Saturday, August 8, 2020

Born Today August 8: Sylvia Sidney




1910-1999

Not just another pretty face powerhouse actress Sylvia Sidney was born Sylvia Kosow in The Bronx, New York on this day. Her parents divorced when she was five; with her mother's remarriage, she was legally adopted by her stepfather whose surname was Sidney--hence the name change. Interested in acting from a young age, she was schooled at a theater guild and was acting professionally at the age of 15.  Sidney's extremely long career in films and television began in 1927 when she was cast in the romantic drama Broadway Nights, which also happened to mark the film premiered of one Barbara Stanwyck; Sidney's part was small--as one of four "Performers"--but at least it was a credited role (that is more than Stanwyck or Ann Sothern got!).  It was of only two films in which she appeared in the 1920's and the only silent. Thru Different Eyes--released on the 14 of April, 1929--was an early all talking Fox drama; it marked Sidney's debut in a full supporting role.  Sidney started out the new decade with a role in a 14 minute short, Five Minutes from the Station; while her first lead role came next in City Streets (1931), an early noir; Sidney starred opposite Gary Cooper.  She quickly became a needed fresh face during the Depression; very much in demand as a leading lady.  Her career, though, slowed significantly during the 1940's, this was in no small part due to fact that in the later 30's she gained a reputation (deserved or not) for being difficult to work with--this was coming from directors like Fritz Lang and Hitchcock--still she was one of Hollywood's most highly paid and her movies brought in really good box office returns.  As a result  of this slowing, she both turned to character acting and to making guest appearances on television.  Her small screen debut came in 1952 in a third season episode of Cameo Theater (The Gathering Twilight) a live series that presented a different story every week.  Her early television appearances were heavily weighted in such shows, although she did appear on shows such as Tales of Tomorrow.  All of her acting credits from the first half of the 1960's were in television. She then took five years off from any sort of filmed acting. Her first real love was the stage, and she had worked on the stage all through her career, having made her Broadway debut in 1926.  When she returned to her film career, she made a number of made for television films and had guest appearances on very popular television series (my personal favorite of her made-for-TV film roles is in the NBC "creature feature" Snowbeast in 1977). Her first real recurring series role came in the short lived 1986 family drama Morningstar/Eveningstar.  She is, without a doubt, though, known to most people for her appearances in not one, but two Tim Burton films:  Beetlejuice (1988) and Mars Attacks (1996).  Her last acting gig came in the rebooted Fantasy Island as Clia in seven of the series total of thirteen episodes in 1998. A lifelong chain smoker (as is spoofed a bit in Beetlejuice), she developed a rapidly spreading throat cancer and medical treatments were of no avail. She passed away in Manhattan on the 1st of July in 1999 at almost the age of 89. She had worked up to the very end. She was cremated and her ashes were urned. In 1982 she was given the George Eastman Award for film acting; and she was a Lincoln Center lifetime achievement honoree in 1990.





