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WAKEFIELD, Hugh. B. Wanstead, Essex, Nov. 10, 1888. Ed. Savoy

School, Westbourne; Bedford. M. Gertrude Chamberlain ; dissolved. Made his stage debut as a child of ten in London. Held a senior rank in the Royal Air Force. After the war returned to the stage and from there went to the screen.

Played in : The Sport of Kings (Gains), City of Song (Sterling), The Man They Couldn’t Arrest (Gains), Aren’t We All (Para-Brit), Life Goes On (Para-Brit).

WALLS, Тол. В. Kingsthorpe, North-ants, Feb. 18, 1883. Dark brown hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. io£ in. Wt. 11 st. 4 lb. Ed. Northampton County School. M. Hilda Edwardes. 1910, 1 son, 1912.

First appearance in stage production of Aladdin in 1905. Is actor, manager and producer at the Aldwych Theatre, London. A keen racing trainer, his “ April the Fifth ” won the Derby of 1932.

Directed and Played in : Rookery Nook (B. & D.), On Approval (B. & D.), Tons of Money (B. & D.), Canaries

Sometimes Sing (B. & D.), Plunder (B. & D.), A Night Like This (B. & D.), Chance of a Night Time (B. & D.), Leap Year (Plays, Ltd.), Thark (B. & D.), Blarney Stone (B. & D.).

WALTERS, Polly. B. Columbus, Ohio, Jan. 5, 1913. Blonde hair, brown eves.

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Ht. 5 ft. 3 in. Wt. 7 st. 10 lb. Ed. Columbus, Ohio.

She is of French-English descent. Her early ambition rvas to be a dancer, and joined the Warner Brothers' First National School of Acting. Rapidly rose to position of “ star pupil " and was given a part in Larceny Lane (Warner, i93i)-

Also Played in : Play Girl (Warner), Expensive Women (Warner), The Mouthpiece (Warner), Young Bride (Warner), Beauty and the Boss (Warner), Taxi (Warner), Gentleman for a Day (Warner), Make Me a Star (Para).

WAREING, Lesley. Full name, Hyldyn Shona Wareing. B. Hampstead, London, Oct. 16, 1913. Dark brown hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. Wt. 7 st. 7 lb. Ed. St. Bride’s, Helensburgh; Frankfurt, German}-; The Institute, Tours, France.

Made her stage debut as a child, appearing in several Shakespearean plays. First appearance on the screen in Rich and Strange (B.I.P., 1931). Is полу under contract to B.I.P.

Also Played in : The Love Race

(B.I.P.), Men Like These (B.I.P.), Hobson’s Choice (B.I.P.), Josser at Sea (B.I.P.), Lucky Girl (B.I.P.), Josser Joins the Navy (B.I.P.), Josser In the Army (B.I.P.), Old Spanish Customers (B.I.P.), The Last Coupon (B.I.P.), Lucky Girl (B.I.P.), Bad Companions (B.LP.), Fires of Fate (B.I.P.) Dual Control (B.I.P.)

WARD, Warwick. B. England, dark hair and eyes. Ht. 6 ft.

Has had an extensWe stage experience, working from time to time with such celebrities as Mrs. Pat Campbell and the late Sir George Alexander. Made a number of films for the Stoll Company, but his ability was only really appreciated when he лл-ent to Germany. Played opposite Emil Tannings in Vaudeville (U.F.A. 1925).

Also Played in : Streets of Algiers (U.F.A.), The Wooing of Eve, Nemesis, Superstition (Lee-Bradford), His Supreme Sacrifice, Fourth Wall, Silver Lining (Coleby), The Call of the Road (Davidson), Wuthering Heights (Ideal), The Manchester Man (Ideal), Handy Andy (Ideal), Demos (Ideal), The Diamond Necklace (Ideal), Build Thy House, Belphegor the Mountebank (Ideal), hladame Sans Gene (Para), Human Desires (Gau-Brit), The Prude's Fall, The White Sheik (B.I.P.), Maria Marten, Looping the Loop (Para), The Wonderful Lie, The Informer (B.I.P.),

Yellow Mask (B.I.P.), Birds of Prey (A.T.P.), To Oblige a Lady (B.L.), Stamboul (Para-Brit), Deadlock (G. King), Man of Mayfair t (Para-Brit), The Call Box Mystery (Samuelson), The Blind Spot (W.B.-F.N.), Life Goes On (Para-Brit).

