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DELANEY, Charles. B. New York City,

Aug. 9, 1897. Brown hair, brown eyes.

Ht. 5 ft. io£ in. Wt. 11 st. 8 lb. M.

Mary Meek.

After brief stage experience took up film work, one of his earliest films being The Alain Event (Pathe, 1927).

Also Played in : Kathleen Mavourneen (Fox), College Days (Tiffany), The Cohens and Kellys (Univ), ‘Frisco Sally Levy (M.G.M.,), The Thirteenth Hour (M.G.M.), Love Lorn, The Adventurer ( M G . M . ), The Branded AI a n (Gotham), After the Storm (Gotham),

Home, James (Univ), Show Girl (F.N.), Do Your Duty (F.N.), The Air Circles (Fox), Stool Pigeon (Col), The River (Fox), The Fakir (Col), Broadway Babies (F.N.), Hard to Get (F.N.), Girl from Woolworth’s (F.N.), Around the Corner (Col), Air Police (WAV.), Hell Bent for ’Frisco (WAV.), Endurance Flight (Radio), Alillie (Radio) Air Patrol (Univ), The Alan Hunter (Warner), The Big Timer-(Col), Pretty Ankles (Like), Lonesome Trail, Hearts of Humanity (Majestic).

DELL, Claudia. Real name, Claudia Dell Smith. B. San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 10, 1910. Blonde hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. Wt. 8 st. 4 lb. Ed. San Antonio High School ; -Mexico City School.

A chance meeting with Flo Ziegfeld soon after she left school, resulted in her being given a part in his Follies. Later she came to London with the company, Merry Mary. Warner Bros, gave her her first screen opportunity in Sweet Kitty Bellairs (1930).

Also Played in : Big Boy (Warner), Fifty Alillion Frenchmen (Warner), Bachelor Apartment (Radio), Sit Tight (Warner), Sporting Chance (Peerless), Left-Over Ladies (Tiffany), Her Dilemma (Para), Scandal for Sale (Univ), Destry Rides Again (Univ), Alidnight Lady (Chesterfield), Hearts of H it m unity (Majestic).

DEL RIO, Dolores. Maiden name, Asunsolo. B. Durango, Mexico, Aug. 3, 1905. Biack hair, brown eyes.

Ht. 5 It. 3¾ in. Wt. 8 st. 3 lb. Ed. St. Joseph's Convent, Mexico City. M. (1) Jaime Martinez del Rio; he d. 1928 ; (2) Cedric Gibbons (art director of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), Aug. 1930.

Is an accomplished linguist, speaking Spanish, French, German and English. Made her screen debut in 1925 in the film Joanna (F.N.). Visited London in Aug., 192S.

Also Played in : What Price Glory ? (Fox), High Steppers (F.N.), Pals First (F.N.), Resurrection (U.A.), Ramona (U.A.), Revenge (U.A.), The Red Dance (Fox), Evangeline (U.A.), Trail of ’9S (M.G.M.), The Bad One. (U.A.), Hell’s Harbour (U.A.), The Dove (Radio), Bird of Paradise (Radio).

DELROY, Irene. B. Bloomington, 111. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 It. 2 in. Ed. Chicago; New York.

Her stage debut was with Mary Garden

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in Grand Opera as a singer and toe dancer. Has appeared in opera with Galli Curci, and Rosa Raisa in musical comedy, ajid with the Ziegfeld Follies, playing the lead in Follow Thru’ and other shows. Made her screen debut in 1930 in Oh, Sailor, Behave! (Warner).

Also Played in : The Life jof the

Party (Warner), Divorce Among triends (Warner), Men of the Sky (F.N.).

DENNY, Reginald. B. Richmond, Surrey, Nov. 21, 1S91. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 6 ft. Wt. 12 st. 10 lb. Ed. College of St. Francis Xavier, Sussex. M. four times. (1) Betsy Lee; (2) Irene Haisman, 1913 ; dau. 1917 ; (3) Kay Johnson ; (4) “ Bubbles ” Steifel, 1928 ; son, Reg Jnr., 1931.

Made his appearance on the stage long before he knew the proper significance of words as the Infant Prince in A Royal Family. Is an experienced baritone operatic singer and has toured most parts of the world. Particularly fond of relating how an appearance before Hindu potentates in India saved him from starvation. Film debut 1919 with Universal, one of his earliest films being The Leather Pushers, a series of boxing films made independently at first and then for Universal.

