Evelyn Preer - One of the first African American silent screen actors to transition into sound Hollywood films. Her versatility as a dramatic actor led her to Hollywood where she became a contract player for Paramount Studios. Preer’s career on the silver screen would have perhaps broadened further had she not developed post-parturition complications and died of double pneumonia in November, 1932 at the age of 36. Via Black Past by deanna
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deanna Evelyn Preer - One of the first African American silent screen actors to transition into sound Hollywood films. Her versatility as a dramatic actor led her to Hollywood where she became a contract player for Paramount Studios. Preer’s career on the silver screen would have perhaps broadened further had she not developed post-parturition complications and died of double pneumonia in November, 1932 at the age of 36. Via Black Past
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Louise Brooks (November 14, 1906 – August 8, 1985) is best known as the lead in 3 feature films made in Europe, including two G. W. Pabst films: Pandora's Box (1929), Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), and Prix de Beauté (Miss Europe, 1930). She starred in seventeen silent films and eight sound films before retiring in 1935. Brooks published her memoir, Lulu in Hollywood, in 1982 and died 3 years later. by maryanne
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maryanne Louise Brooks (November 14, 1906 – August 8, 1985) is best known as the lead in 3 feature films made in Europe, including two G. W. Pabst films: Pandora's Box (1929), Diary of a Lost Girl (1929), and Prix de Beauté (Miss Europe, 1930). She starred in seventeen silent films and eight sound films before retiring in 1935. Brooks published her memoir, Lulu in Hollywood, in 1982 and died 3 years later.
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Young Martha Graham in the 1920s - she danced with Denishawn before her solo career and they did a lot of dance work in silent films. by deanna
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deanna Young Martha Graham in the 1920s - she danced with Denishawn before her solo career and they did a lot of dance work in silent films.
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Kim Hamilton (Sept. 12, 1932 – Sept. 16, 2013) was an African American actress who appeared onstage, in films and on television and was the wife of the late actor Werner Klemperer — Col. Klink on “Hogan’s Heroes” — at a time when mixed marriages were uncommon even in Hollywood. Hamilton portrayed Helen Robinson in 1962's To Kill a Mockingbird. Her long career on TV began as Andy's girlfriend on Amos 'n' Andy. She had roles on The Twilight Zone, Days of Our Lives, All in the Family & many more. by susana
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susana Kim Hamilton (Sept. 12, 1932 – Sept. 16, 2013) was an African American actress who appeared onstage, in films and on television and was the wife of the late actor Werner Klemperer — Col. Klink on “Hogan’s Heroes” — at a time when mixed marriages were uncommon even in Hollywood. Hamilton portrayed Helen Robinson in 1962's To Kill a Mockingbird. Her long career on TV began as Andy's girlfriend on Amos 'n' Andy. She had roles on The Twilight Zone, Days of Our Lives, All in the Family & many more.
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LILLIAN GISH (1893-1993) American stage, screen, and television actress, whose career spanned 75 years. She was immensely popular in silent films. Her final film, "The Whales of August", was made in 1987 when Gish was 93. Gish always listed the year of her birth as 1896. It wasn't until after her death that the true year of her birth (1893) was revealed. by marie
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marie LILLIAN GISH (1893-1993) American stage, screen, and television actress, whose career spanned 75 years. She was immensely popular in silent films. Her final film, "The Whales of August", was made in 1987 when Gish was 93. Gish always listed the year of her birth as 1896. It wasn't until after her death that the true year of her birth (1893) was revealed.
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Silent film star Evelyn Brent, 1924. Most of her films are lost by carter flynn
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carter flynn Silent film star Evelyn Brent, 1924. Most of her films are lost
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Lucille Ball (1911–1989) One of the most popular & influential stars in America. During her lifetime, she had one of Hollywood's longest careers, especially on television. Ball's film career spanned the 1930s & 1940s, and she became a television star during the 1950s. She continued making films in the 1960s & 1970s. by eddie
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eddie Lucille Ball (1911–1989) One of the most popular & influential stars in America. During her lifetime, she had one of Hollywood's longest careers, especially on television. Ball's film career spanned the 1930s & 1940s, and she became a television star during the 1950s. She continued making films in the 1960s & 1970s.
