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04-19-2017, 01:38 PM   #871
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Francelia Billington was an early American silent-screen actress, and an accomplished camera operator. She co-starred in Erich von Stroheim's directorial debut, Blind Husbands, in 1918. She continued in undistinguished melodramas, Westerns and action films, including 1920's Desert Love with Tom Mix. After marrying Lester Cuneo in 1920, they appeared in 14 films together before their divorce in 1925. She faded from public view and died from tuberculosis.


José Díaz was murdered on his way home from a neighbor's birthday party early on the morning of August 2, 1942. He liked wearing a baggy "Zoot Suit" at parties and jazz clubs. More than a dozen Mexican-Americans were convicted of assault or murder during the racially-charged trial. The subsequent 'Zoot Suit riot' in Los Angeles was a result of the trial and anti-Mexican climate of the times. The 'Sleepy Lagoon' murder (after the nickname of the local reservoir) has never officially been solved.


Frenchman Jose Mascarel was a 19th−century sea captain, California landowner, investor, baker, vintner and one-term mayor of Los Angeles, California. During his mayoral term in 1865-6, he wanted to prohibit weapons in the city. During the municipal campaign in 1866, a local newspaper wrote: "Wanted: a candidate for Mayor who can read and speak the English language." This is ironic as most the small population of 5,000 (!) spoke Spanish at the time.



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Arno Frey was a German actor who portrayed the Nazi villain Dr. Lang in the Frank Buck movie Tiger Fangs (1943). He acted in more than 90 movies, including Man Hunt (1941), The Valley of Vanishing Men (1942), Hangmen Also Die (1943), The Adventures of Rusty (1945), Secret Agent X-90, and 13 Rue Madeleine.


Rex Ingram earned a degree in medicine, then acted, most notably in 1918's silent Tarzan of the Apes, as De Lawd in 1936's The Green Pastures, and as Jim in 1939's Huckleberry Finn with Mickey Rooney.


Paula Kent Meehan was a businesswoman, executive and philanthropist. She co-founded the Redken hair care products company with Jheri Redding. She worked as a fashion model and acted in Love for Lydia (1977), State Trooper (1956) and Within These Walls (1974).
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Philip Ford was a director, though not as famous as his uncle, John M Ford. His many films were mostly "B" westerns. For TV, he directed 51 episodes of Lassie, and 8 episodes the Adventures of Superman.


George Grandee was an actor, known for Bustin' Thru (1925), Dance, Girl, Dance (1933), and Beggar's Holiday (1934). He started in vaudeville and musical comedies. He was also a pianist and composer.


Harold Wertz played "Bouncy" in the "Our Gang" films Choo-Choo! (1932), The Pooch (1932) and Hook and Ladder (1932). Wertz later joined the Merchant Marine and on the Mills Victory during the final year of World War II was one of the first US vessels into Tokyo after the armistice in 1945. He settled in Long Beach, California, had two children and worked in the steel pipe business until his retirement.

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Irving A. Aaronson was a jazz pianist and big band leader. From age 11 he played accompaniment in silent movie theaters. He co-wrote a hit song, "Boo-Hoo-Hoo", in 1921 and thereafter formed his own band, which had a hit, "Let's Misbehave" in 1927. In 1935, he starred in the Irving Aaronson Orchestra radio. Around this time, Aaronson went to work as a musical director for MGM studios until his death from a heart attack.


Born Alexander Van Vliet Feldman, Van Alexander was a bandleader, arranger, and composer. An early job was selling arrangements to Chick Webb in the mid-1930s. One of these, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket", was a hit for Webb and Ella Fitzgerald. Alexander later arranged other nursery rhymes for jazz performance, such as "Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?" and "Got a Pebble in My Shoe". In the 1940s, he worked extensively as a composer, arranger and conductor for film scores, wrote a textbook on film arrangement in 1950, and worked on music for TV shows.


Alice Allyn was an actress, appearing in Operation Dames (1959), Baretta (1975) and Ride the High Country (1962).


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Paul Guilfoyle was an actor, notably as Garth Esdras, the haunted and hunted accessory to murder in Winterset (1936), as Floyd in the Grapes of Wrath (1940), and as the weasely convict who tries to kill James Cagney in White Heat (1949),


Mary MacLaren began her stage career in the Winter Garden in New York City with Al Jolson in The Passing Show of 1914 and Dancing Around. Her screen career began in 1916 with Shoes. She was in Universal Film Manufacturing Co's Idle Wives, The Model's Confession, The Petal on the Current, The Unpainted Woman, Bonnie Bonnie Lassie, Rouge and Riches and 1921's The Three Musketeers.


Al Roberts was an uncredited camera operator during the 1930's. He was married to actress Peggy Shannon, who drank herself to death. Nineteen days after her death, Roberts shot himself in the same kitchen chair where he had found her body.

