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MUNDIN, Herbert. B. St. Helens, I.ancs, Aug. 21, 1898. Ed. St. Albans Grammar School. M. Hilda Hoyes ; div.

It was as a member of a concert party at Boulogne in 1919 that he first began delighting audiences with his funny antics. Later came to London, where he starred in a number of plays. Film debut in England, after a tour of Australia. Although his films were received with tremendous enthusiasm by Press and public alike, such little use was made of his talents in England that, like hosts of other English actors before him, he crossed the Atlantic and scored instant successes in Hollywood.

Also Played in : Enter the Oueen

(Fox-Brit), Wrong Mr. Perkins (Fox-Brit), We Dine at Seven (Fox-Brit), Peace and Quiet (Fox-Brit), East Lynne on the Western Front (Welsh-Pearson), Silent Witness (Fox), Devil’s Lottery (Fox), Trial of Vivienne Ware (Fox), Almost Married (Fox), Bachelor’s Affair (Fox), One Way Passage (Warner). Chandu the Magician (Fox), Sherlock Holmes (Fox), Cavalcade (Fox).

MUNI, Paul. Real name. Muni Weisen-freund. B. Lemberg, Austria, Oct. 14, 1895. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 9 in. Wt. 11 st. 1 lb. Ed. public schools in New York and Cleveland. M. Bella Finite!, May, 1921.

Joined the Yiddish Art Theatre in New York, 1908. Played with that company for four years, then in other Yiddish Theatres, until he was invited to play in We Americans. Began his motion picture career with Fox in 1928. Won stardom overnight by his playing of Scarface (U.A., 1932).

Played in : Valiant (Fox),- Seven

Faces (Fox), I’m a Fugitive (Warner).

MURRAY, Mae. Real name, Marie Adrienne Koenig. B. Portsmouth, Virginia, May 10, 1894. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4 in. Wt. 7 st. 12 lb. Ed. New York City. M. (1) William Schwencker ; (2) Jay O’Brien,

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div. ; (3) Robert Leonard, div.; (4) Prince David Mdivani, 1926. 1 son. Was at one time a Ziegfeld Follies girl and achieved success on the stage before making her motion picture debut as a double for a then famous star.

Played in : The Gilded Lady (Robert Leonard Prod), To Have and to Hold (Para), On With the Dance (Para), Id As of Clay (Para), Peacock Alley (Metro), Fashion Row (Metro), Mile. Midnight (Metro-Gold wyn), The hi err у Widow (M.G.M.), The Masked Bride (M.G.M.), Valencia (M.G.M.), Altars of Desire (M.G.M.), Bachelor Apartment (Radio), High Stakes (Radio).

MYERS, Carmel. B. San Francisco, Cal., April 4, 1901. Red hair, green eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4 in. Wt. 8 st. 8 lb.

' Ed. Los Angeles High School. M. (1) I. N. Kornblum 1919 ; div. ; (2) Ralph H. Blum, June, 1929.

Following a brief appearance on the stage entered motion pictures in 1917, as a protegee of D. W. Griffith. One of her earliest appearances before the camera was in The Matrimaniac (Fine-Arts Triangle, 1916), with Douglas Fairbanks.

Also Played in : Stage Struck (Fine-Arts Triangle), Might and the Man (Fine-Arts Triangle), The Haunted Pyjamas (Metro), Sirens of the Sea (Univ), My Unmarried Wife (Univ), All Night (Univ), A Society Sensation (Univ), The Famous Mrs. Fair (Metro), The Dancer of the Nile (Radio), Slave of Desire (Goldwyn), Law Against Law (Goldwyn), Beau Brummel (Warner), Ben Hur (M.GDI.), A Certain Young Man (M.G.M.), The Demi-Bride (M.G.M.), The Understanding Heart (M.GDI.), Sorrell and Son (U.A.), The Girl from Rio (Gotham), Prowlers of the Sea (Tiffanv), Four Walls (M.G.M.), The Song of Love (M.G.M.), The Ghost Talks (Fox), Careers (F.N.), The Careless Age (F.N.), Dream of Love (M.G.M.), Red Sword (Radio), He Did His Best (Para), Broadway Scandals (Col), Ship from Shanghai (M.G.M.), Lady Surrenders (Univ), The Lion and the Lamb (Col), Svengali (Warner), The Mad Genius (Warner), Pleasure (Artclass), Chinatown After Dark (Action), Nice Women (Univ), No Living Witness (Mayfair).

