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CHATTERTON, Ruth. B. New York City, Dec. 24, 1894. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. in. Wt. 7 st. 12 lb. Ed. Mrs. Hazen’s private school, Palham Manor. M. (1) Ralph Forbes, 1925 ; div. Aug. 12, 1932 ; (2) George Brent, Aug. 13, 1932.

Began her career on the stage at 15, and owes her success in talkies to the long training she received in theatrical companies Created a sensation in Aug., 1932, by marrying her leading man, George Brent, twenty-four hours after her divorce from Ralph Forbes was made absolute. Film debut in Sins of the Fathers (Para, 1928).

Also Played in : The Doctor's Secret (Para), The Dummy (Para), Madam X (M.G.M.), The Laughing Lady (Para), Sarah and Son (Para), Charming Sinners (Para), The High Road (M.G.M.), The Lady of Scandal (M.G.M.), Paramount on Parade (Para), Anybody’s Woman (Para), Once a Lady (Para), To-morrow and Tomorrow (Para), The Right to Love (Para), Unfaithful (Para), The Magnificent Lie (Para), The Rich Are Always With Us (Warner), The Crash (Warner).

CHEE-AK, B. nr. Candle, N.W. Alaska. P. mother, a pure-bred Eskimo ; father, trapper, hunter and prospector Long, jet-black hair, dark brown eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 1 in. Wt. 12 st. 12 lb Ed. Missionary School.

After a life of hardship and adventure, his first attempt at film acting was when Captain Frank Klein-Schmidt, the German explorer, attempted to film the

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Eskimos but was forced to retreat. Later, acted as camera-man on the film Iceberg. Wpnt to Hollywood, but after a brief visit returned to his native land, where Universal found him.

Played in : Igloo (Univ).

CHERRILL, Virginia. B. Carthage, 111., April 12, 1908. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4¾ in. Wt. 7 st. 12 lb. Ed. Starrett Finishing School, Chicago. M. (1) Irving Adler; (2) William

Rinelander Stewart, 1932.

Is unique in that she had never any' idea or ambition to go on the screen. Was seen, however, by Charles Chaplin at a boxing contest and was persuaded by him to play' the leading feminine role in City Lights (U.A., 1931)-

Also Played in : Girls Demand

Excitement (Fox), The Brat (Fox), Delicious (Fox).

CHEVALIER, Maurice. B. Menil-montant, Paris, France, Sept. 12, 1893. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. n| in. Wt. 11 st. 6 lb. M. Yvonne Vallee.

Was given his first opportunity by Mistinguette, the “ Idol of Paris,” who made him her dancing partner. Shortly after the war made an appearance at the Palace Theatre, London. It was not, however, until 'innocents of Paris (Para, 1929), his first American film, was released, that he achieved his present popularity.

Also Played in : The Love Parade (Para), The Big Pond (Para), Playboy of Paris (Para), Smiling Lieutenant (Para), Paramount on Parade (Para), Love RIe To-night (Para), One Hour With You (Para). .

CHEVRET, Lita. B. Oakland, Cal. Dark-brown hair, light-brown ey'es. Ht. 5 ft. 6h in. Wt. 9 st. 1 lb. Ed. University of California,.

After gaining experience in a dramatic stock company, became a professional dancer. Entered pictures in 1928 in the first version of Fox Follies (Fox).

Also Played in : Rio Rita (Radio), The Cuckoos (Radio), Pay-Off (Radio), Trader Ginsburg, Room and Board (Realart), Madams Julie (Radio), Everything's Rosie (Radio), Mystery of Compartment C, Ladies of the Jury (Radio), Girl Crazy (Radio), Melody of Life (Radio), What Price Hollywood ? (Radio), The Big Flash (Metro-Educ).

CHRISTY, Dorothy. B. Reading, Pa. Fair hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 6£ in. Wt. 9 st. 7 lb. M. Hal Christy.

