Motion Picture Magazine "Hall of Fame" Poll (1918)by cts-6 | created - 30 Aug 2016 | updated - 31 Aug 2016 | Public
During 1918, Motion Picture Magazine ran a poll of its readers, asking them for their picks of movie stars, with the top 12 to be the inaugural class inducted into a proposed Motion Picture Hall of Fame in Washington, DC. Their concept of a Hall was based on the Hall of Fame of Great Americans that is currently located on the campus of Bronx Community College in New York. Readers were provided with entry forms in the February through October issues; they could enter up to twelve names, but they also had to include their names and address to discourage vote padding. After the results were published in the December issue, the magazine's editors rarely mentioned the Hall again, and the proposed Hall was never built, although the Hollywood Walk of Fame now fills that role. Names are presented in the order that they appeared on the list; the number appearing with each name is the total vote tally that each star received. Four names towards the end of the list have no corresponding IMDb files. Only those with a minimum of 5,000 votes were listed. (And, yes, Charlie Chaplin really did only manage a 17th place showing, while Lillian Gish tied with George Beban for 64th place on the list, and other prominent stars of the silent film era -- most notably Gloria Swanson -- didn't make the list at all.)
Actress | Coquette
Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Elsie Charlotte (Hennessy) and John Charles Smith. She was of English and Irish descent. Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater ...
Actress | Scrambled Wives
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Actor | Robin Hood
Douglas Fairbanks was born Douglas Elton Thomas Ullman in Denver, Colorado, to Ella Adelaide (nee Marsh) and Hezekiah Charles Ullman, an attorney and native of Pennsylvania, who was a captain for the Union forces during the Civil War. Fairbanks' paternal grandparents were German Jewish immigrants, ...
Actor | The Promise
A former salesman and vaudeville and stage actor, Harold Lockwood was one of the earliest romantic stars of American films. He was paired with Mary Pickford, Kathlyn Williams and Dorothy Davenport, among others, but his most popular films had him as the lover of May Allison, and they became one of ...
Actor | The Money Corral
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6. Wallace Reid
Actor | Carmen
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7. Pearl White
Actress | The Perils of Pauline
Born on her father's farm in Green Ridge, Missouri, the youngest of five children. Moved with her family to Springfield, Missouri, where she grew up. Joined the Diemer Theatre Company during her second year of high school, and went on the road with a touring stock company at age 18, in 1907. Signed...
Actress | The Lodge in the Wilderness
Anita Stewart was born on February 7, 1895 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Anna M. Stewart. She was an actress and producer, known for The Lodge in the Wilderness (1926), A Midnight Romance (1919) and Her Kingdom of Dreams (1919). She was married to George Peabody Converse and Rudolph ...
9. Theda Bara
Actress | A Fool There Was
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Actor | Sabrina
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11. Earle Williams
Actor | The Scarlet Runner
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12. William Farnum
Actor | A Connecticut Yankee
William Farnum was born the son of G.D. Farnum and Adela Le Gros, actors who trained their William and his two brothers, Dustin Farnum and Marshall Farnum, in their profession. William made his stage debut at the age of 10 in Richmond, Virginia, in a production of "Julius Caesar" starring Edwin ...
Actress | Dimples
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Actress | The Common Law
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15. Norma Talmadge
Actress | The Probation Wife
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Actress | Bonds of Love
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17. Charles Chaplin
Writer | The Great Dictator
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18. Vivian Martin
Actress | The Little Dutch Girl
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19. Billie Burke
Actress | The Wizard of Oz
Billie Burke was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885 in Washington, D.C. Her father was a circus clown, and as a child she toured the United States and Europe with the circus (before motion pictures and after the stage, circuses were the biggest form of entertainment in the...
20. Ethel Clayton
Actress | The Man Hunt
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21. Beverly Bayne
Actress | Romeo and Juliet
Beverly Bayne was born on November 11, 1894 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Pearl Von Name. She was an actress, known for Romeo and Juliet (1916), The Age of Innocence (1924) and The Girl at the Curtain (1914). She was married to Charles Thomas Hvass Sr. and Francis X. Bushman. She died on August...