Also Played in : Jenny Lind (M.G.M.), Romeo in Pyjamas (M.G.M.), Kiki (U.A.), Madame Satan (M.G.M.), Those Three French Girls (M.G.M.)’ Strange Justice (R.K.O.), Abysmal Brute (Univ), Oh, Doctor (Univ), Sporting Youth (Univ), Fll Show You the Town (Univ), What Happened to Jones (Univ), That’s My Daddy (Univ), Stepping Out (M.G.M.).

DE PUTTI, Lya. B. Nr. Budapest, in Yesce, Hungary, 1904. Black hair, dark brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 2 in. Wt. 7 st. 7 lb. Daughter of Baron de Putti. Ed. Sacre Coeur Convent. M. (1) Zoltan de Szepessy, 1919 ; 2 dau. Maria and Doudou ; div. ; (2) Count Louis

Christianson. D. in America, 1931. Deciding on a theatrical career, she quickly became premiere danseuse in Russian classical ballet at Winter Garden in Berlin. Made her film debut in The Hindu Tombstone (U.F.A., 1921), Vaudeville (U.F.A.), the sensational film produced by E. A. Dupont followed this, and she very soon became world renowned. Went to America, where she was given the principal part in God Gave Me Twenty Cents (Para, 192G).

Also Played in : Sorrows of Satan

(Para), Manon Lescaut (U.F.A.), Prince

of Tempters (F.N.), Midnight Rose (Univ), Buck Privates (Univ), The Informer (B.I.P.).

DEVINE, Andy. B. Flagstaff, Arizona, Oct. 7, 1905. Fair hair, blue eyes. Ht. 6 ft. i| ins. Wt. 13 st. 8 1b. Ed. University of Santa Clara; Saint Benedicts College; Arizona State College.

Once gave up pictures “ for ever *' because he had nearly starved as an extra. Is now a Universal contract feature lead. He used to look forward to the summer months so that he could work as beach “ lifeguard" and resume eating. Came into prominence by his small part in The Vigour of Youth (Univ, i93i)-

Also Played in : Fireman Save My

Child (F.N.), The Impatient Maiden (Univ), Three Wise Girls (Col), Man Wanted (Warner), Radio Patrol (Univ), Fast Companions (Univ), Tom Brown of Culver (Univ), The Man from Yesterday (Para), All American (Univ).

DIETRICH, Marlene. B. Berlin, Dec. 27, 1902. Red-gold hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. Wt. 8 st. 8 lb. Ed. at a private school, Weimar; Musical Academy in Berlin. M. Rudolph Sieber ; one dau., Maria.

But for an accident to her wrist, Marlene might to-day have been equally famous as a pianist. This, however, proved a blessing in disguise, as it led her to seek a career on the stage and ultimately to delight millions of cinema-goers by her brilliant performances in films directed by Von Sternberg. Was engaged by Paramount on long-term contract after the showing of The Blue Angel in Hollywood (1930).

Also Played in : I Kiss Your Hand, Madame (Superfilms) Three Loves (German), Manon Lescaut (U.F.A.), Morocco (Para), Dishonoured (Para), Shanghai Express (Para), The Blonde Venus (Para).

DIGGES, Dudley. B. England.

First became famous in plays performed by the Theatre Guild of New York. Was seen on the screen for the first time in Outward Bound (Warner); which film was shown only under special licence in Britain. Also played the part of the prison governor in the Ronald Colman film Condemned (U.A., 1929).

Also Played in : Devotion (Radio),

Alexander Hamilton {Warner), The Ruling Voice (F.N.), The Honourable Mr. Wong (Warner), The Strange Case of Clara

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Deane (Para), The Roar of the Dragon (Radio), The Maltese Falcon (Warner), The First Year (Fox), Tess of the Storm Country (Fox).

DILLAWAY, Donald. B. New York City, March 17, 1905. Dark brown hair, brown eyes. Ht. 6 ft. Wt. 10 st. 10 lb. Ed. public schools at New York, and Meriden, Conn. ; Cornell University ; University of Buffalo.

Made his theatrical debut at the age of twelve as a singer. Among the numerous plays in which he appeared are House Party, Fast Life, Courage, Flight, etc. First talkie role, Dick Cameron in Min and Bill (M.G.M.).

Also Played in : Body and Soul (Fox), Young as You Feel (Fox), Air. Lemon of Orange (Fox), Cimarron (Radio), Platinum Blonde (Col), Men in Her Life (Col), Reputation (Radio), Strange Love of Molly Louvain (F.N.), Attorney for the Defense (Col), Pack Up Your Troubles (M.G.M.), She Wanted a Millionaire (Fox), Aliss Pinkerton (F.N.), Night Mayor (Col).

