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Fun facts about Lucille Bremer:

* Fred Astaire's dance partner in two films.

* Husband was the son of former Mexican president.

* When she was screen-tested at MGM, she was given a scene from the Bette Davis vehicle "Dark Victory" to perform It was said Lucille bore a striking resemblance to her.

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Fun facts about Hayley Mills:

* Birth name: Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills

* She and her father John Mills were the first Oscar-winning father-daughter couple

* At the age of 16 she was offered the title role in Stanley Kubrick's *Lolita* (1962) but her parents decided against it because they feared that the film's steamy subject matter might taint her wholesome image. The part went to Sue Lyon instead. In later years, Mills admitted that she regretted not taking the part.

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Fun facts about Jane Powell:

* Birth name: Suzanne Lorraine Burce

* Her role model and favorite actress is the lyrical soprano/actress, Jeanette MacDonald.

* With the decline of movie musicals in the late 1950s, Jane left MGM before they could fire her. She resuscitated her career by making a move to the East Coast and appearing on the musical stage.

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But Jolie actually did appear in *The Jolson Story*.

He did the dance in "Swanee" on the runway with a longshot. Because he was convinced that nobody, not even Larry Parks, could dance like Jolie.

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Fun facts about Edward Everett Horton:

* Played the role of Professor Nick Potter in *Holiday* (1930) and again in the 1938 remake, directed by George Cukor.

* Like Zasu Pitts, Horton excelled in comedy and specialized in the fretful, woebegone "Nervous Nellie" types. The duo were the only actors who could utter the simple words "Oh, dear!" and make it sound like it was the end of the world.

* According to an in-depth article by Eve Golden in "Classic Images" magazine, Edward's longtime companion was actor Gavin Gordon, who was 15 years his junior. Not much was ever documented on the couple. They appeared in one movie together - *Pocketful of Miracles* (1961).

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I'm not really all that familiar with his filmography, but I'm really starting to take notice of him.


The thing about him that I think is really cool is he played the Mad Hatter in the 1933 version of Alice in Wonderland - guess he must have been the Johnny Depp of his day. ;)

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

> Is it my imagination, or did Horton have significant roles in more films than just about anybody? He certainly kept busy.


He was so popular in the late 1920's that two different studios each gave him his own starring comedy shorts series: Paramount and Educational.

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Jane Powell now lives in Wilton, Connecticut. She and her husband , former child ctar Dickie Moore, also have an apartment in Manhattan. Ms. Powell is still active on the verge of her 81st birthday, appearing St Patrick's Day this year in New York with The Players in a series of skits devoted to Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw as Eliza Doolittle, a role she successfully played in US touring companies throughout the sixties and seventies. Long may this gloriously talented little lady flourish.

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Fun facts about Richard Widmark:

* Birth name: Richard Weedt Widmark

* His father was Swedish by descent; his mother was Scottish, English and Irish.

* When his contract at Fox expired in 1954 after seven years, he deliberately went independent in order to have more artistic control over his films. He formed his own company, Heath Productions.

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Fun facts about James Coburn:

* Birth name: James Harrison Coburn Jr.

* Despite being one of the stars, he had only eleven lines in *The Magnificent Seven* (1960).

* Was the original choice for the role of Hannibal Smith in "The A-Team" (1983), a role which later went to George Peppard.

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Fun facts about Eddie Bracken:

* Birth name: Edward Vincent Bracken

* He was awarded two Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 6751 Hollywood Boulevard and for Radio at 1651 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

* Eddie won a Best Actor (Musical) Tony nomination playing Horace Vandergelder in the Broadway revival of "Hello, Dolly!" opposite Carol Channing in 1978.

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Fun facts about Tina Louise:

* Birth name: Tatiana Josivovna Chernova Blacker

* Her Broadway debut was in "Li'l Abner," where she played Apassionata Von Climax. She shared her dressing room with another actress making her Broadway debut in the same play - Julie Newmar.

* She and fellow "Gilligan's Island" (1964) cast member Dawn Wells have both been asked to appear together in numerous television ad campaigns over the years. However, the two actresses have never liked each other and have not spoken in years. They have turned down many of these offers. The most notable one was a commercial for Old Navy clothing stores, which would feature them as Mary Ann and Ginger, still stuck on the island.

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More fun facts about Bette Davis:

~said she was born in the middle of a thunderstorm

~loved the song "Bette Davis Eyes"

~credited George Arliss with saving her Hollywood career by casting her as his fiance in The Man Who Played God

~once went on a date with Henry Fonda, long before they went to Hollywood

~wanted "She Did It the Hard Way" on her tombstone (did she get it? anyone?)

~first woman president of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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Fun facts about Marlene Dietrich

~though she had numerous affairs with both men and women, stayed married to Rudolf Seiber from 1923 to his death in 1975

~became a US citizen in 1937

~entertained US troops in N Africa and Europe during WWII and was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom

~was very involved in designing her "look" in each film. Edith Head once said about her, "You design with her, not for her."

~was a Capricorn and believed strongly in astrology

~was an atheist. Once said of God, "If there is a God, then he is crazy."

~was an excellent cook and was known for her pot au feu and apple struedel


Edited by: traceyk65 on Mar 14, 2010 9:53 PM

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