22. Jack Pickford
Actor | Brown of Harvard
Nepotism certainly has had its advantages in Hollywood, none more so than in the film career of Jack Pickford, whose famous older sis, "America's Sweetheart" Mary Pickford, saw to it that Jack had all the advantages her star weight could muster. Born in Toronto, Canada, in 1896, Jack was prompted ...
Actor | Captain Blood
Very popular American star of silent films who left the business at the height of his career. While barely in his teens, he worked as a warehouse clerk until a chance arrived to appear in a vaudeville production. He continued to act in traveling stock productions, though he took a brief time away ...
24. Alice Joyce
Actress | The Third Degree
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Actor | Chandu the Magician
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26. Geraldine Farrar
Actress | Carmen
Famed singer and author Geraldine Farrar was educated in public schools and then became a music student of Mrs. J.H. Long, Trabadello, Emma Thursby, Lilli Lehman and Graziani. Her 1901 debut was at the Royal Opera House in Berlin, in the role of Marguerite in "Faust". From 1906-22 she was a member ...
27. Alice Brady
Actress | My Man Godfrey
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28. George Walsh
Actor | A Manhattan Knight
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29. May Allison
Actress | Fair and Warmer
Born in Rising Fawn, GA (youngest of 5 children) Parents: Dr. John S. Allison and Nannie Virginia Wise Sisters: Maude, Verda, Zetta Brother: Herschel Mother Lived with her in California until her death. After Quirk's death, she met C. N. Osborne in NYC, they were married for over 40 years until his...
30. Mae Marsh
Actress | The Birth of a Nation
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31. Dustin Farnum
Actor | The Squaw Man
American leading man of silent pictures who specialized in Westerns. His mother and father were, respectively, a singer and an actor, and he and his younger brother William Farnum were introduced to the theatre at an early age. Raised in Maine, Dustin attended the East Maine Conference Seminary, ...
32. Charles Ray
Actor | The Barnstormer
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33. Bessie Love
Actress | The Broadway Melody
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34. Violet Mersereau
Actress | Together
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35. Mae Murray
Actress | Peacock Alley
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36. June Caprice
Actress | A Child of the Wild
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Actor | Bulldog Drummond
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38. Bryant Washburn
Actor | Captain Midnight
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39. Olga Petrova
Actress | Bridges Burned
British born Olga Petrova was born Muriel Harding on 10th May 1884 in England. She first made her film debut in Russia playing the role of Sofja Andreevna in Yakov Protazanov's 'Departure of a Grand Old Man' in 1912, she arrived in America around 1913 to appear on vaudeville and in the dramatic ...
40. Louise Huff
Actress | Seventeen
Louise Huff was born on November 14, 1895 in Columbus, Georgia, USA. She was an actress, known for Seventeen (1916), Heart of Gold (1919) and T'Other Dear Charmer (1918). She was married to Edwin A. Stillman. She died on August 22, 1973 in New York City, New York, USA.
41. Antonio Moreno
Actor | Creature from the Black Lagoon
A serious rival to Rudolph Valentino as the smouldering 'Latin Lover' type was black-haired Spanish-born Antonio Moreno. One of the most prominent screen stars of the 1920's, he was equally adept at romance, melodrama or comedy and appeared opposite most of the legendary movie queens of the era, ...
42. Dorothy Dalton
Actress | Chicken Casey
Dorothy Dalton was a silent film star who worked her way up from a stock company to a movie career. She made her film debut in 1914 in Pierre of the Plains (1914), co-starring Edgar Selwyn, and appeared in Charles E. Blaney's Across the Pacific (1914) that same year. Producer-director Thomas H. Ince...