DINEHART, Allan. B. Missoula, Montana, U.S.A., 1889.

Was educated for the Church but decided to go on the stage. For many years was a prominent figure in variety and on the dramatic stage.

Played in : Trial of Vivienne Ware

(Fox), The Brat (Fox), Disorderly Conduct (Fox), Street of Women (Warner), Bachelor's Affair (Fox), Almost Married (Fox), Week-Ends Only (Fox), Penalty of Fame (Univ), I Am a Fugitive (Warner), Silver Dollar (Warner).

DIX, Dorothy. B. London Feb. 27, 1892. M. (1) Jameson Thomas; dissolved ; (2) T. Vezey-Strong.

Stage debut, Lyric Theatre, Dec. 2, 1907, in Monsieur Beaucaire. Screen debut, The First Mrs. Fraser (Sterling, 1932)-

DIX, Richard. Real name, Ernest Carlton Brimmer. B. St. Paul, Minn., July 18, 1894. Dark brown hair,

brown eyes. Ht. 6 ft. Wt. n st. 11 lb. Ed. St. Paul High School; University of Minnesota M. Winifred Coe, Oct. 20, 1931.

After a long and varied career in stock companies was signed up by Morosco. Film debut Not Guilty (F.N., 1921.)

Also Played in : The Woman with Four Faces (Para), The Christian

(Goldwyn), Nothing But the Truth (Para). The Wheel of Life (Para), Vanishing Race, Redskin (Para), Lovin’ the Ladies (Radio), Cimarron (Radio), Seven Keys to Baldpate (Radio), The Ten Commandments (Para), Donovan’s Kid (Radio), The Public Defender (Radio), Secret Service (Radio), Lost Squadron (Radio), The Roar of the Dragon (Radio), March of a Nation (Radio), Hell’s Highway (Radio), Conquerors (Radio). .

DIXON, Adelf.. B. Kensington, June

3, 1908. Brown hair, brown eyes.

Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. Wt. 8 st. 6 lb. Ed.

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. M.

Ernest Schwaiger, Aug., 1928.

Stage debut, 1921, in Where the Rainbow Ends. Film debut with B.I.P., one of her earliest films being Uneasy Virtue (i93i)-

Also Played in : Happy Husband (B.I.P.).

D05LE, Frances. Real name. Lady

Lindsay Hogg. B. New York. Ed.

Montreal; Bennett School, N.Y M.

Sii Amthony Lindsay Hogg ; dissolved.

Stage debut, 1922, as Helene in The Man in Dress Clothes. Was given one of her earliest important parts in films by Basil Dean in the silent version of The Constant Nymph (Gains, 1929). This, however, was preceded by a part in The Vortex (Gains, 192S).

Also Played in : Nine Till Six (A.R.P.), The Water Gypsies (A.R.P).

DODD, Claire. B. New England-

Blonde hair, green eyes. Ht. 5 ft-

6 in. Wt. 8 st. 8 lb. Ed. privately.

Is now a Paramount contract player, having made a success in her early films, Whoopee (U.A.), and Our Blushing Brides (M.G.M., 1930).

Also Played in : Two Kinds of Women (Para), Under Eighteen (Warner), Broken Wing (Para), Man Wanted (Warner), This is the Night (Para), Alias The Doctor (F.N.), Guilty as Charged (Para), Crooner (Warner), Match King (Warner).

DOLMAN, Richard.

His brilliant performance with Jack Buchanan in Stand Up and Sing was witnessed by Basil Dean, who immediately secured him for the Sapper story Love On the Spot (1932), made at the A.R.P. studios at Ealing.

Also Played in : 7 coking On the Bright Side (A.R.P.).

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DONOVAN, Jack. Real name, Jack Francis Donovan. B. Chicago, 111., Feb. 4, 1900. Black hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. ix in. Wt. 12 st. Ed. St. Louis University; University of South California.

Studied architecture as a youth and won first prize of the International Allied Architects Institute, also Carnegie and Red Cross medals. Inventor of the Santa Monica Life Guard Signal Saving System. Is responsible for the building of the Hollywood Canary Cottage cafe, and Mission Beach Yacht Club. Later turned his attention to the stage, and finally settled down as a motion picture actor.