NAGEL, Conrad. B. Keokuk, Iowa, March 16, 1897. Fair hair, blue eyes. Ht. 6 ft. Wt. 11 st. 6 lbs. Ed. Highland Park College. M. Ruth Helms, 1919, 1 dau.

After brief experience on the stage entered motion pictures in William A. Brady’s screen production of Little Women (Para, 1919). Served in the U.S. Navy during the war.

Also Played in : The Fighting Chance (Lasky), Three Weeks (M.G.M.), Tess of the D’Ubervilles (M.G.M.), The Snob (M.G.M.), The Waning Sex (M.G.M.), Tin Hats (M.G.M.). Thirteenth Chair (M.G.M.), Grumpy (Para), The Impossible Mrs. Bellew (Para), Romance of a Oueen (M.G.) Red Wine (Fox), The Idle Rich (M.G.M.), Kid Gloves (Warner), The Kiss (M.GDI.), Dynamite (INI.GDI.), Hollywood Review (M.G.M.), Redemption (M.G.M.), The Ship from Shanghai (M.G.M.), Numbered Men (F.N.), The Second Wife (Radio), Dubarry, Woman of Passion (U.A.), One Romantic Night (U.A.), Divorcee (M.G.M.), The Lady Surrenders (Univ), Son of India (M.G.M.), Right of Way (F.N.), Bad Sister (Univ), East Lynne (Fox), The Reckless Hour (F.N.), Three Who Loved (Radio), The Pagan Lady (Col), Hell Divers (M.GDI.), The Man Called Back (Tiffany), After Divorce (M.G.M.), Kongo (M.GDI.),

NAISH, Carrol. B. New York City,

Jan. 21, 1901. Black hair, brown eyes.

Ht. 5 ft. 9¾ in. Wt. 10 st. 12 lb. Ed.

St. Cecilia’s Academy, New York City.

M. Gladys Heaney.

Was for seven years on the stage. Played for a time with Gaby Deslys in Paris. Has played also in vaudeville and extensively in stock companies. Entered pictures 1930, having been brought from New York by Fox. His first film for them was Cheer Up and Smile.

Also Played in : Double Cross Roads (Fox), Good Intentions (Fox), Scotland Yard (Fox), The Queen's Husband (Radio), Homicide Squad (Universal), The Beast of the City (M.GDI.), Kick In (Para), To-night or Never (U.A.), Ladies of the Big House (Para), Gun Smoke (Para), The Honourable Mr. Wong (F.N.), Lost l\Ien (Univ), The Mouthpiece (Warner), Two Seconds (Warner), Working Wives (Warner), It’s Tough to be Famous (F.N.), The Famous Ferguson Case (F.N.), Tiger Shark (F.N.), Merry-go-Round (Univ), No Living Witness (Mayfair), Kid From Spain (U.A.),

NAPIER, Diana. Real name, Molly Ellis. B. Bath, 1908. Auburn hair, green eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. Wt. 8 st. 8 lb. Ed. Malvern Girls’ College; Paris. Under the name of “ Molly Ellis ” she became well known as a writer of short stories, and was also seen on the stage in

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minor parts under the same name. Recently received a five years' contract from London Film Productions.

Played in : Wedding Rehearsal (London Film Pro), Girl from Maxim’s (London Film Pro).

NARES, Owen. B. Maiden Erleigh, Berks, Aug. 11, 1888. Fair hair,

blue eyes. Ht. 6 ft. Wt. 11 st. 10 lb. Ed. Reading College. M. Marie Polini; 2 sons.

Stage debut 1908, and soon became known as a theatre idol Screen debut in "silent” days, among his earliest talkies being The Middle Watch (B.I.P., 1931).

Also Played in : Edge 0' Beyond,

The Man Who Won, This Woman Business, A Temporal у Gentleman (all silent), УЯртап Between (B.I.P.), Sunshine Susie (Gains), Loose Ends (B.I.P.), Aren’t We All? (Para-Brit), The Impassive Footman (A.R.P.), Frail Women (Twickenham), The Love Contract (B. & D.), There Goes the Bride (B.L.), Where is This Lady ? (Amalgamated Films Association).

NEAGLE, Anna. Real name, Marjorie Robertson. B. Essex, 1908. Fair hair, blue eyes. Ed. St. Albans High School. Was at one time a teacher of gymnastics and ballroom dancing. On one occasion was a finalist in a world’s ballroom dancing championship. Theatrical debut, Chariot’s Revue, 1926. Film debut, Should a Doctor Tell ? (B.L., 1930).

Also Played in : Chinese Bungalow, Good-night Vienna (B. & D.), Flag Lieutenant (B. & D.), The Little Damozel (B. & D.).

