Broncho Billy Anderson (Bizarre Los Angeles)

G.M. “Broncho Billy” Anderson

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“I’ve always been something of a Lone Ranger.” — G.M. “Broncho Billy” Anderson Source: Bob Thomas (1958)   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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Fred Ko Vert

Fred Ko’Vert – Tragic Hollywood Drag Queen

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Frederick Ko’Vert (also spelled Frederic Ko Vert and Kovert) (1901-1949) was a female impersonator, male dancer/instructor, costume designer and silent movie player. In 1921, he got his big break after he wowed Fox Studio producers with his peacock costume and accompanying dance. He was then hired to cast, train and choreograph 36 dancers for the […]

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Arlette Marchal (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Arlette Marchal

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“Although I had appeard in a number of pictures made in France, I really experienced my greatest thrill when I came into American pictures. My first role in an American film was with Gloria Swanson in ‘Madame Sans-Gene.’ Although I am now in the movies, it was a real thrill to me at first to […]

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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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Helene Costello (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Helene Costello

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Helene Costello, Star of Silent Films,  Dies at 53 in Patton State Hospital Los Angeles Times (Jan. 29, 1957) —  Helene Costello, 53, once a $3,000-a-week star of the silent screen, died Saturday night in Patton State Hospital [in San Bernardino County] where she had been committed for narcotics addiction. Requiem Mass for the one-time […]

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Dorothy Gordon Jenner (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Dorothy Gordon Jenner

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A Sennett Bathing Beauty Who Survived the Swim by Rose Marie Turk December 4, 1960 — MACK SENNETT never tired of reminiscing about his darlings – famous bathing beauties such as Gloria Swanson and Mabel Normand. But his not-so-famous beauties he wrote off as “the dozens of others whose names I cannot remember.” Dorothy Gordon […]

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"I am, in truth, the kitten's purr! I'm a youthful knockout! I've just signed a gilt-edged contract with Mr. Lasky and Mr. Zukor, and I'll make enough money in five years to retire, if I feel lazy. I'm Glenn Hunter. Turn on the signs!" -- Glenn Hunter (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Glenn Hunter

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“I am, in truth, the kitten’s purr! I’m a youthful knockout! I’ve just signed a gilt-edged contract with Mr. Lasky and Mr. Zukor, and I’ll make enough money in five years to retire, if I feel lazy. I’m Glenn Hunter. Turn on the signs!” — Glenn Hunter 2

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Jack Pickford

Jack Pickford

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“What every young girl should know: Jack Pickford‘s mamma says he is not of age yet.” — Iron County Miner (August 10, 1917)   Newlyweds Jack Pickford (brother of Mary Pickford) and Marilyn Miller (Broadway star and former Ziefgield girl). They married in 1922 and divorced by 1927. He was allegedly abusive. 2

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Marie LaManna (Bizarre Los Angeles)

Marie LaManna – Edison Ingenue

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Marie LaManna (occasionally spelled La Manna) was an ingenue, who worked briefly at the Edison Company in 1914-1915.  Although she was of exceptional beauty, her film career was short. She was born on August 6, 1895, in New York City. Her father was an Italian immigrant who worked as a chef in a New York […]

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