Played in : The Midlanders (Feder

ated), What Do Women Want? Hurricane Gal (F.N.), Captain Careless (Radio), The Bullet’s Mark (Pathe), Hoof Marks (Pathe), Why Women Love (F.N.),

DORAN, Mary. Real name, Florence Arnot. B. New York City, Sept. 3, 1907. Auburn hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 2 in. Wt. 7 st. 10 lb. Ed. Columbia University.

Started her career in the Ziegfeld Follies. Went to Hollywood where she played minor screen parts for a time, and finally obtained the leading role in Remote Control (M.G.M., 1930).

Also Played in : The River Woman

(Gotham), The Broadway Melody (M.G.M.), Trial of Mary Dugan (M.G.M.), The Divorcee (M.G.M.), The Richest Man in the World (M.G.M.), Father's Day (M.G.M.), Sins of the Children (M.G.M), Half a Bride (Para), Ghetto, (Tiffany), Lucky Boy (Tiffany), To-night at Twelve (Univ), Girl in the Show (M.G.M.), Their Own Desire (M.G.M.), They Learned About Women (M.G.M.), The Party Husband (F.N.), Fifty Fathoms Deep (Col), Determination (Col), Under Eighteen (Warner), Their Mad Moment (Fox), Beauty and the Boss (Warner), Ridin’ For Justice (Col), The Silver Lining (Patrician), Strange Love of Molly Louvain (F.N.), Movie Crazy (Para), Miss Pinkerton (Warner), Gentleman For a Day (Warner), Love Me To-Night (Para), Exposure (Premier), Breach of Promise (W.W.).

DORE, Adrienne. B. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, May 22, 1910. Blonde hair, green-grey eyes. Ht. 3 ft. 4 in. Wt. 8 st. 3 lb. Ed. Grammar School, Spokane, Washington ; Forrest Ridge Convent, Seattle. M. B. Kelly, 1932. Began her stage career at the age of

3 as a dancer. Chosen as " Miss America” in 1925. Has appeared in a number of silent and talking productions as an extra. Played the ingenue lead in Ruth Chatterton’s The Rich are Always With Us (F.N., 1932)

Also Played in : Valley of Hunted

Men (Pathe), Wild Party (Para), Beyond London’s Light (Radio), Adam's Eve, Happy Days (Fox), Hello Baby, Pointed Heels (Para), Johnny's Week End, Alias the Doctor (F.N.), The Expert (Warner), Two Seconds (F.N.), Play Girl (Warner), Famous Ferguson Case (F.N.), Street of Women (Warner), Gentleman for a Dav (Warner).

DORS AY, Fifi. Real name, Yvonne Lussier. B. Montreal, Canada, April 16, 1907. Black hair, hazel eyes.

Ht. 5 ft. 7 in. Wt. 9 st. 2 lb. Ed. French Convent of the Sacred Heart. Married.

Began her career in the chorus of musical comedy and later went into vaudeville. Made her screen debut in They Had to See Paris (Fox, 1929).

Also Play'ed in : Hot for Paris (Fox), Women Everywhere (Fox), Those Three French Girls (M.G.M.), Mr. Lemon cf Orange (Fox), Young as You Feel (Fox), Women of all Nations (Fox), Girl from Calgary (Chadwick).

DOUGLAS, Melvy-n. B. Macon, Georgia April 5, 1901. Blond hair. Ed.

High School ; University of Nebraska M. Helen Gahagan, 1931.

Has travelled extensively and has achieved considerable success on the American stage. It was while playing in the stage version of To-night or Never that he received a Hollywood contract, and repeated his brilliant performance in the screen version of the same play (U.A., 1931) with Gloria Swanson in the leading feminine role.

Also Play’ed In : Prestige (Radio)

Broken Wing (Para), The Wiser Sex (Para), As You Desire Me (M.G.M.), Undesirable Lady (Fox), Old Dark House (Univ), Nagana (Univ).

DOUGLASS, Kent. Real name, Robert Douglass Montgomery. B. Los Angeles, Oct. 29, 1909. Blond hair, hazel

eyes. Ht. 6 ft. Wt. 12 st. 8 lb. Became known on the New York stage under his own name, then went to Hollywood and adopted his present name to avoid confusion with the screen star, Robert Montgomery.

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Played in : Paid (M.G.M.), Daughter of Luxury (M.G.M.), Waterloo Byidge (Univ), A House Divided (Univ), Daybreak (M.G.M.).