43. Mollie King
Actress | The Seven Pearls
Mollie King was born in New York City on April 16, 1895. Acting had always not been far from Mollie mind since she was living in New York. After all, this city was the hub of the entertainment industry long before Hollywood came along. She made her debut, at the age of 21, in 1916's A CIRCUS ...
44. Sessue Hayakawa
Actor | The Bridge on the River Kwai
Sessue Hayakawa was born in Chiba, Japan. His father was the provincial governor and his mother a member of an aristocratic family of the "samurai" class. The young Hayakawa wanted to follow in his father's footsteps and become a career officer in the Japanese navy, but he was turned down due to ...
45. Owen Moore
Actor | Betty in Search of a Thrill
Born in 1886, virile and dashing silent screen idol Owen Moore, equipped with incredibly handsome reddish and ruddy features, came to America with his family from Ireland at age 11. After some stage work, he entered films at the Biograph Studio in 1908 and appeared in many of D.W. Griffith's early ...
46. Olive Thomas
Actress | Beatrice Fairfax
Oliva R. Duffy was born on October 20, 1894, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, the eldest of three children, with two younger brothers. Olive or Ollie, as she was known to family and friends, did not have much of a childhood. Life in industrial Pittsburgh was depressing and grim with its smoky factories ...
47. Viola Dana
Actress | Two Sisters
Viola Dana (real name Virginia Flugrath) was born in Brooklyn, NY, on June 26, 1897. She was the middle sister of three sisters (the other two were Edna Flugrath and Shirley Mason). She made her film debut in 1914 in Molly the Drummer Boy (1914). The following year she received top billing playing ...
Actress | Rose of the Rancho
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49. Creighton Hale
Actor | The Cat and the Canary
Creighton Hale was born on May 24, 1889 in County Cork, Ireland as Patrick Fitzgerald. He was an actor, known for The Cat and the Canary (1927), The Circle (1925) and The Exploits of Elaine (1914). He was married to Victoire Lowe and Kathleen Bering. He died on August 9, 1965 in South Pasadena, ...
50. House Peters
Actor | Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman
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51. William Desmond
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52. Crane Wilbur
Writer | Canon City
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53. Edith Storey
Actress | The Christian
According to an article in The Paterson (New Jersey) Morning Call of 15 April 1921, she had just returned "...to the screen after a long absence, during which she was busy making history in Europe as a driver of one of the American hospital corps ambulances." Other accounts say she did this in New ...
54. Tom Forman
Director | The Broken Wing
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55. Robert Warwick
Actor | In a Lonely Place
A prominent matinée stage and silent-film star with handsome features offset only slightly by a prominent proboscis, Robert Warwick was born and raised in Sacramento, California, as Robert Taylor Bien. The gift of music was instilled at an early age (he sang in his church choir) and he initially ...
56. Blanche Sweet
Actress | The Unpardonable Sin
Born into a family of show people, Blanche first appeared on the stage when she was 18 months old. Blanche was a dancer by the time she was four and a talented actress by 1909 when she started work at Biograph with D.W. Griffith. At 14, she was two years younger than Mary Pickford, but her maturity...
57. Earle Foxe
Actor | Union Depot
Earle Foxe was born to Charles Aldrich Fox, originally of Flint, Michigan. His half sister was Ethel May Fox, born to Charles Aldrich Fox and Katie Eldridge. Ethel was a music teacher and quite active in musical productions in Detroit, Michigan. Earle was always very private about his own early ...
58. William Russell
Actor | Robin Hood
Silent-film star William Russell was born in the Bronx, New York, in the late 1880s (various sources give it as 1884, 1886 and 1889). His mother, Clara, was a highly regarded stage actress. Russell studied law at Fordham University (and, some sources say, Harvard University). He started a law ...
59. Harry T. Morey
Actor | Beating the Odds
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60. Fannie Ward
Actress | The Cheat
Fannie Ward was a star of light comedies on Broadway and in vaudeville. Internationally famous, she was at the height of her career in the first decade of the 20th century. She debuted on Broadway at 19 in "Pippino" (1890). She went on to starring roles in "The Marriage of William Ashe", "Madam ...
