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Who were the Movie Stars that Elvis watched for his own entertainment?
We have found the life stories of some of the most famous movie stars who were on the TV and the Cinemas when Elvis was alive.
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Elvis Presley favourite movies:
Priscilla recounts (p.158) Elvis liked old movie classics revolving around family or struggles to survive in the world such as Les Miserables, Wuthering Heights, It's a Wonderful Life, Mr. Skeffington, Miracle on 34th Street, Letter from an Unknown Woman and his favorite, The Way of All Flesh the story of a self-sacrificing father, his wife and children.
Ann Margret movie star biography
Actress Ann-Margret had been quoted in a fan magazine as saying, “I want to be the female Elvis Presley.” In 1963, Metro-Golden-Mayer, in reply to the publicity, assisted in making Ann-Margret’s wish come true by co-staring alongside Elvis in the multimillion-dollar film, Viva Las Vegas.
Elvis — Loving You: King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
“Elvis: That's the Way It Is: King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
Loving You is a 1957 American motion picture starring Elvis Presley. It is Presley's second motion picture with a story that mirrors his own rise to fame. Presley's mother and father can be seen as part of the audience during the final song "Got A Lot Of Livin' To Do."
Elvis: That's the Way It Is is a documentary movie directed by Denis Sanders about Elvis Presley that was released on November 11, 1970. The film documents Elvis' Summer Festival in Las Vegas during August of 1970. It was his first non-dramatic film since the beginning his movie career in 1956, and the film gives us a clear view of Presley's return to live preformances after years of making movies. Although the lion's share of the footage takes place onstage at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, there are several other parts to the film:
“Wild in The Country — Starring Elvis Presley:
Wild in the Country is a 1961 film drama starring Elvis Presley in which he portrays a troubled young man from a dysfunctional family who pursues a literary career.
“Kid Galahad — Starring Elvis Presley: King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
Kid Galahad is a 1962 musical film starring Elvis Presley as a boxer.
It was filmed on location in Idyllwild, California and is noted for having a strong supporting cast. Most critics rate it as one of Presley's best performances. Gig Young is outstanding in his performance of " Willy Grogan "
“Roustabout — Staring Elvis Presley: King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
Roustabout is a 1964 musical movie starring Elvis Presley. One of Hollywoods greatest actresses co-stared in this film. Its none other than Miss Barbara Stanwyck. The film is set in a carnival sceen, on set Elvis is motorcycling and singing.
“It Happened at the World's Fair — Staring Elvis Presley: King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
It Happened at the World's Fair is a 1963 musical film starring Elvis Presley as a cropdusting pilot.
The motion picture was filmed in Seattle, Washington, site of the Century 21 Exposition, the 1962 World's Fair. The governor of Washington at the time, Albert Rosellini, suggested the setting to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer executives.
“Viva Las Vegas — starring Elvis Presley: movie star biography
Viva Las Vegas (1964) is an American romantic musical motion picture starring American singer Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret. The movie is regarded as one of Presley's best and noted for the on-screen charisma between Presley and Ann-Margret.
“Girl Happy — Starring Elvis Presley: King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
Girl Happy is a 1965 musical romantic comedy starring Elvis Presley.
This film portrays Elvis as the leader of a rock n’ roll band who sings its hearts out to Shelly Fabares, Nita Talbot and Mary Ann Mobley.
“List of actors who have played Elvis Presley: movie star biography
“Juliet Prowse: movie star biography
Juliet Prowse (September 25, 1936 — September 14, 1996) was a British-American dancer and actress who was born in Bombay, India, to South African parents.
Prowse began studying dance at the age of four. In her early twenties she was dancing at a club in Paris when she was spotted by a talent agent and eventually signed to play the part of Claudine in the 1960 Walter Lang film, Can-Can. Juliet Prowse reached the height of her popularity in the 1960s, appearing alongside Elvis Presley in G.I. Blues.
“Lance LeGault: movie star biography
Lance LeGault (b. William Lance Legault on May 2, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is an American actor who stars in films and on television.
Lance's first 3 feature films he starred in were 3 Elvis Presley movies, Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) in which he was a stunt double for Elvis Presley, Kissin' Cousins (1964), and Viva Las Vegas (1964).
His most recent film is in the 2005 movie Tugger: The Jeep Who Wanted to Fly.
“Dolores del Rнo: movie star biography
Dolores del Rнo (August 3, 1905 — April 11, 1983) was a Mexican film actress. She was a star of Hollywood films during the silent era and became an important actress in Mexican films later in her life.
Born Dolores Martнnez Asъnsolo y Lуpez Negrete in Durango, Mexico, del Rнo was the cousin of actor Ramуn Novarro. Her wealthy family lost all their assets during the Mexican Revolution, and a desire to restore her comfortable lifestyle inspired her to follow a career as an actress. In 1921 at the age of 16, she married Jaime del Rнo, and through a Hollywood friend the couple emigrated to the USA with the plan of establishing show business careers for themselves: as screenwriter and actress, respectively.
“Eva Gabor: movie star biography
Eva Gabor (in Hungarian Gбbor Йva ) (February 11, 1919 — July 4, 1995) was a Hungarian born American actress.