DOVE, Billie. Real name, Lillian Bohney. B. New York City, May 14, 1904. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 6 in. Wt. 8 st. 7 lb. Ed. New York City. M. Irving Willat ; div., Aug. 1930.

Is unique in that she was given leading roles without having had any experience of the stage and very little of crowd work. Is said to be one of the first Hollywood stars to receive a colour photography test The test was successful and a part opposite Douglas Fairbanks in The Black Pirate (U.A.. 1926) ensued. Film debut Polly of the Follies (F.N.), 1922, with Constance Talmadge.

Also Played in : Beyond the Rainbow (Bennett), At the Stage Door (Radio), Get Rich Quick Wallingford (Cosmo), Wanderer of the Wasteland (Para), Lone Wolf Returns (Col), An Affair of the Follies (F.N.), The Yellow Lily (F.N.), American Beauty (F.N.), Sensation Seekers (Univ), The Tender Hour (F.N.), The Heart of a Follies Girl (F.N ), The Love Mart (F.N.), The Stolen Bride (F.N.), Marriage Clause (Univ), Adoration (F.N.), Careers (F.N.), Her Private Life (F.N.), The Man and the Moment (F.N ), The Night Watch (F.N.), Painted Angel (F.N ), A Notorious Affair (F.N.), One Night at Susie's (F.N.), Other To-Morrow (F.N.), Sweethearts and Wives (F.N.), The Lady Who Dared (F.N.), Age for Love (U.A.), Cock of the Air (U.A.), Blondie of the Follies (M.G.M.).

DRESSER, Louise. Real name, Louise Kerlin. B. Evansville, Indiana. Oct. 5, 1SS2. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 7 in Wt 11 st. 6 lb. Ed Evansville High School. M. Jack Gardner. After extensive stage experience was persuaded by Pauline Frederick to try her luck on the films. Made a great hit in The Eagle (with Rudolph Valentino) (U.A., 1925). Has acted in many

“ mother ” parts during her eight years on the screen.

Also Played in : The Goose Woman (Univ), Mother Knows Best (Fox), The Air Circus (Fox), Padlocked (Para), Not Quite Decent (Fox), Madonna of Avenue A (Warner), This Mad World (M.G.M.), Three Sisters (Fox), Mammy (Warner), Fifth Avenue (Patlm), Mr IFu (M.G.M.), White Flannels (Warner), Caught (Para), Stepping Sisters (Fox), State Affair (Fox).

DRESSLER, Marie. Real name, Marie Koerber. B. Coburg, Canada, Nov. 9,

1869. Red hair, green eyes Ht. 5 ft. 7 in. Wt. 10 st. 10 lb. Ed. privately while working on the stage.

This grand old lady of Hollywood has had no fewer than forty-five years’ experience of stage, screen, circus and vaudeville, in parts varying from chorus girl to character roles. Was first noted for her performance with Charles Chaplin in Tillie’s Punctured Romance. Long absence from the studios followed and it was not until the advent of the talkies that the public were given an opportunity of seeing her work again.

Also Played in : Callahans and the Murphys (M.G.M.), Bringing Up Father (M.G.M.), The Patsy (M.G.M.), Anna Christie (M.G.M.), Hollywood Review (M.G.M.), Breakfast at Sunrise (F.N.), Divine Lady (F.N.), Joy Girl (Fox), Dangerous Females (Christie), Vagabond Lover (R.K.O.), Caught Short (M.G.M.), Chasing Rainbows (M.G.M ), Let Us Be Gay (M.G.M.), The March of Time (M.G.M.), Singer of Seville (M.G.M.), One Romantic Night (U.A.), Call of the Flesh (M.G.M.), Reducing (M.G.M.), Prosperity (M.G.M.), Min and Bill (M.G.M.), Emma (M.G.M.), Politics (M.G.M.), The Girl Said No (M.G.M.), The Derelicts (M.G.M.).

DU MAURIER, Gerald. B. Hampstead, March 26, 1873. Son of the late George du Maurier, famous artist of Punch and author of “ Trilby.” Ed. Harrow. M. Muriel Beaumont, 3 dau. Stage debut at the famous Garrick Theatre, London, 1894, in An Old Jew. Has been one of our leading actors ever since. One of his earliest screen opportunities occurred in 1917, when, with Irene Vanbrugh, Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson, Gladys Cooper and Dennis Neilson-Terry, he played in Masks and Faces. His next film was the screen version of Galsworthy’s play, Justice. Made his talkie debut in 1931.

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

Case of Lady Camber (B.I.P.).



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