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Vance, Vivian Best known as Ethel Mertz, Lucy Ricardos best friend.After arriving in New York in 1932 she had trouble finding work until she began a two-year stint in Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein's "Music in the Air." She next understudied Ethel Merman in "Anything Goes." Her first starring role was as Kay Thompson's last minute replacement in "Hooray for What!" starring Ed Wynn. Other Broadway costars included Danny Kaye, Eve Arden and Nanette Fabray. In 1945 while starring in a touring company of "Voice of the Turtle" she had a nervous breakdown. After undergoing psychotherapy and limited movie work, she returned to "Voice of the Turtle" at the La Jolla Playhouse, where she was seen by Desi Arnaz who decided she was perfect for the role of Ethel Mertz in the "I Love Lucy" television series. At first she didn't want the part (too frumpy), and she always hated being cast as the wife of William Frawley (she was 39, he was 64; the two never got along).

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*Warner,H.B.*: Started acting on Broadway before coming to Hollywood. Worked in silents till the early 50's. Best know for playing Christ in "Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings (1927)" mostly playing dignified characters until Frank Capra cast him as Mr. Gower (a drunk,Pharmacist ) in "It's a Wonderful Life"

Other films include- Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), You Can't Take It with You (1938), and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). & The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941) Was nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for "Lost Horizon (1937) Also was one of 'The Wax Works" (Bridge Players) in 1950's "Sunset Blvd."

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VIOLETS: "Francis, Anne - one of the most beautiful actresses to ever grace the silver screen was in Forbidden Planet and played the maniquin on The Twilight Zone who thought

she was alive - her sunny blonde beauty was a wonder to behold..."

 

What a wonderful description of the sultry Anne Francis. Elizabeth Allan was a real looker as well in that "Twilight Zone" episode.

 

Now to continue the game...Zorina, Vera. After Sonja Henie, another ice skating star of the 1940's.

 

Ooops! I skipped some letters. So sue me. ;-)

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*CINEMAVEN: Ooops! I skipped some letters. So sue me.*

 

We can chip in together for legal council in the law suit, because I am skipping X and going straight to...

 

YOUNG, GIG: Handsome actor of the '40s, '50s, '60s who came to a sticky end.

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...following "Zorina";

 

Abbott, Bud Straight man of a long-popular comedy team. Bud banked the heavy end of a 60-40 pay division, on the theory that the straight man's delivery and timing set the team's tone.

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BENNETT, JOAN...One of the three Bennett sisters (Constance & Barbara), daughters of stage star Richard Bennett. Was a popular film star of the thirties and forties, then went on to daytime TV soaps. Married to Walter Wanger. Suffered through a manage a trois, complete with a murder scandal. A real beauty..began as another platinum blonde, then became a brunette (on film...Trade Winds) and remained a mysterious brunette throughout the rest of her career.

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CHARISSE Cyd -- She had the legs of the century. Dancer partnered with Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. One of the beauties of the cinema.

 

"Suffered through a manage a trois, complete with a murder scandal." Joan Bennett... not a bad way to be remembered.

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Fitzgerald, Geraldine...Beautiful Irish actress, popular in late thirties and early forties Warner Bros. films. Wasn't handled properly...always given second leads in A films and leads in B films.

She never became the star she might have been, and wound up playing character parts. Bedst remembered for her role of Bette Davis' secretary and best friend in Dark Victory, and Wilson's wife Grace in Wilson.

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*Hagen, Jean*

Very beautiful, completely under-rated actress. Always played the "best friend" of the star. Bette Davis' pal in "Dark Victory". She did a completely different type in "Singing In The Rain", for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Danny Thomas' wife in "Make Room For Daddy".

 

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G's Missing! Let's correct that:

 

Griffiths, Rachel: Attractive Australian-born actress, first brought to US viewers' attention

as Toni Collette's gal pal in Muriel's Wedding. Oscar-nominated for Hilary And Jackie.

Extensive TV work in the US, including the Cable series Six Feet Under, and the current ABC

series Brothers And Sisters.

 

Now, we're ready for I.

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Continue with I's

 

*Ironside,Michael*: A Canadian actor in over 150 films best remembered for films "Scanners" "Total Recall" and "The Perfect Storm" and "Robo-Cop" usually playing the villain. Made numerious TV roles and Voice Overs for Video Games like "Splinter Cell".

