Category:Actresses from Philadelphia
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1. Erika Alexander – Erika Alexander is an American actress, best known for her roles as Pam Tucker on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, and as the strong-willed attorney Maxine Shaw on the FOX sitcom Living Single. She has won awards for her work on Living Single. Alexander got her big break as Pam Tucker on the critically acclaimed NBC sitcom The Cosby Show and she later starred alongside Whoopi Goldberg in the 1990 civil rights epic The Long Walk Home. Perhaps her most memorable role was as acid-tongued attorney Maxine Max Shaw on the FOX sitcom Living Single and she is the co-creator and co-writer of Concrete Park, a science-fiction graphic novel. In 1992, she appeared in the short-lived sitcom Going to Extremes, in 2002, she played probation officer Dee Mulhern in the Showtime series Street Time, which ran for two seasons. In international cinema, Alexander played the role of Hidimbi in Peter Brooks adaptation of The Mahabharata and she also played a young Flora in the TV miniseries Mama Floras Family. Her voice is featured on The Bible Experience and she shares her birthday with Living Single co-star TC Carson and also appeared in Toni Braxtons music video for Youre Makin Me High. In 2011, she appeared in season 7, episode 13 of House M. D. where she played the character Ms. Fields, Alexander was born in Winslow, Arizona. She is one of six born to Shaun Alexander and school teacher and childrens book author. She is married to artist/screenwriter Tony Puryear and she actively campaigned for Hillary Clinton and toured college campuses with Chelsea Clinton, during the 2008 Democratic primary. Erika Alexander at the Internet Movie DatabaseErika Alexander – Alexander at Comic-Con, 2012.
2. Henny Backus – Henny Backus was a Broadway showgirl in the 1930s whose stage credits include Orson Welless Horse Eats Hat. She was the wife of actor and comedian Jim, Henrietta Kaye was born in Brooklyn March 21,1911. She studied sculpture at Cooper Union, but she preferred working in the theater, woking as Henriette Kaye, she was a member of the Federal Theatre Project. Her husband, Nat Karson, designed the sets and costumes, Kaye married actor and comedian Jim Backus in 1943. They co-starred in the 1960s television series, Blondie, and she appeared with her husband in the TV sitcom, Gilligans Island and she also acted with her husband in a Season 5 episode of The Love Boat. Henny and Jim Backus also co-wrote several humorous books, including What Are You Doing After the Orgy, only When I Laugh, Backus Strikes Back and Forgive Us Our Digressions. Henny wrote Care for the Caretaker, documenting her husbands battle with Parkinsons Disease, in 1989, Jim Backus died from complications of pneumonia. Upon her own death at age 93, following a series of strokes, Henny Backus at the Internet Movie Database Henrietta Kaye at the Internet Broadway Database Henriette Kaye at the Internet Broadway Database Henny Backus at Find a GraveHenny Backus – Jim and Henny Backus (1969)
