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BERANGER, Andre. Full name George Andre de Beranger. B. March 27, 1S95, Sydney, Australia. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. io£ in. Wt. 10 st. 10 lb. Ed. Sj-dney and Paris.

At the age of sixteen began his stage career with touringcompanies in Australia, and later on in repertory work. Started his screen career in D. W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation (U.A., 1915). Has also directed many films in Europe and America.

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Also Played in : Home Sweet Home (Griffith), Intolerance (Griffith), Broken Blossoms (Griffith), The Bright Shawl (F.N.), Ashes of Vengeance (F.N.), The Bat (U.A.), The Half Breed (F.N.), The Good Bad Man (Triangle), Mixed Blood (Univ), The I\Ian In Blue (Univ), A Woman’s Faith (Univ), Beauty and the Bad Man (Pathe), Sandy (Para), Those Without Sin (Para), The Eagle of the Sea (Para), Beau Brummel (Warner), Flirting With Fate (Triangle), Manhattan Madness (Triangle), Dulcy (F.N.), Are Parents People? (Para), Grounds For Divorce (Para), The Grand Duchess and the Waiter (Para), The Lady of the Harem (Para), Miss Brewster’s Millions (Para), Paradise For Two (Para), Fig Leaves (Fox), So This Is Paris (Warner), The Small Bachelor (Univ), If I Were Single (Warner), Powder My Back (Warner), Beware of Bachelors (Warner), Stark Mad (Warner), The Missing Man (Pathe), Alimony Annie (Warner), Strange Cargo (Pathe), Glad Rag Doll (Warner), Lilies of the Field (F.N.), Boudoir Diplomat (Univ), Three Girls Lost (Fox), Annabelle’s Affairs (Fox), Surrender (Fox), The Age For Love (U.A.), Ladies of the Jury (Radio).

BEST, Edna. B. Hove, Mar. 3, 1900. Fair hair blue eyes. Ed. at Brighton. M. (1) Seymour Beard ; twin sons.; dissolved; (2) Herbert Marshall, 1929. Made her stage debut in Charley’s Aunt (1917). Scored a memorable hit in The Constant Nymph. This was followed by a number of British films. Went to Hollywood to make a film in 1931 but returned without doing so, her reason being that she could not bear to be separated from her husband, Herbert Marshall, with whom she has frequently appeared in films and on the stage. Film debut: A Couple of Down-and-Outs. (Napoleon, 1923).

Also Played in : Escape (A.T.P.),

Tilly of Bloomsbury (Sterling), Sleeping Partners (B.I.P.), The Calendar (Gains), Loose Ends (B.I.P.), Michael and Mary (Gains), The Faithful Heart (Gains).

BEVAN, Isla. Real name, Isla Buckley. B. Isle of Wight, Oct. 26, 1910. Fair hair, green eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4 in. Wt. 7 st. 10 lb. Ed. Courtrai, Belgium.

A brief experience on the stage, during which she went to America with the Bitter Sweet company. A small part in The Star Reporter (Westminster, 1932) followed. Was given her first outstanding part by Basil Dean in Nine till Six (A.R.P.).

Also Played in : The Face at the Window (Brit-Actors), The Sign of Four (A.R.P.).

BICKFORD, Charles. B. Cambridge, Mass., Jan. 1. Red hair, blue eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 1 in. Wt. 13 st. 3 lb. Ed. Boston schools ; and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Married; two children.

Charles Bickford, whose flaming hair is said to be the reddest in Hollywood, began life as a stoker in the American Fleet. This was followed by a commission in the world war as a Lieutenant of Engineers. A period of ten years on the stage after the war preceded his film debut, made in Dynamite (M.G.M., 1929).

Also Played in : Anna Christie

(M.G.M.), Hell’s Heroes (Univ), South Sea Rose (Fox), The Sea-Bat (M.G.M.), The Passion Flower (M.G.M.), River’s End (Warner), The White Man (M.G.M.), East of Borneo (Univ), The Pagan Lady (Cob, Men in Her Life (Col), Panama Flo (Radio), Ambition (Univ), Scandal for Sale (Univ), Thunder Below (Para), The Last Man (Col), Man and Wife (Radio) Vanity Street (Col).

