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1. Mervyn LeRoy
Director | Gypsy
The great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 was a tragedy for Mervyn LeRoy. While he and his father managed to survive, they lost everything they had. To make money, LeRoy sold newspapers and entered talent contests as a singer. When he entered vaudeville, his act was "LeRoy and Cooper--Two...
2. Bert Lahr
Actor | The Wizard of Oz
Fittingly known to be a "Leo" for his horoscope, Bert Lahr is always remembered as the Cowardly Lion in (and the farmer "Zeke") The Wizard of Oz (1939). But during his acting career, he has been known for being in burlesque, vaudeville, and Broadway.
Dropped out of high school at the age of fifteen ...
3. Mary Lee
Actress | Ridin' on a Rainbow
Mary Lee was born on October 24, 1924 in Centralia, Illinois, USA as Mary Lee Wooters. She was an actress, known for Ridin' on a Rainbow (1941), Carolina Moon (1940) and Cowboy and the Senorita (1944). She was married to Harry J. Banan. She died on June 6, 1996 in Sacramento, California, USA.
4. Fred Stone
Actor | Alice Adams
Hardly remembered today, if at all, Fred Stone was once one of the most multi-faceted circus performers to hit turn-of-the century America. There seemed to be nothing he couldn't do--tightrope walking, acrobatics, clowning . . . you name it. This initial celebrity eventually led to his stellar ...
5. Paula Stone
Actress | Hop-a-Long Cassidy
Paula Stone was born on January 20, 1912 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Hop-a-Long Cassidy (1935), Idiot's Delight (1939) and Atlantic Flight (1937). She was married to Duke Daly and Michael Sloan. She died on December 23, 1997 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA.
6. Eddie Cantor
Soundtrack | Kid Millions
Singer, songwriter ("Merrily We Roll Along"), comedian, author and actor, educated in public schools. He made his first public appearance in Vaudeville in 1907 at New York's Clinton Music Hall, then became a member of the Gus Edwards Gang, later touring vaudeville with Lila Lee as the team Cantor &...
Shirley Carter Burden was born in New York City, a descendant of the famed millionaire Cornelius Vanderbilt; he became infatuated with photography, and after graduating from the Browning School in 1926, went to work for Pathe News, and subsequently would work in Hollywood with Merian C. Cooper. ...
10. Ed Sullivan
Actor | Bye Bye Birdie
The beloved graven image of TV variety from 1948 to 1971 on CBS, Ed Sullivan originally made his name as a newspaper sportswriter, radio broadcaster and theater columnist for the New York Daily News. His column focused primarily on Broadway shows and juicy items about its stars. Hired in 1932 by ...
12. Harrison Carroll
Harrison Carroll (1901-1972) was a Hollywood gossip columnist whom John Wayne credited with mentoring him as a young actor and helping him come up with a moniker to replace his birth name Marion Morrison. Carroll was born in Waco, Texas and attended the Rice University in Houston before moving on ...
13. Wallace Beery
Actor | Dinner at Eight
In 1902, 16-year-old Wallace Beery joined the Ringling Brothers Circus as an assistant to the elephant trainer. He left two years later after a leopard clawed his arm. Beery next went to New York, where he found work in musical variety shows. He became a leading man in musicals and appeared on ...
15. Mildred Davis
Actress | Safety Last!
Mildred Davis was born on February 22, 1901 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Mildred Hillary Davis. She was an actress, known for Safety Last! (1923), A Sailor-Made Man (1921) and Grandma's Boy (1922). She was married to Harold Lloyd. She died on August 18, 1969 in Santa Monica, California, ...
16. Harold Lloyd Jr.
Actor | Frankenstein's Daughter
Harold Lloyd Jr. was born on January 25, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Harold Clayton Lloyd Jr. He is known for his work on Frankenstein's Daughter (1958), Married Too Young (1962) and World of Comedy (1962). He died on June 9, 1971 in North Hollywood, California.
Actress | Temptation
Gloria Lloyd Roberts was born on May 22, 1924 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was an actress, known for Temptation (1946), Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 4 (1942) and American Masters (1985). She was married to William Guasti and John Roberts. She died on February 10, 2012 in Santa Monica, ...
