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COLLYER, June. Real name Dorothea Heermanse. B. New York City', Aug. 19, 1907. Light brown hair, hazel eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. Wt. S st. 3 lb. Ed. New York ; Knox Finishing School. M. Stuart Erwin, July 23, 1931 ; son, 1932.
A society girl with no stage experience, she was given two years’ contract by Fox.
Played in : East Side West Side
(Fox), Four Sons (Fox), Hangman’s House (Fox), Red Wine (Fox), Let’s Make Whoopee (Fox), Not Quite Decent (Fox), Ilhision (Para) River of Romance (Para), The Love Doctor (Para), The Pleasant Sin (Independent), Toast of the Legion (F.N.) Three Sisters (Fox), Byond Victory, (Pathd), Dude Ranch (Para), Alexander Hamilton (Warner), Damaged Love (W.W.) Sweet Kitty Bellairs (Warner), Extravagance (Tiffany), Charley’s Aunt (Col), 'The Brat (Fox), Honeymoon Lane (Para).
COLMAN, Ronald. B. Richmond, Surrey, Feb. 9, 1891. Dark brown hair and eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 11 in. Wt. 11st. 4 lb. Ed. Littlehampton, Sussex. M. Thelma Raye, 1920 ; separated. Having received no marked encouragement in England after several years' experience of the London stage and in British film studios, Ronald Colman made his way to America and was there chosen by Lillian Gish to support her in The White Sister (Inspiration, 1929).
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la now probably the most consistently popular actor in American films.
Also Played in : Lady Windermere’s Fan (Warner), Beau Geste (Para), The Dark Angel (F.N.), Thief in Paradise (F.N.), Stella Dallas (U.A.), His Supreme Moment (F.N.), Her Sister From Paris (F.N.), Romola (M.G.), Winning of Barbara Worth (U.A.), Magic Flame (U.A.), Night of Love (U.A.), The Rescue (U.A.), Two Lovers (U.A.), Bulldog Drummond (U.A.), Condemned (U.A.), Raffles (U.A.), Devil to Pay (U.A.), The Unholy Garden (U.A.), A rrowsmith (U.A.), I have been Faithful (U.A.).
COMPSON, Betty. B. Beaver, Utah, March 18, 1807. Medium blonde hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 it. 2 J in. Wt. 8 st. Ed. Utah public schools. M. James Cruze ; div., 1929.
Performed a violin turn on the vaudeville stage until the age of 18, when she made her screen debut in A1 Christie Comedies (1915).
Also Played in : Miracle Man (Para), Woman to Woman (Cutts), Docks of New York (Para), Barker (F.N.), The Spoilers (Para), Scarlet Seas (F.N.), Weary River (F.N.), Boudoir Diplomat (Univ), On With the Show (Warner), The Woman with Four Faces (Para), Street Girl (R.K.O.), Great Gabbo (Sono-Art), Blaze 0’ Glory (Sono-Art), Skin Deep (Warner), Those Who Dance (Warner), The Time, Place, and the Girl (Warner), Case of Sergeant Grischa (Radio), Woman to Woman (talkie, Tiffany), Midnight Mystery (Radio), Second Wife (Radio), Czar of Broadway (Univ), Inside the Lines (Radio), The Lady Refuses (Radio), Gay Diplomat (Radio), Silver Lining (Patrician), Forgotten Women (Mono), Three Who Loved (R.K.O.), The Virtuous Husband (Univ), She Got What She Wanted (Tiffany).
COMPTON Fay. B. London, Sept. 18, 1894. Red hair, grey eyes. Wt. 8 st. 8 lb. Ed. Leatherhead Court, Surrey; Paris. M. (1) H. G. Pelissier; he d. 1913 ; (2) Laurie de Frece ;
(3) Leon Quartermaine.
Daughter of theatrical parents, it was natural that she should turn to the stage. First appearance at the Royal Albert Hall, 1906. Went to New York to play at the Shubert Theatre, 1914. Returned again to the West End. Film debut in One
Summer’s Day. Made her first
talkie at Hollywood, Fashions in Love, with Adolphe Menjou (Para, 1929).