BIRD, Richard. B. 1895.

Has played successful parts on the London and New York stages, among them being the lead in America in Journey’s End. Had his first taste of screen work during the making of a few shorts in 1919, but it was not until 1930 that he played a prominent part in a full length production.

Also Played in : Tilly of Bloomsbury (Sterling), Number Please (George King), White Face (Gains-B.L.), The Professional Guest (George King), Nine Till Six (A.R.P.), The Water Gypsies (A.R.P.), A Letter of Warning (W.B-F.N.).

BIRRELL, Tala. B. Vienna, Sept. 10,

1908. P. German and Polish extraction.

Blonde hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in.

Wt. 8 st.

Speaks German, French, Polish, Rumanian and English fluently. Has travelled in most European countries, working in Germany, Austria, England and America. Was given her first screen opportunity in Cape Forlorn by Dupont, at that time producing for B.I.P. at Elstree. In 1930 signed a contract with Universal and went to Hollywood.

Also Played in : The Doomed Battalion (Univ), Nagana (Univ).

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BLACKMER, Sidney. B. Salsbury, North Carolina, July 13, 1898. Dark brown hair, brown eyes. Ht. 6 ft. Wt. 12 st. 7 lb. Ed. Warrenton High School, Salsbury ; University of N. Carolina. M. Lenore Ulric, June, 1929. Began his career in real estate, but found that he had no aptitude for business and, making his way to New York, obtained a small part in The Morris Dane. Enlisted during the war, and on his return to America after the Armistice continued with his stage work, appearing in Trimmed in Scarlet, and The Love Child. Made his talkie debut in A Most Immoral Lady (F.N., 1929).

Also Played in : The Love Racket

(F.N.), Strictly Modern (F.N.), One Adventurous Night (F.N.), Under Western Skies (F.N.), The Bad Man (F.N.), Sweethearts and Wives (F.N.), Kismet (F.N.), Little Ccesar (F.N.), The Challenge (F.N.), Mother's Cry (F.N.).

BLACKWELL, Carlyle. B. Troy, Pa., 1888. Dark hair, dark eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 11 in. Wt. 11 st. 1 lb. Ed. Syracuse. M. (1) Ruth Hadman; div.; (2) Mrs. Leah P. Haxton.

After a considerable stage and early screen career in the old Lasky days, he went to live in Constantinople and spent many years there. Later returned to the screen and made the silent version of Bulldog Drummond (Astra-National, 1923). Exceptionally keen on motoring, speedboat racing and flying.

Also Played in : The Virgin Queen (Stuart-Blackton), Beloved Vagabond (Astra-National), She (L. Samuelson) Two Little Vagabonds (Gau), The Rolling Road (Gains), One cf the Best (Gains), The Wrecker (B.I.P.), The Crooked Billet (Gains).

BLANDICK, Clara. B. at sea.

Following a successful career on the American stage, she made her screen debut in 1908 with the old Kalem Company.

Played in : Wise Girls (M.G.M.), Men Are Like That (Para), Poor Aubrey (Warner), Burning Up (Para), The Girl Said No (M.G.M.), Sins of the Children (M.G.M.), Romance (M.G.M.), Last of the Duanes (Fox), Tom Sawyer (Para), Once a Sinner (Fox), The Easiest Way (M.G.M.), Dance Fools Dance (M.G.M.), Inspiration (M.G.M.), Drums of Jeopardy (Tiffany), Daybreak (M.G.M.), It's a Wise Child (M.G.M.), Laughing Sinners (M.G.M.), I Take This Woman (Para). Bought

(Warner), Murder At Midnight (Tiffany), Huckleberry Finn (Para), Get Rich Quick Wallingford (M.G M.), Possessed (M.G.M.), Shop Worn (Col), The Strange Case of Clara Deane (Para), The Wet Parade (M.G.M.), Rock a bye (Radio), Bitter Tea of General Yen (Col).