She was born in Budapest, the daughter of Vilmos Gabor and Jansci Tilleman (or Jolie Gabor). Her elder sisters were Magda Gabor and Zsa Zsa Gabor. Gabor's maternal family was Jewish and her maternal grandparents died in the Holocaust. Biographers speculate that her paternal family were originally Jewish as well, but converted to Catholicism in order to assimilate, although this has not been confirmed.
“How James Dean Became The Original Bad Boy Of Hollywood: movie star biography
James Dean paved the way for bad boys Hollywood history. Boys wanted to be like him, and girls wanted to date him. Critics consistently booed him, calling him a Brando imitation, but now more than a half a century after his death, we can all recognize his role as the original bad boy in Hollywood film.
“Peter Sellers: movie star biography
Peter Sellers CBE (September 8, 1954 — July 24, 1980 ) was an English comedian, actor, and performer, who came to prominence on the BBC radio series The Goon Show, before embarking on a successful film career. Sellers was born in Southsea, Hampshire, England, to a family of entertainers. His legal name was Richard Henry Sellers. However, his parents called him "Peter" from an early age, in memory of his still-born brother of that name. He attended a Catholic school, although his father was Protestant and his mother was Jewish.
“Shirley Temple: movie star biography
Shirley Jane Temple (born April 23, 1928), later known as Shirley Temple Black, is an American diplomat and former film child actress, the most famous child actress of the 1930s. Born in Santa Monica, California, she starred in over 40 films during the 1930s. Shirley had two older brothers. Even at the age of five, the hallmark of her acting work was her professionalism: lines memorized and dance steps prepared. Her films continue to enjoy popularity today, particularly among young girls.
“Carolyn Jones: movie star biography
Carolyn Jones (April 28, 1929 — August 3, 1983) was an American actress, she is best remembered for playing the role of Morticia Addams in the classic TV Series The Addams Family Born Carolyn Sue Baker in Amarillo, Texas, Jones joined the Pasadena Playhouse in 1947.
“Sammy Davis, Jr.: movie star biography
Sammy Davis, Jr. (December 8, 1925 — May 16, 1990) was an American "all-around" entertainer. He danced; sang; played vibraphone, trumpet, and drums; did impressions; told jokes; and acted. He was born in Harlem, New York City to Elvera Sanchez, a Puerto Rican woman, and Sammy Davis, Sr., a black man, who were vaudeville dancers.
“Bing Crosby: movie star biography
Bing wooed fans with a sensuous voice, wit, and good looks.Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby (May 3, 1903 — October 14, 1977) was one of the most popular and influential American singers and actors of the 20th century whose career flourished from 1926 until his death in 1977.
“Walter Matthau: movie star biography
Walter Matthau (October 1, 1920 — July 1, 2000) was an Academy Award winning American comedy actor best-known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and his frequent collaborations with fellow Odd Couple star Jack Lemmon. He was born in New York City, in the Lower East Side, Manhattan, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants. His original surname is often shown as Matuschansky, but this is not true (see Original Name Rumour below for a detailed discussion).
“Jailhouse Rock — Staring Elvis Presley: movie star biography
Jailhouse Rock is a 1957 film starring Elvis Presley, as "Vince Everett," an ex-convict working in the music industry.
Deemed culturally significant, the film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
Lizabeth Scott: movie star biography
Lizabeth Scott (born September 29, 1922) is an American actress. She was born Emma Matzo in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, the daughter of John and Mary Matzo.
“Dolores Hart: movie star biography
Dolores Hart (born Dolores Hicks on October 20, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American Roman Catholic nun and former actress. Dolores Hicks was the only child of a Catholic actor Bert Hicks, and his wife, who, despite the religious implications, separated and ultimately divorced.
“Wendell Corey: movie star biography
Wendell Corey (March 20, 1914 — November 8, 1968) was an American actor. He was born Wendell Reid Corey in Dracut, Massachusetts, the son of Milton Rothwell Corey (October 24, 1879-October 23, 1951) and Julia Etta McKenney (April 11, 1882-June 16, 1947).
“Flaming Star starring Elvis Presley: King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
Flaming Star is a 1960 Western film starring Elvis Presley, based on the book Flaming Lance (1958) by Clair Huffake. A dramatic role, it is said that Elvis Presley gave one of his best acting performances as the half-breed "Pacer Burton."
“Fun in Acapulco — Starring Elvis Presley: King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
Fun in Acapulco is a 1963 American motion picture starring Elvis Presley and Ursula Andress. Actress Teri Garr made her second film appearance and the first of five bit roles in Presley films.
“Frankie and Johnny — (1966) Film King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
Frankie and Johnny is a 1966 musical starring Elvis Presley as a riverboat gambler. The role of "Frankie" was played by Donna Douglas, star of the hit television series, The Beverly Hillbillies.
“Clambake — Starring Elvis Presley: King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
Clambake is a 1967 musical film starring Elvis Presley. Set in Miami Beach, this is Elvis’ 25th movie. The all-star cast in-cluded Shelly Fabares, Will Hutchins, Bill Bixby and Gary Merrill.
“Alain Delon: movie star biography
Alain Delon (born 8 November 1935) is a French actor, one of the best known outside his native country. Delon’s star rose quickly, and by the age of twenty-three he was garnering comparisons to French screen legends such as Gerard Philipe and Jean Marais, as well as American actor James Dean.