Be--j:i her career as an understudy but

quickly' jumped into leading roles. After four years’ stage experience got her first screen opportunity in the film So This Is London (Fox, 1930), with Will Rogers. This put an end to the hope she had cherished of becoming an opera singer, for after the first half-dozen films she found herself on the brink of stardom.

Also Played in : Playboy of Paris

(Para), Extravagance (Tiffany), Night Life in Reno (Artclass), Convicted (Artclass), Romeo in Pyjamas (M.G.M.), Stage Whispers (Chesterfield), The Murdock Affair (Chesterfield), Gentleman for a Day (F.N.), The Stoker (Allied), Arm of the Law (Mono), Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood (Univ), Forbidden Company (Chesterfield), The Devil and the Deep (Para), 70,000 Witnesses (Para).

CHRYSTALL, Belle. B. Fleetwood,

Lanes, 1910. Dark hair, dark eyes.

Ht. 5 ft. Ed. Convent, Preston ;

Westbourne High School, Poulton ;

Roy'al Academy of Dramatic Art.

Stage debut, Crime (192S). Her screen ambition led to a small part in the film, A Warm Corner (Gains, 1930), but no further luck came her way until the production of Hindis Wakes (Gau, 1931), when she played the role of Jenny Hawthorne, w'hich set her on the road to film fame.

Also Played in : The Frightened Lady (Gains), Hobson’s Choice (B.I.P.).

CHURCHILL, Marguerite. B. Kansas

City, Mo., Dec. 25, 1910. Auburn

hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 6 in.

Ed. the Professional Children’s School,-'

New York City; the Theatre Guild

Dramatic School.

Marguerite showed exceptional acting ability at a very early age. She won two scholarships at the New York' Theatre Guild Dramatic School, and by the time she was sixteen she was one of Broadway’s youngest leading ladies. A Fox “ scout ” saw her on the stage and she was given a part in the film The Diplomats (Fox). Her first lead was opposite Paul Muni in The Valiant (Fox, 1929).

Also Played in : Pleasure Crazed

(Fox), They Had to See Paris (Fox), Seven Faces (Fox), Born Reckless (Fox), Good Intentions (Fox), Harmony at Home (Fox), The Big Trail (Fox), Girls Demandl Excitement (Fox), Charlie Chan Carries On (Fox), Quick Millions (Fox), Riders of the Purple Sage (Fox), Ambassador Bill (Fox), Forgotten Commandments (Para),

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CLAIRE, Bernice. Real name Bernice Jahnigan. B. Oakland, Cal. Dark brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 2¾ in. Wt. 8 st. 4 lb. Ed. San Francisco. Was at first attracted by the idea of writing Christmas plays for children, but was encouraged by her mother to take up theatrical studies and she eventually won through to the front rank in the theatre. First screen part in No, No, Nanette (F.N., 1930). Later signed a contract with First National.

Also Played in : Song of the Flame (F.N.), Spring is Here (F.N.), Numbered Men (F.N.), Toast of the Legion (F.N.), Top Speed (F.N.).

CLAIRE, Ina. Real name Ena Fagan. B. Washington, D.C., Oct. 15, 1892. Blonde hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 2 in. Ed. Washington. M. (1) James Whittaker ; dissolved ; (2) John Gilbert,

1929; div. Aug. 1932.

From the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway she went to Hollywood where she made her first screen appearance in Polly With a Past (Metro, 1921).

Also Played in : The Royal Family of Broadway (Para), Rebound (Pathe), The Greeks Had a Word for Them (U.A.).

CLARE, Mary. B. London, July 17,

1894. Dark hair and eyes. M. Lieut.

L. Mawhood.

Her first appearance on the stage was on tour in 1910. Came to London in 1912. Has since played a variety of theatrical roles. Screen debut, The Prince of Lovers (Gau).

Also Played in : The Skin Game (Granger, silent), The Constant Nymph (Gains), The Skin Game (B.I.P.), Hindle Wakes (Gau), Many Waters (B.I.P.), Keefers of Youth (B.I.P.), Gipsy Blood (B.I.P.).