NEDELL, Bernard Jay. B. New York City, Oct. 14, 1897. Black hair, blue eyes. Ht. 6 ft. Wt. 12 st. 7 lb. Ed. Central High School, Cleveland, Ohio ; Western Reservoir University, Cleveland. M. Olive Blakeney ; 1 dan. (first American child to be christened in the Chapel of Windsor Castle).

Trained wrhen a youngster to be a violinist. Was, however, much too fascinated by the stage to pay much attention to his studies, and ignoring his parents’ ideas entirely, became an actor in a repertory company. One day visited the old Biograph company and began his film career as an extra. Is generally cast in villainous roles which, he confesses, he much prefers.

Played in : The Silver King (Gains), The Man from Chicago (B.I.P.), Shadows (B.I.P.), Innocents of Chicago (B.I.P.), A Knight m London (Ludwig-Blattner), Return of the Rat, (Gains), Call of the Sea (Twickenham).

NEGRI, Pola. B. Poland. Black hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4 in. Wt. S st. 8 lb. Ed. Poland. M. (1), Baron Popper ; div. ; (2), Count Eugene Domski ;

div. 1921 ; (3), Prince Serge Mdivani ; div. April, 1931.

Achieved great success as a star of the Russian Imperial Ballet during the Tzarist regime, and later as an emotional actress. Her screen work in America made her world-renowned and, until the advent of the talkies, she was one of Hollywood's supreme actresses. Among her earliest pictures are Duharry (German, Decla Bioskop 1919), Passion (F.N., 1920), Gypsy Blood (F.N., 1921). Came to

England for a brief period in 1928 to appear in a British production which, however, was never shown.

Also Played in : Donna (Para), The Charmer (Para), The Cheat (Para), Lily of the Dust (Para), Forbidden Paradise (Para), East of Suez (Para), Flower of the Night (Para), Crown of Lies (Para), Hotel Imperial (Para), Barbed Wire (Para), Women on Trial (Para), Secret Hour (Para), Three Sinners (Para), Loves of an Actress (Para), A Woman Commands (Pa the).

NEILSON-TERRY, Dennis. B. London, Oct. 21, 1895. P- Fred Terry; Julia Neilson. Ed. Felixstowe and Charterhouse. M. Mary Glynne ; 2 daus.

D. 1932.

A member of the famous Terry family and a nephew of the late Ellen Terry. First appeared on the stage at Drury Lane, 1906, as a page in Much Ado About Nothing. Appeared under the name of Derrick Dennis in London, 1911. Has toured extensively in the provinces and South Africa. Went to New York, 1925, to play at the Bijou Theatre. His death occurred during a South African tour.

Played in : House of the Arrow

(Twickenham), Murder at Covent Garden (Twickenham), 77, Park Lane (Famous Players Guild).

NESBITT, Cathleen. B. Cheshire, Nov. 24, 18S9. Dark hair and eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4 in. Wt. 8 st. Ed Victoria College, Belfast ; Liseux, France. M. Cecil B. Ramage. Nov. 1921 ; 2

children, Mark, b. 1923, Jennifer, b

1925-

Made her first stage appearance, 1910, while still a pupil of Rosina Filippi. Made her first appearance in New York, 1911, as Molly Byrne in The Well of the Saints.

Played in : Canaries Sometimes

sing (B. & D.) The Frightened Lady (Gains-B.L.).

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NEWALL, Guy. B. Isle of Wight, May 25, 1885. M. (1) Ivy Duke ; Nov. 1922 ; div.; (2) Mrs. Mary Newall; div. Nov. 1929.

Stage debut, London, 1911, in Same Lodge. Although he began his film career in 1912 and played in many subsequent silent films, it is probably due to the talkies that he has attained his present popularity with cinema-goers in this country. Has also directed a number of British films.

Played in : Garden of Resurrection

(G. Clark), Lure of Crooning Water (G. Clark), Duke’s Son (G. Clark), Persistent Lovers (G. Clark), Bigamist (G. Clark), Boy Woodburn (G. Clark), Fox Farm (G. Clark), Maid of the Silver Sea (G. Clark), The Ghost Train (Gains, silent), Rodney Steps In (Twickenham), Potiphar's Wife (B.I.P.), The Marriage Bond (A.R.P), Road to Fortune (Starcraft), The Eternal Feminine (Para-Brit).

Directed : Testimony (G. Clark),

Persistent Lovers (G. Clark), Chin Chin Chinaman (Realart), The Chinese Puzzle (Twickenham), The Other Mrs. Phipps /Twickenham!.