“Danny Glover: movie star biography
Danny Lebern Glover (born July 22, 1946 in San Francisco, California) is an American actor and film director. Glover was a member of the revolutionary Black Panther Party.
“Red West movie star biography
Red West (born 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee) is an American actor, film stuntman and songwriter. Born Robert Eugene West, he was a close high school friend of rock and roll singer Elvis Presley.
“Cyd Charisse: movie star biography
Cyd Charisse is an American dancer and actress. She was born Tula Ellice Finklea on March 8, 1921, in Amarillo, Texas. Reputedly, the name "Cyd" was a nickname resulting from the inability of a sibling to pronounce the word "Sis".
“Henry Fonda: movie star biography
Henry Fonda in the classic 1957 film 12 Angry Men.Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 — August 12, 1982) was a highly acclaimed American film, stage, and television actor, best known for his roles as plain-speaking idealists.
“Marlon Brando: movie star biography
Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 — July 1, 2004) was an American actor who is widely regarded as one of the greatest film actors of the twentieth century. He brought the techniques of the Stanislavski System to prominence in the films A Streetcar Named Desire and On the Waterfront, both directed by Elia Kazan in the early 1950s.
“Florence Lawrence: movie star biography
Florence Lawrence (January 2, 1886 — December 28, 1938) was an inventor and actress, who was referred to as "The First Movie Star." Born Florence Annie Bridgwood in Hamilton, Ontario, she was the child of Charlotte Bridgwood, a vaudeville actress who went by the name Lotta Lawrence.
“Charro-Staring Elvis Presley: King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
Charro! is a 1969 Western film starring Elvis Presley
Elvis plays a reformed bad guy who saves a Western town from an evil gang.
“Gregory Peck: movie star biography
Gregory Peck (April 5, 1916 — June 12, 2003) was an American film actor. He is considered to be among the most legendary film stars and handsome leading men of all time.
“Christopher Reeve: movie star biography
Christopher Reeve (September 25, 1952 — October 10, 2004) was an American actor, director, producer and writer renowned for his film portrayal of Superman/Kal-El/Clark Kent in four films from 1978-1987. In 1995, Reeve was rendered a quadriplegic during an equestrian competition and was confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life.
“Bridget Fonda: movie star biography
Bridget Jane Fonda (born January 27, 1964) is a famous American actress. Bridget was born in Los Angeles, California, USA, into a family of actors, including her grandfather Henry Fonda, father Peter Fonda, mother Susan Brewer and aunt Jane Fonda.
“Dennis Quaid: movie star biography
Dennis was born to William Rudy Quaid and Juanita Bonniedale Jordan in Houston, Texas. He studied drama at Bellaire High School in Bellaire, Texas and later in college.
“Jack Nicholson: movie star biography
Jack Nicholson (born John Joseph Nicholson on April 22, 1937, New York City) is a highly successful, iconic American method actor known for his often dark, comedic portrayals of neurotic characters.
“Love Me Tender — Saring Elvis Presley: King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
Love Me Tender was the first motion picture made by singer Elvis Presley and was released in 1956. It is also the name of the title song, sung by Elvis and a record album of the same name.
“Claudia Cardinale: movie star biography
Claudia Cardinale was born Claude Josephine Rose Cardin. She had her break into films after winning a Tunisian beauty contest in 1957. She made her film debut in Goha (1958) and later that year had a role in the minor international success I Soliti ignoti.
“Kissin' Cousins Staring Elvis Presley: King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
Kissin' Cousins is a 1964 Musical film starring Elvis Presley in two roles, one as an American soldier and the other, a hillbilly. The daughter of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan has a small role.
“Burt Reynolds: movie star biography
Burt Reynolds in a promotional photo from Smokey and the Bandit Part 2.Burt Reynolds (born Burton Leon Reynolds on February 11, 1936 in Waycross, Georgia) is an American actor. He may be best remembered as the "Bandit" in the 1977 hit film Smokey and the Bandit.
“Anthony Quinn: movie star biography
Anthony Quinn (April 21, 1915 — June 3, 2001) was a Mexican-American actor, painter, and writer. He is best known for his performances in the popular Hollywood movies Zorba the Greek and Viva Zapata.
“Joan Collins: movie star biography
Joan Henrietta Collins OBE (born May 23, 1933) is a British actress and best selling author. Her younger sister is Jackie Collins, a famous novelist; and her much-younger brother is William Collins, an estate agent.
“Bud Abbott: movie star biography
William Alexander Abbott aka Bud Abbott (October 2, 1895 — April 24, 1974) is a legendary American actor, producer and comedian from Asbury Park, New Jersey.
“Jan Sterling: movie star biography
Jan Sterling (April 3, 1921 — March 6, 2004) was an American actress. She was born Jane Sterling Adriance in New York City, into a prosperous family. Sterling was educated in private schools before heading to Europe with her family.
“Michael Landon: movie star biography
Landon's 14-year role as "Little Joe" on Bonanza helped earn him induction into the Western Performers Hall of Fame and gave him his first directoral experience. Michael Landon (October 31, 1936–July 1, 1991), was an American actor, producer and director.