18. Peggy Lloyd
Actress | Cover Girl
Peggy Lloyd was born on April 15, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Gloria Gabrielle Freeman. She was an actress, known for Cover Girl (1944) and Hedda Hopper's Hollywood No. 4 (1942). She was married to Robert Patten and Almon Bartlett Ross Jr. She died on November 18, 1986 in Newport Beach,...
19. Rose Stradner
Actress | The Last Gangster
Pretty, soulful-eyed Austrian actress Rose Stradner was a rising 30s ingénue on the Viennese stage and in a few German film romances and musicals when MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer, who was in Europe searching for exotic talent, discovered Rose. Along with Greer Garson, Ilona Massey and Hedy Lamarr, she...
Writer | All About Eve
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, on February 11, 1909, Joseph Leo Mankiewicz first worked for the movies as a translator of intertitles, employed by Paramount in Berlin, the UFA's American distributor at the time (1928). He became a dialoguist, then a screenwriter on numerous Paramount ...
21. Victor Fleming
Director | Gone with the Wind
Victor Fleming entered the film business as a stuntman in 1910, mainly doing stunt driving - which came easy to him, as he had been a mechanic and professional race-car driver. He became interested in working on the other side of the camera, and eventually got a job as a cameraman on many of the ...
22. Virginia Fox
Actress | The Haunted House
Virginia Fox was born on April 19, 1902 in Wheeling, West Virginia, USA. She was an actress, known for The Haunted House (1921), Itching Palms (1923) and Hard Luck (1921). She was married to Darryl F. Zanuck. She died on October 14, 1982 in Palm Springs, California, USA.
Producer | Gone with the Wind
David O. Selznick was a son of the silent movie producer Lewis J. Selznick. David studied at Columbia University until his father lost his fortune in the 1920s. David started work as an MGM script reader, shortly followed by becoming an assistant to Harry Rapf. He left MGM to work at Paramount then...
25. Edgar Bergen
Actor | Fun & Fancy Free
Edgar Bergen was born on February 16, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Edgar John Berggren. He was an actor, known for Fun & Fancy Free (1947), The Muppet Movie (1979) and Letter of Introduction (1938). He was married to Frances Bergen. He died on September 30, 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
27. Eleanor Powell
Soundtrack | Born to Dance
Eleanor Powell was born in 1912 in Springfield, Massachussetts, and got her professional start in Atlantic City clubs, from where she moved into in revue in New York at the Ritz Grill and Casino de Paris at the age of sixteen. She started her career on Broadway in 1929, where her machine-gun foot ...
28. Virginia Bruce
Actress | The Invisible Woman
American leading lady of the 1930s and 1940s, Virginia Bruce was born in Minnesota but grew up in Fargo, North Dakota, and came to California to attend college. Her blond good looks got her an entry into films, and after a few extra roles and bit parts she began to make serious inroads as a leading...
Writer | The Best Years of Our Lives
Robert E. Sherwood, a brilliant multifaceted writer, was born to Arthur Murray and Rosina Emmet Sherwood, educated at the Milton Academy (Massachusetts) and Harvard, and was wounded while serving with the Canadian Black Watch in WWI. His literary career started with jobs as movie critic at Vanity ...
30. Mary Beth Hughes
Actress | Inner Sanctum
Mary Beth Hughes' parents separated while she was still a baby. She was brought up by a grandmother whose dearest wish was to make her an actress. As a result, she started her career at an early age while still a high school student. She starred in the stage version of "Alice in Wonderland" then ...
31. 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...
Actor | Little Caesar
Although he appeared in approximately 100 movies or TV shows, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. never really intended to take up acting as a career. However, the environment he was born into and the circumstances naturally led him to be a thespian. Noblesse oblige.
He was born Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Jr. in ...
33. 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 ...
35. Virginia Weidler
Actress | The Philadelphia Story
Delightful child/juvenile actress Virginia Weidler (her friends called her "Ginny") had that knowing gleam in her eye that usually spelled trouble in one form or another for anyone at arm's reach. She was born in Eagle Rock, California in 1926, one of the six children of former Wagnerian opera ...
