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08-17-2014, 07:44 PM   #706
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Margaret Booth started as a film editor for DW Griffith. Films include Mutiny on the Bounty (1935, she was nominated for an oscar), Camille (1936), A Yank at Oxford (1938), The Way We Were (1973), The Sunshine Boys (1975), The Goodbye Girl (1977), The Cheap Detective (1978), and Seems Like Old Times (1980). She earned executive producer credit on The Slugger's Wife in 1985 when she was 87 years old. She was awarded an Academy Honorary Award 1978 for her work in film editing, the Women in Film Crystal Award in 1983, and the American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award in 1990.


Ed Cassidy was an actor, almost exclusively in westerns, frequently playing a sheriff or boss. Credits include Winds of the Wasteland (1936), Man from Music Mountain (1938) and Navajo Kid (1945).


Joseph August was a cinematographer whose first film was Lure of the Violin in 1913. He was picked by western star William S. Hart to shoot over 40 of Hart's westerns. Nominated for an oscar for Gunga Din (1939) and Portrait of Jennie (1948), other films include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and They Were Expendable.


Reginald Barker was a director and writer, known for directing Civilization (1916), The Bargain (1914) and The Coward (1915) and his last film, Forbidden Heaven in 1935.


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The Glassell family obelisk. The first two rows of blocks are Glassells.


William T. Glassell was an officer in the Confederate Navy during the US Civil War, and was one of the first combat submariners. He laid out the city of Orange, CA, where Glassell Street is a major thoroughfare.


David Burbank was a dentist, but in 1867 he bought 8,600 acres for a sheep ranch.


In 1886 he sold his land to a local developer who named the area Burbank, now headquarters for many media and entertainment companies.


John Nichols served two non-consecutive terms as mayor of Los Angeles in the 1850s, and his son was the first baby born in LA as an American citizen in 1851.


Marshall Ambrose Neilan was a driver for Biograph Studios execs, then was a silent film actor, later directing Mary Pickford in several films, and he wrote the original story for Howard Hughes' Wings.

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Michael Evans acted on Broadway in "Gigi" with Audrey Hepburn, and toured as Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady in the late 1950s and 1960 in the USSR. He appeared in the movie version of Bye Bye Birdie (1963), and TVs Rat Patrol, The Love Boat, Hart To Hart, and several episodes of The Young and the Restless. Patricia Sigris provided voice in TV's 1978 Black Beauty.


Sybil Jason sang, danced and played the piano from a very early age. Her first performances were mimicking entertainers of the day such as Mae West, Maurice Chevalier, Greta Garbo and Jimmy Durante. She was in 16 films including two Shirley Temple movies - The Little Princess, and The Blue Bird which was her last film (and much of her performance was cut).


Dave Scott was a child radio actor and played Alexander on Blondie and Dagwood, and was on The Jack Benny Show, and Ozzie and Harriet.


Lenita Lane acted on Broadway, then mostly uncredited in film from the 1930s-1950s. Her most notable film role was her last in The Bat (1959), as Lizzie Allen, with Agnes Moorehead, Vincent Price and Darla Hood - written and directed by husband Crane Wilbur. Other films include Imitation of Life (1934), The Women (1939), The Devil on Wheels (1947'), Castle in the Desert (1942), and "The Mad Magician" (1954). Wilbur was a silent film star, film director, and screenwriter.

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Anita Page was an actress in silent movies starting in 1928's comedy-drama Telling the World, followed by Our Dancing Daughters (1928), and The Broadway Melody (1929). She abruptly retired in 1936, but returned to the screen in 1961 and string of low-budget thrillers in the 2000's. Her marriage to Nacio Herb Brown in 1934 was annulled a year later, and she subsequently married a Navy pilot. She was the last survivor of the first Academy Awards in 1929, and one of the last "stars of the silents".


Charlotte Henry acted most notably as Alice in Wonderland (1933), Babes in Toyland (1934), and starred in the Frank Buck serial Jungle Menace (1937). A rocky career with low-quality work followed and she "simply lost interest" in the business. She moved to San Diego, ran an employment agency with her mother, and became executive secretary for 15 years to the Roman Catholic Bishop of San Diego.


William Gargan was a radio and TV actor best known for his role as Detective Martin Kane in the 1949-51 radio-television series, Martin Kane, Private Eye. He also appeared in radio's Barrie Craig, Confidential Investigator, which ran from 1951 to 1955. He then starred in 39 episodes of The New Adventures of Martin Kane, a syndicated series premiering September 14, 1957. In 1945 he played Joe Gallagher in The Bells of St. Mary's, starring Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman. He developed throat cancer and had larynx removed in 1960. Speaking through an artificial voice box, Gargan became an activist and spokesman for the American Cancer Society.