“Grace Kelly: movie star biography
Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, 1929 — September 14, 1982) was an Oscar-winning American film actress who, as a result of marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco, became Her Serene Highness, Princess Grace of Monaco.
“Blue Hawaii — movie starring Elvis Presley: King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
Blue Hawaii is a 1961 musical film set in the state of Hawaii and starring Elvis Presley. It was one of his most popular films. Chad Gates has just gotten out of the Army, and is happy to be back in Hawaii with his surfboard, his beach buddies, and his girlfriend.
“Greta Garbo: movie star biography
Greta Garbo (September 18, 1905 — April 15, 1990) was a Swedish actress. She was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson in Stockholm, Sweden, the youngest of three children born to Karl Alfred Gustafsson (1871-1920) and Anna Lovisa Johnasson (1872-1944). Her older sister and brother were Alva and Sven.
“G.I. Blues Staring Elvis Presley: King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
G.I. Blues is a 1960 Elvis Presley musical motion picture played as a romantic comedy. It was filmed while Presley was fulfilling his military service obligation with the United States Army in West Germany. It was filmed at Paramount's Hollywood studios and on location in Germany.
“Liza Minnelli: movie star biography
Liza May Minnelli (born March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress and singer. She is the daughter of legendary entertainer Judy Garland and her second husband, acclaimed film director Vincente Minnelli (who was of Italian and French descent).
“The Pied Piper of Cleveland — starring Elvis Presley: King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
The Pied Piper of Cleveland was the title of an American musical documentary film produced in the fall of 1955 documenting the career of disc jockey Bill Randle.
“Ann-Margret Movies: movie star biography
Ann-Margret (born April 28, 1941) is a Swedish-born actress and singer. Born Ann-Margret Olsson in Valsjцbyn, Jдmtland, Sweden, she moved to the United States when young, and grew up in Winnetka, Illinois.
“Elvis Presley Follow That Dream: King of Rock'n'Roll autobiography
Follow That Dream is a 1962 musical film starring Elvis Presley. The movie follows the family of Toby Kwimper ( Elvis Presley ) traveling in Florida.
“Errol Flynn: movie star biography
Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (June 20, 1909 — October 14, 1959) was an Australian — American film actor, most famous for his romantic swashbuckler roles.
Lena Horne: movie star biography
Lena Mary Calhoun Horne (born June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American popular singer. While she has recorded and performed extensively with jazz musicians (notably Artie Shaw and Teddy Wilson), she is usually not considered a jazz singer because she does not improvise. She currently lives in New York City but no longer makes public appearances.
Gene Hackman: movie star biography
Eugene Allen Hackman (born 30 January 1930) is an Oscar winning American actor. Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California to Eugene Hackman (a newspaper pressman) and Lyda Gray.
Danny Kaye: movie star biography
Danny Kaye (January 18, 1913 — March 3, 1987) was an American actor, singer and comedian. Born to Jewish immigrants in Brooklyn as David Daniel Kaminski, red-haired Kaye became one of the world's best-known comedians.
David Carradine: movie star biography
David Carradine (born John Arthur Carradine December 8, 1936 in Hollywood, California) is an American actor and former Marine. Born of Irish, English, Scottish, Welsh, German, Spanish, Ukrainian, Cherokee Indian and Italian descent, he is the son of actor John Carradine, and the half-brother of both Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine.
Gloria Swanson: movie star biography
Born Gloria May Josephine Swanson (or Svensson) in a small house in Chicago, Illinois to a Swedish-American father, who was a soldier, but she grew up mainly in Puerto Rico, Chicago, and Key West, Florida.
Charles Bronson: movie star biography
Charles Bronson (November 3, 1921 — August 30, 2003) was an American actor of "tough guy" roles. In most of his roles he starred as a brutal police detective, a western gunfighter, vigilante, boxer or a Mafia hitman.
Cary Grant: movie star biography
Archibald ("Archie") Alexander Leach, known by his screen name Cary Grant, (January 18, 1904 — November 29, 1986), was a British-born actor who starred in American films.
Kirk Douglas: movie star biography
Kirk Douglas (born December 9, 1916) is an American actor and film producer known for his oft-imitated and parodied gravel ridden voice and his recurring roles as, who Douglas himself once said, "sons of bitches". He is also father to Hollywood actor and producer Michael Douglas.
Brain Keith: movie star biography
Brian Keith was born Robert Keith Richey, Jr. in Bayonne, New Jersey to actor Robert Keith and stage actress Helena Shipman (born in Aberdeen, Washington).
Dustin Hoffman: movie star biography
Dustin Lee Hoffman (born August 8, 1937) is one of the dominant American film actors of the late twentieth century. Widely considered one of the greatest actors of his time, Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California to Jewish American parents, Harry Hoffman and Lillian Gold (whose parents Max and Pauline were born in Russia).
Kris Kristofferson: movie star biography
Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936 in Brownsville, Texas) is an influential country music songwriter, singer and actor. He is best known for hits like "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down", many of which were co-written with Shel Silverstein or Fred Foster.
Linda Evans: movie star biography
Linda Evans was born Linda Evanstad on November 18, 1942, in Hartford, Connecticut. Her most famous television roles have been on The Big Valley as Audra Barkley (1965-1969) and on Dynasty as Krystle Carrington (1981-1989).