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Friday, August 7, 2020

Born Today August 7: Sam Lucas


1848 (or 1850)-1916



Ground breaking African-American performer Sam Lucas was born on this day (it is thought) as either Samuel Lucas Milady or Samuel Mildmay Lucas in Washington Court House, Ohio to freed black parents (sources also cite Washington D.C. as his birth place). Lucas only appeared (that we know of) in two films in his life time, but his performance career during this particular span of time was almost larger than life.  He showed significant musical talent as a young child and started playing at a local job, reportedly a barber shop, in slow business hours.  This gained him a quick reputation and he moved on to traveling black minstrel shows. He was one of the first performers to cross the race barrier, largely using comedy and song as a vehicle. To say this was not small task, is a monumental understatement!  It meant that, even as a black man, he had to perform in black face. His involvement in Minstrel shows and his penning of several songs that stereotyped black people has been a source of criticism, especially in modern times--though his body of work taken as a whole is far less controversial than others involved in the same line of performance.  Nonetheless, he was huge talent of his time and was a multi-talented performer and an excellent singer--he was also wildly popular. He reportedly had committed to memory 100's of black spirituals; more importantly he composed many himself that became extremely popular (many of his works have even been recorded in the classical genre, applied with operatic singing styles). During his lifetime he traveled extensively with minstrel shows, even performing internationally in the Caribbean. Though he branched out at various times into musical and even dramatic stage work, his mainstay up until the 1890's was Minstrelsy .  In the 1890's he joined Sam T. Jack's  The Creole Show a full on vaudeville/burlesque show.  After the turn of the century he garnered the lead in several stage productions, having been a part of the Bob Cole's all black (from the writers to the actors, props artists to director) production in 1898.  By this time he was famous across racial lines, especially for his singing. He was also wealthy; and in 1908 he became a member of the extremely influential group The Frogs.  In terms of films he is known for sure to have acted in two films, the first of which went unfinished and unreleased until MoMA hosted a restored special screening in 2014, more than 100 years after it's filming.  Lime Kiln Club Field Day was filmed in 1913, was about 3/4ths complete; Lucas playing one of several "club members" had just a small role.  Footage of the film was first discovered in 1939, MoMA undertook printing some of the footage back in 1976, but it's wasn't given the full restoration treatment until after the turn of the century. It has since been selected for preservation by the National Film Registry.  His only film appearance to be released in his lifetime (that we know of) was World Film's version of Uncle Tom's Cabin in 1914.  He was one of the first (though not the very first) black actors to play the lead in a film version of the story; but way back in 1878, he was an important first. During that year, he became the very first black actor to play the part in a major stage production of Cabin, so he was a real "get" for Selznick's production house in this regard.  Like Lime Kiln, Uncle Tom's Cabin has also been added to the National Film Registry.  In addition to being a first rate actor, Lucas was also a first rate songwriter (and writer of other mediums as well). Lucas had been dealing with liver complaints for years, this left him in a weakened state, so when he contracted pneumonia in late 1915, he was unable to fight it off. The condition claimed his life on the 5 of January 1916 in New York City.  Because his birth year has variously been listed as 1939, 1840, 1841, 1848 and 1850 (with the last two the most numerous) it is impossible to say with any accuracy what he age was at the time of his death, but he was at least 65 years old.   Some sources say that he himself was a freed slave, but that appears not to be the case. His parents however, were.  I can find no information on his resting place. 



 

    
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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Born Today August 5: Guy de Maupassant