NEWCOMB, Mary. B. North Adams, Mass, U.S.A., Aug. 24, 1897. Ed. Privately at home. M. (1) Robert Edeson ; div. ; (2) A. H. Higginson. Made her first public appearance at Pittsburg, 1918, as Constance Weems in Sick-a-Bed. Appeared in London, 1928, in Jealousy. Talkie debut Frail Women (Twickenham, 1932).

Also Played in : The Marriage Bond

(A.R.P.), Women Who Play (Para-Brit).

NEWELL, David. B. Carthage, Missouri, Jan. 23, 1905. Dark brown hair, dark eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 2 in. Wt. 13 st. 11 lb. Ed. Grammar School, Pueblo ; Denver ; High School, Chicago ; University of Missouri.

Stage career began 1926. Travelled for four seasons with the Stuart Walker stock company, then on the Middle Western vaudeville circuits. Last theatrical appearance on Bioadway with Ethel Barrymore in The Kingdom of God. Was given his first screen opportunity by Paramount, playing the juvenile lead in the mystery thriller, A Hole in the Wall (Para, 1929 not shown in Britain).

Also Played in : The Marriage Playground (Para), Dangerous Curves (Para), Darkened Rooms (Para), Paramount on Paiade (Para), Murder on the Roof (Col), Let’s Go Native (Para), Busybody (Para), Just Like Heaven (Tiffany), The Runaway Bride (Radio), Woman Hungry (F.N.),

The Flood (Col), Ten Cents a Dance (Col), The Challenge (F.N.), A Woman Commands (Pathe), New Morals for Old (M.G.M.), After Divorce (M.G.M.).

NEWLAND, Mary. Formerly known as Lilian Oldland. B. Gloucester, Feb. 7, 1905. Dark hair, dark eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. M. Reginald Denham. Stage debut as Therese in Fata Morgana. Screen experience in British silent films, among them being The Secret Kingdom (Stoll, 1925).

Also Played in : The Flag Lieutenant (Gains), Passion Island (Pathd-Brit.), A Daughter in Revolt (Nettlefold), Virginia’s Husband (Nettlefold), Further Adventures of the Flag Lieutenant (Neo-Art), The City of Youth, Jealousy (Majestic), The Officers' Mess (Para-Brit), To Oblige a Lady (B.L.).

NISSEN, Greta. Real name, Grethe Ruzt-Nissen. B. Oslo, Norway, Jan. 30, 1906. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4^ in. Wt. 8 st. 8 lb. Ed. Copenhagen, Denmark. M. Weldon Heyburn, March, 1932.

Began her stage career at the age of six, as an angel in a ballet. Studied dancing with Fokine and toured Europe. Went to America to take leading role in Beggars on Horseback, on Broadway. This led to a Paramount contract, and In the Name of Love (1925) was her first starring vehicle. Speaks English, French, Danish and German, in addition to her native Norwegian. Is also a sculptress and musician of note.

Also Played in : The Wanderer

(Para), Lost, a Wife (Para), Popular Sin (Para), Love Thief (Univ), Lucky Lady (Para), Lady of the Harem (Para), Blind Alleys (Para), Blonde or Brunette (Para), Butter and Egg Man (F.N.), Fazil (Fox), Ambassador Bill (Fox), Transatlantic (Fox), Women of Alt Nations (Fox), Good Sport (Fox), The Silent Witness (Fox).

NIXON, Marian. B. Superior, Wisconsin, Oct. 20, 1904. Brown hair and eyes. Ht. 5 ft. Wt. 7 st. 2 lb. M (1) Joe Benjamin 1925; div. 1926; (2) Edward Hillman, Aug. 1929.

Following brief experience of the stage made her screen debut with a three-month contract with Mack Sennett. Her first role was with Mary Pickford in Rosita (U.A., 1923), and then in Kentucky Days (Fox, 1924), opposite Dustin Farnum. Her performance in the latter was so good that Tom Mix persuaded Fox to sign her as his leading lady. One of her earliest Fox

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films was The Temple oj Venus. Under contract to that company, 1932.