Also Played in : A Woman of No
Importance (Ideal), A Bill of Divorcement (Ideal), This Freedom (Ideal), Loves of Mary Queen of Scots (Ideal), Claude Duval (Gau-Brit), Eleventh Commandment (Gau-Brit). The Happy Ending (Gau-Brit), Settled Out of Court (Gau-Brit), Somehow Good (F.N.), Zero, London Love (Bromhead), Tell England (B.I.F.), Cape Forlorn (B.I.P.), Uneasy Virtue (B.I.P.).
COMPTON, Juliette. B. Columbia, Georgia, May 3, 1902. Black hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 6 in. Wt. 8 st. 13 lb. Ed. Private school. M. James Bertram Dec. 1926.
Played in Ziegfeld Follies and С. B. Cochran’s shows in England. Starred in English pictures for five years. Played with Dorothy Gish in Nell Gwyn (Para-Brit, 1926). Went to America to make films in 1926.
Also Played in : Chinese Bungalow
(Stoll), Scarlet Pimpernel (B. &D.), Woman to Woman (Cutts), Ladies of Leisure (Col), Anybody’s Woman (Para), Morocco (Para), Kick In (Para), Women Love Once (Para), Unfaithful (Para), We Three (F.N.), No One Man (Para), Husband’s Holiday (Para), Westward Passage (Radio), Rich Man’s Folly (Para), The Devil and the Deep (Para), The Man Called Back (Tiffany), Match King (Warner).
CONKLIN, Chester. B. Qskaloosa, Iowa, Jan. 11, 18S8. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. Wt. 10 st. 12 lb. Ed. Oskaloosa public schools. M. Minnie Goodwin.
Has been stage actor and circus clown. Played for five years in the Keystone comedies and has since appeared in important character roles in American pictures.
Also Played in : Greed (M.G.), The Galloping Fish (F.N.), A Social Celebrity (Para), A Woman of the World (Para), Say It Again (Para), We’re in the Navy Now (Para), A Kiss in a Taxi (Para). Cabaret (Para), Rubber Heels (Para), Tell it to Sweeney (Para), Two Flaming Youths (U.A.), Fools For Luck (Para), Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Para), Tillie’s Punctured Romance (Para), 'Varsity (Para), Marquis Preferred (Para), The Big Noise (F.N.), Taxi (Radio), McFadden’s Flats (F.N.), • The Haunted House (F.N.), The Wilderness Woman (F.N.), The House of Horror (F.N.), Stairs of Sand (Para), The Studio Murder Case (Para), Sunset Pass (Para), The Virginian (Para), Swing High (Pathe), The Master Sweeper (Vita), Her Majesty Love (F.N.), The New YoNter (Col).
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CONROY, Frank. B. Derby, Oet. 14, 1S90. Ed. Derby. M. Helen Robbins. First appearance on the stage at Scarborough, in Macbeth. Played a succession of Shakespearean parts. American stage debut 1915. Later, organized and built the Greenwich Village Theatre, New York, where he directed and acted in repertory.
Played in : Disorderly Conduct (Fox), West of Broadway (M.G.M.).
CONTI, Albert (Capt.). Real name, Albert de Conti Cedassamare. B. Trieste, (then.Austrian) Jan. 29, 1887. Brown hair, and eyes. Ht. 6 ft.i in. Wt. 12 st. 12 lb. Ed. St. Paul, Austria, High School ; Law College at Graz, Austria. M. Patricia Cross.
Has travelled a great deal and specialized in law and natural sciences. Erich von Stroheim introduced him to pictures in 1922.
