Deanna Durbin (born December 4, 1921) is a Canadian-born, Southern
California-raised retired singer and actress, who appeared in a number
of musical films in the 1930s and 1940s singing standards as well as
Durbin made her first film appearance in 1936 with Judy Garland in
Every Sunday, and subsequently signed a contract with Universal
Studios. Her success as the ideal teenage daughter in films such as
Three Smart Girls (1936) was credited with saving the studio from
bankruptcy. In 1938 Durbin was awarded the Academy Juvenile Award.
Appeared in 24 Films from 1936-1949
Johnnie Lucille Collier - Ann Miller (April 12, 1923 â€“ January 22, 2004)
was an American singer, dancer and actress. She hit her mark (starting
in the late 1940s and Early 1950s ) in her roles in MGM musicals such as
Kiss Me Kate, Easter Parade, and On the Town.
Appeared in 46 Films from 1934-2001
"On the Town", "Easter Parade"
In 1937, she was placed under contract to 'MGM' pictures and began dubbing
the voices of Jeanette MacDonald and Norma Shearer in Italian. Most
notabley she played Mrs. Maria Martini in 1946's "Its A Wonderful Life"
Josephine Owaissa Cottle (April 5, 1922 - June 27, 2009) She
acted and sang in Monogram Pictures' popular Frankie Darro
series, and played ingenue roles in other Monogram features
with the East Side Kids, Edgar Kennedy, and The Three Stooges
Marsha Hunt (born Marcia Virginia Hunt October 17, 1917) is an
American film, theater, and television actress who was blacklisted by
Hollywood movie studio executives in the 1950s.
Appeared in 52 Films from 1935 -1949
before being blacklisted for protesting the House Un-American
Activities Commission in 1947.
Van Johnson (August 25, 1916 â€“ December 12, 2008) was an American film and television actor and
dancer who was a major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios during and after World War II.
Appeared in numerous MGM Musicals. Most notabley "Brigadoon" 1954. Johnson was never
nominated for an Academy Award and during the height of his career was noted mainly for his
cheerful screen presence. Reflecting on his career after his death, one critic observed that Johnson
was "a better actor than Hollywood usually allowed him to be," and that "he did prove he was capable
of an Oscar-worthy performance, and thatâ€™s more than most movie stars can claim."
A Wonderful Actress and person whom I had the privledge of having
several correspondences with over the years.
Warner Bros. Photographers named her Most Photogenic Actress of 1945
Notable Films: "The Very Thought of You"(1944), "The Beast with Five
Fingers"(1946) "The Lemon Drop Kidd"(1951)
Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff, April 3, 1922) Her
entertainment career began in the 1940s as a big band singer. In 1945
she had her first hit recording, "Sentimental Journey". In 1948, she
appeared in her first film, Romance on the High Seas. During her
entertainment career, she appeared in 39 films, recorded more than 650
songs, received an Academy Award nomination, won a Golden Globe and
a Grammy Award, and, in 1989, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for
lifetime achievement in motion pictures.
Academy Award Nomination 1960 "Pillow Talk"
Classic Autographs 1
Gene Kelly - Ginger Rogers - Argentina Burnetti - Deanna
Durbin Andrea King - Jimmy Hawkins - Marsha Hunt - Gale
Storm -Van Johnson - Karolyn Grimes - Ann Miller - Doris Day
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Hawkins starred in December 1946 as four-year-old Tommy Bailey, the son
of George and Mary Bailey, in the nostalgic blockbuster Itâ€™s a Wonderful
Life, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed, an actress for whom young
Hawkins developed a lifelong admiration
Karolyn Grimes (born July 4, 1940) is an American actress known for
her role as "Zuzu Bailey" in the Frank Capra classic It's a Wonderful
Life. She also played "Debbie" in the 1947 Christmas film, The Bishop's
Wife starring Cary Grant, David Niven, and Loretta Young.
Ginger Rogers (July 16, 1911 â€“ April 25, 1995) was an American
actress, dancer, and singer who appeared in film, and on stage, radio,
and television throughout much of the 20th century.
During her long career, she made a total of 73 films, and is noted for
her role as Fred Astaire's romantic interest and dancing partner in a
series of ten Hollywood musical films that revolutionized the genre.
She also achieved great success in a variety of film roles and won the
Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kitty Foyle
(1940). She ranks #14 on the AFI's 100 Yearsâ€¦100 Stars list of
actress screen legends.
Eugene Curran "Gene" Kelly (August 23, 1912 â€“ February 2, 1996)
was an American dancer, actor, singer, film director and producer,
and choreographer. Although he is known today for his
performances in Singin' in the Rain and An American in Paris, he
was a dominant force in Hollywood musical films from the mid 1940s
until this art form fell out of fashion in the late 1950s. His many
innovations transformed the Hollywood musical film, and he is
credited with almost single-handedly making the ballet form
commercially acceptable to film audiences. Kelly was the recipient
of an Academy Honorary Award in 1952 for his career achievements
1952 Honorary Academy Award
1946 Nomination "Anchors Aweigh"
Joan Leslie (born January 26, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan) Joan made
her debut in the MGM movie Camille (1936) with Greta Garbo and
Robert. The talented, young actress soon signed a contract with
Warner Bros. In 1941, Leslie got her first major role in the thriller
High Sierra with Humphrey Bogart, playing a crippled girl under her
new billing as "Joan Leslie". She also starred in Sergeant York and
The Wagons Roll at Night in that same year. Later in 1942 she
appeared as James Cagney's wife in Yankee Doodle Dandy, and at the
age of 18 in 1943, she starred in The Sky's the Limit with Fred Astaire.
Joan shared with me that her three top favorite actors are Gary
Cooper, James Cagney, and Fred Astaire.