Celebrity Portraits

Ricardo Cortez

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Ricardo Cortez (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“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.        

Celebrity Portraits

Tony Curtis – photos and quotes

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Tony Curtis

“There’s no such thing as acting on the screen, it’s just projecting oneself.” — Tony Curtis   “Tony and I had wonderful times together; it was an exciting, glamorous period in Hollywood. We had 10 good years together, and a lot of great things happened, most of all, two beautiful children….Early poverty affected Tony and […]

Celebrity Portraits

John Garfield

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"I guess I'm lucky. I'm in a position to do what I want to do. If a part doesn't interest me I won't take it. I'm a ham, and I'm not ashamed of it." -- John Garfield (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I guess I’m lucky. I’m in a position to do what I want to do. If a part doesn’t interest me I won’t take it. I’m a ham, and I’m not ashamed of it.” — John Garfield     “He was my shortest leading man, an outspoken Communist and a real sweetheart.” – Maureen O’Hara

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Buster Crabbe – photos and quotes

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“They can tell me more about myself in these films than I can remember.” — Buster Crabbe on Flash Gordon buffs.   The 1932 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Clarence “Buster” Crabbe is seen competing in the 400-meter freestyle competition for which he won the Gold. Crabbe, a USC graduate, was subsequently signed to a Hollywood contract.   […]

Celebrity Portraits

The Doors

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“The world we suggest should be of a new wild west. Strange and haunting.” — Jim Morrison     “I’m interested in anything about revolt, disorder, chaos, especially activity that appears to have no meaning. It seems to me to be the road toward freedom.” – Jim Morrison. Morrison’s first arrest was in Tallahassee, FL (his […]

Female Stars

The Our Gang Kids

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"Even the big stars had to chase around and audition; it seemed like a rat race to me, with no security." - Billy Thomas (Buckwheat)

 “Even the big stars had to chase around and audition; it seemed like a rat race to me, with no security.” — Billy Thomas, who played Buckwheat. Here he is posing with a photo of Clark Gable.   Stage Fright (1923)   “I went on vaudeville tours that kept me working and traveling day and night. I […]

Male Stars

George Reeves – Superman

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George Reeves

“You know, some people may not be aware of it, but I’ve done other things besides playing Superman.” — George Reeves Source: Hal Humphrey (1956)   George Reeves’ acting card from 1949.   Leaping in a single bound on the set of The Adventures of Superman. Photo: 75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of […]