3. Victory Bateman – Victory Bateman was an American silent film actress. Her father, Thomas Creese, and her mother, Elizabeth Lizzie Creese, were both actors, on stage, Ms. Bateman appeared in the 1900 tour of The Man From Mexico and in the 1919 tour of Seven Days Leave. She was born nine days before Abraham Lincoln was assassinated but was named Victory because of the Norths eventual win over the Confederate South finishing the Civil War, in the early 1890s she became embroiled in the divorce proceedings of actors Aubrey Boucicault and Amy Busby. Though later exonerated from all involvement in the case Bateman was forced to resign from a group called The Professional Womans League. At one time she was married to Wilfred Clarke, a son of John Sleeper Clarke and they were separated for many years at the time of the Boucicault trial. She was also married, in years, to Harry Mestayer. Cleveland was young enough to be her son and she and her last two husbands were eventually involved in the silent film industry. Mrs. James Sheridan Tess of the DUrbervilles, Mother Finnegan Can a Woman Love Twice. Mrs. OReilly A Trip to Paradise, mrs. Smiley Keeping Up with Lizzie. Ma Du Geen The Service Star, aka The Flag of Mothers The Passing of the Third Floor Back. Miss De Hooley Romeo and Juliet, lady Montague The Power of Evil. The Widow, Florences Mother Her Cousin FredVictory Bateman – Bateman with Viola Dana in Cinderella's Twin (1920)
4. Nellie Casman – Nellie Casman was an actress and singer in Yiddish theater. She was born in Proskurov, Russia, and moved to the United States in the early 1900s, Casman showed such talent as an actress when a child, the actress Rose Rubin took her into a professional Yiddish theater, where she began to play child roles in 1910. Playing Gitele in Zalmen Libins Gebrokhene hertser, she came to the attention of Regina Pragers husband, a theater manager and she then abandoned legitimate theater and went back to vaudeville. She recorded Yiddish songs and couplets for the Victor and Columbia labels and she went to Warsaw in 1929, concertizing and appearing in her husbands play A khasndl oyf shabos. The couple went to Russia as well, where she performed in Dos vaybele and they then went to Argentina and toured with equal success. She played at the Odeon Theater in New York and then went back to Argentina where she performed Spanish songs, in 1932 she performed in London, Paris, Berlin, and Riga, then back to Warsaw. Her most popular character was a Little Cantor in the Aron Nagers play Dos Khazndl, in 1973, she appeared in the film The Adventures of Rabbi Jacob. Casman played Pathe on the TV show The Goldbergs for eight years and she and her husband wrote a musical comedy, The Showgirl, performed by the Shalom Yiddish Musical Comedy Theater at Town Hall in 1982. She died in New York CityNellie Casman – Nellie Casman in 1915
5. Henrietta Baker Chanfrau – Henrietta Baker Chanfrau was an American stage actress. Born Henrietta Baker in Philadelphia, before her marriage, her name was Jeannette Davis. She made her début as a vocalist during the summer of 1854 at the Assembly Buildings in Philadelphia under the management of Professor Mueller and her first appearance at a regular theatre was at the city museum on September 9,1854, as Miss Apsley in The Willow Copse. A short time afterward she became a member of the Arch Street Theatre and she became a member of the company when the National in Cincinnati, Ohio, was opened by Lewis Baker for the 1857–58 season. After a long absence from New York City, in late 1886 she appeared at the reopening of the Fourteenth Street Theatre as Linda Colmore in The Scapegoat and she married actor Frank Chanfrau in July 1858. She is believed to have died in New Jersey in 1909, wilson, James Grant, Fiske, John, eds. Chanfrau, Frank S. Appletons Cyclopædia of American Biography, university of Washington, Digital Collections Search for Henrietta ChanfrauHenrietta Baker Chanfrau – Chanfrau, between 1855 and 1865.
