Forgotten Stars

June Havoc – photos and quotes

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June Havoc

“I wanted to act, but all Hollywood wanted me to do was show my legs and chew gum.” – June Havoc Here is another anecdote written by Erskine Johnson: June Havoc was quite a problem to the publicity boys when she first landed in Hollywood. The R.K.O. publicity department called her into a staff meeting and […]

Forgotten Stars

Dorothy Burgess 

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Dorothy Burgess

“It isn’t that I yearn to play so-called ‘good’ women. They are not interesting – but bad women of the gunmoll type are even less so. They are all cut from the same pattern – a gaudy costume, flashing or bedraggled make-up depending upon the exigencies of the moment, dialogue consisting mostly of wisecracks – […]

Silent Film Stars

Ruth Roland – photos and quotes

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Ruth Roland

“There’s no easy road to any success. But the myriads of film-struck maids see only the height we’ve reached. They never peer back over the trail we’ve traveled.” – Ruth Roland Source: Leone Cass Baer in 1917.   “Why, I have done a million things since the old days. I worked with ever so many […]

Famous Visitors

Alla Nazimova – photos & quotes

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Alla Nazimova

“It is not so difficult, your language. But your slang is impossible. Never can I understand the American humor.” – Alla Nazimova “The history of the stage, within a very few years, will be written, not by erudite mechanician. Instead of reading in books the impressions of some perhaps prejudiced or overly enthusiastic critic, the […]

Celebrity Portraits

Emil Jannings – photos and quotes

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Emile Jannings

“My experience in Italy in connection with the filming of ‘Quo Vadis’ convinced me that actors cannot work successfully in foreign lands with actors of other nationalities. Difficulties of language are such that there is no real understanding and the consequence is a lack of unity in the interpretation of the roles.” – Emil Jannings, […]