Played in: Eagle (U.A.), Alex
the Great (Radio), Magnificent Flirt (Para), Dry Martini (Fox), Captain Lash (Fox), Lady of the Night (U.A.), Merry-Go-Round (Univ), The Merry Widow (M.G.), Camille (U.A.), Saturday’s Children (F.N.), Jazz Heaven (R.Iv.O.), Show People (M.G.M.), He Loved the Ladies (Christie), The Melody Man (Col), Monte Carlo (Para), Average Husband (Mack Sennett), One Romantic Night (U.A.), Madam Satan (M.G.M.), Morocco (Para), Sea Leo's(Para), This Modern Age (M.G.M.), Reputation (Radio), The Doomed Battalion (Univ), As You Desire Me (M.G.M.), Freaks (M.G.M., not shown in Britain), Shopworn (Col), Gigolette (Tec-Art), Second Fiddle (Radio).
COOGAN, Jackie. B. Los Angeles, Oct. 26, 1915. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ht. 5 ft. Ed. Urban Military Academy, Los Angeles; Villanova College, California.
Takes after his mother who, at the age of five, was playing the title role in Little Lord Fauntleroy. Jackie made his stage debut at the age of 2, when he escaped from his father’s dressing-room and ran on to the stage, afterwards becoming part of the show. At 4¾ he made his screen debut in The Kid with Charlie Chaplin (F N. 1920). By the time he was 10 it was reported that he had made over £200,000. Visited London in 1924 and again in 1928, when he appeared with his father in a sketch at the London Palladium. For a few years he was not seen on the screen but was finishing his education. Came back to pictures in To:n Sawyer (Para, i93i)-
Also Played in : Peck’s Bad Boy
(F.N.), Oliver Twist (Fox), Circus Days (F.N.), Little Robinson Crusoe (M.G.), The Rag Man (M.G.), Old Clothes (M.G.), The Bugle Call (M.G.M.), Buttons (M.G.M.), Huckleberry Finn (Para).
COOGAN, Robert. Dark hair, dark eyes.
Younger brother of Jackie Cooga and bears a striking resemblance to his brother when at the same age. Made his screen debut in Skippy (Para, 1931), and proved himself to be a brilliant child actor.
Also Played in : Sooky (Para), Sky Bride (Para).
COOK, Clyde. B. Port McQuarrie, Australia, Dec. 16, 1891. Ed. in Australia. M. Alice Knowlton.
Made his stage debut in pantomime at the age of 6, and achieved success as a dancer in London, Paris and New York. Was a star of the silent days, known as the " rubber ” comedian. Played in Hal Roach Comedies.
Also Played in : Southern Justice
(Bluebird), The Greater Law (Bluebird), Up or Down (Triangle), Triangle (Triangle), Soldiers of Fortune (Hodkinson), He Who Gets Slapped (M.G.M.), Lazybones (Fox), The Broncho Express, So This Is Marriage (M.G.M.), Winning of Barbara Worth (U.A.), Moonlight and Roses (Pathe), Should Sailors Marry ? (Path£), Starvation Blues (Pathe), What’s the World ComingTo? (Pathe), Wandering Papas (Pathe), Wife Tamers (Pathe), Scared Stiff (Pathl), White Gold (Pathe), The Brute (Warner), Simple Sis (Warner), The Climbers (Warner), A Sailor’s Sweetheart (Warner), Celebrity (Pathe), Miss Nobody (Pathe), The Dawn Patrol (M.G.M.), Beware oj Married Men (Warner), In the Headlines (Warner), A Dangerous Woman (Para), Captain Lash (Fox), Women Everywhere (Fox), Masquerade (Fox), Strong Boy (Fox), Taming of the Shrew (U.A.), Lucky in Love (Pathe), Jazz Heaven (Radio), Officer O’Brien (Pathe), The Dude Wrangler (WAV.), Sunny (F.N.), The Feminine Touch (W. W.), Wings of Adventure (Tiffany), Never the Twain Shall Meet (M.G.M.), Dawn Patrol (F.N.), Daybreak (M.G.M.), Secret Witness (Col), The Engineer’s Daughter (Radio), What Price Taxi? (M.G.M.), Blondie of the Follies (M.G.M.).
COOK, Donald. B. Portland, Ore., Sept. 26. Dark hair and eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 11 in. Wt. lost. 5 lb. Ed. in Portland. M. Frances Beranger; div. 1931.