6. Mae Clarke – Mae Clarke born Violet Mary Klotz was an American actress. Both films were released in 1931, mae Clarke was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her father was a theater organist and she studied dancing as a child and began on stage in vaudeville and also worked in night clubs. Mae Clarke started her career as a dancer in New York City. She subsequently starred in films for Universal Studios, including the original screen version of The Front Page. Clarke played the role of Henry Frankensteins fiancee, Elizabeth, who is attacked by the Monster, on her wedding day. The Public Enemy, released that year, contained one of cinemas most famous scenes, in which James Cagney pushes a half grapefruit into Clarkes face. Clarke appeared as Myra Deauville in the 1931 pre-Code version of Waterloo Bridge, Clarke also appeared in the modest pre-code Universal film Night World, with Lew Ayres, Boris Karloff, Hedda Hopper, and George Raft. By the mid-1930s, Clarke was no longer a leading lady and was featured in small parts through to the 1960s. In the early 1930s Clarkes face had been left partially scarred as a result of a car crash, in 1949 Clarke was the female lead of Republic Pictures 12-chapter movie serial King of the Rocket Men that introduced their popular atomic rocket-powered hero. On television, Clarke acted in the series Perry Mason and Batman, Clarke was married and divorced three times, to Fanny Brices brother Lew Brice, Stevens Bancroft, and Herbert Langdon. Early in her career, Clarke and Joan Crawford were roommates, Clarke died from cancer on April 29,1992, at age 81, in Woodland Hills, California. She is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park CemeteryMae Clarke – in Lady Killer (1933)
7. Ellen Corby – Ellen Hansen Corby was an American actress. She is best remembered for the role of Grandma Esther Walton on the CBS television series The Waltons and she was also nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Aunt Trina in I Remember Mama. Ellen Hansen was born in Racine, Wisconsin, to immigrant parents from Denmark, an interest in amateur theater while in high school led her to Atlantic City in 1932, where she briefly worked as a chorus girl. She held that position for the next 12 years and took acting lessons on the side, Corby began her career as a writer working on the Paramount Western Twilight on the Trail. She received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her performance as an aunt in I Remember Mama. In the episode entitled The Vote, Henrietta Porter advocates for womens suffrage and they cant do any worse than you men. For her guest appearances in many Westerns, Corby in 1989 won a Golden Boot award, Corby appeared as the elderly Mrs. Lesh, the crooked car peddler, on CBSs The Andy Griffith Show. From 1965 to 1967, she had a role in the NBC television series Please Dont Eat the Daisies. Her best-known role came as Grandma Esther Walton on the made-for-TV film The Homecoming, A Christmas Story and her husband, Zebulon Walton, was portrayed by actor Edgar Bergen in the film. Corby went on to resume her role on the television series The Waltons. Actor Will Geer played her husband in the series from 1972 until his death in 1978, the series ran from 1972 to 1981, and resulted in six sequel films. For her work in The Waltons, she gained three Emmy Awards and three more nominations as Best Supporting Actress and she also won a Golden Globe award for best supporting actress in a TV series for the show The Waltons, and was nominated another three times. She left the early in 1977, owing to a massive stroke she had suffered in November 1976. She returned to the series during the episode of the 1977–78 season. She remained a regular on The Waltons through the end of the 1978–79 season, Ellen Hansen married Francis Corby, a film director/cinematographer who was two decades her senior, in 1934, they divorced in 1944. The marriage did not produce children and she never remarried, in 1969, Corby trained as a teacher of transcendental meditation. Ellen Corby died in 1999 at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, aged 87 and her mausoleum is in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, California. The Broken Coin Twilight on the Trail Hoppys Holiday The Waltons Swiss Miss Ellen Corby at the Internet Movie Database Ellen Corby, Grandmother in The Waltons, dies at 87Ellen Corby – Edgar Bergen and Corby in the made-for-television film The Homecoming in 1971
