Forgotten Stars

Vera Francis

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Vera Francis (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Fate Has Smiled Upon Vera Francis — Deciding Career Is Big Question by Nora Holt April 17, 1954 How long does it take a young girl living in this mad and commedium [sic] for a career? Especially if the medium is show business, the most demanding, risky and heartbreaking, and yet fascinating and rewarding profession […]

Female Stars

Mitzi Gaynor

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“While I didn’t realize it back then, the day I got my first job at Fox it was just about all over. The studios were about to dissolve, and the kind of singing-and-dancing movies that I had been made to make weren’t going to be made anymore.” — Mitzi Gaynor Source: Larry Kart (1987)

Forgotten Stars

Dusty Anderson

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Dusty Anderson in a gag photo from 1944. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Ruth “Dusty” Anderson was a popular fashion model in the 1940s. Born in Toledo, Ohio, she moved to New York City to embark on a showbusiness career. According to Walter Winchell, while she was in Toledo, she had won a $400 Bank Night prize, which paid for her move to the Big Apple. Other press […]

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 […]

Forgotten Stars

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, […]

Forgotten Stars

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 […]

Forgotten Stars

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 […]

Forgotten Stars

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 […]