Mary Tyler Moore: movie star biography
Mary Tyler Moore (born on December 29, 1936) is an American actress and comedian, perhaps best known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, in which she starred as Mary Richards, a 30ish single woman who worked as a news producer at WJM-TV in Minneapolis.
Marlene Dietrich: movie star biography
Marie Magdalene "Marlene" Dietrich (December 27, 1901-May 6, 1992) also known as Maria Magdalena Dietrich was a German actress, entertainer and singer.
Bob Hope: movie star biography
Leslie Townes Hope, KBE (May 29, 1903 — July 27, 2003), otherwise known as Bob Hope, was a famous American entertainer who appeared in vaudeville, on Broadway, on radio and television, in movies and in U.S. Army concerts.
Bill Crosby: movie star biography
William Henry "Bill" Cosby, Jr., Ed.D (born July 12, 1937) is an American actor, comedian, educator, television producer and philanthropist. He was the first African-American man to star in his own television series (I Spy with Robert Culp, in the mid-1960s), and also broke racial boundaries with his stand-up comedy career in the 1960s and 1970s.
Don Knotts: movie star biography
Jesse Donald "Don" Knotts (born July 21, 1924) is an American actor. He was born in Morgantown, West Virginia to Elsie L. Moore and William Jesse Knotts, whose ancestors had been in America since the 17th century.
Doris Day: movie star biography
Doris Day (born April 3, 1924) is an American singer, actress, and animal welfare advocate. A vivacious blonde with a wholesome image, she was one of the most prolific actresses of the 1950s and 1960s.
Joanne Woodward: movie star biography
Joanne Woodward (born February 27, 1930) is an American actress. Born Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward in Thomasville, Georgia, she was influenced to become an actress by her mother's love of movies.
Lauren Bacall: movie star biography
Lucille Dйsirйe Ball (August 6, 1911 — April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian and star of I Love Lucy. A 'B-grade' movie star of the 1930s and 1940s, she became one of the best and most popular stars in American history.
Betty Grable: movie star biography
Ruth Elizabeth "Betty" Grable (December 18, 1916 — July 3, 1973) was an American actress, singer, and pin-up girl whose famous bathing-suit poster was an icon of the World War II era.
Diahann Carroll: movie star biography
Diahann Carroll (born July 15, 1935) is an American actress and singer. Born Carol Diahann Johnson in The Bronx, New York, she attended the New York City High School of the Performing Arts, along with schoolmate Billy Dee Williams.
Hedy Lamarr: movie star biography
Hedy Lamarr (November 9, 1913–January 19, 2000) was an actress and communications innovator. She was known as The Most Beautiful Woman In Films and also as a co-inventor of the first form of spread spectrum, a key to modern wireless communication.
Ginger Rogers: movie star biography
Ginger Rogers, (July 16, 1911 — April 25, 1995), was a legendary American actress and dancer. Born Virginia Katherine McMath, in Independence, Missouri, the daughter of Eddins McMath and Lela Owens McMath.
Kim Novak: movie star biography
Kim Novak (born February 13, 1933) is an American actress. She was born Marilyn Pauline Novak in Chicago, Illinois, a Roman Catholic of Czechoslovakian extraction.
Ava Gardner: movie star biography
Ava Gardner (December 24, 1922 — January 25, 1990) was an American actress.
Ava Lavinia Gardner was born in the small farming community of Grabtown, Johnston County, North Carolina, the last of seven children of poor tobacco farmers, said to be of Melungeon bloodline.
Elizebeth Taylor: movie star biography
Dame Elizabeth Taylor (born February 27, 1932) is a British actress famous for her 8 marriages, her two Academy Awards, her condemnation by the Vatican in the 1960s, and her beauty characterised by raven hair and violet eyes.
Raquel Welch: movie star biography
Raquel Welch (born September 5, 1940) is an American actress. She was born Jo Raquel Tejada in Chicago, Illinois, the oldest of three children born to Armando Carlos Tejada and Josephine Sarah Hall.
Jane Mansfield: movie star biography
Jayne Mansfield (April 19, 1933 — June 29, 1967) was an American actress and sex symbol. She was born Vera Jane Palmer in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, the only child of Herbert William Palmer (1904-1936) and Vera Jeffrey Palmer (1903-2000).
“Jane Fonda: movie star biography
Jane Seymour Fonda (born December 21, 1937) is an Academy Award-winning American actress, model, writer, fitness guru, producer, and political activist. Jane Fonda was born in New York City, to actor Henry Fonda and socialite Frances Brokaw (nйe Seymour).
Debbie Reynolds: movie star biography
Debbie Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) is an American actress and singer. Singer and actor. She was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Raymond Francis Reynolds (1903-1986) and Maxine N. Harman (1913-1999).
Brigitte Bardot movie star biography
Brigitte Bardot (born September 28, 1934 in Paris) is a French actress and model, daughter of an industrialist. Also known simply as BB ("Bri-Bri" in childhood) she is considered the embodiment of the 1950s "sex kitten."
John Wayne movie star biography
John Wayne (May 26, 1907 — June 11, 1979) was an American actor whose career spanned the evolutionary phase of American cinema, appearing in silent movies and "talkies" alike.