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Travis Alexander was a salesman for a legal-service company, and a Mormon motivational speaker and writer. He was stabbed multiple times then shot, and found in his shower. The subsequent trial of his ex-girlfriend, who Travis had met through work, was a large media event, including 48 Hours Mystery: Picture Perfect, and Inside Edition interviewed Arias at the Maricopa County Jail where she stated, "No jury is going to convict me ... because I am innocent and you can mark my words on that. No jury is going to convict me." It took the jury just 15 hours of deliberation.


Del Lord was a director, known for 1927's Topsy and Eve, based on characters in Uncle Tom's Cabin. He also directed many of the Three Stooges shorts, including A Plumbing We Will Go (1940), All the World's a Stooge (1941), and Shivering Sherlocks (1948). He also directed Buster Keaton, Andy Clyde, Charley Chase, and other popular comedians of the era.


Eric Show was a baseball pitcher with the San Diego Padres, where he went 1-3 in 1981. In 1982, he went 10-6 with a 2.64 ERA. During his first four full seasons, he averaged 13 wins a year, and led his teams in innings pitched 1983-85. Show is notable as the pitcher who surrendered Pete Rose's record-setting 4,192nd hit, and during the long presentation of the ball to Rose, he sat on the mound, disgruntled at the lengthy interruption. His 11-year career included a 101-89 won-loss record, a 3.66 ERA, 11 shutouts, 7 saves and 1655 innings pitched. Was a member of the far right-wing John Birch Society. He had some run-ins with police, and died in his second stint at a rehab facility.

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Allan Dwan was a director, noted for Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), Heidi (1937) and Robin Hood (1922). He estimated he had shot over 1,400 films including one-reelers in his career from 1909-61. He pioneered the use of cranes and dollies as camera moves.


Anita Garvin, by the age of 12 was 5ft 6in passing for 16, and got a job in a Mack Sennett bathing beauty stage show. She became a Ziegfeld Follies Girl, then acted in comedy shorts of Charley Chase, Our Gang, and eleven Laurel and Hardy films including From Soup To Nuts, Sailors Beware, Hats Off, and playing Stan's wife in Blotto and Be Big. She retired after The Three Stooges movie Cuckoo Cavaliers in 1940.


Harry Fox was a vaudeville dancer and comedian, famous for creating the "Fox Trot". He acted in Beatrice Fairfax (1916), and The Play Boy (1929). He was married to Jenny of The Dolly Sisters, and later to actress Evelyn Brent.


Evelyn Brent had a job as an extra for $3 a week using her original name, Betty Riggs. Between 1914 and 1920, she appeared in featured film roles with established stars such as Olga Petrova and John Barrymore, then went to England for health reasons. She went to Spain as star of The Spanish Jade, then returned to the US for Underworld, The Last Command, and Paramount's first all-talking picture, Interference. In 1943, she played a one-armed satanist in The Seventh Victim. From 1950, she worked as an agent, then after third husband Harry Fox's death, made a final appearance on Wagon Train in 1960.

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09-20-2014, 01:32 PM   #712
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Hazel Derthick was a little person at 4 ft 2in. She was a stand-in for Jerry Mathers on Leave It to Beaver for almost 5 years, and for other child actors such as Margaret O'Brien in films including the Sound of Music, Pygmy Island, Dance with Me Henry, and The Bad Seed. She and her husband appeared in the Wizard of Oz, earning $5 per day.


Helen Humes made a blues album at age 14, and another 2 years later. She finished school and had a variety of jobs before singing with the Al Sears band at the Cotton Club in Cincinnati. She started singing with Count Basie in 1939, leaving in 1942. She produced some solo works and movie sound tracks, and can be seen in Jivin' In Be-Bop. Her career was on-and-off from the 50's onward, with a resurgence after performing at 1973's Newport Jazz Festival.


William Duncan was a leading star in the early film industry, in over a 170 films. When Duncan joined Vitagraph, his contract was worth $1,000,000 a year, making him the highest-paid performer of his time. Credits include Told in Colorado (1911), Monte Crisco (1912), Man of Mite (1919), Playing It Wild (1922), The Steel Trail (1923), and The Fast Express (1924). After directing for a time, he reappeared in supporting roles in the 1930s, most notably as Buck Peters in the popular Hopalong Cassidy film series.


Cardella DeMilo was s singer and late in life, an actress. She is known for 1981's Gimme Whatcha Promised Me, and appearances included 2 episodes of Sanford and Son, and Blackenstein in 1973, and as Ella Fitzgerald in 1999's TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley.