61. Thomas Meighan
Actor | The Racket
Sadly, this once-popular silent screen star and older matinee idol for Paramount Studios, is all but forgotten today. Thomas "Tommy" Meighan was one of the rulers of the Hollywood roost, between the years 1915 and 1928. He was born in Pittsburgh, his father a president of a major manufacturing ...
62. Jackie Saunders
Actress | Puppets of Fate
Jacqueline (Jackie) Saunders was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 6, 1892. She was a young 22 years old when she first appeared in the silent movie, THE WILL O' THE WISP. She stayed fairly busy throughout her career. She was an actress who wasn't as noticed as some others. She was ...
63. Ruth Roland
Actress | The Avenging Arrow
Ruth Roland was, along with Pearl White, the queen of the early movie serials. She came from a show-business family, her father being a San Francisco theater manager and her mother a professional singer. Ruth made her acting debut at age 3-1/2, and soon became a professional actress and singer. Her...
64. George Beban
Actor | The Loves of Ricardo
American actor-director-writer-producer of silent pictures, formerly a singer and vaudevillian. A native of San Francisco's Telegraph Hill, he was one of four sons born to Rocco Beban, a Dalmatian immigrant, and Johanna Dugan, from County Cork, Ireland.
He exhibited singing talent at an early age ...
65. Lillian Gish
Actress | The Night of the Hunter
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66. Helen Holmes
Actress | The Railroad Raiders
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67. Tom Moore
Actor | Side Street
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68. Mary Anderson
Actress | The False Faces
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69. Stuart Holmes
Actor | The Rip-Tide
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70. Irene Castle
Actress | Patria
Irene Castle and her husband Vernon Castle (born Vernon Blyth) were the best known ballroom dancers of the early 20th C. Beginning about 1914 they operated several clubs and studios in the NYC area, toured the country dancing, and were able to charge as much as a thousand dollars an hour for ...
71. Madge Evans
Actress | Dinner at Eight
Lovely Madge Evans was the perennial nice girl in films of the 1930's. By then, she had been in front of the camera for many years, starting with Fairy Soap commercials at the age of two (she sat on a bar of soap holding a bunch of violets with the tag line reading "have you a little fairy in your ...
72. Grace Cunard
Actress | The Twins' Double
A stage actress from her early teens, Grace Cunard made her Hollywood debut in 1910. She soon partnered with actor/director Francis Ford at Univeral, where they began turning out serials. The films' success led to Cunard's nickname of "The Serial Queen," and by 1916 she and Ford were ranked among ...
73. Eugene O'Brien
Actor | The Moonstone
Eugene O'Brien, the silent screen matinée idol, was born Louis O'Brien in Boulder, Colorado in 1881, to police marshal John O'Brien and his wife Kate. He studied medicine at the University of Colorado in order to realize his family's ambition that he should become a physician. O'Brien's first love,...
74. Ben F. Wilson
Actor | The Power God
Ben F. Wilson, the prolific actor and director of the silent era, was born on July 7, 1876, in Corning, NY. His career as an actor began as most other thespians did in that era--as a member of a theatrical stock company. The stock companies that employed Wilson worked the East Coast circuits.
75. Montagu Love
Actor | Gunga Din
Montague Love - certainly an intriguing name - but his own - started his working life as a newspaper man in London. His primary expertise centered on being a field illustrator and cartoonist who covered the Boer War (1899-1902). His realistic battle sketches gained him popularity among readers, but...
76. Gladys Brockwell
Actress | Oliver Twist
The daughter of actress Billie Brockwell, Brockwell first appeared on the stage at the age of three. She made her screen debut in Philadelphia for the Lubin Company in 1913, later working with D.W. Griffith. Joining Fox Studios, Brockwell was one of the busiest actresses in town and easily made the...
