Famous Visitors

Fritzie Brunette

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Fritzie Brunette

From the column “For the Film Fans,” October 10, 1920: Fritzie Brunette has solved the servant problem. A friend asked her how she managed to keep the same maid year in and year out. “Well,” said Fritzie Brunette, “the average housekeeper fails to treat her help with proper tact. Women call their maids ‘kitchen mechanics,’ […]

Celebrity Portraits

Dick Powell

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Dick Powell

“An actor has to work hard to get up to 25 thousand dollars a picture, then he has to struggle to 50 thousand dollars. Then he’s over the hump and moves upwards by the 25 thousand.” – Dick Powell, explaining movie star salaries in 1946. By the way, Powell reportedly earned $150,000 for making Johnny […]

Forgotten Stars

Edmund Lowe – photos and quotes

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Edmund Lowe

“Imagine sitting in a room with other persons and seeing them talking and moving but hearing no sound. It would be ghostly. So will silent pictures be ghostly within a few months.” – Edmund Lowe in 1929     The Wizard (1927)   What Price Glory (1927). With Victor McLaglen and Dolores del Rio.   […]

Celebrity Portraits

Lon Chaney – photos and quotes

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Lon Chaney

“There’s nothing funny about a clown in the moonlight.” — Lon Chaney   The Penalty (1920)   The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923). With Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry, Kate Lester, Tully Marshall, Brandon Hurst, Winifred Bryson, Raymond Hatton, Nigel De Brullier, Gladys Brockwell, Eulalie Jensen and Ernest Torrence.     “The role of the […]

Silent Film Stars

Anna Q Nilsson – photos and quotes

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Anna Q Nilsson

“Living – living fully and richly – is more important than anything else in life. In Europe, people know how. Even little shopkeepers take two holidays a year–just close up shop and go with their families to the mountains and seashore. In this country, people work continually until they can work no longer. Then they […]