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Peter Falk is most famous for his role as Lt Columbo, the disheveled police detective. He was also in The Cheap Detective, Murder By Death, All The Marbles, and the Princess Bride.


William Bell was the producer for the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, and wrote for Guiding Light, Another World, As the World Turns, Our Private World, Days of Our Lives, and Restless.


Sage Stallone acted with is more-famous father Sylvester, in Rocky V and Daylight. In 1996, Stallone and Bob Murawski co-founded Grindhouse Releasing, dedicated to restoration and preservation of exploitation films and B-movies. Stallone directed his first short film, Vic, which won the 2006 Boston Film Festival "Best New Filmmaker" award.


Eric Douglas was an actor and stand-up comedian, and the youngest son of actor Kirk Douglas. Douglas pursued a career in show business, but his career was overshadowed by numerous run-ins with the law, and problems with alcohol and drugs, ultimately dying of an accidental drug overdose.
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Alan LeMay wrote two classic Western novels, The Searchers, and The Unforgiven, which were adapted into movies of the same name. He also wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for Reap the Wild Wind, Blackbeard the Pirate, North West Mounted Police, and the novel for Along Came Jones. LeMay also wrote and directed High Lonesome.


Donald Jones was a Vice Admiral in the Navy, though he started as a Naval Aviation Cadet and began a career with helicopters and fixed-wing anti-submarine warfare. While as Commanding Officer of Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron Four, he was loaned to NASA to develop astronaut recovery procedures for the Apollo program. As a result, HS-4 was the helicopter recovery squadron for five Apollo missions – 8, 10, 11, 12 and 13. Jones was the recovery pilot for the first moon orbital flight of Apollo 8 and the first moon landing flight of Apollo 11.


Lloyd Bucher was the Captain of the USS Pueblo spy ship which was captured on January 23, 1968 by North Korea. While POWs, he and the crew gave "the finger" (they described it as the Hawaiian good luck sign) in propaganda photos - not understood by the Koreans until Time magazine explained it in an article. Beatings and torture increased as a result. After 11 months, he and the crew were traded back to the US. Though Bucher faced a Court of Inquiry, a court martial was not convened, and he served normal duties until his retirement. The Pueblo is still a tourist attraction in North Korea.


Laurence Stallings was a playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, literary critic, journalist, novelist, and photographer. Best known for his collaboration with Maxwell Anderson on the 1924 play What Price Glory, Stallings also wrote the autobiographical novel, Plumes, about his service in WW I, and published an award-winning book of photographs, The First World War: A Photographic History.
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Chester Washington was a journalist, newspaper publisher and editor. In 1955, Washington became the first African-American news employee at the Los Angeles Mirror-News. Later, he went to work for the Los Angeles Sentinel, the city's largest black-owned weekly, where he became editor in charge. He later bought several papers and formed Central News-Wave Publications, which at one time published over a dozen newspapers. The (now) Chester L. Washington Golf Course was one of the first public golf courses in Los Angeles to allow blacks to play.


Amos Cassius began preaching in Los Angeles in 1932. For many years he served the church at 9512 Compton Ave. He conducted gospel meetings in Arizona, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. He wrote for the Southwest Advocates paper. He helped to build three church houses in California, four church buildings in Oklahoma, and one in Arizona. He attended some of the first meetings in 1936 which resulted in the founding of George Pepperdine College in 1937. Pepperdine gave him the Founder's Award in 1959 and the Christian Service Award in 1961.


PFC James Anderson, Jr was a US Marine who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for heroism while serving in Vietnam in February 1967. When his Medal of Honor was awarded on August 21, 1968, he became the first African-American US Marine recipient of the award. The US Navy prepositioning ship, USNS PFC James Anderson, Jr. (T-AK 3002) was named in his honor, as was a park in Carson CA.
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Mae Marsh was an actress, and played her first substantial role in Ramona (1910) at the age of 15. “I tagged my way into motion pictures. I used to follow my sister Marguerite to the old Biograph studio and then, one great day, Mr. Griffith noticed me, put me in a picture and I had my chance.” She appeared in The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance, and later in the John Ford films The Grapes of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, 3 Godfathers, The Robe, and The Searchers. She was awarded the George Eastman Award in 1955, and has a star on the Walk of Fame.


Marvel Rea was a silent film actress best known for her work with Ford Sterling. She was one of Mack Sennett's "Bathing Beauties". Films between 1917-20 include A Clever Dummy, The Summer Girls, East Lynne with Variations, When Love Is Blind, A Lightweight Lover, The Simp, and For Land's Sake. Married twice, she was attacked by three men in 1936, and committed suicide about 8 months later.