CLARENCE, О. В. B. London, March 25, 1870. Ed. Dover College and University Hospital. M. Hilda Forcutt, 1911 ; 1 dau. Pamela Lovell, 1914.

Well-knowm stage actor. Made his stage debut in 1890. Went to America in 1909 to star on the American stage and returned again to play in the West End.

Played in : The Man from Chicago (B.I.P.), Keepers of Youth (B.I.P.), The Bells (Path6) , Jack’s the Boy (Gains), Good Night Vienna (B. & D.), Flag Lieutenant (B. & D.), Perfect Understanding (G. Swanson). Help Yourself

(W.B.-F.N.), The Barton Mystery (Para-Brit), Where is this Lady ? (Amalgamated Films Association).

CLARK, Harvey. B. Boston, Mass., 18S6. Brown hair and eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 9 in. Wt. ir st. 4 lb. Ed. Massachusetts College,

For many years was on the stage -with Otis Skinner and Robert Hilliard ; also appeared in his own act in vaudeville. Has had an extensive screen career, appearing with most of the prominent American companies.

Played in : Rose of the Golden West (F.N.), Get Your Man (Para), The Magic Flame (U.A.), A Woman Against the World (Tiffany), Tragedy of Youth (Tiffany), He Who Gets Slapped (M.G.), Ladies’ Night in a Turkish Bath (F.N.), Floating College (Tiffany), Camille (U.A.), The Rainbow (Tiffany), Anybody’s Woman (Para), Seven Keys to Baldpate (Radio), Man Trouble (Fox), Going Wild (F.N.), The Optimist (Pathe), Red-Haired, Woman (M.G.M.), Down to Earth (Fox), Those We Love (Tiffany).

CLARKE, Mae. B. Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 16, 1910. Brown hair and eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4 in. Wt. 8 st. Ed. Atlantic City Junior High School. M. Lew Price ; div.

She had a long stage experience in reviews and musical comedies, a: .ong them Gay Paree and Manhattan Mary, in which she was featured as a dancer. Earliest films Big Time (Fox, 1929), Nix On Dames (Fox, 1929).

Also Played in : Men on Call (Fox), The Fall Guy (Warner), Impatient Maiden (Univ), Reckless Living (Univ), The Front Page (U.A.), Waterloo Bridge (Univ) Blonde Baby (Col), Frankenstein (Univ), Determination (Col), Three Wise Girls (Col), Night World (Univ), Breach of Promise (WAV.).

CLARKE-SMITH, D. A. B. Montrose, Forfarshire, Aug. 2, 1888. Ed. Black-heath ; Pembroke College, Oxford. M. Alice Bowes.

Was a member of the Oxford University Dramatic Society in 1910, and made his professional stage debut in The Great-Adventure in 1913. Served in the Royal Artillery during the Avar and resumed his stage career in 1919. Has produced several plays. Screen debut Atlantic (B.I.P., 193°)-

Also Played in : Bracelets (Gau),

Peace and Quiet (Fox-Brit), The Frightened Lady (Gains),-Michael and Mary (Gains)f

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The Old Man (B.L.), Help Yourself (W.B.-F.N.), Whiteface (Gains), Illegal (W.B.-F.N.), A Voice Said Good-night (W.B.-F.N.), A Letter of Warning (W.B.-F.N.).

CLIVE, Colin. B. St. Malo, France,

Jan. 20, 1900. Dark brown hair, brown

eyes. Ed. Stonyhurst College; R.M.C.

Sandhurst. M. Jeanne de Casalis, 1929.

Save for a broken knee, might have now held a commission in His Majesty’s forces. This accident, however, compelled him to seek a different career. He chose the stage and after a short period of study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, made his first appearance at the Garrick Theatre in The Eclipse, 1919. Screen debut Journey’s End (Tiffany, *931)- .

Also Played in : The Stronger Sex

(Gains), Frankenstein (Univ), Lily Christine (Para-Brit).

CLYDE, Andy. M. Elsie Tarron, Sept.

23, 1932.

