Carole Lombard (born Jane Alice Peters, October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942) was an American film actress . She was particularly noted for her energetic, often off-beat roles in the screwball comedies of the 1930s . She was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s . Lombard was born into a wealthy family in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but was raised in Los Angeles by her single mother. At 12, she was recruited by the film director Allan Dwan and made her screen debut in A Perfect Crime (1921). Eager to become an actress , she signed a contract with the Fox Film Corporation at age 16, but mainly played bit parts.
She was dropped by Fox after a car accident left a scar on her face. Lombard appeared in 15 short comedies for Mack Sennett between 1927 and 1929, and then began appearing in feature film s such as High Voltage and The Racketeer. After a successful appearance in The Arizona Kid (1930), she was signed to a contract with Paramount Pictures.
Lombard’s career was cut short when she died at the age of 33 in an aircraft crash on Mount Potosi, Nevada, while returning from a War Bond tour. Today, she is remembered as one of the definitive actress es of the screwball comedy genre and American comedy, and ranks among the American Film Institute’s greatest female stars of classic Hollywood cinema
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Ray Milland (3 January 1907 – 10 March 1986) was a Welsh actor and director. His screen career ran from 1929 to 1985, and he is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning portrayal of an alcoholic writer in The Lost Weekend (1945), a sophisticated leading man opposite a corrupt John Wayne in Reap the Wild Wind (1942), the murder-plotting husband in Dial M for Murder (1954), and as Oliver Barrett III in Love Story (1970)
Milland was married to Muriel Frances Weber, from 1932 until his death in 1986. They had a son, Daniel (b.1940) and an adopted daughter, Victoria. Milland had an affair with co-star Grace Kelly whilst film ing Dial M for Murder
Milland died at the age of 79 of lung cancer at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California, on 10 March 1986. He was survived by his wife, the former Muriel Weber, and his daughter. In line with his instructions there was no funeral. His body was cremated, and its ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean at Redondo Beach, in California
Shearer’s fame declined after her early retirement in 1942. She was rediscovered in the late 1950s, when her film s were sold to television, and in the 1970s, when her film s enjoyed theatrical revivals. By the time of her death in 1983, she was best known for her “noble” roles in Marie Antoinette and The Women.
Myrna Loy (born Myrna Adele Williams; August 2, 1905 – December 14, 1993) was an American film , television and stage actress . Trained as a dancer, Loy devoted herself fully to an acting career following a few minor roles in silent film s. She was originally typecast in exotic roles, often as a vamp or a woman of Asian descent, but her career prospects improved greatly following her portrayal of Nora Charles in The Thin Man (1934) Loy died on December 14, 1993, in a Manhattan hospital during unspecified surgery. She was 88 years old. She had been frail and in failing health
In 1966, Sheridan began starring in a new television series, a Western themed comedy called Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats. She became ill during the film ing, and died of esophageal and liver cancer at age 51 on January 21, 1967
Loretta Young (January 6, 1913 – August 12, 2000) was an American actress . Starting as a child actress , she had a long and varied career in film from 1917 to 1953. She won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1947 film The Farmer’s Daughter and received an Oscar nomination for her role in Come to the Stable in 1949. Young moved to the relatively new medium of television, where she had a dramatic anthology series, The Loretta Young Show, from 1953 to 1961
Burton Stephen “Burt” Lancaster (November 2, 1913 – October 20, 1994) was an American film actor . Initially known for playing “tough guys”, Lancaster went on to achieve success with more complex and challenging roles. He was nominated four times for Academy Awards and won once for his work in Elmer Gantry in 1960 As Lancaster grew older, he became increasingly plagued by atherosclerosis, barely surviving a routine gall bladder operation in January 1980. Following two minor heart attacks, he had to undergo an emergency quadruple coronary bypass in 1983, after which he was extremely weak. However, he still managed to continue acting. In 1988, Lancaster was well enough to attended a Congressional hearing with old colleagues such as Jimmy Stewart and Ginger Rogers to protest media magnate Ted Turner’s plan to colorize various black-and-white film s from the 1930s and 1940s . His acting career ended after he suffered a stroke on November 30, 1990, which left him partly paralyzed and largely unable to speak. 13 days before his 81st birthday, he died in his Century City apartment in Los Angeles from a third heart attack at 4:50 am on October 20, 1994 at the age of 80.