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Achieved considerable success on the legitimate stage. His first screen work was in shorts, which finally led to a longterm contract to Warner Brothers.
Also Played in : Party Husband
(F.N.), Side Show (Warner), Enemies of the Public (Warner), So Big (Warner), The Lost Lady (F.N.), Easlside (Wainer), The Silent Voice (Warner), The Mad Genius (Warner), Heart of New York (Warner), The Trial of Vivienne Ware (Fox), Washington Merry-Go-Round (Col), Conqueror (R.K.O.), Penguin Pool Mystery (R.K.O.).
COOMBE, Carol. Daughter of Sir Thomas and Lady Coombe. B. Sydney, Australia, 1911. Blonde.
Left Australia to come to England to play in British films. Started as an extra and got her first real part in The Ghost Train (Gains).
Also Played in: The Strangler (B.I.P.), Help Yourself (W.B.-F.N.), The Rasp (Westminster).
COOPER, Gary. Full name Frank J. Cooper. B. Helena, Montana, May 7, 1901. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 2 in. Wt. 12 st. 12 lb. Ed. Dunstable School, England ; Iowa College.
Came over to England ’when ten years of age, to be educated at Dunstable School. An untimely car accident compelled him to return to the United States, where some years later he began earning his living as a newspaper cartoonist. His first important film was The Winning of Barbara Worth (U.A., J926).
Also Played in : It (Para), Legion of the Condemned (Para), Wings (Para), Arizona Bound (Para), Nevada (Para), Beau Sabreur (Para), Doomsday (Para), Half a Bride (Para), The First Kiss (Para), The Shopworn Angel (Para), Wolf Song (Para), Lilac Time (F.N.), Betrayal (Para), The Virginian (Para), Seven Days Leave (Para), Only the Brave (Para), The Texan (Para), Morocco (Para), His Woman (Para), Fighting Caravans (Para), City Streets (Para), I Take This Woman (Para), A Man From Wyoming (Para), The Devil and the Deep (Para), Farewell to Arms (Para).
COOPER, Jackie. B. Los Angeles, September 16, 1923. Fair hair, blue eyes.
No child actor has captured the public imagination to such an extent as this youngster, who acts with a subtlety and restraint impossible in any but a genius.
Made several films with various companies, some time before he was given prominent roles. His present popularity is entirely due to his performance in Skippy (Para, 1931).
Also Played in : Fox Movietone
Follies (Fox), Sunnyside Up (Fox), Our Gang (Hal Roach), Soohy (Para), The Champ (M.G.M.), Donovan's Kid (Radio), When a Fellow Needs a Friend (M.G.M.), After Divorce (M.G.M.).
COOPER, Richard. B. Harrow-on-tlie-Hill, 1893. Brown hair, brown eyes. Stage debut with Granville Barker.
1913. Will be remembered for his excellent characterization of the title role of Charley’s Aunt. Film debut At the Villa Rose (Twickenham, 1929).
Also Played in : House of the Arrow (Twickenham), Bed and Breakfast (Gau), The Last Hour (Nettlefold), Enter TheQueen (Starcraft), Kissing Cup's Race (Butchers), Lord Richard in the Pantry (Twickenham), The Officers' Mess (Para-Brit), Black Coffee (Twickenham), Rodney Steps In (Real-Art), The First Mrs. Fraser (Sterling), Once Bitten (Twickenham), Other Mrs. Phipps (Twickenham), Double Dealing (Twickenham).
CORBETT, Leonora. B. London, June 28, 1909. Light brown hair, grey-blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 7 in. Wt. 8 st. 11 lb. Ed. Oxford High School, Oxford Gained acting experience at the Festival Theatre, Cambridge. Toured in Young Woodley. Played at the Embassy Theatre, Swiss Cottage, London. Screen debut, Love on Wheels (Gains, 1932).
CORBIN, Virginia Lee. B. Prescott, Arizona, Dec. 5, 1910. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 5 in. Wt. 8 st. 6 lb. Ed by private tutor.