A comedian well known for his amusing characterizations in the Educational Mack Sennett talking comedies. A stickler for character—allowed his beard to grow so that he could use it for screen purposes.

Played in : Blindfold (Fox), Ships of the Night (Rayart), Midnight Daddies (W.W.), The Lunkhead (Mack Sennett), The Golfers (Mack Sennett), Hollywood Star (Mack Sennett), Bulls and Bears (Mack Sennett), The New Half-Back (Mack Sennett), Uppercut O’Brien (Mack Sennett) Scotch (Mack Sennett), Sugar Plum Papa (Mack Sennett), Match Play (Mack Sennett), Fat Wives for Thin (Mack Sennett), Campus Crushes (Mack Sennett), The Chumps (Mack Sennett), Goodbye Legs (Mack Sennett), Hello! Television (Mack Sennett), Average Husband (Mack Sennett), Vacation Loves (Mack Sennett), Half Holiday (Mack Sennett), Shopping With Wifie (Mack Sennett), Heavens ! My Husband (Educ), Speed in the Gay Nineties (Educ), 1 lillion Dollar Legs (Para).

CLYDE, June. B. St. Joseph, Mo., Dec.

2, 1909. Blonde hair, brown eyes.

Ht. 5 ft. 1¾ in. Wt. 7 st. 6 lb. Ed.

Galileo High School, San Francisco. M.

Thornton Freeland (director).

At the age of 9 appeared with the Duncan Sisters in the famous Topsy and Eva (U.A., 1927) and afterwards became a musical comedy actress. Began her screen career in singing pictures and has since played in dramatic productions.

Played in : Secret Witness (Col)

Tanned Legs (Radio) The Cuckoos (Radio), Midnight Mystery (Radio), Steady Company (Univ), The Virtuous Wife (Col), Racing Youth (Univ), Cohens and Kellys in Hollywood (Univ), File No. 113 (Allied), Radio Patrol (Univ), Back Street (Univ), Branded Men (Tiffany) Modern Madness (Invicta), All American (Univ.)

CODY, Lew. B. Berlin, New Hampshire, Feb. 22, 1891. Black hair,

brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. njin. Wt. 12 st. 8 lb. Ed. New Hampshire Macgill College. M. Mabel Normand, 1926,

. who died Feb. 23, 1930.

Was originally intended by his French parents for the medical profession but, ignoring their plans, became an actor instead. Is now generally regarded as the screen’s most suave and sophisticated actor. Co-starred with Aileen Pringle for a long time in a series of domestic comedies. Film debut, The Mating (Vita, 1915)-

Also Played in : The Branded Soul (Fox), Treasure of the Sea (Fox), Don’t. Change Your Husband (Artcraft), The Beloved Cheater (Lew Cody Film Co.), The Sign on the Door (F.N.), Souls for Sale (M.G.), Within the Law (F.N.), The Shooting of Dan McGrew (M.G.), Rupert of Hentzau (M.G.), So This Is Marriage (M.G.M.), Man and Maid (M.G.M.), The Slave of Fashion (M.G.M.), The Sporting Venus (M.G.M.), Time the Comedian (M.G.M.), An Exchange of Wives (M.G.M.), His Secretary (M.G.M.), Monte Carlo (M.G.M.), Gay Deceiver (M.G.M.), The Demi-Bride (M.G.M.), A Single Man (M.G.M.), Beyond Victory (Pathe), What a Widow (U.A.), Divorce Among Friends (Warner), Three Rogues, A Woman of Experience (Pathe), The Tenderfoot (F. N.), Sweepstakes (R.K.O.), Meet the Wife (Col.), Three Girls Lost (Fox), Dishonoured (Para), Sporting Blood (M.G.M.), X marks the Spot (Tiffany), File, No. 113 (Allied), A Parisian Romance (Allied), Madison Square Garden (Para).