BLANE, Sally. Real name, Betty Jane Young. B. Salida, Colorado, July 11,

1910. Light brown hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4J in. Wt. 8 st. 7 lb. Ed. Catholic Girls’ High School.

Is a sister of the popular Loretta Young and began her screen career with a small part in The Collegians series. First prominent part Wolves of the City (Univ, 1929). Has since played opposite Wallace Beery, Jack Holt, W. C. Fields and Tom Mix.

Also Played in : Rolled Stockings

(Para), Casey at the Bat (Para), Wife Savers (Para), Vanishing Pioneer (Para), Shooiin’ Irons (Para), Fools For Luck (Para), Dead Man’s Curve (F.B.O.), Her Summer Hero (F.B.O.), Horsemen of the Plains (Fox), Half Marriage (R.K.O.), Outlaw (Univ), The Very Idea (Univ), Eyes of the Underworld (Univ), Show of Shows (Warner), A Little Accident (Univ), The Local Bad Man (Univ), CrossExamination (Art Class), Reckoning (Peerless), X Marks the Spot (Tiffany), Ten Cents a Dance (Col), Shanghaied Love (Col), The Ghost Walks (Col), Vigour of Youth (Univ), A Dangerous Affair (Col), Law of the Sea (Mono), Second Chances (Chesterfield), Phantom Express (Tec Art), Dangerous Ground (Butcher’s), Forbidden Company (Chesterfield), I Am a Fugitive (Warner).

BLONDELL, Joan. B. New York City, Aug. 30, 1909. Blonde hair, grey eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4 in. Wt. 8 st. 8 lb. Married.

Daughter of professionals, she toured the world when quite a child, appearing with her family in all the principal cities of Europe, China, Canada and Australia, where she remained until the age of iS. This was followed by a period on the American stage until finally in 1930 she made her film debut in Sinner’s Holiday (Warner). Joan Blondell is a proficient swimmer and in August, 1932, at Malibu Beach, saved two boys from drowning.

Also Played in : Illicit (Warner), My Past (Warner), Too Many Women (Warner), Big Business Girl (F.N.), The Reckless Hour (F.N.), Other Men's Wives (Warner), Night Nurse (Warner), Larceny Lane

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(Warner), The Croivd Roars (Warner), Gentleman for a Day (F.N.), The Famous Ferguson Case (F.N.), Miss Pinkerton (F.N.), Big City Blues (F.N.), The Greeks Had a Word For Them (Col), Make Me a Star (Para), Enemies of the Public (Warner), Three on a Match (Warner), Central Park (Warner).

BLUE, Monte. B. Indianapolis, Jan. n, 1890. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 3 in. M. (1) Gladys Irma Blue; div. 1923 ; (2) Tova Jensen.

Has Red Indian (Cherokee) blood in him. Before D. W. Griffith gave him his first screen opportunity had been in turn cowboy, railway porter, sailor, journalist, and grave-digger. Has not been seen on the screen very much since the coming of the talkies.

Played in: Intolerance (U.A.), Birth of a Nation (U.A.), Orphans of the Storm (U.A.), Peacock Alley (Metro), The Marriage Circle (Warner), Kiss Me Again (Warner), So This Is Paris (Warner), Brass (Warner), I\Iain Street (Warner), Hogan’s Alley (Warner), Across the Pacific (Warner), Across the Atlantic (Warner), Wolf’s Clothing (Warner), Conquest (Warner), Greyhound Ltd. (Warner), From Headquarters (Warner), No Defence (Warner), Skin Deep (Warner), Show of Shows (Warner), Those Who Dance (Warner), Tiger Rose (Warner), The Flood (Col), The Stoker (Allied), One-Round Hogan (Warner).

