Bobby Cannavale. Photo by Eric Chakeen for The New York Times

Bobby Cannavale – photos and quotes

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“I always had the same idea, even when I was young. I want to play everything.” — Bobby Cannavale   “I never did anything like I did in Boardwalk Empire, and that was a really multidimensional role that was very different for me. You know, for a long time before that, I was just playing […]

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Henry Brandon (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Henry Brandon

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Henry Brandon, real name Henry von Kleinbach, was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1912, shortly before his family moved to the United States. He attended Stanford University and was a product of the Pasadena Playhouse, when Hal Roach signed him to play the villain in Babes in Toyland (1934). From that point forward, Brandon worked steadily, […]

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"If there's one thing which makes me sick with managers, it is their thrice confounded belief that they really know what the public wants. Unusally they know nothing of the kind. They give the public what they think it wants, and the public has to have some amusement some way or other, so it swallows, albeit with frequent distaste, what the managers offer." -- Marjorie Rambeau (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Marjorie Rambeau

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“If there’s one thing which makes me sick with managers, it is their thrice confounded belief that they really know what the public wants. Unusally they know nothing of the kind. They give the public what they think it wants, and the public has to have some amusement some way or other, so it swallows, […]

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"Give me the longevity of a performer, then he's a star. You're not a star until after 25 years." -- Milton Berle (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Milton Berle

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“Give me the longevity of a performer, then he’s a star. You’re not a star until after 25 years.” — Milton Berle Source: Sue Adolphson (1989)   2

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Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney – photos and quotes

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“If one critic says I over-act, and 15,000 fans say it’s okay, I’m gonna study Andy Hardy again so I can keep on muggin’.” – Mickey Rooney Source: Robbin Coons (1938) “How’d I get in pictures? Well, I won a contest for a tough kid. They picked me out as the toughest, but I’m really […]

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Gladys George (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Gladys George

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“Gladys George, with seven suitcases, three trunks, a typewriter and a Persian cat, arrived tonight from New York to make her debut on the screen.” — The Los Angeles Times, May 25, 1934 Photographer: Hal Phyfe 2

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"Plump? Don't be polite at the expense of the truth. I'm fat out here [San Francisco] and thin in the East. If I train down to thinness here, I'll be a skeleton to Broadway when I get back." -- Louise Dresser (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Louise Dresser

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“Plump? Don’t be polite at the expense of the truth. I’m fat out here [San Francisco] and thin in the East. If I train down to thinness here, I’ll be a skeleton to Broadway when I get back. Odd, isn’t it, that so few people are satisfied with themselves? The fat people want to be […]

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Joyce Compton (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Joyce Compton

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“I was afraid at first of the lights. I had heard so much about Klieg eyes, I thought I’d get them the first day – and I almost did. The novelty of the blue lights fascinated me, and I couldn’t draw my eyes away. After a few days, however, they became accustomed to the glare. […]

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Character actor Guy Kibbee (1934)

Guy Kibbee

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“Free thinking is an American privilege, but when a thing is free you distrust its value.” — Guy Kibbee Source: 1941 Photo: 1934 2

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Jonathan Winters

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“I couldn’t wait for success, so I went ahead without it.” —  Jonathan Winters   “Might make me sound like a hippie or some kind of kook, but OK: You have to tell people you care about them – my kind of comedy does that. I think mostly I’m telling people I love them…And the […]

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