36. Irene Hervey
Actress | Night Monster
Attractive, blond, dimple-cheeked artist's daughter, Irene Hervey was trained at the MGM School of Acting before being signed as a contract player in 1933. Often on loan to other studios, she was assigned bit parts until meatier co-starring roles came along in The Girl Said No (1937) and Say It in ...
37. Allan Jones
Actor | A Night at the Opera
Allan Jones was born Theodore Allen Jones in Old Forge, Pennsylvania. A coal miner's son, he worked in the mines until 1926. At that point in time, he received a scholarship from Syracuse University, but chose instead to study music at New York University with Claude Warford and then with Felix ...
38. 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....
39. Groucho Marx
Actor | A Night at the Opera
The bushy-browed, cigar-smoking wise-cracker with the painted-on moustache and stooped walk was the leader of The Marx Brothers. With one-liners that were often double entendres, Groucho never cursed in any of his performances and said he never wanted to be known as a dirty comic. With a great love...
40. Nancy Hamilton
Writer | The Unconquered
Songwriter ("How High the Moon", "The Old Soft Shoe"), singer, actress and author, educated at the Sorbonne in Paris and Smith College. She appeared in the Broadway productions "New Faces", "Pride and Prejudice", "One for the Money", and "The Barretts of Wimpole Street", wrote the play "Food for ...
43. Bing Crosby
Actor | White Christmas
Bing Crosby was born Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr. in Tacoma, Washington, the fourth of seven children of Catherine Helen "Kate" (Harrigan) and Harry Lowe Crosby, a brewery bookkeeper. He was of English and Irish descent. Crosby studied law at Gonzaga University in Spokane but was more interested in ...
44. Andy Devine
Actor | Robin Hood
Rotund comic character actor of American films. Born Andrew Vabre Devine in Flagstaff, Arizona, the later-to-be Rotund comic character actor was raised in nearby Kingman, Arizona, the son of Irish-American hotel operator Thomas Devine and his wife Amy. Devine was an able athlete as a student and ...
45. Dick Powell
Actor | Murder, My Sweet
Few actors ever managed a complete image transition as thoroughly as did Dick Powell: in his case, from the boyish, wavy-haired crooner in musicals to rugged crime fighters in films noir. Powell grew up in the town of Little Rock, Arkansas, one of three brothers (one of them, Howard, ended up as ...
Actress | Stolen Harmony
Goodee Montgomery was born on March 28, 1906 in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA as Virginia Montgomery. She was an actress, known for Stolen Harmony (1935), Lightnin' (1930) and Stolen Sweets (1934). She was married to Frank McDonald. She died on June 5, 1978 in Hollywood, California, USA.
47. Billie Burke
Actress | The Wizard of Oz
Billie Burke was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885 in Washington, D.C. Her father was a circus clown, and as a child she toured the United States and Europe with the circus (before motion pictures and after the stage, circuses were the biggest form of entertainment in the...
48. Ray Bolger
Actor | The Wizard of Oz
Ray Bolger was born Raymond Wallace Bolger on January 10, 1904 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Anne C. (Wallace) and James Edward Bolger, both Irish-Americans. Ray began his career in vaudeville. He was half of a team called "Sanford and Bolger" and also did numerous Broadway shows on his own. ...
49. Frank Morgan
Actor | The Wizard of Oz
Jovial, somewhat flamboyant Frank Morgan (born Francis Wuppermann) will forever be remembered as the title character in The Wizard of Oz (1939), but he was a veteran and respected actor long before he played that part, and turned in outstanding performances both before and after that film. One of ...
50. 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. ...
52. Hedda Hopper
Actress | Sunset Blvd.
Her father was a butcher. In 1913 she met and married matinée idol DeWolf Hopper Sr. and in 1915 they moved to Hollywood, where both began active film careers. He became a star with Triangle Company, she began in vamp parts and turned to supporting roles. After her divorce she appeared in dozens of...