8. Margaret Dale (actress) – Margaret Dale was an American stage and film actress. Many sources give her year as 1880. She performed on Broadway for over fifty years and occasionally did films in the 1920s and she appeared in a large number of Broadway hits over the course of her years as an actress. Born Margaret Rosendale, she shortened her surname legally to Dale. She began her career in Charles Frohman acting company in 1898 and she was interviewed in Munseys Magazine in 1903 where a brief rundown of her career was written and that she was single and living with her mother. She became the lady of John Drew from 1902 to 1905. Dale performed with George Arliss in the running play Disraeli,1911 to 1917. In the mid-1920s she was part of an ensemble cast that included Mary Boland, Edna May Oliver, Humphrey Bogart, Raymond Hackett, in 1920 Dale appeared in her first movie The World and His Wife. She would appear in six films between 1920 and 1934 preferring the theater and she rejoined Arliss in 1921 for the film version of Disraeli which was produced by his production company Distinctive and released through United Artists. Dale did not return to Arliss when he made his version of Disraeli in 1929. In 1922 Dale appeared in D. W. Griffiths One Exciting Night and this movie had all the spirit of a Mary Roberts Rinehart story, then gaining popularity, but was an original story by Griffith. One Exciting Night was shot at Griffiths Mamaroneck studios on Long Island, the 1921 version of Disraeli is a lost film with one reel in existence at the George Eastman House. However a complete print is rumored to exist at Gosfilmofond in Russia, One Exciting Night was on home video briefly in the 1990s. In 2014 it is available on DVD from Alpha Video Dales last film and only talkie was The Man with Two Faces starring Edward G. Robinson and Mary Astor and now available from Warner Archive Collection. The World and His Wife Disraeli One Exciting Night Second Youth Week End Husbands The Man with Two Faces New York Times, ABOUT STAGE PEOPLE, Margaret Dale to be John Drews New Leading WomanMargaret Dale (actress) – Hearst International Magazine 1907
9. Mildred Davis – For the suspense/mystery author see Mildred B. Davis Mildred Hillary Davis was an American actress who appeared in many of Harold Lloyds classic silent comedies and eventually became his wife. Davis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and educated at the Friends School there, after several years spent studying, she traveled to Los Angeles in the hopes of securing a role in a film. After appearing in small roles, she caught the attention of Hal Roach. Lloyd was looking for a lady to replace Bebe Daniels. It would be the first of fifteen films they would star in together, on February 10,1923, she married Harold Lloyd. After their marriage, Lloyd announced that Davis would not appear in any motion pictures. After much persuasion on Davis part, she received Lloyds consent for her return to the screen in Too Many Crooks which Lloyd produced through his production company and her brother was actor Jack Davis of Our Gang, later a prominent Beverly Hills physician. The couple remained close for their entire life together. She found comfort in her friendships with actresses Marion Davies. She also developed a friendship with Lloyds assistant, Roy Brooks. Davis died from a following a series of strokes in Santa Monica, California. Mildred Davis at the Internet Movie Database Mildred Davis Photo gallery Mildred Davis at Virtual HistoryMildred Davis – Mildred Davis
10. Kat Dennings – Katherine Litwack, known professionally as Kat Dennings, is an American actress. Since 2011, she has starred alongside Beth Behrs in the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls, Dennings was born and raised in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Her mother, Ellen Judith Litwack, is a poet and speech therapist, and her father, Gerald J. Litwack, is a molecular pharmacologist, Dennings is the youngest of five children, including an older brother, Geoffrey S. Litwack. Dennings was homeschooled, her only enrollment at a school was for a half-day at Friends Central School. She graduated from school early, at the age of 14. She moved with her family to Los Angeles, so that she could pursue acting full time and she adopted the surname Dennings as her professional name when she was younger. Dennings began her career in commercials at the age of 10 and her first acting job was an ad for potato chips. She then starred on the short-lived WB sitcom Raising Dad from 2001 to 2002 as Sarah, in 2002, Dennings appeared in the Disney Channel film The Scream Team as a teenager who stumbles into a group of ghosts. She was cast for a run on The WBs Everwood. Dennings continued working on television, guest-starring on Without a Trace as a teen whose boyfriend goes missing, and on Less than Perfect in 2003. In February 2004, she was cast in a pilot for CBS titled Sudbury, about a family of witches, based on the 1998 film Practical Magic. Dennings had a role on ER from 2005 to 2006 as Zoe Butler. Then, on CSI, NY as Sarah Endecott, in the 2005 episode Manhattan Manhunt, Dennings made her feature film debut in Hilary Duffs Raise Your