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*JOHNS,* Glynnis....Did a great turn in "The Sundowners."

 

Hey Jim: "Hagen, Jean--Very beautiful, completely under-rated actress. Always played the "best friend" of the star. Bette Davis' pal in "Dark Victory". She did a completely different type in "Singing In The Rain", for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Danny Thomas' wife in "Make Room For Daddy"

 

You're mixing up Hagen with the beautiful Fitzgerald. Geraldine played Davis' best friend in "Dark Victory."

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Kristofferson, Kris,. One of those who entered film via the Music business. Songwriter, singer, sometimes did the musical arrangements for his films. Also a Rhodes Scholar, with heavy

credits in English Lit. One of the unofficial Sam Peckinpah stock company, he played Billy The Kid and The Rubber Duck (Convoy). A movie-series stint as Wesley Snipes' mentor/ father-

figure/ weapons maker in the Blade franchise. The brutal racist Sheriff in Lone Star.

A leader of the beleaguered Humans in the Planet Of The Apes remake. His signature roles: '**** Buck" in Songwriter, and the title role in Cisco Pike.

 

As a Poet and Lyricist, Kris gave a generation a few of its catch-phrases:

"Feeling good was good enough."

"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose."

"The going up was worth the coming down."

...And as a movie ad-lib: "Don't quit the day job just yet, Honey."

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Lamour, Dorothy...From the elevator at Marshall Fields to Paramount Studios. Lovely dark haired actress that got stuck in "sarong" movies because of her appearance in THE HURRICANE. She made a few serious films (Johnny Apollo), but was most popular in the the ROAD series with Crosby and Hope (in a sarong as often as possible). Later she made a few guest appearances on TV. She seemed to be in on the joke regarding her limitations.

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> {quote:title=jim2 wrote:}{quote}

> *Egan, Richard*

> A well-known actor, one of the 'heartthrobs" of the 60's. Played the bad guy in Ben Hur.

 

 

Actually, Stephen Boyd played Massala in the 1059 Ben Hur

 

But Richard Egan looked very much like him when he played King Leonidas in The 300 Spartans. Egan also played Elvis Presley's big brother in Love Me Tender

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MacMahon, Aline...A wonderful actress she got her start on Broadway. She appeared in a variety of roles during her career. My favorites include her jaded mechanic in *Heat LIghtning-1934* and her debut film as Edward G. Robinson's secretary in *Five Star Final-1931,* her aging chorine in *Gold Diggers of 1933* and as Mrs. Murray in *The Search-1948.* She had occasional leads but was most often given supporting parts. She was versatile and knew how to dish out the one liners and sarcasism with the best of them. Always a valuable asset to any picture she was in. Those final scenes in *Heat Lightning* with her hair down and the heart breaking look of resignation on her face will remain with me for a long time.

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Nolte, Nick Had a breakthrough role in a TV Miniseries, Rich Man, Poor Man. Went on to a few potboiler roles (Macon County Line). On to bigger roles in bigger productions.

Credits include Who'll Stop The Rain?, Cannery Row, Jfferson In Paris, Q&A. Has a reputation for avoiding some big-budget productions, and concentrating on his interest in the scripts and the characters.

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*Owen,Reginald* Played Ebenezer Scrooge as as replacement for the ailing Lionel Barrymore in 1938 with over 150 films he acted well into his 80's in films like The Valley of Decision,National Velvet, The Canterville Ghost and The Secret Garden.

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*Plummer, Christopher* - a very talented actor. Remember him as the journalist who hears the story from Michael Caine in "The Man Who Would Be King"? So many roles...- a more 'recent" one as Mike Wallace in "The Insider" with Al Pacino, Russell Crowe.

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Qualen, John...character player in many films of the forties and fifties. He equaled Meryl Streep in his ability to take on accents, though mostly, he was presented as Scandanavian or Italian. Many excellent roles including THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY, ROUGHLY SPEAKING and THE STUDENT PRINCE. Later her did a lot of TV work until the mid seventies.

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*Sawyer,Joe*: Appeared everywhere during the 30s and 40s in over 200 films. mostly playing mugs.

In films like "Hold Your Man", "The Westerner",The Informer" "North to Alaska' and How thw West Was Won"( his last film).

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