Also Played in : Cupid’s Fireman

(Fox), Big Dan (Fox), A Vagabond Trial (Fox), Just Off Broadway (Fox), The Last of the Duanes (Fox), Riders of the Purple Sage (Fox), I’ll Show You the Town (Univ), Out Ail Night (Univ), The Four Flushers (Univ), The Symphony (Univ), Out of the Ruins (F.N.), Honeymoon Flats (Univ), Geraldine (Pathe), Show of Shows (Warner), Young Nowheres (F.N.), The Rainbow Man (Para), In the Headlines (Warner), Little Pal (Warner), General Crack (Warner), Courage (Warner), College Lovers (F.N.), Scarlet Pages (F.N.), The Lash (F.N.), Sweepstakes (Radio), Mixed Doubles (Liberty), Women Go On for Ever (Tiffany),Private Scandal (Headline), Charlie Chan’s Chance (Fox), After Tomorrow (Fox), Amateur Daddv (Fqx), Winner Take All (Warner), Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (Fox), Madison Square Garden (Para), Jubilo (Fox),

NOLAN, Mary. Real name, Mary Imogen Robertson. B. Louisville, Kentucky, Dec. 18, 1905. Fair hair, green eyes. lit. 5 ft. 5 in. Wt. 8 st. Ed. St. Joseph’s Convent. M. Wallace Macready, 1931. Following brief appearances on the stage in America, during which she had also been with Ziegfeld, came to Europe and appeared in three or four screen productions, among them being Uneasy Money and The Viennese Lover Returning to America, was given the part of Molly in Sorrell and Son (U.A. 1927).

Also Played in : West of Zanzibar

(M.G.M.), Desert Nights (M.G.M.), Charming Sinners (Para), Eleven Who Were Loyal (U.F.A.), Shanghai Lady (Univ), Outside the Law (Univ), Undertow (Univ), Young Desire (Univ), File No. 113 (Allied), Docks of San Francisco (Mayfair), Midnight Patrol (Mono), The Optimist (Pathe), X Marks the Spot (Tiffany), Arm of the Law (Mono).

NORRIS, Nedra. Real name, Nedra Gullette. B. 1914. Light brown hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 3 in. Wt. 7 st. 2 lb.

Was signed up on contract by a Universal scout in New York, and imm Miately dispatched to Hollywood. After her first film grew homesick, retained to New York for a holiday and stayed at home for a long time.

Played in : In the Bag (Univ).

NORTON, Barry. B. Buenos Aires, June 16, 1905. Black hair, brown

eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 11 in. Wt. 11 st. 6 lb. Ed. in Paris ; Colegio Internaciona.1 de Olivos, Buenos Aires.

Tramped the Hollywood studios many weeks before an opportunity came his way. First important screen role was a part in The Lily (Fox, 1926).

Also Played in : What Price Glory ? (Fox), Mother Knows Best (Fox), The Legion of the Condemned (Para), Sins of the Fathers (Para), The Four Devils (Fox), The Benson Murder Case (Para, Spanish version), Slightly Scarlet (Para, (French and Spanish versions), Dishonoured (Para).

NORTON, Betty. B. S. Africa. Blonde hair, blue eyes.

The daughter of a well-known theatrical manager, appeared with Mabel Normand as a child star. Travelled with her father’s company all over the world. Had played on the stage in India, China, Japan and Java before coming to England, where she decided to return to a film career.

Played in : Strip Strip Hooray

(B.I.P.), The New Hotel (P.D.C.), Innocents of Chicago (B.I.P.), Josser Joins the Navy (B.I.P.), Josser in the Army (B.I.P.).

NOVARRO, Ramon. Real name, Ramon Samaniegos. B. Durango, Mexico, Feb. 6, 1899. Son of Dr. Samaniegos, a dentist, and one of 15 children. Black hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 8 in. Wt. 11 st. 1 lb. Ed. in Mexico.

Was heard singing in a Hollywood restaurant when Marion Morgan, a dance director, saw him and gave him a place in her vaudeville act. First screen appearance in The Prisoner of Zenda (Para,

1923)-

Also Played in : Trifling Women

(Metro), Scarammichc (M.G.M.), Where The Pavement Ends (Metro), The Arab (M.G.), Thy Name is Woman (M.G.M.,) The Red Lily (M.G.), The Midshipman (M.G.M.), Ben Hur (M.G.M., silent), A Certain Young Man (M.G.M.), Lovers (M.G.M.), The Student Prince (M.G.M.), Road to Romance (M.G.M.), Forbidden Hour (M.G.M), The Pagan (M.G.M.), The Flying Fleet (M.G.M.), Devil May Care (M.G.M.), In Gay Madrid (M.G.M.), The Call of the Flesh (M.G.M., also French and Spanish versions), Ben Hur (M.G.M. sound), Daybreak (M.G.M.), Son of India (M.G.M.), Mata Hari (M.G.M.), Impossible Lover (M.G.M.).



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