77. Ann Pennington
Actress | Pretty Ladies
Ann Pennington was born on December 23, 1893 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA as Anna Pennington. She was an actress, known for Pretty Ladies (1925), Night Parade (1929) and Gold Diggers of Broadway (1929). She died on November 4, 1971 in New York City, New York, USA.
78. William Duncan
Actor | The Steel Trail
William Duncan was born on December 16, 1879 in Dundee, Tayside, Scotland as William A. Duncan. He was an actor and director, known for The Steel Trail (1923), A Rough Ride with Nitroglycerine (1912) and An Embarrassed Bridegroom (1913). He was married to Edith Johnson. He died on February 8, 1961 ...
79. Peggy Hyland
Actress | The Honeypot
The beautiful English brunette star of the silent screen Peggy Hyland born in Birmingham in 1884. Educated in England and in convents in Europe. Began working on stage in 1910. Peggy starred in more than 45 movies in both Britain and Hollywood, making her film debut in Percy Nash's 'In the Rank' ...
80. Kathlyn Williams
Actress | The Rosary
Pioneer silver screen star Kathlyn Williams is primarily known as the spry blonde of the very first Hollywood cliffhanger, The Adventures of Kathlyn (1913), in which her real first name was used in the title. This accomplishment has resulted in many reference works mistakenly referring to her as an...
81. Marie Osborne
Actress | Milady o' the Beanstalk
Marie Osborne was born on November 5, 1911 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Helen Alice Myres. She is known for her work on Milady o' the Beanstalk (1918), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and The Little Diplomat (1919). She was married to Murray F. Yeats and Frank J. Dempsey. She died on November 11, 2010...
82. Virginia Pearson
Actress | The Phantom of the Opera
Virginia Pearson was born on March 7, 1886 in Anchorage, Kentucky, USA as Virginia Belle Pearson. She was an actress and writer, known for The Phantom of the Opera (1925), Impossible Catherine (1919) and A Daughter of France (1918). She was married to Sheldon Lewis. She died on June 6, 1958 in ...
83. June Elvidge
Actress | Beauty's Worth
June Elvidge was born on June 30, 1893 in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. She was an actress, known for Beauty's Worth (1922), The Moral Deadline (1919) and The Power and the Glory (1918). She was married to Briton Niven Busch, Frank Badgley and Roy Zulick Ramsey. She died on May 1, 1965 in Eatontown, ...
84. Louise Glaum
Actress | Sex
Louise Glaum was born on September 10, 1888 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She was an actress and producer, known for Sex (1920), Sweetheart of the Doomed (1917) and Honor Thy Name (1916). She was married to Zachary M. Harris and Harry J. Edwards. She died on November 25, 1970 in Los Angeles, ...
85. Dorothy Gish
Actress | Gretchen the Greenhorn
Dorothy Gish was born into a broken family where her restless father James Lee Gish was frequently absent. Mary Robinson McConnell a.k.a. Mary Gish, her mother, had entered into acting to make money to support the family. As soon as Dorothy and her sister Lillian Gish were old enough, they became ...
86. Mary Fuller
Actress | The House of the Seven Gables
Mary Fuller's entrance into motion pictures was quite accidental. She was with a theatrical troupe that was on its way to tour the South in 1908 when, during a short stopover in New York City, the company broke up. Stranded, Mary made her way to the Vitagraph film studio looking for a job and, with...
87. Ann Little
Actress | Lightning Bryce
Unlike many serial heroines, Ann Little actually was a daughter of the West. Born in a small town near the foot of northern California's Mt. Shasta, she was raised on a ranch in the shadow of the great mountain. After graduating high school, she joined a traveling stock company, winding up in a ...
88. Irving Cummings
Director | Curly Top
New York-born Irving Cummings began his career as an actor on the Broadway stage in his late teens, and appeared with the legendary Lillian Russell's company. He entered films in 1909 as an actor, and became a very popular leading man in the early 1920s. He began directing at around that time, ...
