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*A to Z of actresses and actors*:)

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*Sloane,Everett* : the actor most known for playing Mr. Bernstein in Orson Welles classic Citizen Kane (1941) as a member of Welles' Mercury Players who acted in over `100 films,wrote and Directed on TV. Died in 1965 of an apparent suicide with bartiturates in Brentwood because he was afraid he was going blind.

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Spencer Tracy-- Fury, San Francisco, Captains Courageous, Woman of the Year, Adam's Rib, Pat and Mike, Father of the Bride, Inherit the Wind wonderful at whatever he did (well, mostly) whether it be playing a father or a Father, a saint or sinner or just an ordinary man trying to get by

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ULMER, EDGAR...Low-rung director of some of the best "B"'s ever made...one that's risen to mythic proportions is DETOUR, a 1945 noir with Tom Neal and a wicked Ann Savage. Other of his films that have risen in esteem throughout time are: THE STRANGE WOMAN with Hedy Lamarr, STRANGE ILLUSION with Jimmy Lydon and Sally Eilers, and RUTHLESS , a poverty row version of CITIZEN CANE, with Sidney Greenstreet, Diana Lynn and Zachary Scott.

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Vance, Vivian - brilliant and multi-faceted actress, who showed her talents

first on Broadway (Olive Lashbrook in Voice of the Turtle), and her spendid

singing voice in The Chocolate Soldier, later made history as Lucille'Ball's

sidekick Ethyl Mertz on I Love Lucy...

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*Xzibit*: Member of rap supergroup Golden State Warriors. He has acted in over 20 films. Also a Producer & Director. was in the TV Series, "Pimp My Ride" Real name:Alvin Joiner

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Zsa Zsa Gabor of course, born Sari Gabor, who's had more husbands than she can count, dahhlink. She's pretty cool.

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Y) Young, Loretta - legendary screen beauty who reached the peak of her beauty

in the film "Ramona", years later she was a TV pioneer and starred for years on

The Loretta Young Show where she made opening a door famous, she lived well

into her eighty's and never seemed to age...won Oscar for film The Farmers Daughter..

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Zorina, Vera...dancer/actress came to the USA with a raft of other European beauties who determined their chances for success were better here. Some were correct...some not so much. Zorina was one of the latter. She made a few films, the most noteworthy being ON YOUR TOES and GOLDWYN FOLLIES, and when she lost out to Ingrid Bergman for the lead in FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS, she continued in Hollywood for a few more years and then left town. She was married to the great George Ballanchine for some time.

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Angel, Heather - brilliant British character actress who played in

one film after another in the forties, she was the lady who drowned herself

to be with her baby in LIFEBOAT,,Her voice was used in many Disney cartoons

including Alice's sister in Alice In Wonderland...

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Mischa Auer--(mostly) comic character actor--the crazy protegee of Mrs. Bullock in My Man Godfrey excellent comic turns in Seven Sinners, Destry Rides Again, You can't Take it With You, Flame of New Orleans and many others

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Berle, Milton - comic actor who did bit parts in films in the

thirties and forties, then when TV was in it's infancy, he

became the biggest star in the world, on the old Dumont TV network, he sold more TV sets than

any other comic, and because his show was on Tuesday there

was a movement to change the word Tuesday to Berleday

made a film called Always Leave Them Laughing...

(he was also known for a certain oversized bagle)

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Clooney, Rosemary

 

Born in 1926, she and her sister (Betty Clooney) started singing as a sister act. Rosemary went on to become one of the most popular singers of her time. Probably best known for her rendition of "This Ole House". Later in her career, she played in several movies, most notably with Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas". Aunt of George Clooney, sister of Nick Clooney.

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*Eagels,Jeanne*:One of the most intriguing stars of late silent films and the early talkies. Made only nine films before her death of a heroin overdose. Best known on Broadway for her role of Sadie Thompson in "Rain." Her two sound films, "The Letter" and "Jealousy," were both remade with Bette Davis (the Davis version of "Jealousy" was retitled "Deception"). Davis also played a character loosely based on Eagels in her 1935 film "Dangerous.". Her Academy Award nomination for The Letter made her the first ever posthumous Oscar nominee.