1850-1893


French writer Guy de Maupassant was born Henri-René-Albert-Guy de Maupassant on this day at a chateau in Tourville-sur-Arques near Dieppe in Normandy. His parents were the equivalent of "landed gentry" in France and he was their first born child (his parents had obtained the right to formally use the royal name designation "de" by formal decree).  Despite this, his parents marriage was a rocky one; his father was reasonably accused of violence toward his wife and she--shocking for the time--obtained a legal separation from him on those grounds.  She then took her two sons--then aged 11 and 5--to raise alone. So it is hardly surprising that his mother became his greatest influence. Add to this, that she was a lover of literature, which greatly piqued his interest in reading, especially English classics. At the age of 13, his was sent to a formal boarding school for a classical education. It is at this time that he began to write; his first efforts were in verse; though like Shelley before him, his writings eventually got him expelled from school--which was actually his aim, given that he clearly despised the place. He did manage to finish his education, just in time (so to speak) for his involvement in the newly broken out Franco-Prussian war which lasted from July of 1870 to late January of 1871. It was just long enough for him to enlist in and later gain employment in Paris with the Navy as an office clerk.  He continued to write and began writing fiction. Today he is remembered as a first rate short story author, but at that time, his ambition was to pen novels. He came to enjoy the home of French author Flaubert, who he had meet as a young man in school. Flaubert, not only greatly encouraged and promoted his literary efforts, he also introduced him to continental writers, who in turn influenced de Maupassant to write in the popular school of realism/naturalism (in writing, de Maupassant was much more of a realist).  It was at this time that he appears to have produced his first play.  In 1878, he was also offered the chance to apply writing skills in the form of editing in his job with a promotion to Public Instruction with side jobs in the newspaper industry.  In 1880 he began successfully publishing works, which continued through the early 1890's--during this time he used a number of pen names--owed to his government employment. Left to his own nature, he was a loner--a tendency that only increased with age. He also clearly was little suited for work in Paris in general and did not care for the indulgent atmosphere around artists of any sort in the city. Couple that with the fact that his health was growing increasingly worse due to having contracted syphilis at some point, his fear of death eventually over came his fear of public shame and ridicule (his brother suffered from the same and it is generally accepted today that the two were actually born with the condition).  On the 2 of January of 1892 he attempted to slit his own throat, but only did enough damage to require serious hospitlization. It did occasion his being committed to a private asylum. He died there a year and half later on the 6th of July at just the age of 42.  Today he is considered one of the greatest short story authors in history, having written over 300 of them. Though he is not widely known, he has still, none-the-less been called the "father of the modern short story."  In regards to film, it is almost an irony that this first film to made from his works was a dramatization of one of his novels. That film, a French production of Pathé Frères, was funnily enough a short entitled Pere Milon and was released in May of 1909.  That same year, American director D. W. Griffith got his mitts into one of de Mauppassant's novels and turned out The Son's Return for Biograph.  The Edison studio soon got in on the action with A Coward  (1909), adapted and directed by Edwin S. Porter. It would take until 1912 before one of his hundreds of short stories was adapted for the screen, that came with Essanay's Her Hour of Triumph.  Then came Vitagraph's At The Eleventh Hour (1912). Fox followed on in 1918 with The Bird of Prey.  The fact that all of these American studios were making films from his work so early in the making of narrative films is testament to how popular his writing was internationally at the turn of the century.  Denmark was the next country to bring out a Maupassant production with His Great Duty. Italy produced Gente onesta in 1912. While the Russians are thought to have produced the first feature length film from his work; Doch isterzannoy Pol'shi was released in 1915 and was adapted from de Maupassant's story "Mademoiselle Fifi."  Germany made Opfer der Liebe in 1923; and even China got in on the act (!) in 1926 with the rare Chinese silent Yichuan zhenzhu (A Pearl Necklace), it featured an interesting bi-lingual title card effect, first showing lines in Mandarin that then faded into English (and though taken from de Maupassant as an original source, screenwriter Hou Yao was said to have used the script from D.W. Griffith's The Necklace--thus making it a remake of that film). Japan came in relatively late to the game, making Onna no isshô in 1928.  The first major American production of his work, clocking in at nearly 2 hours, was also the first film of his work produced with sound.  The Woman Disputed featured Norma Talmadge in the lead and was a partial silent with music and sound effects by the Western Electric Sound System; the film was released in September of 1928.  Yvette, back in his native France, became the last silent film made from his work, like Woman Disputed it was also released in 1928.  Fittingly, the first full sound film to adapt his work for a screenplay (a novel) was also a French production in 1932: He.  For what ever reason, with coming of full talking pictures, interest in his work for films kind of fell off a cliff in the United States; while international productions were wide spread and frequent. It took until 1944 for a major American studio to bring out such a production when RKO released Mademoiselle Fifi--which was a story drawn from de Maupassant's experience in war; the film was clearly produced in part because of World War II and was directed by Robert Wise in only his second directorial outing after the Val Lewton production The Curse of the Cat People (1944).  Maupassant's work then made onto the the small screen relatively early in television history when the NBC series Your Show Time presented three episodes based on his short stories in it's one year on the air in 1949.  I do believe that my earliest exposure to his work (though I certainly didn't know it at the time) came in the viewing of the 1963 Reginald Le Borg directed horror film Diary of a Madman starring Vincent Price as a television re-run when I was just a kid. This was not the only horror film his work was adapted for in the 1960's.  In 1963 horror mastermind Mario Bava included a segment based on de Maupassant's work in his classic horror anthology Black Sabbath, "hosted" by horror icon Boris Karloff.  Also in 1963, the UK produced entire television series around his work simply entitled "Maupassant"; and France followed suit in 1964 with "Trieze contes de Maupassant".  As of this writing the most recent film produced from his work was a 2019 short: Le signe; and the most recent series usage is from the Argentinian for-the-web produced "Cineficción Radio"--episode Guy de Maupassant (the partially animated film Boule de suif has been complete for years, but shows no sign of being released).  In all more than 250 films or series episodes have been produced from his writing so far. He is buried in Paris' historic Montparnasse cemetery.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Born Today August 4: Percy Bysshe Shelley



