Forgotten Stars

Joan Burgess – Ziegfeld Star

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Ziegfeld beauty Joan Burgess (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Joan Burgess got her start as a chorus girl with Earl Carroll in one his Vanity shows on Broadway in 1928.  She then met Flo Ziegfeld, who cast her in a minor role in his production of “Show Boat” in 1930.  While in “Show Boat” she started dating Nicky Blair, part owner of a popular […]

Silent Film Stars

Lola Salvi – Italian Beauty

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Lola Salvi - Italian beauty (Bizarre Los Angeles)

LOLA SALVI STARTS NEAR TOP May 22, 1928 Lola Salvi [real name: Marcella Battelini] , winner of the Fox contest to establish the most beautiful girl in Italy, has been launched on her motion picture career as a featured player in “Plastered in Paris,” a big comedy drama. She is a native of Trieste, and […]

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Tom Tyler

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Tom Tyler, real name Vincent Markowski, was born August 9, 1903 in Port Henry, New York. He became a weightlifter who began his movie career in 1924 as an extra. Because of his tall, strong build, he easily fit in with the Western genre and he debuted as a leading man in Let’s Go, Gallagher (1925). By 1927, […]

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Luana Alcañiz – Flower of Spain

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Luana Alcañiz (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Sign Spanish Dancing Star For Talkies Luana Alcañiz, Meller’s Protege, to Perform in Movietone May 25, 1930 A new charmer in the ranks of movietone is announced by Fox Films with the signing of Luana Alcañiz, a beautiful 21-year-old dancer and singer whose art is ranked by critics with that of Raquel Meller. Miss Alcañiz […]

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Steffi Duna

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Steffi Duna in 1939. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Steffi Duna Goes Wild For Picture Purposes She Even Changed Her Name By Eleanor Barnes December 7, 1935 The Hollywood savage is not Lupe Velez, but Steffi Duna, Hungarian actress. Miss Duna has not always been a savage. For years she was civilized – Then came the Warner Bros., who wrought the change in Miss […]

Silent Film Stars

Ben F. Wilson

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“I am of the firm opinion that actors’ early hardships are but the caviare that whets their professional appetites, and that without them the game and its results for most of us would be ‘flat, stale and unprofitable.’” — Ben F. Wilson   “Broke and despondent, I was offered work as substitute for a night […]

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Dixie Lee

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Dixie Lee (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Wilma Wyatt, Knoxville, Is Dixie Lee Of Follies She Shocked Her Family But Made a Hit in the Movies. By Margaret A. Write The Knoxville Journal, Aug. 3, 1929 Hear how a Knoxville girl landed in Hollywood! She shocked her mother until that lady was in despair. In the language of her father, “She tried […]

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Eleanor Boardman

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“I want a career because I am selfish. There is something in my makeup which makes it impossible for me to live entirely for others.” — Eleanor Boardman.  Source: Marjory Adams (1931)   “An attractive woman is one who knows how to wear her clothes well. Part of my beauty recipe consists in giving myself […]

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)