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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Katherine Burke – Ziegfeld Girl

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“Nature gives every woman a shape in the beginning but neglect of that shape too frequently drives it away. Women and girls become fat and flabby, or thin and puny through neglect. I pay particular attention to my shape and always shall.” — Katherine Burke Source: publicist in 1926   “The one thing that will […]

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Jean Kent

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Jean Kent (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Jean Kent was a British film star of the 1940s and 1950s. Her real name was Joan Mildred Hurst.  Her parents were variety performers Norman Field and Nina Norre of Brixton, London, who developed her into a performer.  Joan learned to dance as a child and appeared in early films and stage performers under other […]

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Dorothy Provine

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“Me a nuclear scientist? That’s ridiculous. Yeah, I know the story’s out. But it isn’t true. Here’s what happened. I majored in drama at Washington University but had to take a science course. I signed up for physical science but the card got mixed up and I wound up taking nuclear science. Now everyone thinks […]