1792-1822 


English Romantic poet and Gothic novelist Percy Bysshe Shelley was born on this day in Field Place, Warnham in West Sussex on this day to a very prominent political and landowning family.  His father was a well known member of Parliament, and his mother came from a prominent family in Sussex from whom she inherited substantial land holdings in her own right. Percy was the oldest of a total of 6 children.  It was the norm for  children born into landed gentry to receive education at home, Shelley was not exception. Also following a pattern of his station, he was sent off to school at the age of ten, and entered Eton College for boys just two years later. While there, is was relentlessly bullied, resulting in him spending a lot of time segregating himself at the school reading. Profoundly interested in science, he spent time in small experiments--some of which would enter into his early writing of fiction, albeit at in disguised or exaggerated forms.  After Eaton, he matriculated to University College, Oxford. There, quickly gained a reputation for reading away most of his days, but also while there, he began to write prolifically. He published his first novel in 1810 at just the age of 18--though it was published anonymously due to it's content concerning atheism. It was just the beginning of his troubles in life due to his atheistic beliefs. In 1811 both he and lifelong "cohort" Thomas Jefferson Hogg  were expelled from university in the spring of 1811 for co-authoring an "anonymous" pamphlet on atheism. In the meantime however, he had written or co-written two works of prose and one of poetry.  After family wrangling to get him readmitted went awry, Shelley instead eloped to Scotland with his 16 year girlfriend Harriet Westbrook--he would have two children with her, before her supposed suicide while very pregnant in 1816--his daughter with her constitutes his only living descendants to this day.  He soon tired of her (and her family) and eventually turned his affections to the daughter of his mentor William Godwin, one Mary Wollenstonecraft Godwin...we certainly all know where this went. He would, of course, go on to eventually marry her after the tragic death of his first wife; he would have three children with her, only one of which survived infancy. As far as silent film, or just films in general, his second wife--Mary Shelley--eclipses him by leaps and bounds. But there was at least one film, produced in 1919 that is based on Percy Shelley's writing. The Cloud, based on Shelley's poem of the same name, can only be described as an experimental in nature. It featured various landscapes and many cloud formations, set to title cards of the Shelley poem.  The film was made by W. A. Van Scoy, who produced a number of nature films between the years 1918 and 1923.  It would be 67 years before any other production using his work was produced and that was a made-for-television mini-series of his very first novel Zastrozzi, a 4 part contemporary take on the novel billed as drama, but incorporating elements of fantasy and gothic horror. Probably the most famous production to use elements of his writing, also came out in 1986. Ken Russell's film Gothic was a highly fictionalized nightmarish tale centering around the writing of Frankenstein, it included all of the Ken Russell elements of erotic horror that fans came to expect of him. Shelley was played by Julian Sands, while the Natasha Richardson played his wife Mary--the principle focus of the film (Gabriel Byrne filled in the role of Byron).  Since that year, to date, only 4 more productions have used his work for source material, two of them shorts and all of them in the new millennium. The latest two released in 2018: Love's Philosophy--a 2 minute film that sounds in description a great deal like The Cloud and The Burying Party a war film that makes use of the works of four poets, Shelley amongst them (it is currently on Prime). As a funny note...his poetry was also used in the rated X Count the Ways--though the film only credits him as an after-thought in the "thank you" column.  For most people, probably the most famous thing about Shelley, other than giving Mary her famous surname, was his untimely death.  Despite persistent theories and fantasies about his demise, it appears that he simply got swept away in a sudden storm in the Gulf of  Le Spezia just off the coast of Italy. Despite that two other men on board were from a naval background, accounts that the boat--which was custom made for Shelley--gave every indication that it was not very sea-worthy to begin with (the only other theory that had any credence, was that someone had attempted to rob the men and rammed the vessel, but not likely given that there was actually a storm that swept in at the time the men were at sail). All three occupants of the boat drowned.  Shelley's body eventually washed ashore; local law required cremation, which was carried out on the beach near where his remains washed up. He died on the 8th of July at the age of just 29, a month shy of his 30th birthday. His ashes were eventually buried at the Protestant Cemetery in Rome. He is described as at first being buried near a pyramidical structure abutting the cemetery; his most loyal of friends Edward John Trelawny visited the grave and intensely disliking it's location managed to have the remains disinterred and buried elsewhere in the cemetery next to an old city wall, where Trelawny joined him in the plot next to him some 60 years later.   Just on a personal note, given the volume and breadth of his writing over his short lifetime, I am very surprised that his work has not been used more in film and television productions; though he is known as a poet, as mentioned above, he was also a narrative writer and, he was also an avid writer of journals. I am personally hoping this changes in the future. Please read more in links below. 
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Sunday, August 2, 2020