WARNER, H. В. B. St. John’s Wood, London, Oct. 26, 1876. Son of the celebrated actor, Charles Warner. Fair hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 11 in. Wt. 12 st. Ed. Bedford ; Unhrersity College, London. M. (1) Mrs. F. R. Hamlin ; (2) Margerite L. Stamvood. Studied medicine as a youth, but could not resist the attraction of the footlights. Made his stage debut in his father’s company, and played a succession of outstanding roles both in England and America. Will long be remembered for his fine performance in the film King of Kings (De Mille, 1927).

Also Played in : The Temptress

(M.G.M.), Sorrell and Son (U.A.), French Dressing (F.N.), Dark Swan (F.N.), Tiger Rose (Warner), Divine Lady (F.N.), Wedding Rings (F.N.), Naughty Duchess (Tiffany), Trial of Mary Dugan (M.G.MJ, Doctor's Secret (Para), Argyle Case (Warner), Conquest (Warner), The Gamblers (Warner), Stark Mad (Warner), Zaza (Para), Wild Company (Fox), Green Goddess (Warner), Second Floor Mystery (Warner), On Your Back (Fox), Cross Examination (Artclass), Five Star Finals (F.N.), The Menace (Col), Charlie Chan’s Chance (Fox), Expensive Women (Warner), Woman of Experience (Radio), A Woman Commands (РаШё), Tom Brown of Culver (Univ), Deceit (Allied), Phantom of Crestwood (Radio).

WASHBURN, Bryant. B. Chicago, 111., April 28, 1889. Brown hair, brown eye. Ht. 5 ft. 11 in. Wt. 11st. 6 1b. Ed. Lake View High School. M. Mabel Forest ; 2 children. .

First appeared on the stage and entered motion pictures in 1910 with the old Essanay Company. Two of his most famous pictures in the old days were Skinner’s Dress Suit (Essanay, 1917) and It Pays to Advertise (Para, 1919).

Also Played in : The Way of a Man with a Maid (Para), Why Smith Left Home (Para), Six Best Sellers (Para), What Happened to Jones (Para), Too Much Johnson (Para), Mrs. Temple's Telegram (Para), Wet Paint (Para), The Sky Pirate (Educ), The Wizard of Oz (О^ллйск), Meet the Prince (Pathe), The Road to London (Phillips),

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Breakfast at Sunrise (F.N.), Beware of Widows (Univ), The Love Thrill (Univ), Rupert of Hentzau (M.G.), Skinner’s Big Idea (Radio), Honeymoon Flats (Univ), Undressed (Sterling), Jazzland (Butcher), Keep Laughing (Educ), Swing High (Radio), The Reckoning (Butcher’s), Arm of the Law (Mono), What Price Hollywood ? (Radio), Drifting Souls (Tower), Christmas Knight (Vita), Niagara Falls (Vita), Forbidden Company (Chesterfield), A Parisian Romance (Allied), Thrill of Youth (Chesterfield), Exposure (Premier).

WATKINS, Linda. B. Boston, Mass., May 23, 1909. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4½ in. Wt. 7 st. 10 lb. Ed. private school; The Lincoln School; Teachers’ College; Theatre Guild School—all in New York. M. Gabriel Hess, 1932.

After one or two seasons in stock companies she scored a terrific success in the leading role in June Moon, in New York. This led to a contract with Fox Films, and she made her debut in Sob Sister (1931)-

Also Played in : Charlie Chan’s

Chance (Fox), Blonde Reporter (Fox), Cheaters at Play (Fox), The Gay Caballero (Fox), Good Sport (Fox).

WATTS, Dodo. Full name, Dorothy Margaret Watts. B. London, 1910. Fair hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. Wt. 6 st. 6 lb. Ed. Convent of Jesus and Mary, London.