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Skip Ward was an actor and producer, known for The Dukes of Hazzard, The Night of the Iguana, Hombre, V (TV movie) and the Kung Fu (TV movie). He was married briefly to Michelle Triola (later of Lee Marvin palimony-suit fame).


Richard Nelson is notable as the radio operator aboard the B-29 Enola Gay which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima August 6, 1945. He appears in the 1996 TV documentary Men Who Brought the Dawn.
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Earle Hagen was a composer for film and TV. TV themes include those for Make Room For Daddy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Spy, That Girl and The Mod Squad. He also co-write and whistled the melody of the main theme to The Andy Griffith Show. He wrote one of the first textbooks on scoring, Scoring for Films: A Complete Text; and his autobiography Memoirs of a Famous Composer Nobody Ever Heard Of in 2000.


Jessica Schilling, a Palm Springs local, competed in beauty pageants, and won Miss Teen Palm Springs in 2001, competed for the US during the Miss Earth Pageant in the Philippines, and was the reigning Miss USA International in 2003.


Ralph Young began as the lead vocalist for Les Brown and his Band of Renown. He later teamed up with Tony Sandler to form "Sandler and Young" in 1963, headlining Caesar's Palace, the Las Vegas Hilton, Sahara and Atlantic City's Resorts International. They hosted CBS' "Kraft Music Hall" from London in 1969, also on the Andy Williams, Merv Griffin, Dean Martin, and Red Skelton TV shows, and appeared on the final Ed Sullivan Show.


Pete Reiser was a baseball player, and was the NLs batting champ in 1941 with a .343 average, and led the league in with 39 Doubles, 17 triples, 117 runs, 299 total bases, 70 extra base hits, and a .553 slugging percentage. He stole a record 7 home bases in 1947. Known for aggressive play, injuries included a fractured skull, being carried off the field 11 times and given last rites once during his 12 year career.

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John Hurd was brevetted as Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "gallantry at the battles of Shiloh, Stone River, and Chickamauga, and for meritorious services during the war". He was captured during the early part of the war, but escaped from Richmond's infamous Libby Prison.


Nelson Ward earned a Medal of Honor at Staunton River Bridge, Virginia on June 25, 1864. His citation reads "Voluntarily took part in a charge; went alone in front of his regiment under a heavy fire to secure the body of his captain, who had been killed in the action". His Medal was issued to him on September 10, 1897. In the late 1890s, he ran the Grundie Hotel in Springfield, Missouri, then in the early 1900s, he moved to Long Beach. He wrote the book, 'The Master Key' to the Problems of Passion Week and the Resurrection According to the Scriptures" in 1915.


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Roy Rogers was a singer and cowboy actor. He and his wife Dale Evans, were featured in 100 movies, and The Roy Rogers Show on radio and TV. "Happy trails to you, until we meet again..."
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Ernest Loring "Red" Nichols was a jazz cornet player, composer, and bandleader. Nichols was a child prodigy and by twelve was playing difficult pieces for his father’s brass band. In 1926 he and Miff Mole began recording with a variety of bands, most of them known as “Red Nichols and His Five Pennies,” but few were actually quintets. Nichols’ band started out with Mole on trombone and Jimmy Dorsey on alto sax and clarinet. Other musicians in the band at one time or another were Benny Goodman (clarinet), Glenn Miller (trombone), Jack Teagarden (trombone), Pee Wee Russell (clarinet), Joe Venuti (violin), Eddie Lang (banjo and guitar), and Gene Krupa (drums).


Art Kassel was a saxophone and clarinet player, and leader of "Kassels in the Air", a society orchestra which played 'sweet' (rather than swing) dance music to audiences in the Midwest. His longest engagements were at the Bismarck Hotel in Chicago (15 years) and at the Aragon ballroom. Benny Goodman was at one time featured with Kassel's band.


Rita Corday was an actress in 30 films during the 1940s and 1950s, which include 3 of "The Falcon..." movies, Gildersleeve on Broadway (1943), West of the Pecos (1945), The Truth About Murder (1946), The Exile (1947), Too Young to Kiss (1951), The Black Castle (1952), and her last, You for Me (1954). She married producer Harold Nebenzal and retired to raise a family.


Don Post is credited for makeup and special effects on Dune (1984) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), and made the masks for Halloween II (1981) and III (1982). He appeared as himself on Merv Griffin's "Salute to Horror" in 1971.
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