COGHLAN, J unior. B. New Haven, Conn., March 16, 1917. Brown hair and eyes. Ht. 4 ft. 2 in. Wt. 4 st. 7 lb. His father, who is a doctor, hoped that his son would follow his profession, but Junior preferred the .screen. He began as an extra and has since played important roles.

Played in : The Road to Yester

day (Pathe), Bobbed Hair (Warner). Chasing Trouble (Univ), Skyrocket (Pathe), Mike (M.G.M.), Cause For Divorce (Selz-nick), Garrison’s Finish, The Fourth Musketeer, Her Man о’ I Far (De Mille),

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The Yankee Clipper (Patlie) The Last Frontier (Pathe), Slide, Kelly, Slide (M.G.M.), The Country Doctor (Pathe), Gallagher (Pathe), Marked Money (Pathe), Square Shoulders (Pathe), River’s End (Warner), Penrod and Sam (F.N.), Hell’s House (Allied), Gentleman For a Day (F.N.), Fireman Save My Child (F.N.).

COLBERT, Claudette. B. Paris, France, Sept. 13, 1003. Brown hair, large brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4 in. Wt. 7 st. 4 lb. Ed. Paris ; Washington Irving High School; The New York City Art Students’ League. M. Norman Foster.

Taken to America when only eight years of age. Began her career in that country as stage designer. After having played only once on the stage in The Wild Westcotts, persuaded Brock Pemberton to believe she was a mature actress with several years' experience. The bluff worked well and thereafter only leading roles were assigned to her. Screen debut : For the Love 0' Mike (Para).

Also Played in : The Hole in the

Wall (Para), The Lady Lies (Para), The Big Pond (Para), Young Man of Manhattan (Para), Smiling Lieutenant (Para), His Woman (Para), The Wiser Sex (Para), Manslaughter (Para), 1Misleading Lady (Para), Honour Among Lovers (Para), Secrets of a Secretary (Para), Man From Yesterday (Para), Phantom" President (Para), Sign of the Cross (Para).

COLLIER, William, Senr. B. New York City, Nov. 12, 1866. M. (1) Louise Allen; she d. 1909; (2) Paula Marr. Made his first appearance on the stage when 11 years of age in a children's opera company playing H.M.S. Pinafore. A successful stage career followed, including four years in London, a tour of Australia, and a lengthy run of theatrical work in America. Started film work under Mack Sennett.

Also Played in : Mr. Lemon of Orange (Fox), Six Cylinder Love (Fox), Annabelle’s Affairs (Fox), Stepping Sisters (Fox), The Brat (Fox), After To-morrow (Fox), Mad Masquerade (M.G.M.), Madison Square Garden (Para), Hot Saturday (Para).

COLLIER, William Jnr. B. New York City, February 12, 1903. Black hair, brown eyes.. Ht. 5ft. iofin. Wt. 11 st. 1 lb. Ed. Collegiate High School, New York City.

Began stage career with his father at

an early age and some years later made his screen debut in The Bugle Call (1916).

Also Played in : The Wanderer

(Para), Devil’s Cargo (Para), The Rainmaker (Para), Tide of the Empire (M.G.M.), The Lion and the Alouse (Warner), College Widow (Warner), Dearie (Warner), The Desired Woman (Warner), One Stolen Night (Warner), Beware of Bachelors (Warner), Women They Talk About (Warner), The Donovan Affair (Col), The Bachelor Girl (Col), College Coquette (Col), Street Scene (U.A.), The Red Sword (Radio), New Orleans (Tiffany), Two Men and a Maid (Tiffany), Lummox (U.A.), Little Ccesar (F.N.), Hard-Boiled Rose (Warner), The Melody Alan (Col), Cimarron (R.K.O.), Royal Romance (Col), Movietone Follies of 1930 (Fox), Rain or Shine (Col), Secret Witness (Col), Big Gamble (Pathe), Soul of the Shuns (Mayfair), Sporting Chance (Peerless), Phantom Express (Tec-Art), File No. 113 (Allied), County Fair (Mono), Dancers in the Dark (Para), Samaritan (Univ), Fighting Gentleman (International).



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