“Lana Turner: movie star biography
Lana Turner born (February 8, 1921 — June 29, 1995) was an American actress famed early in her career for tight sweaters and smoldering sensuality and later in her career for sudsy romance films with maximum tragedy and glamorous gowns.
Mae West movie star biography
Mae West (August 17, 1893 — November 22, 1980) was an American actress and playwright. She was born Mary Jane West in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Irish-American John Patrick West (1865-1935) and German-Jewish immigrant Matilda ("Tillie") Delker-Doelger (1870-1930).
Gina Lollobrigida movie star biography
Gina Lollobridiga (born 6 July 1927) is an Italian actress. She was born Luigina Lollobrigida at Subiaco in the region of Lazio. Lollobrigida is the daughter of a furniture manufacturer, and spent her youth in a picturesque mountain village.
Barbara Streisand movie star biography
Barbra Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an iconic Jewish American singer and film actress, producer, and director. She was born Barbara Joan Streisand in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York then moved to another area in Brooklyn where she was educated at Beis Yakov School and Erasmus Hall High School.
“Faye Dunaway: movie star biography
Faye Dunaway (born Dorothy Faye Dunaway on January 14, 1941 in Bascom, Florida) is an Academy Award winning actress. Daughter of an Army sergeant, Dunaway studied at the theater department of Boston University and graduated from the University of Florida.
Annette Funicello movie star biography
Annette Funicello (born October 22, 1942) was one of Walt Disney's most popular Mouseketeers. Born in Utica, New York to an Italian-American family, she took dancing and music lessons as a child and was discovered by Disney while performing in Swan Lake. Her family moved to southern California when she was an adolescent
Carole Lombard movie star biography
Carole Lombard (October 6, 1908 — January 16, 1942) was an American actress. She was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She made her film debut at the age of twelve when she was spotted playing baseball in the street by director Allan Dwan, who cast her as a tom-boy in A Perfect Crime (1921).
Jacqueline Bisset movie star biography
Jacqueline Bisset (born September 13, 1944) is a British actress, born in Weybridge, Surrey, England. Her French mother taught her to speak the language fluently, which has led many to erroneously believe she was born in France. When Bisset was a teenager, her mother was diagnosed with disseminating sclerosis.
Judy Garland movie star biography
Judy Garland (June 10, 1922 — June 22, 1969) was an American film actress who is considered one of the greatest singing stars of Hollywood's Golden Era of musical film, known for her intense acting and for her strong, husky voice.
Jean Simmons movie star biography
Jean Merilyn Simmons (born January 31, 1929 in Crouch Hill, London, England, United Kingdom) is a British actress. Simmons began acting while still in her teens. Her first major film was Great Expectations, in which she played the young Estella.
Shirley Maclaine movie star biography
Shirley MacLaine, born Shirley MacLean Beaty (born April 24, 1934 in Richmond, Virginia), is an American actress, well-known not only for her acting but for her devotion to her belief in reincarnation.
Angie Dickison movie star biography
Angeline Dickinson (born Angeline Brown on September 30, 1931 in Kulm, North Dakota) is an American television and film actress. She is probably best known for playing Sergeant Suzanne 'Pepper' Anderson on Police Woman.<
Connie Stevens movie star biography
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Connie Stevens (born August 8, 1938) is an American actress and singer. She was born Concetta Rosalie Anna Ingolia in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of Peter Ingolia (known as musician Teddy Stevens) and singer Eleanor McGinley.
Marilyn Monroe movie star biography
Although she would eventually become one of the most celebrated actresses in film history, Marilyn's beginnings were humble to say the least. A Los Angeles native, she was born Norma Jeane Mortenson in the charity ward of Los Angeles County Hospital. Her grandmother, Della Monroe Grainger, later had her baptized Norma Jeane Baker.
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Bette Davis movie star biography
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Audrey Hepburn movie star biography
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Barbara Stanwyck movie star biography
We couldn’t resist including the autobiographies of some modern movie stars, especially our favourite, Nicole Kidman.
Barbara Stanwyck (born Ruby Katherine Stevens) (July 16, 1907 — January 20, 1990) was an American film and television actress. She was born in New York City, and her mother died when she was only four, not long before her father abandoned the family.
Nicole Kidman movie star biography
Nicole Mary Kidman, was born on June 20, 1967. Nicole’s birth place is Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, but the family moved shortly afterwards to Australia, where Nicole started her performing career as a ballet dancer then at the age of ten Nicole was enrolled in a drama school.
Julia Roberts movie star biography
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Julia Roberts (born Julie Fiona Roberts on October 28, 1967, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA) is a movie star who shot to fame during the early 1990s after starring in the romantic comedy Pretty Woman opposite Richard Gere.
Priscilla Presley movie star biography
Priscilla Presley (born Priscilla Ann Wagner on May 24, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American actress and the only wife of singer Elvis Presley. Her biological father, James Wagner, was a United States Navy pilot who was killed in a plane crash when Priscilla was just an infant.
