Celebrity Portraits

Gracie Allen

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"You can't be funny without a funny situation. Give an ordinary player funny lines and a ludicrous situation and he or she will get laughs." -- Gracie Allen (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“You can’t be funny without a funny situation. Give an ordinary player funny lines and a ludicrous situation and he or she will get laughs.” — Gracie Allen Quote: 1939 Photo: College Swing (1937)   With husband and comedy partner George Burns in 1936.   Dorothy Lamour hanging out with Gracie Allen and Betty Hutton […]

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 […]

Silent Film Stars

Sidney Smith

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Sidney Smith

Silent film comedian Sidney Smith (often billed as Sid Smith) reads the Los Angeles Evening Herald while being groomed in a shabby, run-down bathroom. He died on July 4, 1928, from ingesting poisoned alcohol during a drinking binge that had lasted several days. Apparently, Smith had attended a party at a Santa Monica beach house […]

Celebrity Portraits

Will Rogers – photos and quotes

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Will Rogers

“Live your life so that whenever you lose it, you’re ahead.” — Will Rogers   “Why don’t they pass a constitutional amendment prohibiting anybody from learning anything? If it works as well as prohibition did, in five years we will have the smartest people on earth.” — Will Rogers     “I belong to no […]