Tuesday 26 March 2019

Vivien Leigh

Born: 5 November 1913, Darjeeling, Bengal Presidency, British India [now West Bengal, India]
Died: 8 July 1967, Belgravia, London, England, UK

Gone with the Wind (1939) as Scarlett O'Hara - Their Daughter

Marcella Martin

Born: 5 June 1916, Champaign, Illinois, USA
Died: 31 October 1986, Houston, Texas, USA

Gone with the Wind (1939) as Cathleen Calvert

Marcella Martin is on the right, with Vivien Leigh.

Bessie Love

Born: 10 September 1898, Midland, Texas, USA
Died: 26 April 1986, London, England, UK

Bessie Love was a silent screen star.

Ragtime (1981) as Old Lady - T. O. C.

Donald O'Connor

Born: 28 August 1925, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 27 September 2003, Calabasas, California, USA
There's No Business Like Show Business (1954) as Tim Donahue

Ragtime (1981) as Evelyn's Dance Instructor
With Elizabeth McGovern.

Edwin Cooper

Born: 15 September 1894, Genoa, Illinois, USA
Died: 2 February 1984, Danbury, Connecticut, USA

Ragtime (1981) as Grandfather

Monday 25 March 2019

Alan Gifford

Born: 11 March 1911, Taunton, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 20 March 1989, Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland, UK

Ragtime (1981) as Judge

Eloise Taylor

Born: 3 February 1903, Iowa, USA
Died: 16 December 1987, Santa Monica, California, USA

Eloise Taylor made a handful of film appearances in the early 1930s. She then married film star Pat O'Brien and didn't make another film until 1981. They were married for 62 years.

Ragtime (1981) as Mrs. Thaw (Credited as Eloise O' Brien)

Sunday 24 March 2019

William Hickey

Born: 19 September 1927, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 29 June 1997, New York City, New York, USA

Prizzi's Honor (1985) as Don Corrado Prizzi

Friday 22 March 2019

Erich von Stroheim

Born: 22 September 1885, Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]
Died: 12 May 1957, Maurepas, Seine-et-Oise [now Yvelines], France

Sunset Blvd. (1950) as Max Von Mayerling

Gloria Swanson

Born: 27 March 1899, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 4 April 1983, New York City, New York, USA

Gloria Swanson was considered to be one of the greatest silent screen stars of the 1910s and 1920s.

Sunset Blvd. (1950) as Norma Desmond

With William Holden.

Tuesday 19 March 2019

John Randolph

Born: 1 June 1915, New York City, New York, USA
Died: 24 February 2004, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

Prizzi's Honor (1985) as Angelo 'Pop' Partanna

With Jack Nicholson.

Russell Morrison

Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Russell Morrison was a stage performer who rarely entered into film work.

Boogie Woogie Dream (1944) as Mr. Weathercook

With Virginia Pine.

Other Works


1940 Cue for Passion as Medical Examiner. Royale Theatre, Broadway, New York, NY.
19 Dec 1940 - 28 Dec 1940 (12 performances). Directed by Otto Preminger. Produced by Richard Aldrich and Richard Meyers.

Virginia Pine

Born: 11 August 1912, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 17 March 1984, New York City, New York, USA

Boogie Woogie Dream (1944) as Mr. Weathercook's date

Saturday 16 March 2019

Florence Gilbert

Born: 20 February 1904, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: 27 February 1991, Sylmar, California, USA

Florence Gilbert spent much of her childhood in Chicago. When she was 14 her mother wrote to Mary Pickford who encouraged her to bring Florence to Hollywood. Florence looked older than her years and was soon cast in films as a young wife or working woman even though she was still only a teenager. In 1921 whilst working for Metro Pictures, Florence was cast in the very first short film to feature both Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, ‘The Lucky Dog’. Although they were not an official comedy duo for another 6 years, this is now recognised as the start of what was to become a great personal and working relationship between Laurel and Hardy, and Florence, unbeknownst to her, was their first female lead. Here is video about Florence.

The Lucky Dog (1921) as Poodle Owner

With Stan Laurel.

Florence Gilbert looks like the lead dancer in the dream sequence.

Back Fire (1922) as Betty Hampton

With Jack Hoxie.

Brilliantino the Bullfighter (1923) as Brilliantino's Sweetheart


The Ladies of Laurel and Hardy - Episode 1 - Florence Gilbert

Friday 15 March 2019

Dorothy DeBorba

Born: 28 March 1925, Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: 2 June 2010, Walnut Creek, California, USA

Free Wheeling (1932) as Dorothy

Johnnie Mae Beard

Born: 20 March 1900, Oklahoma, USA
Died: 8 May 1962, Los Angeles County, California, USA

Johnnie Mae Beard was the real-life mother of Matthew 'Stymie' Beard as well as playing his mother in two Our Gang films.

Free Wheeling (1932) as Stymie's Mother

Lillian Rich

Born: 1 January 1900, Herne Hill, London, England, UK
Died: 5 January 1954, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

Lillian Rich was a silent screen star. She worked in the US and UK as her career faded during the early sound era.

Free Wheeling (1932) as Dickie's Mother

Jacquie Lyn

Born: 3 September 1928, London, England, UK
Died: 21 March, 2002 Granada Hills, California, USA

Jacquie Lynn was a child actress who worked for Hal Roach Studios. She is best remembered for appearing in 'Pack Up Yoiur Troubles' with Laurel and Hardy, but she also appeared in a handful of other feature films and played 'Jacquie' in two 'Our Gang' shorts.

Pack Up Your Troubles (1932) as Eddie's Baby (Credited as Jacquie Lynn)

With Stan Laurel.

Free Wheeling (1932) as Jacquie

With George 'Spanky' McFarland.

Sunday 10 March 2019

John Holland

Born: 11 June 1899, Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA
Died: 2 September 1971, Laguna Beach, California, USA

Grief Street (1931) as Jim Ryan

With Barbara Kent.

Barbara Kent

Born: 16 December 1907, Gadsby, Alberta, Canada
Died: 13 October 2011, Palm Desert, California, USA

Grief Street (1931) as Jean Royce

Not Barbara Kent's finest film.

Saturday 9 March 2019

Morris Carnovsky

Born: 5 September 1897, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Died: 1 September 1992, Easton, Connecticut, USA

Dishonored Lady (1947) as Dr. Richard Caleb

Friday 8 March 2019

Dennis O'Keefe

Born: 29 March 1908, Fort Madison, Iowa, USA
Died: 31 August 1968, Santa Monica, California, USA
Dennis O'Keefe was a leading actor and a screenwriter.
Burn 'Em Up O'Connor (1939) as Jerry O'Connor

Hi Diddle Diddle (1943) as Sonny Phyffe
With Adolphe Menjou.

Dishonored Lady (1947) as Dr. David S. Cousins

Hedy Lamarr

Born: 9 November 1914, Vienna, Austria-Hungary [now Austria]
Died: 19 January 2000, Casselberry, Florida, USA

Dishonored Lady (1947) as Madeleine Damien