Voice in 2004 as Sloane, a somber piano student. In 2005, she landed supporting roles in The 40-Year-Old Virgin as Catherine Keeners characters daughter and she played a rebellious teenager in the 2006 film Big Mommas House 2, starring Martin Lawrence. Dennings starred in Charlie Bartlett in 2008, the story of a teenager who acts as a psychiatrist for his new public high school. She played Susan Gardner, Bartletts love interest, and the daughter of the schools principal, Dennings appeared in The House Bunny that year, as Mona, a pierced feminist sorority girl. She also starred in the teen romance Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist, Dennings played Norah Silverberg, the daughter of a famous record producer, and was nominated for the International Press Academys Satellite Award for Best Actress for the performance. In September 2008, Dennings hoped to make Don DeLillos novel End Zone into a film, actors Sam Rockwell and Josh Hartnett were involved, but the project was not greenlit because of its controversial subject matter of nuclear warKat Dennings – Dennings at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival
11. Georgiana Drew – Georgie Drew Barrymore, was an American stage actress and comedian and a member of the Barrymore acting family. Born in Philadelphia, her family — parents John Drew and Louisa Lane Drew, brothers John Drew, Jr. and Sidney and she made her theatrical debut in 1872 in The Ladies Rattle. She followed John Jr. to New York City, where she acted in many Broadway hits, such as Pique, in Pique she met a young English actor,26 year old, Maurice Barrymore, whom she married on December 31,1876. They had three children, Lionel, Ethel, and John and she is a great-grandmother and partial namesake of actress Drew Barrymore. According to a 2004 A&E Biography piece, the marriage, happy at first, Georgie even filed for divorce, but they reconciled. He asked her to tour with him and Helena Modjeska in a play he wrote, learning that he and Helena had resumed their romance, Georgie, who had been given ownership of the play by Maurice, forced her hand by closing it. Helenas husband, its producer, sued her, the real reason for Georgies actions never got into the press. In 1890, she had a success in The Senator co-starring William H. Crane and, in 1891. Her stage career at this time was being managed by a young up-and-coming producer named Charles Frohman, Frohman would play a big part in managing the early careers of her three children, as well as her brother John Drew. In December 1891, illness forced her to leave the stage, suffering from what turned out to be tuberculosis—then called consumption—she traveled West in 1893 with Ethel to take a cure, but she died a few months later in Santa Barbara, California. Her reported last words, Oh my poor kids, what shall ever become of them, were related to her son John in the 1920s by an elderly woman who had been staying at the same boarding house in Santa Barbara as Georgie and Ethel. It was 13-year-old Ethels responsibility to see that her mothers remains were returned to Philadelphia for burial by Mrs Drew and Maurice, in 1893, this coast-to-coast journey would have lasted a week. All three of her children would die within a hundred miles of where their mother died at Santa Barbara back in 1893Georgiana Drew – Georgiana Drew
12. Helen Dunbar – Helen Dunbar was an American theatrical performer and silent film actress. Born Katheryn Burke Lackey in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she first appeared with the Weber & Fields Stock Company, in 1899 she appeared in Whirl-i-gig and The Other Way at the Weber and Fields Broadway Music Hall. She also worked with the Charles Dillingham Company and the Boston Opera Company and she appeared in motion pictures beginning in 1912 and continued until 1926. Her stage and screen career extended over thirty-five years, Dunbars film career started with Out of the Depths. The production starred Francis X. Bushman and she became a leading lady for the old Essanay Studios. For a number of years she was under contract to Famous Players-Lasky and her final movie was Stranded in Paris, which featured Bebe Daniels and Tom Ricketts. Dunbar died of complications of arthritis in 1933 at the home of her daughter,1203 Poinsettia Place, Los Angeles and she resided in Los Angeles the final fourteen years of her life. Her funeral was conducted from Pierce Brothers Mortuary with interment at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the Los Angeles Times, Helen Dunbars Funeral Rites Will Be Today, August 30,1933, Page A8. The New York Times, Helen Dunbar, August 30,1933, Helen Dunbar at the Internet Broadway Database Helen Dunbar at the Internet Movie DatabaseHelen Dunbar – Frank Bacon, Marguerite Snow, Wilfred Rogers, Helen Dunbar and William Clifford in A Corner in Cotton (1916).
