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100 Years of Classic Movie Stars-Part IV

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The final chapter of my 1914 centennials list. Many classic movie fans will celebrate these actors, producers, and directors this year.

I will see you next year for the 1915 list. Here is a sample for next year: Ann Sheridan, Zero Mostel, Harry Morgan, Anthony Quinn, Alice Faye, Orson Welles, Michael Kidd, Ingrid Bergman, Eli Wallach, and Frank Sinatra.

Ray Stark
Ray Stark

Ray Stark

Born: October 3 (1914 or 1915)

Died: January 17, 2004

Notable Films: The Night of the Iguana (1964); Funny Girl (1968); The Way we Were (1974); The Goodbye Girl (1977); Steel Magnolias (1989).

Trivia: Funny Girl was based on the career of his mother-in-law Fanny Brice.

Ran Columbia Pictures in the 1970s and 1980s.

Edward Andrews
Edward Andrews

Edward Andrews

Born: October 9

Died: March 8, 1985

Notable Films: The Harder They Fall (1956); Tea and Sympathy (1956); Elmer Gantry (1960); The Absent Minded Professor (1961); The Thrill of it All (1963); Sixteen Candles (1984).

Trivia: Type cast as a grandfatherly type.

Didn't really begin building his film career until he was in his forties.

Juanita Moore
Juanita Moore

Juanita Moore

Born: October 19

Died: January 1, 2014

Notable Films: Affair in Trinidad (1952); Ransom! (1956); Imitation of Life (1959);  Walk on the Wild Side (1962).

Trivia: Died ten months before her 100th birthday.

The fifth African-American to be nominated for an Oscar in any category.

Fayard Nicholas
Fayard Nicholas

Fayard Nicholas

Born: October 20

Died: January 24, 2006

Notable Films: Down Argentine Way (1940); Sun Valley Serenade (1941); Stormy Weather (1943); The Pirate (1948).

Trivia: Known for doing cartwheels landing in full splits.

Older brother of Harold Nicholas; together they were billed as The Nicholas Brothers.

Jackie Coogan
Jackie Coogan

Jackie Coogan

Born: October 26

Died: March 1, 1984

Notable Films: The Kid (1921); Oliver Twist (1922); The Actress (1953); Marlowe (1969).

Trivia: Law named after him called the Coogan Act, which protects financial abuse by their guardians.

Known for playing Uncle Fester in the 1960s TV show The Addams Family.

Ray Walston
Ray Walston

Ray Walston

Born: November 2 (as Herman Raymond Walston)

Died: January 1, 2001

Notable Films: South Pacific (1958); Damn Yankees! (1958); The Apartment (1960); Kiss Me Stupid (1964); The Sting (1973); Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982).

Trivia: Known for two TV series-My Favorite Martian and Picket Fences.


Norman Lloyd
Norman Lloyd

Norman Lloyd

Born: November 8

Fingers crossed-will celebrate his centennial this year!

Notable Films: Sabetour (1942); Spellbound (1945); Limelight (1952); Dead Poets Society (1989).

Trivia: Had a lifelong association with Alfred Hitchcock.

Played Dr. Auschlander in the TV show St. Elsewhere.

One of the oldest Hollywood actors never to retire.

Hedy Lamarr
Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr

Born: November 9 (as Hedwig Kiesler)

Died: January 19, 2000

Notable Films: Ecstasy (1933); Algiers (1938); Boom Town (1940); Ziegfeld Girl (1941); H.M. Pulham Esq. (1941); Samson and Delilah (1949).

Trivia: Did nude scenes in Ecstasy.

Typecast a glamorous woman of exotic origins.

Invented a frequency-hopping spread spectrum that we now used today in such communications tools as Bluetooth and WiFi.

Inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.

Regarded by fans and critics alike as one of the most beautiful woman to ever embrace the screen.

The 1st major movie star to die in the new millennium.

Dorothy Lamour
Dorothy Lamour

Dorothy Lamour

Born: December 10 (as Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton)

Died: September 22, 1996

Notable Films: The Jungle Princess (1936); Swing High, Swing Low (1937); The Hurricane (1937); Road to Morocco (1942); My Favorite Brunette (1947); The Greatest Show on Earth (1952).

Trivia: Known as The Sarong Queen.

Made a popular seven picture series with Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.


Larry Parks
Larry Parks

Larry Parks

Born: December 13 (as Samuel Parks)

Died: April 13, 1975

Notable Films: The Jolson Story (1946); Down to Earth (1947); Jolson Sings Again (1949).

Trivia: Blacklisted in the 1950s.

Godfather to Jeff Bridges.

Richard Widmark
Richard Widmark

Richard Widmark

Born: December 26

Died: March 24, 2008

Notable Films: Kiss of Death (1947); Night and the City (1950); No Way Out (1950); Judgment at Nuremberg (1961).

Trivia: Known for playing villains until he branched out into more heroic roles.

Lee Bowman
Lee Bowman

Lee Bowman

Born: December 28

Died: December 25, 1979

Notable Films: Buck Privates (1941); Bataan (1943); Cover Girl (1944); Smash-Up (1947); My Dream is Yours (1949).

Trivia: After retiring from the screen in 1968, he became a corporate communications consultant, specializing in the conversational approach to spoken communication.

Jo Van Fleet
Jo Van Fleet

Jo Van Fleet

Born: December 30

Died: June 10, 1996

Notable Films: East of Eden (1955); I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955); Gunfight at the OK Corral (1957); Wild River (1960); Cool Hand Luke (1967).

Trivia: Spent five hours in the make-up chair to play an 89-year-old woman in Wild River.

Member of The Actors Studio.


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