BLYTHE, Betty. Real name, Elizabeth Blythe Slaughter. B. Los Angeles, California, Sept. 1, 1900. Auburn hair, grey eyes. Ht. 5 ft. jb in. Wt. 10 st. Ed. Los Angeles High School; University of S. California. M. Paul Scardon. Gained much experience on the English and American stage before venturing into motion pictures. Began her screen career with Vitagraph Company. Engagements with World Films and Universal followed this, but it was not until the release of Queen of Sheba (1921), in which she played the name-part for Fox, that cinemagoers began to grow familiar with her name. Has also starred in British film productions, the most notable being She (Samuelson).

Also Played in : His Own People

(Vitagraph), Over the Top (Vitagraph), Silver Horde (Goldwyn), His Wife’s Relations (Patlie), Darling of the Rich (Pathe), Slander (Fox), Potash and Perl-mutter in Hollywood (F.N.), Nomads of the North (F.N.), Chu Chin Chow (Wilcox), Southern Love (in England), facob’s Well

(in England), Lena Rivers (Tiffany), Tom Brown of Culver (Warner).

BOARDMAN, Eleanor. B. Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 19, 189S. Light brown hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 6J in. Wt. 8 st. 8 lb. Ed. Germantown Pligh School; Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia. M., King Vidor.

Made her appearance on the stage via a beauty competition, one of her earliest films being Souls For Sale (Goldwyn, 1923). Was at one time known in America as the “ Kodak girl,” having been engaged by the Eastman Kodak Co. to pose for the advertisements in one of their national campaigns. Will long be remembered for her performance opposite James Murray in The Crowd (M.G.M., 1928). .

Also Played in : Vanity Fair (Hugo-Ballin), The Auction Bloc (M.G.), Proud Flesh (M.G.M.), Wife of the Centaur (M.G.M.), Bardelys the Magnificent (M.G.M.), Tell It to the Marines (M.G.M.), She Goes to War (U.A.), Redemption (M.G.M.), Mamba (Tiffany), The Great Meadow (M.G.M.), Women Love Once (Para), The White Man (M.G.M.), Phantom President (Para). •

BOGART, Humphrey. B. New York City, Jan. 23, 1S99. Dark hair, brown eyes. Ed. Trinity School; Fordam College.

Following brief stage experience, made his first appearance on-the screen with a part in Up the River (Fox, 1930).

Also Played in : A Devil With

Women (Fox), Body and Soul (Fox), Bad Sister (Univ), Women of All Nations (Fox), Holy Terror (Fox), Love Affair (Col), Big City Blues (Warner), Two Against the World (Warner), Three on a Match (Warner).

BOLAND, Mary. B. Detroit, Mich., Jan. 28, 1880.

Stage debut Detroit, 1901, in A Social Highwayman. One of her earliest screen appearances was in Personal Maid (Para).

Also Played in : Secrets of a Sec

retary (Para), Night After Night (Para), Night of June 13 (Para), The Honest Finder (Para).

BOLES, John. B. Greenville, Texas, Oct. 28, 1900. Brown hair, grey-blue eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 1 in. Wt. 13 st. 1 lb. Ed. Greenville High School; University of Texas. Studied voice production in New York and Europe. M. Marceline Dobbs ; dau. b. 1922, son b. 1924.

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It is said that Gloria Swanson gave Boles his first opportunity in Loves of Sunya (U.A. 1927) after seeing his performance on a New York stage. It was not, however, until the advent of the talkies that his delightful voice was served with the opportunity of exercising its talents and marking him as a leading personality in the film world. John Boles was intended by his parents for the medical profession, but ultimately abandoned this for a musical career.

Also Played in : Bride of the Night, Shepherd of the Hills (F.N.), Bride of the Colorado, What Holds Men? We Americans (Univ), The Last Warning (Univ), Fazil (Fox), Romance of the Underworld (Fox), Rio Rita (Radio), Scandal (Univ), The Desert Song (Warner), King of Jazz (Univ), Song of the West (Warner), Captain of the Guard (Univ), Good Sport (Fox), Queen of Scandal (U.A.), Resurrection (Univ), One Heavenly Night (U.A.), Seed (Univ), Frankenstein (Univ), Back Street (Univ), Careless Lady (Fox), Six Hours to Live (Fox).