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Hattie McDaniel (June 10,1895 – Oct 26,1952) was the first black performer to win an Academy Award: Best Supporting Actress for "Mammy" in Gone with the Wind,1939. She was the first black woman to sing on the radio in America. Over the course of her career, McDaniel appeared in over 300 films, although she only received screen credits for about 80. McDaniel has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. by Shopway2much
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Shopway2much Hattie McDaniel (June 10,1895 – Oct 26,1952) was the first black performer to win an Academy Award: Best Supporting Actress for "Mammy" in Gone with the Wind,1939. She was the first black woman to sing on the radio in America. Over the course of her career, McDaniel appeared in over 300 films, although she only received screen credits for about 80. McDaniel has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Nina Mae McKinney was considered the first black movie star ever.  After appearing in 1929′s Hallelujah!, one of the first all-black films, her career took off.  She became known as the Black Garbo, a reference to white film actress Greta Garbo. by TamidP
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TamidP Nina Mae McKinney was considered the first black movie star ever. After appearing in 1929′s Hallelujah!, one of the first all-black films, her career took off. She became known as the Black Garbo, a reference to white film actress Greta Garbo.
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Anita Page ~ 1920's Flapper Girl ~ She Anita Evelyn Pomares on August 4, 1910. She died in 2008 at the age of 98. She was once considered "the girl with the most beautiful face in Hollywood" in the late 1920s. by francesca-caas
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francesca-caas Anita Page ~ 1920's Flapper Girl ~ She Anita Evelyn Pomares on August 4, 1910. She died in 2008 at the age of 98. She was once considered "the girl with the most beautiful face in Hollywood" in the late 1920s.
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ANITA O'DAY. Born: Oct.18 1919, in Chicago, USA. Died: Nov. 23 2006 (age 87) of pneumonia in LA. Made the jump from big band singer during the Swing era to mainstream jazz song  in the 1950s & 1960s. Impoverished & largely abandoned in childhood, O'Day led one of the roughest lives in jazz, possibly surpassed only by her idol, Billie Holiday. Over a 5-decade career she suffered a mental breakdown, a 14-year addiction to heroin & time in jail. by cora
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cora ANITA O'DAY. Born: Oct.18 1919, in Chicago, USA. Died: Nov. 23 2006 (age 87) of pneumonia in LA. Made the jump from big band singer during the Swing era to mainstream jazz song in the 1950s & 1960s. Impoverished & largely abandoned in childhood, O'Day led one of the roughest lives in jazz, possibly surpassed only by her idol, Billie Holiday. Over a 5-decade career she suffered a mental breakdown, a 14-year addiction to heroin & time in jail.
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Moma tiger's cubs died and she became depressed. Keepers took the skins of her babies and wrapped them around piglets and introduced them by johanna
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johanna Moma tiger's cubs died and she became depressed. Keepers took the skins of her babies and wrapped them around piglets and introduced them
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Understudies Who Later Became Stars ... Shirley MacLaine experienced her big Broadway break as an understudy to actress Carol Haney in 1954 production of "The Pajama Game." Thanks to Haney's sprained ankle, MacLaine was seen by Paramount producer Hal Wallis, and so her silver screen career began. by carey
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carey Understudies Who Later Became Stars ... Shirley MacLaine experienced her big Broadway break as an understudy to actress Carol Haney in 1954 production of "The Pajama Game." Thanks to Haney's sprained ankle, MacLaine was seen by Paramount producer Hal Wallis, and so her silver screen career began.
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Marie Doro! A lovely actress from the earlier, silent days of cinema. Sadly, most of her films are lost, but she sure took some lovely photos by julianne
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julianne Marie Doro! A lovely actress from the earlier, silent days of cinema. Sadly, most of her films are lost, but she sure took some lovely photos
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Jenny Lee & Elvira Snow Freaks has earned its place in history as one of the all-time great cult films, though it wasn’t always beloved. The film was reviled by both critics and audiences upon release in 1932. It was a career-killer for Tod Browning, who had previously been a Hollywood golden child with a string of Lon Chaney hits under his belt and who had just come off the enormous success of Dracula. The film shocked audiences with its use of actual sideshow “freaks” as actors: Among... by Jinx62
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Jinx62 Jenny Lee & Elvira Snow Freaks has earned its place in history as one of the all-time great cult films, though it wasn’t always beloved. The film was reviled by both critics and audiences upon release in 1932. It was a career-killer for Tod Browning, who had previously been a Hollywood golden child with a string of Lon Chaney hits under his belt and who had just come off the enormous success of Dracula. The film shocked audiences with its use of actual sideshow “freaks” as actors: Among...
