to try her...

578 points

91. Arthur Kennedy

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

Arthur Kennedy, one of the premier character actors in American film from the late 1940s through the early 1960s, achieved fame in the role of Biff in Elia Kazan's historic production of Arthur Miller's Pultizer-Prize winning play "Death of a Salesman." Although he was not selected to recreate the ...

576 points

92. Virginia Grey

Actress | Airport

Born into a show-business family--her father was a director and her mother was a film cutter--Virginia Grey made her film debut at age 10 as Eva in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927). After a few more films as a child actress, she left the business to finish her schooling. Returning to films as an adult in ...

559 points

93. Bruce Lester

Actor | The Letter

Bruce Lester was born on June 6, 1912 in Johannesburg, South Africa as Bruce Somerset Lister. He was an actor and writer, known for The Letter (1940), My Son, My Son! (1940) and Celia (1949). He was married to Jane. He died on June 13, 2008 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

559 points

94. Priscilla Lane

Actress | Arsenic and Old Lace

Priscilla Lane attended the Eagin School of Dramatic Arts in New York before she began touring with her sisters in the Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians Dance Band. She was a popular singer with her sisters and, after 5 years, she was signed to a Hollywood contract with Warner Brothers in 1937. ...

558 points

95. Joan Bennett

Actress | Suspiria

Joan Geraldine Bennett was born on February 27, 1910, in Palisades, New Jersey. Her parents were both successful stage actors, especially her father, Richard Bennett, and often toured the country for weeks at a time. In fact, Joan came from a long line of actors, dating back to the 18th century. ...

557 points

96. Robert Cummings

Actor | Dial M for Murder

Effective light comedian of '30s and '40s films and '50s and '60s TV series, Robert Cummings was renowned for his eternally youthful looks (which he attributed to a strict vitamin and health-food diet). He was educated at Carnegie Tech and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Deciding that ...

555 points

97. Janet Shaw

Actress | Shadow of a Doubt

Janet Shaw was born on January 23, 1919 in Beatrice, Nebraska, USA as Ellen Martha Clancy. She was an actress, known for Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Night Monster (1942) and The Old Maid (1939). She was married to David Ashford Stuart and Willard Garcia Ilefeldt. She died on October 15, 2001 in ...

555 points

98. Barbara Pepper

Actress | Foreign Correspondent

Barbara Pepper's signature roles were as worldly "dames" during the Hollywood's 1930s and 1940s Golden Era, fitting snugly alongside other flashy broads of that period such as Iris Adrian, Joan Blondell and Veda Ann Borg. Barbara patented her own unique, hard-boiled style, however, and should have ...

553 points

99. Patsy Kelly

Actress | Rosemary's Baby

Patsy Kelly was born Bridget Sarah Veronica Rose Kelly on January 12, 1910, in Brooklyn, New York. She began performing in vaudeville when she was just twelve years old. Patsy worked with comedian Frank Fay and starred in several Broadway shows. She was discovered by producer Hal Roach, who paired ...

551 points

100. Simone Simon

Actress | Cat People

Diminutive, fiery-tempered Simone Simon was born in France, but spent much of her early childhood in Madagascar, where her father managed a graphite mine. Her schooling was somewhat unsettled, her family moving from city to city (Berlin, Budapest, Turin) before finally establishing themselves in ...

549 points



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