BOND, Lilian. B. London, January 18.

Red hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4^ in-

Wt. 8 st. 5 lb. M. Harry Shulman, June.

1926; div.

Made her stage debut when 14 in Dick Whittington. A part in the chorus of the Piccadilly Revels followed this. Then with С. B. Cochran’s 1926 Revue and Still Dancing. While rehearsing for a part in Sunny got married, changed her plans and went to America. A few shorts produced for M.G.M. led to her first important screen role in Stepping Out (M.G.M. 1931).

Also Played in : Lost and Found

(Vita), Putting It On (Vita), Great Lover (M.G.M.), Walking Home (Para), Dancing Partner (M.G.M.), A Rider of the Plains, The Trial of Vivienne Ware (Fox), Fireman Save My Child (F.N.), Beauty and the Boss (Warner), Man About Town (Fox), Gentleman for a Day (F.N.), Old Dark House (Univ), It’s Tough To Be Famous (F.N.) Air Mail (Univ), Hot Saturday (Para).

BOOTH, Edwina. B. Provo, Utah, Sept.

13, 1909. Blonde hair, blue eyes.

Ht. 5 ft. 7 in. Ed. Salt Lake public

schools; the Latter Day Saints Academy;

East High School, Salt Lake City;

Dixie College St. George, Utah.

Was chosen while on holiday in 1927 by E. Mason Hopper for screen work. Had nothing much to her credit, however, before her widely discussed part as the white goddess in Trader Horn (M.G.M. i93i)-

Also Played in : Our Modern Maidens (M.G.M.), Midnight Patrol (Mono), Last of the Mohicans (Mascot), Manhattan Cocktail (Para).

BORDONI, Irene. B. Ajaccio, Corsica. Black hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 2 in. M.. (1) Edgar Becmans ; (2) Roy Goetz.

Had a successful stage career which began in Paris when she was thirteen. Has sung and danced in every capital in Europe and in New York, and eventually ran her own company.

Played in : Paris (M.G.M.), Show of Shows (Warner).

BOSWORTH, Hobart. B. Marietta, Ohio, Aug. 11, 1867. White hair,

blue eyes. Ht. 6 ft. Wt. 14 st. 9 lb. M. (1) Adele Farrington; (2) Cecile

Percival, Dec. 1920.

Delights to tell that he was educated in the “ University of Hard Knocks, ” having run away to sea at the age of twelve. Took to the stage in 1885 and made his film debut in The Sultan’s Power, playing lead in this, the first picture ever made in Los Angeles (1909).

Also Played in r The Sea I7o//(Para), Vanity Fair (Hugo-Ballin), Rupert of Hentzau (M.G.), Zander the Great (M.G.), The Big Parade (M.G.M ), Eternal Love (U.A.), Ditbarry, Woman of Passio-n (U.A.), Abraham Lincoln (U.A.), The Devil’s Holiday (Para), Mammy (Warner), A Man of Peace (Vita), Dirigible (Col), Annie Laurie (M.G.), This Modern Age (M.G.M.), Fanny Foley Herself (Radio), Bad Timber (Pathe), County Fair (Mono), General Crack (Warner), Top of the Bill (Radio), Phantom Express (Tec-Art), Divine Love (Foy), Last of the Mohicans (Mascot).

BOUCHIER, Dorothy. B. London, Sept. 10, 1910. Brown hair and eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 2¾ in. M. Harry Milton, 1929. Known in silent days as “ Chili,” began work as a typist in 1925. Was chosen for her figure to be a mannequin at Harrod’s the same year and until 1927. Was then seen by a film agent and given the part of a bathing beauty in Asquith’s film Shooting Stars. Is now under contract to B. & D.