Born Today August 2: Helen Morgan


1900-1941 

Like Eva Tanguay, Helen Morgan was more famous for her live singing performances, and like Tanguay, she had a biopic film--partially fictionalized--made about her life in the 1950's. That is where the similarities end. Morgan was a bluesy jazz singer and Broadway musical specialist with a very sad and tragic short life. Often called the fore-runner of both Billie Holiday and Judy Garland, Morgan was born Helen Riggin on this date to a poor family in Danville, Illinois--farming country--where her father was a dirt farmer and her mother worked in school administration.  Early in her life her mother divorced her birth father and remarried with the new surname "Morgan." It was not until after yet another divorce that young Helen relocated with her mother to Chicago.  She left school early, after just the eighth grade and took a series of menial jobs, but all along her passion was singing. There isn't a lot of information as to how or when she became interested in music, or perhaps she was simply born with it, but she had a determination as a teen to become successful in the field. Toward that end, she started work in local speakeasies at nights while working during the day. It was during this time that she became a very popular "torch singer" (a torch song can best be described as a kind of blues song, usually accompanied by piano and containing stories of lament--in the 1920's the performers would often where special long flowing clothes, her personal touch was a hand scarf).  She relocated to New York City and worked extremely hard.  She made it onto the Broadway stage via stage musicals and cabaret in a very short time--reportedly she made her debut in 1923, but it could have been earlier. She was able to spend her days studying instead of working; where she studied music and singing at Metropolitan Opera. She also came to the attention of  Florenz Ziegfeld  in the 1920's; she later became a member of his famous Ziegfeld Follies. Also a sign of the times, Morgan was introduced to her demon at speakeasies early in her performance career. She became an almost full time alcoholic--it could not have helped that the quality of the alcohol at these establishments was very questionable, often was just down right poisonous.  She did however succeed and by the late 1920's she was a very popular Broadway actress/singer. She landed the part of Julie LaVerne in the 1927 Broadway production of Show Boat  and that started her the path to the film appearances for which she is remembered today. Though she does appear in the non-silent portion of the 1929 film of the stage production of Show Boat -- it was not her film debut. She had two tiny "extra" credits from 1923; assuming that these are legitimate records of the films in question, and that the "Helen Morgan" listed as an extra are indeed to Torch Singer herself, she made her filmed debut in the romantic comedy The Heart Raider (1923).  She likewise is listed as an extra on Six Cylinder Love a  Elmer Clifton directed Fox comedy starring Ernest Truex, also released in 1923. After Show Boat, she appeared in two more films in 1929, one of which she was the star and both of which were early talkies. In Applause she plays Kitt Darling, a burlesque star with a secret past in a part that Mae West was given serious consideration for.  In Glorifying the American Girl  she appeared in the Revue scene with Eddie Cantor--Zeigfeld was the producer.  She next showed up in the female lead in the romantic comedy, heavy with music,  Roadhouse Nights, shot in 1929, the film was released in February of 1930. During this time, she also had roles in Broadway productions and made her radio debut (among her radio credits is a Show Boat production by Orson Welles).  Her battle with alcohol, however,  had gotten the best of her and her performances in every arena slowed; in film she showed up in shorts until 1934 when she was given a supporting role in You Belong To Me--a b-grade melodrama about vaudeville. In the mid 1930's she made her first attempt at sobering up and appeared in four more films before she was tapped by an enthusiastic James Whale  to appear in his version of Show Boat  in 1936. It is her most famous role to this day. It would also be her last film appearance. She lapsed back into drink and made one final attempt at sobering in 1940 after a stage revival of Show Boat; by this time she was well off enough in life to have a farm that she could rest at. Hoping this would be a decisive turning point for her, no one in her life knew that it was already too late. Her manager secured her ample stage work, but she collapsed on stage in 1941 and died of liver failure in her home town of Chicago on the 9th of October. She was just 41 years of age. She was buried at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois (which is located in Cook County). Two biopics of her life were produced in the 1950's; one on the small screen in the series Playhouse 90, and the other a major motion picture The Helen Morgan Story  in which she is played by Ann Blyth, and directed by Michael Curtiz.    

