Character Actors

Gladys George

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Gladys George (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“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

Character Actors

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." -- Louise Dresser (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“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 […]

Character Actors

Joyce Compton

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Joyce Compton (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“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. […]

Character Actors

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 […]

Character Actors

Ned Sparks

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Ned Sparks

“There’s a well thought-out reason for Ned Sparks. I met him first years ago in the character of a night clerk at a small mid-western hotel, one of the grouchiest, grumpiest, most inhospitable persons that I have ever seen, inside or outside a hotel. He stared at me belligerently when I went up to the […]

Character Actors

Ray Bolger – photos and quotes

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Ray Bolger Scarecrow Wizard of Oz

“This much I do know. I’m to do ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ I’m looking forward to this because I feel it can be a highly amusing and successful picture. I’m not sure whether I will play the Scarecrow or the Tin Woodsman. Both are swell parts and if they keep it in a light vein, […]

Character Actors

Jack Oakie – photos and quotes

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Jack Oakie

“Diction! Say! That’s the thing that’s ruined more stars than made ’em. Diction! That’s what’s wrong with half the old-timers. They started learning how to talk and they flounce around the sets with their ‘cawnts’ and ‘Chewsdays’ and all that stuff. Say, audiences don’t want that sort of stuff, see? Audiences want to hear actors […]