Forgotten Stars

Muriel Gardner

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Muriel Gardner (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Muriel Gardner is another one of those elusive, forgotten performers of the past. Described as a “blond easy to look at” and “one of the finest dancers west of Chicago,” Gardner’s film work was sparse; however, she was employed by Fanchon & Marco quite often in the late 1920s through the early 1930s as a performer […]

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Gloria DeHaven

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Gloria DeHaven (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I had the privilege of watching great actors at MGM. That was better than going to any class. Today kids struggle – they have to be waitresses and bartenders while waiting to get a break. Every hour at MGM was a joy! My years there were golden, a wonderful time! I will never regret one […]

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Deanna Lund

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"I was always the one getting caught by the giant hand. That was the most bizarre." -- Deanna Lund of "Land of the Giants."(Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I was always the one getting caught by the giant hand. That was the most bizarre.” — Deanna Lund Source: 2007 Photo: Land of the Giants (1968)   “To show up on that set every week sort of made all the long hours and the lack of wonderful dialogue ald all the rest of the […]

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Mady Christians

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“The more patiently you advance on that elusive thing called success, the more lasting and durable that success will be. To those crashing the gates of filmdom, I’d say to take it easy!” – Mady Christians (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“The more patiently you advance on that elusive thing called success, the more lasting and durable that success will be. To those crashing the gates of filmdom, I’d say to take it easy!” – Mady Christians

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Virginia Dale

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Virginia Dale (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“Didn’t I ever tell you about my lamb’s foot? They started me off as a toe dancer when I was 9. I slaved and slaved at it, hating every minute. I tried everything I could think of to get out of it. Then I got blood poisoning in one foot –Imagine how wonderful. They had […]

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Sally Blane

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“I try to like everyone, but if I don’t like a person, I just naturally can’t make a fuss over him no matter how much it might mean to me in a professional way.” – Sally Blane in 1930. Bizarre Los Angeles.

“I try to like everyone, but if I don’t like a person, I just naturally can’t make a fuss over him no matter how much it might mean to me in a professional way.” – Sally Blane in 1930. Blane, real name Elizabeth Jane Young, had three sisters: Polly Ann, Georgiana and Loretta Young. Quote source: Newspaper […]

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Lupita Tovar

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Lupita Tovar (Bizarre Los Angeles)

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

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Barbara Worth (Bizarre Los Angeles)

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

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Doris Dawson (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“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

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Nina Quartero (Bizarre Los Angeles)

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 […]