The Best Actresses and Actors - Born in the 1910sby 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%
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Actress | Ukikusa monogatari
14. Elizabeth Allan
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 ...
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, ...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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...
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, ...
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 ...
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 (...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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.
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...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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,...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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....
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...
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, ...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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, ...
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.
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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. ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...