Minna Gombell

Minna Gombell

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“I’d probably get an inferiority complex and wither away if it weren’t that the girl friend business is so steady and profitable. Sometimes I like to imagine myself in some leading man’s arms. Then again, that might not be so good, either. I might get typed as a kissable, romantic actress and they are now […]

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Nydia Westman

Nydia Westman

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“I get a little tired of being a Cockney, too, mostly because my mouth is getting crooked from talking out of one side of it all the time. But those are my only complaints. I was a star once on Broadway, and it’s a lot more fun to be an ‘almost ran.’” — Nydia Westman […]

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Lee Van Cleef

Lee Van Cleef

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“Being born with a pair of beady eyes was the best thing that ever happened to me.” — Lee Van Cleef   Sabata (1971) 2

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Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller

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“Aim high, and you won’t shoot your foot off.” — Phyllis Diller 2

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Una Merkel

Una Merkel – photos and quotes

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“No one could call me beautiful, but both the public and I like to see beautiful girls…so it will be better for me if I am cast in comedy roles…where they are not thinking how you look all the time.” — Una Merkel   “Ah have to keep mahself fit physically — keep interested — […]

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Ralph Bellamy

Ralph Belamy – photos and quotes

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“One day in Hollywood, I read a script in which the character was described as ‘charming but dull — a typical Ralph Bellamy type.’ I promptly headed for New York to find a part with guts.” — Ralph Bellamy   Surrender (1931). With Warner Baxter and Leila Hyams.   “I always tell the producers, if […]

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Alec B Francis

Alec B. Francis

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“How did I happen to go into picture work? Five years ago, I realized what a future there was before the camera, and I went into picture work while the going was good….But I didn’t go into it as a side issue, as so many stage people do today. I went into it for good […]

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Fred Mace

Fred Mace – photos and quotes

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“When I first started acting up before the camera, I realized that in place of dialogue and effects, worked by the drummer in the orchestra, which I had been used to on the speaking stage, I had to depend on comedy situation and facial expressions. To the uninitiated, let me say it is the hardest […]

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Augustus Carney

Augustus Carney – photos and quotes

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“Yes, of course, I like comedy, but the comedy work in pictures is hard. It’s extraordinary how the public is on to any inconsistencies in this work. It was hard enough to make it convincing in the old regular business, but in front of the camera, conditions make it more exacting that ever.” — Augustus […]

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Maurice Costello

Maurice Costello – photos and quotes

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“I have never gone to college, haven’t any favorite flower, never did anything heroic, and know all my neighbors.” — Maurice Costello in 1912   Q: Have you a nickname? MC: Yes, known everywhere as ‘Dimples.’ …I was born with it. Q: Where were you born, and when? MC: In Pittsbugh, and I wasn’t old […]

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