Kylie Minogue Film Career: movie star biography
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Olivia Newton-John: movie star biography
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Dan Aykroyd: movie star biography
Daniel Edward Aykroyd, C.M. (born July 1, 1952 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a comedian, actor and screenwriter. His father, Samuel Cuthbert Peter Hugh Aykroyd, was a policy adviser to Pierre Trudeau's government; his mother, Lorraine Gougeon, was French-Canadian.
Jim Carrey: movie star biography
Carrey dropped out of high school and began to work in comedy clubs with an act that included impersonations of celebrities such as Michael Landon and Jimmy Stewart. In 1979, he moved to Los Angeles and started working in The Comedy Store, where he was noticed by comedian Rodney Dangerfield.
Elizabeth Hurley: movie star biography
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Alec Baldwin: movie star biography
Alexander Rae Baldwin III (born April 3, 1958, in Massapequa, Long Island, New York, USA) is an American actor who is the oldest and best known of the "Baldwin brothers", with brothers Daniel, Stephen and William. He is of three quarters Irish and one quarter French descent.
Jennifer Lopez: movie star biography
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Mel Gibson: movie star biography
Gibson's full name is Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson. He was born in Peekskill, New York, the sixth of ten children born to Ann Reilly (who was born in the U.S. to Irish immigrants) and Hutton Gibson, whose parents were Australians of Irish heritage.
Glenn Close: movie star biography
She was born to Bettine Moore and William T. Close (a doctor who operated a clinic in the Belgian Congo). Her parents came from upper-class families of English descent.
John Candy: movie star biography
John Franklin Candy (October 31, 1950 — March 4, 1994) was a Canadian comedian and actor. Born in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada of three-quarters Scottish and one-quarter Polish descent, Candy was a member of Toronto's The Second City comedy troupe and gained widespread North American popularity when, in 1976, he became a cast member on the influential Toronto-based TV comedy-variety show Second City Television (SCTV).
Jerry Hall: movie star biography
Jerry Fay Hall (born July 2, 1956 in Gonzales, Texas) is a model and actress best known for being Mick Jagger's long-time companion or wife (in the 1990s, the two were married in Bali but the legal validity of the marriage has since been questioned).
Jamie Lee Curtis: movie star biography
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Billy Crystal: movie star biography
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Dolly Parton: movie star biography
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Demi Moore: movie star biography
Demi Moore (born Demetria Guynes on November 11, 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico) is an American actress with a trademark husky voice. She is of varied ancestry including French, Welsh, and Native American heritage.
Goldie Hawn: movie star biography
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History of cinema
Main article: History of cinema
The earliest use of moving pictures was an outgrowth of simple optical devices (such as magic lanterns) which display still images in a rapid sequence.
Such device include the projection zoetrope and the projection praxinoscope.
Such early motion projection devices were demonstrated as early as the 1860's. Reel-based film projection was not demonstrated until the late 1880's, with many advancements contributed by Thomas Alva Edison.
By the early 20th century, films such as The Great Train Robbery innovated on the art of film-making.
By using pictures that were largely similar, but with slight differences, the presenter could communicate the effect of motion to the viewer.
Naturally, the images used in these devices need to be carefully designed to achieve the desired effect. The underlying principle remains the basis for the cinematic genre known as animation.
With the development of photography, and particularly of celluloid film, it became possible to directly capture motion in the real world.
Previous techniques sometimes required individuals to look into a special device to see the pictures, but translucent film made it feasible to use a projection system to display images for an entire audience. These "moving picture shows" came to be known colloquially as movies.
The cinema was initially purely a visual art, and many silent films were created. Presenters soon found it useful to provide a commentator who could narrate the action and fill in dialogue between characters.
Within a few years, films began to include subtitles that could display dialogue when the actors on screen "spoke." This rendered the function of a commentator largely unnecessary.
Rather than leave the audience in silence, theater owners often replaced the commentator by hiring musicians to accompany the presentation.
The most common approach was to hire a pianist or organist if the theater had an instrument available.
The music to be played was supposed to fit the mood of the film at any given moment. Later technological improvements allowed filmmakers to create soundtracks synchronized with the action on the screen.
Sound films were initially known as "talking pictures", or talkies. From the beginning, however, they included music as well as speech, and specialist composers of film scores soon emerged.
The final major step in the development of cinema was the introduction of color.
While the addition of sound to film revolutionized the medium, quickly driving out silent movies and theater musicians, color was adopted more gradually.
As color processes improved, more and more movies were filmed in color, and today the use of color is virtually universal.
Unlike photography, where black-and-white film is still preferred for some purposes, there is little reason not to use color in movies. In the rare exceptions, such as the Steven Spielberg movie Schindler's List, the choice usually has to do with other artistic reasons.
The motion picture industry
Even before the widespread use of sound and color, simple black-and-white movies quickly gained a hold on the public imagination.
The making and showing of motion pictures became a source of potential profit within a few years after the process was invented.
In this way, the cinema eventually contributed to the decline of the vaudeville world it came from. Instead, motion pictures became a separate industry, with dedicated theaters and companies formed specifically to produce and distribute films.
The Oberammergau Passion play of 1898 was the first commercial motion picture ever produced. Other pictures soon followed.
The first theater designed exclusively for cinema opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1905. Thousands of such theaters were built or converted from existing facilities within a few years. In the United States, these theaters came to be known as nickelodeons, because admission typically cost a nickel (5 cents).