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"Sir Ian McKellen broke down and cried whilst filming 'The Hobbit' because he had to film with a just a green screen instead of with other actors, he said 'this is not why I became an actor'." by erma
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erma "Sir Ian McKellen broke down and cried whilst filming 'The Hobbit' because he had to film with a just a green screen instead of with other actors, he said 'this is not why I became an actor'."
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Greta Garbo (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990), born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, was a Swedish film actress and an international star and icon during Hollywood's silent and classic periods. Many of her films were sensational hits. In 1941, she retired after appearing in only twenty-eight films. Although she was offered many opportunities to return to the screen, she declined most of them. Instead, she lived a private life, shunning publicity by Reymunda
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Reymunda Greta Garbo (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990), born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, was a Swedish film actress and an international star and icon during Hollywood's silent and classic periods. Many of her films were sensational hits. In 1941, she retired after appearing in only twenty-eight films. Although she was offered many opportunities to return to the screen, she declined most of them. Instead, she lived a private life, shunning publicity
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CYD CHARISSE: Born: March 8, 1921 in Texas. Died: June 17, 2008 (age 87) of complications from a heart attack in LA. Cyd was born to be a dancer, she spent her early childhood taking ballet lessons and joined the Ballet Russe at 13. In 1945 she was hired to dance with Fred Astaire in "Ziegfeld Follies" (1945), that uncredited appearance got her a 7 year contract with MGM. Also known for, "Singin' in the Rain" (1952) with Gene Kelly & "Band Wagon" (1953) with Fred Astaire. by betty
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betty CYD CHARISSE: Born: March 8, 1921 in Texas. Died: June 17, 2008 (age 87) of complications from a heart attack in LA. Cyd was born to be a dancer, she spent her early childhood taking ballet lessons and joined the Ballet Russe at 13. In 1945 she was hired to dance with Fred Astaire in "Ziegfeld Follies" (1945), that uncredited appearance got her a 7 year contract with MGM. Also known for, "Singin' in the Rain" (1952) with Gene Kelly & "Band Wagon" (1953) with Fred Astaire.
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Stoddard children, 1786, Winchenden, Mass., USA. All 4 children died between Jan.2 and Jan.7, 1786. No history of a flu epidemic then, perhaps all died of pneumonia?  Cold in Massachusetts in January.  How devastating for the parents! by proteamundi
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proteamundi Stoddard children, 1786, Winchenden, Mass., USA. All 4 children died between Jan.2 and Jan.7, 1786. No history of a flu epidemic then, perhaps all died of pneumonia? Cold in Massachusetts in January. How devastating for the parents!
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British Actor-manager Sir John Martin Harvey (1863-1944) was one of the last great romantic actors of the English theatre. His most famous play was The Only Way (1899), an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. 25 years later, he also featured in the film version, as well as in a few other silent and sound films. by marisa
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marisa British Actor-manager Sir John Martin Harvey (1863-1944) was one of the last great romantic actors of the English theatre. His most famous play was The Only Way (1899), an adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities. 25 years later, he also featured in the film version, as well as in a few other silent and sound films.
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Natalie Cole through the years, died on December 31, 2015 of health complications, she was 65. The daughter of legendary jazz singer Nat "King" Cole. by DeeDeeBean
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DeeDeeBean Natalie Cole through the years, died on December 31, 2015 of health complications, she was 65. The daughter of legendary jazz singer Nat "King" Cole.
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the front page of NY's Daily News, from 1937, with a headline about the death the previous day of starlet Jean Harlow. her passing triggered wild speculation in the tabloid press because of confusion over what had killed her. Left to fill the fact vacuum, the tabs claimed she had died variously of alcoholism, complications from an abortion, over-dieting, sunstroke, poisoning due to her platinum hair dye, and VD. Eventually doctors realized she had died of kidney failure. by hattie
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hattie the front page of NY's Daily News, from 1937, with a headline about the death the previous day of starlet Jean Harlow. her passing triggered wild speculation in the tabloid press because of confusion over what had killed her. Left to fill the fact vacuum, the tabs claimed she had died variously of alcoholism, complications from an abortion, over-dieting, sunstroke, poisoning due to her platinum hair dye, and VD. Eventually doctors realized she had died of kidney failure.