Also Played in : Brown Sugar (Twickenham), Carnival (B. &D.), Kissing Cup's. Race (Butcher), Blue Danube, (B. & D.), Call of the Sea (Twickenham), Ebb Tide (Para-Brit.), The King's Cup (B. & D.).

BOW, Clara. B. Brooklyn, New York, Aug. 5, 1906. Fiery red hair, brown

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eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 3^ in. Wt. 7st. 12 lb. Ed. Circle High School. M. Rex Bell, 1931-

Has perhaps received more notoriety during her short career than any star in Hollywood. The fact remains, however, that she has been married only once, to Rex Bell, her present husband. Among the many things Clara Bow has achieved is a beauty prize. Having won this she gave up her job as a typist, and in 1922 began her screen career with an appearance in Down to the Sea in Ships.

Also Played in : Black Oxen (F.N.), Plastic Age (Schulberg), Free to Love (Schulberg), Mantrap (Para), It (Para), Usings (Para), Children of Divorce (Para), Get Your Man (Para), Kid Boots (Para), Rough House Rosie (Para), Red Hair (Para), The Fleet's In (Para), The Wild Party (Para), Three Week Ends (Para), Ladies of the Mob (Para), Dangerous Curves (Para), The Saturday Night Kid (Para), Paramount on Parade (Para), True to the Navy (Para), Her Wedding Night (Para), Kick In (Para), No Limit (Para), Love Among the Millionaires (Para), Call Her Savage (Fox).

BOYD, Dorothy. B. Sanderstead, Surrey, 1907. Dark hair and eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in.

Film debut 1926 in Knee Deep in Daisies. First talkie Too Many Crooks (G. King).

Also Played in : Easy Virtue (Gains), Somehow Good (F.N.), Third Time Lucky (Gains), Love Lies (B.I.P.), The Girl in the Night (B.I.P.), The Love Race (B.I.P.), Rynox (Ideal), Constant Nymph (Gains), Sport of Kings (Gains), House of Unrest (Assoc Pic Prod).

BOYD, William (Bill). B. Cambridge, Ohio, June 5, 1898. Blond hair, grev-blue eyes. Ht. 6ft. Ed. in Tulsa, Okla. M. (1) Elinor Fair; (2) Dorothy Sebastian.

Had to change his Christian name from “ William ” to “ Bill ” to avoid confusion with the other William Boyd. Bill was an orange packer before Hollywood lured him. Began by playing in crowds for Cecil B. de Mille, but progressed rapidly until finally he was given a feature role in Bobbed Hair (Para 1922). From then onwards played starring roles with a number of different companies.

Also Played in : Forty Winks (Para), The Temple of Venus (Fox), Feet of Clay (Para), Triumph (Para), The Golden Bed (Para), Midshipman (M.G.M.), The Road to Yesterday (Pathe), The Volga

Boatman (De Mille), Her Man 0' War (Pathe), Eve's Leaves (Pathe), The Last Frontier (Path6), Jim the Conqueror (Path6), The Yankee Clipper (Pathe), King of Kings (Pathe), Two Arabian Knights (U.A.), Dress Parade (Path6), The Night Flyer (Pathe), Skyscraper (Pathe), The Cop (Pathe), Power (Pathe), The Leatherneck (Pathe), Lady of the Night (U.A.), The Locked Door (U.A.), Derelict (Para), The Gang Blister (Para), Gun Smoke (Para), City Streets (Para), Murder by the Clock (Para), Crashing Through (Pathe), The Flying Fool (РаЛё), High Voltage (Pathe), Hi s First Command (Pathe), Officer O'Brien (Pathe), The Painted Desert (Pathe), War and Women (Pathe), Beyond Victory (Pathe), Those Who Dance (Warner), Storm (Univ), The Frame (Warner), Carnival Boat (Pathd), Wiser Sex (Para), Suicide Fleet (Pathe), The Big Gamble (Pathe).



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