Made her screen debut at the age o! 4, and played in Babes in the Wood and Jack and, the Beanstalk. Also in vaudeville. Left the screen to be educated, but returned again in 1926. Stage experience includes three years with the Orpheum circuit.
Also Played in : The City that Never Sleeps (Para), The Whole Town's Talking (Univ), The Cloud Rider (Warner), North-Star (Pathe), The Perfect Sap (F.N.), Ladies at Play (F.N.), Hands Up (Para), Bare Knees (Gotham), Head of the Family (Gotham), Knee High (Gotham), A Chorus Lady (Gotham), The Honeymoon Express (Warner), Footlights and Fools (F.N.), No Place to Go (F.N.), Forgotten Women (Mono), A' Marks the Spot (Tiffany), Shotgun Pass (Col).
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CORDA, Maria. Real name Maria Korda. B. Deva, Hungary, May 4, 1902. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4 in. Wt. 8 st. 13 lb. Ed. in Budapest. M. Alexander Korda ; div. Began her career as a dancer at the Royal Opera in Budapest. Screen experience started in 1921, when she appeared in Dance Fever, and A Modern Dubarry for U.F.A.
Also Played in : The Last Days of
Pompeii (S.I.G.F.),L<? Danseur de Madame (Foreign), Moon of Israel (Radio) Tesha (B.I.P.), Private Life of Helen of Troy (F.N.), Love and the Devil (F.N.).
CORTEZ, Ricardo. Real name Jacob Kranz. B. Vienna, Sept. 19, 1899. Black hair, brown eyes. Ht. 6 ft. 1 in. Wt. 12 st. 7 lb. Ed. New York. M. Alma Rubens, who died Jan. 21, 1931. Was born of very poor parents and, like other famous people in New York, began life by selling newspapers in the streets. Some years later he gained a little experience on the stage and was then engaged as a contract player for Paramount, two of his best-known early films being Sixty Cents an Hour (1923) and In the Name of Love (1925).
Also Played in : Children of Jazz
(Para), Not So Long Ago (Para), The Pony Express (Para), The Private Life of Helen of Troy (F.N.), A Grain of Dust (Tiffany), The Gun-runner (Tiffany), Midstream (Tiffany), New Orleans (Tiffany), Torrent (Cosmo), Volcano (Para), By Whose Hand? (Col), Sorrows of Satan (U.A.), Phantom in the House (Continental), The Younger Generation (Col), Excess Baggage (M.G.M ), The Lost Zeppelin (Tiffany), Her Man (Pathe), No One Man (Para), Men of Chance (Radio), Melody of Life (Radio), Trans -gression (Radio), The Mad Marriage (Radio), Bad Company (Patlm), Reckless Living (Univ), Is My Face Red ? (Radio), Deported (Radio), Big Business Girl (F.N.), Behind Office Doors (Radio), The Maltese Falcon (Warner), White Shoulders (Radio), Phantom of Crestwood (Radio).
COSTELLO, Dolores. B. Pittsburg, Pa. Sept. 17, 1905. Daughter of
Maurice Costello, stage and screen star. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Ht. 5 ft. 4 in. Ed. privately. M. John Barrymore; one daughter, Dolores; son, John Blythe. -
Appeared when quite a child with her sister Helen in their father’s productions. Abandoned the screen for some years to become an artists’ model and later to pursue a theatrical career. Returned to
the screen in 1924. Film debut Bobbed Hair (Warner, 1925).
Also Played in : The Sea Beast
(Warner), Bride of the Storm (Warner), Little Irish Girl (Warner), A Million Bid (Warner), His Lady (Warner), The College Widow (Warner), When a Man Loves (Warner), Old San Francisco (Warner), Heart of Maryland (Warner), Glorious Betsy (Warner), Tenderloin (Warner), Noah’s Ark (Warner), The Redeeming Sin (Warner), Glad Rag Doll (Warner), Madonna of Avenue A (Warner), Hearts in Exile (Warner), Second Choice (Warner), Show of Shows (Warner), Fame (F.N.), Expensive Women (F.N.).
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