Played in melodrama at the Elephant and Castle Theatre, London. First film Confessions (Stoll), made when she was only fourteen. Is a business woman as well as a star and owns a flourishing millinery establishment in the West End, London.

Also Played in : School for Scandal (Raycol), Almost a Honeymoon (B.I.P.), Auld Lang Syne (Welsh-Pearson), The Aliddle Watch (B.I.P.), Man from Chicago (B.I.P.), Uneasy Virtue (B.I.P.), My Wife’s Family (B.I.P.), Realities (B.I.P.), Impromptu (W.B.-F.N.), Her Night Out (W.B.-F.N.), Little Fella (W.B.-F.N.), Devonshire Honeymoon (C. & I.), Alone at Last (W.B-F.N.).

WEEKS, Barbara. B. Boston, Mass., July 4, 1913. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. Wt. 8 st. 8 lb. Ed. New York City.

Began stage career at thirteen in musical comedy. For a short while acted under the name of " Sue Kingsley.” When Whoopee (U.A., 1930) was to be Imade into a film Ziegfeld sent for her and she was eriven the lead in the film

Also Played in : Man to Man

(Warner), Men of the Sky (F.N.), Fifty Million Frenchmen (Warner), Illicit (Warner), Ex-Mistress (Warner), Stepping Sisters (Fox), Palmy Days (U.A.), Men in Her Life (Col), Devil’s Lottery (Fox), Cheaters at Play (Fox), Discarded Lovers (Tower), Hell’s Headquarters (Mayfair), Night Mayor (Col), By Whose Hand? (Col), White Eagle (Col), Rustler’s War (Col), Cauliflower Alley (Col).

WEISSMULLER, Johnny. Ht. 6 ft 3 in. M. Bobby Arnst.

Was in Hollywood on holiday when the part of Tarzan the Ape Man (M.G.M., 1932) became vacant owing to the illness of the actor intended for it. Weissmuller, the world’s champion swimmer, was offered the role, and very soon created a sensation by his impersonation of the young boy born and bred in the wilds of Africa. Has since made a number ol swimming shorts for M.G.M.

WELCHMAN, Harry. B. Barnstaple, Devon, Feb. 24, 1886. Ed. Weston-super-Mare. M. (1) Joan Challoner ; div. ; (2) Sylvia Forde.

His fine singing voice secured for him his first theatrical engagement while he was still at school. For many years worked in repertory companies, playing " straight ” parts. He finally found his true vocation in musical comedy. Will long be remembered for his performance in The Lady of the Rose and The Desert Song. Made his screen debut in The Maid of the Mountains (B.I.P. 1932).

WELSH, Jane. B. Bristol. Jan. 14, 1905. Red hair, green eyes. ?Ht. 5 ft. 6 in. Wt. 9 st. Ed. Duffield Hall, Derbyshire. M. Henry Mollison.

Made her stage debut in Charley’s Aunt in 1923. Talkie debut, The Sleeping Cardinal, 1930 (Twickenham).

Also Played in : The Bells (Brit

Sound Film), Condemned-to Death (Twickenham), Two Crowded Hours (Film Engineering), Chinese Pxtzzle (Twickenham), Frail Women (Twickenham), The Other Mrs. Phipps (Twickenham). The Missing Rembrandt (Twickenham).

WENMAN, Henry. B. Leeds, Sept. 7, 1875. Fair hair blue eyes. Ed. Newport (Isle of Wight) Grammar School ; Notre Dame College, Namur, Belgium. M. Barbara Roberts.

First appeared on the stage in The Vicar of Wakefield, 1892, at Leamington. Made his London stage debut the

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following year at the old Trafalgar Square Theatre. After an extensive experience, including tours in England and America,

■ he entered films in 1928. His first film was The Silver King (Gains).

Also Played in : Middle Watch

(B.I.P.), Let’s Love and Laugh (B.I.P.), Potiphar’s Wife (B.I.P.), The Shadow Between (B.I.P.), Money for Nothing (B.I.P.), Bachelor’s Baby (B.I.P.), Brother Alfred (B.I.P.), Two White Arms (Eric Hakim). ,

WHEELER, Bert. B. Patterson, New Jersey. Brown hair, blue-grey eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 7 in.

