Lillie Christine, "The Cat Lady" (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Lilly Christine – “Cat Girl”

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Lilly Christine (sometimes spelled “Lillie”) was a popular burlesque performer of the late 1940s and 1950s. Her real name was Lilliana Christina and she came from Buffalo, New York. She stood 5′ 6.5 inches and had blue eyes. Her Hollywood credits include My Wild Irish Rose and Two Guys from Texas. She played on Broadway […]

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"Welcome to my boudior...our special hideaway." -- Voluptua in 1954. Bizarre Los Angeles.

Gloria Pall – Voluptua

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Hollywood – (U.P. by Aline Mosby) December 16, 1954 — The latest gift to local television viewers is a buxom blonde in a negligee who kisses the TV screen and murmers “Welcome to my boudior…our special hideaway.” The bosomy beauty, called Voluptua, is a new star on the local ABC TV station that already has […]

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Virginia Warwick (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Virginia Warwick

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SCREEN ACTING LURED VIRGINIA FROM THE WAVES From the waves to the field of dramatic acting! Washington Herald, Feb. 26, 1922 Virginia Warwick, one of the famous Mack Sennett bathing beauties, she of the dark, vivacious eyes, deserted the lure of the swimming tank and the sandy beach to appear in one of the stellar […]

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Eleanor Blevins (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Eleanor Blevins

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“She swims like Annette Kellerman, drives a machine like Barney Oldfield, fences like Piquard, boxes like Willie Ritchie; and as for bust-tricks of the range from throwing broncos: she was taught all the lariat to ‘bulldogging’ a steer by Tom Mix. She holds the unique distinction of being the first lady to ever perform the […]

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"Actresses are supposed to act and yet the most difficult thing is to remember not to act. I get before the camera." -- Eva von Berne (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Eva von Berne

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“Actresses are supposed to act and yet the most difficult thing is to remember not to act. I get before the camera. ‘Eva,’ says Director Victor Seastrom, ‘your lover is leaving you. You will never see him again. Your heart is broken.’ I begin to feel heartbroken, and then I all tighten up. ‘Stop the […]

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Ricardo Cortez (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Ricardo Cortez

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“Cortez‘s real name is Jack Kranze. He became Ricardo Cortez in 1922 when Lasky wanted a studio threat to his big star, Rudolph Valentino.  Kranze-Cortez came from New York’s East Side, son of a well-to-do Jewish family.” – Reporter Bill Slocum in 1958.    

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The first English word Hungarian silent film star Lya de Putti learned when she came to America to make movies was "Applesauce," which was 1920s slang for "nonsense." (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Lya de Putti

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The first English word Hungarian silent film star Lya de Putti learned when she came to America to make movies was “Applesauce,” which was 1920s slang for “nonsense.”     De Putti was the subject of many sensational stories in Europe before coming to Hollywood. Below is one of those stories. There is no author to […]

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"The vampire can assume many, many forms at will. Sometimes it appears as a bat..." -- line from Son of Dracula (1943) Bizarre Los Angeles

Horror Films of the 1940s

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“The vampire can assume many, many forms at will. Sometimes it appears as a bat…” — line from Son of Dracula (1943)     Lucky Ghost (1942) with Mantan Moreland.     –“What you gonna do?” –“Perform a very interesting experiment.” — Lines from The Jungle Captive (1945)

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Frank Borzage (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Frank Borzage

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“I was raised on plots and I decided that too much plot in a given picture was a waste of footage. The result was that I stressed characterization. This is the reason that the players who portrayed parts in the pictures which I made became famous. The plot was forgotten, but the character remained in […]

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"After The Wizard of Oz, I was typecast as a lion, and there aren't all that many parts for lions." -- Bert Lahr (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Bert Lahr – photos and quotes

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“After The Wizard of Oz, I was typecast as a lion, and there aren’t all that many parts for lions.” — Bert Lahr   “If you want to be a success in Hollywood, be sure and go to New York.” — Bert Lahr    

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