The popularity of the cinema has made motion pictures the largest industry in entertainment.
The visual element of cinema needs no translation, giving the motion picture a universal power of communication.
As a result, popular movies can become worldwide attractions, especially with the addition of dubbing or translated subtitles to communicate the dialogue.
Motion picture actors can become major celebrities and command huge fees for their performances.
Already by 1917, Charlie Chaplin had a contract that called for an annual salary of 1 million dollars.
The cost of hiring star performers, along with expenses related to technological advancements, has led cinema production to concentrate under the auspices of movie studios. In the United States, much of the industry is centered around Hollywood. Other regional centers exist in many parts of the world. The biggest film industry (in terms of films produced each year) is the Indian fim industry, primarily centered around Bollywood.
In addition, advances in affordable film making equipment have led to numerous independent film productions with far lower production costs than previously possible.
With modern technology, digital recording techniques have been applied to both the video and audio aspects of motion pictures. This has begun a gradual movement away from the medium of film.
According to a 2000 study by ABN AMRO, about 26% of Hollywood movie studios' worldwide income came from box office ticket sales; 46% came from VHS and DVD sales to consumers; and 28% came from television (broadcast, cable, and pay-per-view).
The Academy Awards (also known as The Oscars) are the most prominent film awards in the United States. The Awards are voted on and granted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Film as art or entertainment
Film is a way for some viewers to escape their own realities. For some viewers, film is regarded as an artform, rather than as mass entertainment.
Film in Education
Film is being used increasingly in education as a means of visually conveying information in lieu of or in addition to text and/or spoken narrative.
Film, like language, is now understood to be a culturally mediated artifact (as are all technologies) which has been created by specific cultures, refects those cultures and, in turn, affects culture. Lev Vygotsky, one of the twentieth century's leading educational theorists, understood the importance of film and assisted Eisenstein in the editing of "The Battleship Potemkin".
As Film matures, and accessibility to film and video equipment become more common, film's importance as primary historical documentation will grow ever greater.
When it is initially produced, a film is normally shown to audiences in a movie theater. Typically, one film is the featured presentation.
A feature film is sometimes defined as any film more than 60 minutes in length (90-120 minutes is typical, and a few films run up to 4 hours or more). Before showing this film, the theater may have shorter presentations.
In Europe there has been advertising since before WWII; it has appeared in American cinemas in the late twentieth century.
Historically, the feature presentation was often preceded by newsreels and short films, especially animation.
There were "double features"; typically, a high-quality "A picture" rented by an independent theater for a lump sum, and a "B picture" of lower quality rented for a percentage of the gross receipts.
Today, the bulk of the material shown before the feature film (those in theaters) consists of previews for upcoming movies (also known as trailers).
The movie theater pays an average of about 55% of its ticket sales to the movie studio as film rental fees.
The actual percentage starts with a number higher than that, and decreases as the duration of a film's showing continues, as an incentive to theaters to keep movies in the theater longer.
However, today's barrage of highly marketed movies ensures that most movies are shown in first-run theaters for under 8 weeks.
There are a few movies every year that defy this rule, often limited-release movies that start in only a few theaters and actually grow their theater count through good word-of-mouth and reviews.
Originally, all films were made to be shown in movie theaters. The development of television has allowed films to be broadcast to larger audiences, usually after the film is no longer being shown in theaters.
Recording technology has also enabled consumers to rent or buy copies of films on video tape or DVD (and the older formats of laserdisc, VCD and SelectaVision—see also videodisc), and Internet downloads may be available and have started to become revenue sources for the film companies.
Some films are now made specifically for these other venues, being released as made-for-TV movies or direct-to-video movies.
These are often considered to be of inferior quality compared to theatrical releases. And indeed, some films that are rejected by their own studios upon completion are dumped into these markets.
Development of film technology
Film consists of a transparent celluloid, polyester, or other plastic base coated with an emulsion containing light-sensitive chemicals. Cellulose nitrate was the first type of film base used to record motion pictures, but due to its flammability was eventually replaced by safer formats.
Originally moving picture film was shot at various speeds using hand-cranked cameras; then the speed for mechanized cameras and projectors was standardized at 16 frames per second, which was faster than much existing hand-cranked footage.
A new standard speed, 24 frames per second, came with the introduction of sound.
Improvements since the late 1800s include the mechanization of cameras, allowing them to record at a consistent speed, the invention of more sophisticated filmstocks and lenses, allowing directors to film in increasingly dim conditions, and the development of synchronized sound, allowing sound to be recorded at exactly the same speed as its corresponding action.
As a medium, film is not limited to motion pictures, since the technology developed as the basis for photography.
It can be used to present a progressive sequence of still images in the form of a slideshow. Film has also been incorporated into multimedia presentations. However, historic films have problems in terms of preservation and storage, and the motion picture industry is exploring many alternatives.
Most movies on cellulose nitrate base have been copied onto modern safety films. Some studios save three B&W; negatives exposed through red, green, and blue filters.
Digital methods have also been used to restore and preserve films. Film preservation of decaying film stock is a matter of concern to both film historians and archivists, and to companies interested in preserving their existing products in order to make them available to future generations (and thereby increase revenue).
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