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1.) He was born Alan Walbridge Ladd in Hot Springs, Arkansas in 1913.

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5. Ladd starred in four films opposite Veronica Lake -- "This Gun for Hire" (1942), "The Glass Key" (1942), "The Blue Dahlia" (1946) and "Saigon" (1948). They also both appeared in the musical comedy "Variety Girl" (1947), which featured appearances by numerous stars from Paramount Pictures.

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6.) He's the granddad to actress Jordan Ladd, who's mother is former "Charlie's Angel" Cheryl Ladd. (Ladd was once married to Alan's son, David).

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7. Ladd's eldest son, Alan Ladd, Jr., became a highly regarded film producer and studio head. During his tenure as an executive at 20th Century Fox, the company released "Star Wars" (1977), "Julia" (1977) and "Alien" (1979). He left Fox to start The Ladd Company, which developed such films as "Body Heat" (1981), "Chariots of Fire" (1981), "Blade Runner" (1982) and "The Right Stuff" (1983). 

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8.) He as a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame and his handprint appears at the forecout of Grauman's Chinese Theater.

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9. Before he became an established star, Ladd appeared in scenes in "Citizen Kane," Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece.

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10.) He died on January 29, 1964 and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

 

Next: OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND

 

1.) She was born July 1, 1916 in Tokyo, Japan.

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3.) Her frequent co-star was Errol Flynn appearing in several films.

 

1.) "Captain Blood" (1935)

2.) "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (1936)

3.)"The Adventures of Robin Hood"( 1938)

4.)"Four's A Crowd" (1938)

5.) "Dodge City" (1939)

6.) "The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex" ( 1939)

7.) "Santa Fe Trail" (1940)

8) "They Died With Their Boots On" (1941)

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5.) She's best know for portraying Melanie Hamilton Wilkes in "GONE WITH THE WIND" (1939)

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6. Among the 1941 Academy Award nominees for Best Actress were De Havilland (for her performance in "Hold Back the Dawn") and Fontaine (for "Suspicion"). It was the first time that sisters were nominated for the same acting award. The Oscar went to Fontaine.

It would be another 25 years before sisters would compete again in an acting category. Siblings Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave were nominated for Best Actress of 1966 for their performances, respectively, in "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment" and "Georgy Girl." Neither won.

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7. She took Warner Brothers to court over adding suspension time to an actor's contract and won.  This became known as the "de Havilland decision."

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10. De Havilland celebrated her 98th birthday on July 1, 2014, making her one of the longest-living Oscar winners in history. She is surpassed only by two-time Best Actress winner Luise Rainer, who observed her 104th birthday on January 12, 2014.

De Havilland's sister, Joan Fontaine, died on December 15, 2013 at the age of 96. 

 

Next: Paul Muni.

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1.) Paul Muni was born Fredrick Meshilem Meier Weisenfreud in Lemberg Galicia Austro-Hunggaiian Empire (now Liv Ukraine) September 22, 1895.

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3. He received six Academy Award nominations -- all for Best Actor -- for his performances in "The Valiant" (1929), "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang" (1932), "Black Fury" (1935), "The Story of Louis Pasteur" (1936), "The Life of Émile Zola" (1937) and "The Last Angry Man" (1959). He won for "The Story of Louis Pasteur."

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4.) A film musical :"ACTOR: THE PAUL MUNI STORY" was made on his life and starred Hershel Bernardi. 

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5. When Muni received the 1936 Academy Award for "Best Actor in "The Story of Louis Pasteur," the Best Actress Oscar was won by actress Luise Rainer for "The Great Ziegfeld." The actors then co-starred in "The Good Earth" and received Oscar nominations again for 1937. His was for ""The Life of Émile Zola." Hers was for "The Good Earth." She won for the second consecutive year.
 

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6. At the time of his death in August of 1967, he had been married for 46 years to his only wife, Bella.  They had no children.

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7. Muni won the 1955-56 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for "Inherit the Wind" which was based on the 1925 Scopes "monkey trial" in Tennessee. He played defense attorney Henry Drummond, the character based on Clarence Darrow and played by Spencer Tracy in Stanley Kramer's 1960 film version. On the stage, the role of prosecution attorney Matthew Harrison Brady was played by Ed Begley, Sr. Fredric March played the Brady character, based on William Jennings Bryan, in the movie.

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