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Phyllis Cox was Shirley Temple's understudy, was an original member of "Our Gang", studied dance with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and danced with Gene Kelly.


Patton George Whited was an American soldier who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during campaigns against Native Americans in Montana from 1876 to 1877. The original marker had his correct name, Whited.


William Henry Workman was a politician, banker and businessman. He served two terms as the 18th Mayor of Los Angeles, during which several parks, including today's MacArthur Park, were established and a new city hall was built. He developed his inlaws' real estate into Boyle Heights.
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William H. Daniels was a film cinematographer and was Greta Garbo's personal lensman. Early in his career he worked regularly with director Erich von Stroheim. His credits as a cinematographer extended fifty years from the silent film Foolish Wives (1922) to Move (1970), His major films included The Naked City (1948) , Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Ocean's 11 (1960), Von Ryan's Express (1965), and In Like Flint (1967).


Samuel De Grasse was trained in dentistry, but followed his older brother into the fledgling movie business. He appeared in his first film in NYC, but when fellow Canadian Mary Pickford set up her studio with husband Douglas Fairbanks, he joined them. At first he played standard secondary characters, then he portrayed the villainous Prince John in Fairbanks' 1922 Robin Hood, and continued in villainous roles thereafter.


Arthur Ferguson was a radio personality and TV host. He began Oklahoma City in 1966, using the name Charlie Tuna. After a stint in Boston, he moved to LA in 1967. He became a morning DJ and program manager at KKDJ, which later became KIIS-FM, and then at K-Earth. On TV, he announced for Scrabble, The Mike Douglas Show, and America's Top 10 with Kasey Kasem. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was voted one of the Top 10 LA radio personalities in 1997, was inducted into the Nebraska Broadcasters Association HoF in 1999, and was named to the National Radio HoF in 2008.



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Vincent "the G is silent" Bugliosi was an attorney and bestselling author. He successfully prosecuted 105 out of 106 felony jury trials, which included 21 murder convictions without a single loss. Part of his success was not representing defendants who he thought were guilty. He was best-known for prosecuting Charles Manson and other defendants accused of the Tate–LaBianca murders in 1969. Bugliosi, with Curt Gentry, wrote "Helter Skelter", about the case, in 1974. He also wrote "Outrage: The Five Reasons Why O. J. Simpson Got Away with Murder " about that murder trial, in which he was very critical of the prosecution's presentation.


Dorsey Burnette was an early rockabilly singer, co-founding The Rock and Roll Trio which won the Ted Mack Original Amateur Hour three times in a row. Dorsey soon left the group. Later in LA, Dorsey and Joe Morgan met Ricky Nelson who recorded their "Believe What You Say", "It's Late" and "Waitin' In School", and others. Dorsey later was "born again" and transitioned back to country music. He was voted “Most Promising Newcomer” by the Academy of Country Music in 1973 and in all, he had 15 Top Country hits but none of them made the Top 20. He also helped on some film songs. Dorsey is the father of Fleetwood Mac member Billy Burnette.


Born Alice Beatrice Calhoun, she made her film debut in an uncredited role in 1918 and appeared in forty-seven films between through 1929. As a Vitagraph star, she moved with the company from NYC to Hollywood. She appeared in The Man Next Door (1923), The Man From Brodney's (1923), Between Friends (1924), Pampered Youth (1925), The Power of the Weak (1926), Savage Passions (1927), and Bride of the Desert (1929). Like a number of other stars of the era, her voice did not lend itself to sound and her one performance in a talkie came in an uncredited role in 1934.

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Heather Angel's stage career began in 1926 and her Broadway debut came in 1937, in Love of Women. Her first screen appearance was in City of Song, and she had a leading role in Night in Montmartre (1931). Other films include The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Three Musketeers, The Informer, The Last of the Mohicans, Pride and Prejudice, Suspicion, and Lifeboat. She made five appearances as Phyllis Clavering in the popular Bulldog Drummond series. She also provided voices in the animated films Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Peter Pan (1953), and appeared in 18 episodes of TV's Family affair.


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Jimmy Aubrey was the son of US gymnast Robert Aubrey. He was part of the Fred Karno troupe in England before settling in New York. He was an understudy of Charlie Chaplin, and rose to leading man in the silent era. Following his career decline as a starring performer, he was initially given work by Laurel & Hardy, before embarking on a career as a bit-part player in over 300 features, frequently playing drunks and bartenders.


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William Wright was a long-faced actor, frequently cast in westerns and as curmudgeonly old men. Over the course of his career, Wright appeared in more than 200 film and TV roles, including Shadow of the Thin Man; The Major and the Minor; So Proudly We Hail!; Road to Utopia; Mother Wore Tights; Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House; Little Women; Walk Softly, Stranger; People Will Talk; The Happy Time; River of No Return; The Man with the Golden Arm; Jeanne Eagels; Gunman's Walk; and perhaps his best role as the corrupt city official Dolph Pillsbury in All the King's Men.