89. Mahlon Hamilton
Actor | Half a Chance
Mahlon Hamilton was born on June 15, 1880 in Virginia, USA as Mahlon Preston Hamilton. He was an actor, known for Half a Chance (1920), Three Weeks (1914) and The Christian (1923). He was married to Alita Bratton Farnum and Sara L. Leary. He died on June 20, 1960 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...
90. Ralph Kellard
Actor | Women Everywhere
Ralph Kellard was born on June 16, 1882 in New York City, New York, USA as Thomas J.J. Kelly. He was an actor, known for Women Everywhere (1930), The Precious Parcel (1916) and The Shielding Shadow (1916). He was married to Rebecca Lee Dorsey. He died on February 5, 1955 in New York City.
91. Niles Welch
Actor | Dangerous Pleasure
Niles Welch was born on July 29, 1888 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He was an actor, known for Dangerous Pleasure (1924), The Phantom (1931) and The Secret of the Storm Country (1917). He was married to Elaine Baker. He died on November 21, 1976 in Laguna Niguel, California, USA.
92. Conway Tearle
Actor | Romeo and Juliet
This West Point-educated actor was a tall, dark and handsome American co-star who romanced some of the most illustrious femme stars ever to appear on the silent silver screen. Conway Tearle was born in New York City on May 17, 1878 to a family of entertainers. Christened Frederick Levy, his father,...
93. Harry Hilliard
Actor | Romeo and Juliet
Harry Hilliard was born on October 24, 1886 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He was an actor, known for Romeo and Juliet (1916), Heart and Soul (1917) and A Successful Adventure (1918). He died on April 21, 1966 in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA.
94. Theodore Roberts
Actor | Anton the Terrible
The son of a sea captain, Theodore Roberts was a veteran stage actor, making his first appearance in 1880. Often referred to as the "Grand Duke of Hollywood," Roberts was a regular on the Cecil B. DeMille team and appeared in 23 of DeMille's films. He is best remembered for his role as Moses in ...
95. Frank Keenan
Actor | The False Code
Frank was considered a "furniture actor" on stage. While on stage he was so often drunk that he had to lean on or hold onto furniture to keep from falling down. Known through the country for his stage work, he was ranked as one of the foremost stage artists prior to moving to Hollywood. Keenan's ...
96. Jewel Carmen
Actress | The Bat
Jewel Carmen was born in Portland, Oregon, on July 13, 1897. After graduating from high school, she traveled to New York City to try her hand at acting. She appeared in her first production in the lead role in Daphne and the Pirate (1916) when she was 19 years old. Six more films followed,including ...
97. Shirley Mason
Actress | Sally in Our Alley
Shirley Mason was born Leonie Flugrath on June 6, 1900, in Brooklyn, NY. The youngest of three acting sisters (the others were Edna Flugrath and Viola Dana), Shirley made her debut in At the Threshold of Life (1911) at age 11. As a child actress she wasn't in much demand until she grew older, then ...
98. Vola Vale
Actress | Who Cares
Considered in her day to be one of the screen's great beauties, Vola Vale was born born Violet Smith in Buffalo, New York, and grew up in Rochester. As a youngster she appeared in amateur stage productions in Rochester, and at age 15 made her film debut under her real name (she didn't use Vola Vale...
99. Marie Walcamp
Actress | Patria
Marie Walcamp was born on July 27, 1894 in Dennison, Ohio. Dennison had a small population and was miles from Canton and Youngstown, the two nearest big cities in the state. Because of its size, the town didn't afford the type of opportunity of fame that Marie wanted. She began to dream of stardom ...
100. Dorothy Phillips
Actress | Broadway Love
A former stage actress, Dorothy Phillips was married to actor/director/producer Allen Holubar. They were known as two of the screen's most prominent players--her the star, he the director/producer. Dorothy was well known in Hollywood as one of the most warm-hearted, approachable stars in the ...