Sold newspapers in New York as a boy. Has graduated from property boy, stage assistant, stage actor to prominent position as film comedian, being one of the Wheeler and Woolsey team.

Played in : Rio Rita (Radio), The Cuckoos (Radio), Dixiana (Radio), Half Shot at Sunrise (Radio), Too Many Cooks (Radio), Cracked Nuts (Radio), Hook Line and Sinker (Radio), Caught Plastered (Radio), Full of Notions (Radio), Peach 0' Reno (Radio), Girl Crazy (Radio), Hold 'Em Jail (Radio).

WHITE, Alice. Real name, Alva White. B. Paterson, New Jersey, Aug. 28, 1907. Blonde hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 2 in. Wt. 7 st. 12 lb. Ed. Hollywood High School ; Roanoke College, Virginia.

Started as a script girl for Josef von Sternberg. Took a film test at Universal. Was chosen from a hundred applicants for a part in The Sea Tiger (F.N. 1927). Later was talked of as a second Clara Bow ; but Alice fought to keep her own individuality, and rose to fame on her own merit. When her screen popularity waned after a succession of unsuitable parts, she made a triumphant vaudeville tour of America.

Also Played in : The Private Life of Helen of Troy (F.N.), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Para), Breakfast at Sunrise (U.A.), Show Girl (F.N.), Broadway Babies (F.N.), Hot Stuff (F.N.), The Girl from Woolworth’s (F.N.), Naughty Flirt (F.N.), Playing Around (F.N.), Sweet Mama (F.N.), Murder at Midnight (Tiffany). Harold Teen (F.N.), Three Ring Marriage (F.N.), Naughty’ Baby (F.N.), Big Noise (F.N.), Lingerie (Tiffany), Employees’ Entrance (Warner).

WHITE, Marjorie. B. Winnipeg, Canada, July 22, 1910. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Ht. 4 ft. ioi in. Wt. 7 st. .5 lb. Ed. by private tutor.

Started stage career as a child of four, and during the war went out to entertain the Canadian soldiers in camp. Made her screen debut in Sunny Side Up (Fox, 1929).

Also Played in : The Golden Calf

(Fox), Movietone Follies of 1930 (Fox), Just Imagine (Fox), Charlie Chan Carries On (Fox), Women of All Nations (Fox), Broadminded (F.N.).

WILCOXON, Harry. B. British West Indies, Sept. 8, 1905. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 2 in. Ed. Barbados and Jamaica.

Is an expert swimmer and was once a pearl and salvage diver in the West Indies. For a time he was also on the sales staff of a Bond Street tailor. Eventually made his stage debut in The Hundredth Chance, 1927. After many successful seasons on the stage, made his film debut in The Perfect Lady (B.I.P. 1931).

Also Played in : Two Way Street

(Nettlefold), Self-Made Lady (G. King), The Flying Squad (B.L.).

WILLIAM, Warren. B. Minnesota. Dark hair, blue eyes. Ed. Academy of Dramatic Art, New York.

Early ambition was to become a marine engineer. His father, who was a publisher, trained his son to carry on the newspaper business, but he had now set his mind on acting, and after having trained at the academy joined a stock company. The Avar interrupted his career. He bears a strong resemblance to Barrymore and, as a matter of fact, he has a particular flair for playing similar kinds of roles.

Played in : Woman from Monte

Carlo (F.N.), The Mouthpiece (Warner), Under Eighteen (Warner), Expensive Women (Warner), Honour of the Family (F.N.), The Dark Horse (Warner), Beauty and the Boss (Warner), Skyscraper Souls (M.G.M.), Three on a Match (Warner), Match King (Warner), Employees’ Entrance (Warner).

WILLIAMS, Emlyn. B. Wales. Dark hair, dark eyes.

Talented actor and playwright. Author of Glamour and A Murder has Been Arranged. Was a member of the Festival Theatre, Cambridge, where he gained early acting experience. Made a hit in the stage version of The Frightened Lady and later appeared in the film version of that play (Gains-B.L., 1932).

Also Played in : Men of To-morrow (London Film Pro), Sally Bishop (B.L.).

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