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FARMER, FRANCES...Free thinking, isolationist movie star of the thirties. The product of a strange family dynamic; a manipulative and strong mother and a loving but emotionally weak father. She started her career on the stage, where she was all set to star in Golden Boy, written by her paramour, Clifford Odets. When his wife returned from Europe, she demanded the role, and Frances was out, so she beat it to Hollywood,where she was a sensation in her first few films. The Hollywood "life" didn't set well with her, and when she made it well known her disdain for it and most of the folks who were addicted to it, she was publicly denounced as a madwoman. After a few more years of fighting the system, the powers that be, with the help of her mother got her admitted to a mental institution, where she languished for many painful years, undergoing shock therapy and a prefrontal lobotomy.

She was released in the late forties and took any work she could find (for a time, as a night clerk at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

As if her life hadn't been sufficiently destroyed by those she trusted, in the early fifties, she was a featured celebrity on the TV show THIS IS YOUR LIFE, allowing her to once again humiliate herself publicly.

She was talented and beautiful (just watch SON OF FURY...the scene with the pearls), and because she didn't accept a ready-made lifestyle, she was destroyed. Certainly one of Hollywood's darker shameful secrets.

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Gardner,Ava - breathtaking beauty considered by some to be the beauty of the century

starred in One Touch of Venus, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman and The Barefoot Contessa

Thrice married (Mickey Rooney, Arte Shaw and Mr. Sinatra) in later years acted in soap

Knotts Landing...

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*Howard,Shemp*: Was born Samuel Horwitz on the 4th of March, 1895 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He was also the brother of fellow stooges Moe Howard and Curly Howard. During the early 1940s, when his solo career was at its height and he was a contract player at Universal Studios, appearing with everyone from Abbott and Costello to W.C. Fields to John Wayne, he was promoted as "The Ugliest Man in the Movies". After Curly had his stroke, Shemp was brought back, with Curly's blessing, to be a stopgap until Curly got better. Sad to say, Curly never got well enough to continue, so Shemp stayed with the Stooges until he died.

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Inescort, Freida...Scottish actress, mostly in American films as the heroine's best friend, or enemy. Always second or third lead in "A" films, starred in a few "B"s. Best known for her performance in THE LETTER, as Bette Davis' good friend. One of the women who were referred to as "handsome". She battles MS throughout most of her career. After her film career waned,he turned to television, appearing for the first time in 1945.

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Jones, Jennifer - born Phyllis Eisley in Lawton OK in 1919

married to Robert Walker and had two sons when she was discovered

by Producer David O. Selznick, who changed her name and declared

she was single and seven years younger...brilliantly guided her career

choosing her first film Song of Bernadette, after she tested and knocked the socks

off the competion, Turned down Laura, instead cast her as a 17 year old in Since You Went Away

changed her image in Duel In The Sun and loaned her out for Madame Bovary...

Proved she could to comedy with Cluney Brown and was nominated again

for Love Letters..when she recently was shown on the Oscar broadcast

she received thunderous applause...

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RUBY KEELER...Pert dancer in early thirties musicals. She was Al Jolson's wife for a time. She divorced him on grounds of cruelty, and soon after retired from films to marry and raise her children. She enjoys the reputation of being an all 'round good guy.

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Lake, Veronica - sultry blonde actress who became extremly

important during the War Years, wore her hair in long blonde

page, with a wave over her right eye ( I still wear this )...

her hairdo was her trademark in films she did with Alan Ladd

and her best comedy I Married A Witch...Her best performance

was in war film So Proudly We Hail where she blew herself up

to save her company..

 

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Main, Marjorie - terrific character actress who made any film she was in a hit

time after time, she made her country wise mom character work in many pictures

She was bought to Hollywood to repeat the role she made famous on Broadway

as Bogart's Mother in Dead End and stole the film with one line- 'Get out of here, you swine'...

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Neill,Noel: Best known as Lois Lane in the TV series Superman. A trained singer and dancer, she had a night club career, performing in various nightclubs. Made over 70 films like Forgotten Women ,The Sky Dragon (Charlie Chan film), Invasion USA and Son of a Badman. Last role was in Superman Returns 2006. Still remember as Lois at 88 yrs.old.

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Oberon, Merle - excuisite beauty who was thought to be

British and East Indian, her exotic face was seen in many

films, but her best performance was as Kathy in Wuthering

Heights..

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