Lupita Tovar (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Lupita Tovar

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The Mexican film legend was the mother of ‘Imitation of Life’ star Susan Kohner and grandmother of screenwriters Chris and Paul Weitz. Hollywood Reporter,  Nov. 13, 2016 by Mike Barnes Lupita Tovar, the Mexican actress who starred in the 1931 Spanish-language version of Dracula that was shot concurrently with the famed Bela Lugosi version, has died. She was […]

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Barbara Worth (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Barbara Worth

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Barbara Worth’s fame was largely overshadowed by the popular novel and film, The Winning of Barbara Worth, which had no connection to her. She was born Verna Louise Dooley in 1906 but it is not clear where. Press releases and early U.S. Census records claim that she was born in Columbus, Ohio, in 1906. Her death […]

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Doris Dawson (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Doris Dawson

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“A girl I had known was working at the Mack Sennett studio. I went to lunch with her one day and then went back to the studio to watch her work during the afternoon. It was the first time I had ever been inside of a studio and I was quite excited. They were ‘shooting’ […]

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Nina Quartero (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Nina Quartero

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Nina Quartero is a largely forgotten film player and there simply isn’t too much written about her. I’ll try, however, to put a few pieces together about her life. She was born Gladys Quarteraro on March 17, 1908, in New York City. According to the 1920 U.S. Census, both of her parents were Italian. She […]

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“Because I be French, everybody thinks he can pinch me and say ooh-la-la.” – Olympe Bradna (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Olympe Bradna

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“Because I be French, everybody thinks he can pinch me and say ooh-la-la.” – Olympe Bradna 2

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“Even in silent pictures, however, I spoke very little English. The directors always asked that I speak French because of the little shrug of the shoulders and other mannerisms which established my nationality. Funny, when I think of it, I couldn’t speak English very well until after I had been here for several months.” – Yola D'Avril in Hollywood. (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Yola D’Avril

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“Even in silent pictures, however, I spoke very little English. The directors always asked that I speak French because of the little shrug of the shoulders and other mannerisms which established my nationality. Funny, when I think of it, I couldn’t speak English very well until after I had been here for several months.” – […]

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June Clyde (Bizarre Los Angeles)

June Clyde

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June Clyde is one of those forgotten names in Hollywood’s history. Information about her on Wikipedia, IMDb (and other websites) are either incomplete or contain a few minor errors. Wikipedia states that she she “was born Ina Parton, the third child of William Arthur Parton and Orpha Dorothy Day,” and that “June Clyde’s career began at […]

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Lissie Arna (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Lissi Arna

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Lissi Arna (1900-1964) On July 26, 1930, the Los Angeles Times reported  that popular German film actress Lissi (sometimes spelled Lissy) Arna was signed by First National Pictures to appear in one to six foreign language films in Hollywood.  The studio had also signed Carla Dartheel, Anton Pointner and Wilhelm Dieterle. That August, Arna arrived […]

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Catherine Moylan (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Catherine Moylan

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Catherine Moylan’s $18,000 Gems His, Says Berson By Louis Davidson New York Daily News, July 20, 1930 The jewels which the fair Catherine Moylan, erstwhile Ziegfeld “Whoopee” girl, used to impress Hollywood when she recently obtained a talkie contract became the subject of controversy yesterday between Miss Moylan and Dr. Morton Berson, a fashionable young […]

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"The sexy roles catch on. People like them." -- May Britt (Bizarre Los Angeles)

May Britt – photos and quotes

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“The sexy roles catch on. People like them.” — May Britt Hal Boyle (1959) Photo: The Blue Angel (1959)   “I don’t care too much what people think anyway. You can’t let it ruin your life because they don’t really care that deeply about you.” — May Britt Source: 1960 Photo: Peter Basch   “Why, […]

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