Silent Film Stars

Edna Murphy

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Edna Murphy

“I’d rather do characters than ingenues any time. I’d like to live as many lives as possible during the course of my own. And the best way I can do that, and still live on my own, is by playing them for motion pictures.” — Edna Murphy Source: Jerry Hoffman (1929)

Silent Film Stars

Jessalyn Van Trump

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Jessalyn Van Trump (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“Wear your hair and your WALK and not your clothes and your manners, not according to style, but according to you own good sense of fitness, good taste and becomingness. It’s bad enough to affect a style of hair, no matter how unbecoming, just because it is stylish. But when it comes to wearing a […]

Forgotten Stars

Katherine Burke – Ziegfeld Girl

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“Nature gives every woman a shape in the beginning but neglect of that shape too frequently drives it away. Women and girls become fat and flabby, or thin and puny through neglect. I pay particular attention to my shape and always shall.” — Katherine Burke Source: publicist in 1926   “The one thing that will […]

Silent Film Stars

Bessie Eyton

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HOW I BECAME A PHOTOPLAYER By Bessie Eyton October 1, 1916 I have been told that my entrance and my success in motion pictures were somewhat unusual for the reason I had no previous dramatic experience. As you know, a large majority of those prominent in the art of the silent drama were formerly players […]

Silent Film Stars

Billie West

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Billie West (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Born in Louisville, KY., [Billie West] inherited the name “Billie,” with some changes, from her mother, who was called “Willie” West by her friends. She was an only girl and had two brothers. She confesses to being a tomboy…In 1910 she left home and went on the stage to begin a varied career in stock, […]

Forgotten Stars

Jean Kent

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Jean Kent (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Jean Kent was a British film star of the 1940s and 1950s. Her real name was Joan Mildred Hurst.  Her parents were variety performers Norman Field and Nina Norre of Brixton, London, who developed her into a performer.  Joan learned to dance as a child and appeared in early films and stage performers under other […]

1940s

Terminal Island Evictions – 1942

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On Febrary 26, 1942, Private Edward Collinash hands an eviction notice to Terminal Island resident Shiro Matsushita. Matsushita was required to leave his home by midnight the following night. The following day, the Los Angeles Times reported on the U.S. military’s Terminal Island evictions in its article: “Japs’ Ouster Demand Rises.” (Note: Bizarre Los Angeles […]