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4. Despite Best Actor nominations for "Champion," (1949), "The Bad and the Beautiful" (1952) and "Lust for Life" (1956), Douglas never won a competitive Academy Award. On March 25, 1996, he received an honorary Oscar "for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community."

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6. Douglas and Lancaster appeared in six feature films between 1948 and 1986: "I Walk Alone" (1948), "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" (1957), "The Devil's Disciple" (1959), "The List of Adrian Messenger" (1963), "Seven Days in May"  (1964) and "Tough Guys" (1986). They also appeared in the made-for-television movie "Victory at Entebbe" (1976). 

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7.) He was nominated for the Academy Awards for best actor ("Champion"), ("The Bad and the Beautiful") and ("Lust for Life") and received an honorary Oscar in 1996 for "50 years as a moral and creative force in the motion picture community". 

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8. Douglas, who produced as well as starred in the 1960 epic "Spartacus," helped end the Cold War-era blacklist by insisting that the disfavored Dalton Trumbo be given a screenwriting credit for his work on the movie.

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10. Douglas owned the film rights to Ken Kesey's novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and hoped to star in a movie version of it. But when he became too old, he gave them to his son Michael, who promptly won an Academy Award for co-producing the Best Picture of 1975. 

 

Next: Jane Russell.

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2. Russell's first film was "The Outlaw," the 1943 Western for which producer-director Howard Hughes had a specially designed cantilevered bra made for her. Years later, she admitted that it was so uncomfortable, she never wore it in the film. She substituted a padded bra of her own instead -- and never told Hughes about it.

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7.)  In addition to acting, Jane also was part of a female quartet, recording gospel hymns.  She was joined by Connie Haines, Beryl Davis, and Della Russell.  (Della later left the group, to be replaced by Rhonda Fleming.)  The group, known as The Four Girls, was quite popular for a while.

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8. She was married for 25 years (1943 to 1968) to Bob Waterfield, who became a star quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They had known each other since they were students at Van Nuys High School.

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10.) She put her hands and footprints (along with Marilyn Monroe) in cement at Grauman's Chinese Theater in 1953.

 

Next: DORIS DAY

 

1. She was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff in Ohio in 1922

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7. She performed at least three songs in movies that were nominated for Academy Awards: "It's Magic" from "Romance on the High Seas" (1948); "Secret Love" from "Calamity Jane" (1953); and "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Será, Será)" from "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (1956). The two latter tunes won Oscars for Best Original Song. 

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10. There has been some debate about her actual date of birth. It is believed she was born on April 3, 1922, which would make her 92. She has contended that she was born on April 3, 1924, which would mean she was born the same day as Marlon Brando.

 

Next: Alan Ladd.

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