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Born in Oceanside of American Samoan parents, "Junior" Seau was a linebacker in the NFL, the first 13 years with San Diego. He was a 10-time All-Pro, 12-time Pro Bowl selection, and Seau was named Defensive Player of the Year in 1994 during the Charger's Superbowl season. He suffered from CTE, and shot himself. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2015.


John Early was a stage actor and entertainer. He was a popular Vaudeville act with his wife, actress Pearl M. Early. He appeared on Broadway in the Floor Walkers.


Frank Curran was elected to the San Diego City Council and served 1955–1963. He was Mayor of San Diego 1963-1971. During his term, the Civic Center was built, a ballot issue passed to build a new stadium in Mission Valley and a metropolitan sewer system. At the end of his term Curran was indicted but cleared in the "Yellow Cab" bribery scandal, in which it was alleged he raised taxi rates for campaign contributions. Curran had taken classes at what is now SD City College, and he had a walkway built over a busy street so students could easily cross to get to classes. He left his entire estate, worth about $1 million to City College, where Curran Plaza was named in his honor.
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Allyn Joslyn made his stage debut at 17, and soon appeared regularly on Broadway. His film debut was in They Won't Forget (1937). TV included 8 episodes of The Eve Arden Show, and 26 episodes of McKeever & the Colonel. He was also busy as a radio actor on over 3,000 shows.


Jay Robinson was a character actor. His best-known role was playing Emperor Caligula in The Robe (1953) and its sequel Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954). Subsequent films included The Virgin Queen (1955), My Man Godfrey (1957), Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex* (*But Were Afraid to Ask) (1972), and Bram Stoker's Dracula. TV included Star Trek, Days of Our Lives, The Wild Wild West, Bewitched, and was the host and narrator for Beyond Bizarre from 1997 to 2000.


Spencer Bennet was a director and producer, specializing in "B" westerns and serials, with reputation for finishing on time and under budget. He is best-known for Zorro's Black Whip (1944), Batman and Robin (1949) and The Atomic Submarine (1959). He entered the business as a stuntman, answering a newspaper ad to jump from the Palisades of the Hudson River. Sparred with Gene Tunney on the Mojave Desert site of The Fighting Marine (1926). He appears in the Perils of Pauline (1914).
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James Day Hodgson was a politician, and served 1970-1973 as Richard Nixon's Secretary of Labor, and from 1974-1977, he served as the Ambassador to Japan under Gerald Ford. Beginning in 1977, Hodgson served as the Chairman of the Board of the Uranium Mining Company. From April 24, 2010, until his death, Hodgson was the oldest living former Cabinet member.


Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was a musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was known for his appearance, including mutton chops, and his gravelly voice. He also had minor roles in film and TV.


Harold Levitt was an architect, and designed homes for Walter Mirisch, Steven Spielberg, Lew Wasserman, Olivia Newton John, Ross Hunter, Quincy Jones, Burt Lancaster, Dean Martin, Debbie Reynolds, Lionel Richie, Kenny Rogers and Hal Wallis. He also designed the Riviera Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip and the headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills.
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George Westmore was a hairdresser who emigrated to the US with his family, including several relatives who became prominent in Hollywood. Specializing in wig-making, and later make-up, he established the first movie make-up department in 1917.


Monte Westmore was a makeup artist on Rudy Valentino's The Sheik (1922), and his work on Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) led to him being hired as the head of the makeup department at Selznick International Pictures, where he worked on films including Gone with the Wind (1939) and Rebecca (1940). He had a heart attack after a tonsillectomy.


Wally Westmore's make-up career began with Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) in which the transition of Fredric March from Jekyll to Hyde was considered groundbreaking in the field of film make-up. Other films include Sunset Boulevard, Double Indemnity, A Place In The Sun, The Greatest Show on Earth, Shane, Stalag 17, Rear Window, The War of the Worlds (1953), Breakfast at Tiffany's, and The Odd Couple.
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Harry Essex was a former newspaper writer in New York and writer for The Saturday Evening Post. He also produced 3 films, directed 4 films and wrote screenplays for 32 films including Creature From the Black Lagoon, Dragnet, The Las Vegas Story, It Came From Outer Space, The Sons of Katie Elder, and Los Amigos.


Marc Lawrence acted in If I Had a Million, The Ox-Bow Incident, This Gun for Hire, Cloak and Dagger, The Asphalt Jungle, Marathon Man, Foul Play, The Man With the Golden Gun, Diamonds Are Forever, The Big Easy and Ruby. He also directed Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip and other TV series. He wrote an autobiography, Long Time No See: Confessions of a Hollywood Gangster.


Osa Massen was a newspaper photographer before her career in film. She appeared as Ralph Bellamy's unfaithful wife in A Woman's Face, and as a mysterious woman Deadline at Dawn. Later she appeared with Lloyd Bridges in Rocketship X-M, and in TV guest spots..

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