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Born Today August 1: Eva Tanguay


1878-1947

One of the first North American touring superstars, vaudvellian entertainer Eva Tanguay was born on this day in Marbleton, Quebec, Canada. The eccentric entertainer was known by several colorful nicknames, including "The Girl Who Made Vaudeville Famous," "Bombshell of Joy," "The Eccentric Comedienne," "The Wild Girl" (after one of the few films that she made) and "The I Don't Care Girl" (after a wildly famous song that she recorded in 1922).  The daughter of a Doctor, the family relocated to the U.S. (Massachusetts) when she was just a girl.  She was not naturally talented as a singer, but she was funny as hell and made wild and weird gesticulations when performing that made her an almost instant stage success.  She was mostly a stage performer, but as mentioned above, she also made records and even starred in a small number of films.  Her first appearance on film however was a 1902 short simply entitled Eva Tanguay in which she performed a couple of her highly comedic dances; it was an very early Biograph & American Mutoscope actuality film. She self-produced (either completely or partially) both of the films in which she starred. The first of these was Energetic Eva in 1916; and the second (the only one to have any surviving materials) was The Wild Girl, produced in part by Selznick Pictures and released in the September of 1917. Tanguay, who was a master at self-promotion, never met any publicity that she didn't like and pulled stunts just to get her name in the papers, lost a considerable sum in the stock market crash of 1929. She subsequently retired from the entertainment industry in the 1930's--though this was largely due to health reasons (she had progressive cataracts).  She was working on an autobiography when she died suddenly of a heart attack on the 11th of January in Los Angeles. She was laid to rest in what is now known as the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  In 1953, Mitzi Gaynor played her in the highly fictionalized account of her life in the film The I Don't Care Girl.  Tanguay was known as much for her outlandish outfits as she was her over-the-top performances, below are a few of her get-ups.

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Silent Films On TCM: August Is Summer Under The Stars!




8 August 6AM [Year: 1914] Film Information

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8 August 11:15AM [1928] Trailer 


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9 August 2:15AM [Year: 1922] Film Information


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9 August 4:15AM Hilarious Tree Clip


9 August 5AM Dancing Clip


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SUMMER UNDER THE STARS!


Aug 2: Rock Hudson IMDb  

Aug 3: Rita Hayworth IMDb 

Aug 4: S. Z. Sakall IMDb 

Aug. 5:  Ann Miller IMDb

Aug. 6: Burt Lancaster IMDb

Aug. 7: Sylvia Sidney IMDb 

Aug. 8: Charlie Chaplin IMDb

Aug. 9: Goldie Hawn IMDb 

Aug. 10: Norma Shearer IMDb  

Aug. 11: Sammy Davis Jr. IMDb

Aug. 12: Lana Turner IMDb 

Aug. 13: John Barrymore IMDb  

Aug. 14: Steve McQueen IMDb

Aug. 15: Nina Foch IMDb

Aug. 16: Cary Grant IMDb

Aug. 17: Maureen O'Hara IMDb

Aug. 18: Warren Beatty IMDb

Aug. 19: Dolores Del Rio IMDb

Aug. 20: William Powell  IMDb

Aug. 21: Dian Dors IMDb

Aug. 22: Natalie Wood IMDb 

Aug. 23: Bette Davis IMDb 

Aug. 24: George Raft IMDb

Aug. 25:  Anne Shirley IMDb

Aug. 26: Laurence Olivier IMDb

Aug 27: Claudette Colbert IMBd

Aug. 28:  Paul Henreid IMDb

Aug. 29: Eva Marie Saint IMDb

Aug. 30: Charlton Heston IMDb 

Aug. 31: Alain Delon IMDb