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Bonnie Franklin One Day at a Time 1975-84 Franklin was not the first divorced mother on TV, but she was among the most realistic. As Ann Romano, she battled her ex for child support, scrimped and saved, and discussed virginity with her teen daughters (future stars Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips). Franklin died of complications from pancreatic cancer last year at 69. by marion
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marion Bonnie Franklin One Day at a Time 1975-84 Franklin was not the first divorced mother on TV, but she was among the most realistic. As Ann Romano, she battled her ex for child support, scrimped and saved, and discussed virginity with her teen daughters (future stars Valerie Bertinelli and Mackenzie Phillips). Franklin died of complications from pancreatic cancer last year at 69.
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Hank Azaria. Born in Queens, New York to parents from #Thessaloniki, #Greece, Azaria grew up always knowing he had a passion for acting. As an American film, television and stage actor, director, voice actor, and comedian some of Azaria's biggest films included: America's Sweethearts, Along Came Polly, and The #Smurfs. Azaria has won four Emmys and a Screen Actors Guild Award. by alta
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alta Hank Azaria. Born in Queens, New York to parents from #Thessaloniki, #Greece, Azaria grew up always knowing he had a passion for acting. As an American film, television and stage actor, director, voice actor, and comedian some of Azaria's biggest films included: America's Sweethearts, Along Came Polly, and The #Smurfs. Azaria has won four Emmys and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
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"Therese Neumann (1898-1962) became the center of worldwide attention in 1926 when, at age 28, she received the Stigmata, the manifestation of Christ’s wounds on her body. On August 6, 1926, following a vision of Christ’s transfiguration, Therese experienced no further need of food or drink, and little need for sleep. On September 18, 1962, at age 64, Therese died from cardiac arrest. Five days after her passing, the doctors declared her body to be fresh and supple with no signs of decay." by lula
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lula "Therese Neumann (1898-1962) became the center of worldwide attention in 1926 when, at age 28, she received the Stigmata, the manifestation of Christ’s wounds on her body. On August 6, 1926, following a vision of Christ’s transfiguration, Therese experienced no further need of food or drink, and little need for sleep. On September 18, 1962, at age 64, Therese died from cardiac arrest. Five days after her passing, the doctors declared her body to be fresh and supple with no signs of decay."
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Tattoo in honor of my mom. I got it on her birthday the year after she died. It's two Celtic symbols combined. One that represents the female power and one that represents the transition between life and death. by bethany
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bethany Tattoo in honor of my mom. I got it on her birthday the year after she died. It's two Celtic symbols combined. One that represents the female power and one that represents the transition between life and death.
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Silent Complications by cathleen
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Gillian Jacobs attends the premiere of HBO's "Veep" 3rd Season at Paramount Studios on March 24, 2014 in Hollywood, California. by JustcallmeLOVE
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JustcallmeLOVE Gillian Jacobs attends the premiere of HBO's "Veep" 3rd Season at Paramount Studios on March 24, 2014 in Hollywood, California.
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Silent Complications by cathy
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Olive Borden, c.1925 Olive Borden was an American actress in silent and early talkies. Nicknamed “The Joy Girl”, she was known for her jet-black hair and was considered one of the most beautiful actresses of her era. Many of her silent films have been lost and Olive Borden has become a “forgotten” star. by julianne
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julianne Olive Borden, c.1925 Olive Borden was an American actress in silent and early talkies. Nicknamed “The Joy Girl”, she was known for her jet-black hair and was considered one of the most beautiful actresses of her era. Many of her silent films have been lost and Olive Borden has become a “forgotten” star.
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Krystyna Skarbek: (born 1908 & died 1952) was a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent. She became celebrated especially for her daring exploits in intelligence and irregular-warfare missions in Nazi-occupied Poland and France. She became a British agent months before the SOE was founded in July 1940 and was one of the longest-serving of all Britain’s wartime women agents. by Eva0707
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Eva0707 Krystyna Skarbek: (born 1908 & died 1952) was a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent. She became celebrated especially for her daring exploits in intelligence and irregular-warfare missions in Nazi-occupied Poland and France. She became a British agent months before the SOE was founded in July 1940 and was one of the longest-serving of all Britain’s wartime women agents.
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