13. Rose Eytinge – Rose Eytinge was a Jewish American actress and author. She is thought to be the first American actor to earn a three figure salary, Eytinge was born November 21,1835 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She began on the stage at 17 and soon was invited to join a professional touring company. In 1855, she married the newspaperman and author David M. Barnes and they had one daughter, Rose Courtney, an actress who married actor John T. Raymond. Her professional debut was on stage at the Olympic Theatre and she performed with Edwin Booth in The Fools Revenge. With Booth and others, she toured Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, president Abraham Lincoln attended her performances and she was invited to the White House. In 1869, she married Col. George H. Butler and they lived abroad for two years and Eytinge took a break from performing. Due to Butlers abusive behavior and infidelities, Eytinge sued for divorce in 1882, Eytinge returned to New York to resume her career with the Union Square Theatre Company. It was at time that she played one of her most famous roles, Shakespeares Cleopatra for which she drew on her Egyptian experiences. In 1880, she married the actor Cyril Searle, but they were separated four years later and she gave her last performance in 1907. Among her principal later parts were Nancy Sykes in Oliver Twist, Gervaise in Drink, Ophelia to the Hamlet of E. L. Davenport and her literary works include adaptations of Dickens Oliver Twist and Dombey and Son, and Brownings Colombes Birthday. Her personal Recollections were published in 1905, Eytinge died of a stroke on December 20,1911 at the Brunswick Home of Amityville, New York where she was supported by the Actors Fund of America. Her body was sent to Washington for burial, in addition to her children, Rose Eytinge had a niece, Pearl Eytinge involved in the theatreRose Eytinge – Rose Eytinge
14. Melissa Fitzgerald – Melissa Fitzgerald is an American actress and Senior Director of the nonprofit organization Justice For Vets. She is best known for portraying Carol Fitzpatrick on The West Wing, Fitzgerald graduated from Springside School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and earned a B. A. in Drama and Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Her father is prominent Pennsylvania judge James Fitzgerald, and her mother, Carole, is involved in politics, Fitzgerald is the founder of Voices in Harmony, a non-profit community theater in Los Angeles. From 1999 to 2005 she played Carol Fitzpatrick, assistant to C. J. Cregg, on January 19,2007, Nicholas D. Kristof of The New York Times announced that Fitzgerald had won a writing contest he had sponsored on Darfur. On May 17,2008, Fitzgerald received the Chestnut Hill College Medal, in November 2013, Fitzgerald joined Justice For Vets as its Senior Director. The organization advocates for Veterans Treatment Courts, in 1990, Fitzgerald met actor Noah Emmerich, who acted in The Truman Show, Beautiful Girls, and Miracle. Fitzgerald appears as an extra in The Truman Show and can be seen in the dance scene and they were married November 28,1998. Love & Sex Frequency Monument Avenue The Truman Show Boxing Helena The Date The Painter The West Wing Greys Anatomy Melissa Fitzgerald at the Internet Movie Database Justice for Vets profileMelissa Fitzgerald – Fitzgerald in 2013
15. Betty Garde – Katharine Elizabeth Betty Garde was an American stage, radio, film and television actress. Born in Philadelphia, Katherine Elizabeth Garde was starring in productions of South Philadelphias Broadway Players by age 15 and she attended the University of Pennsylvania. On the stage since the early 1920s, Garde made her Broadway debut as Alma Borden in Easy Come, Easy Go and played roles in productions including The Social Register. Betty Garde created the role of Aunt Eller in the original Broadway production of Oklahoma and she also portrayed Mrs. Gordon in Agatha Sue, I Love You. Gardes most notable role was probably in Call Northside 777. The 510 Garde also had a role in the 1950 movie Caged, as a murderous prison inmate. Her television credits include appearances on The Honeymooners and two episodes of The Twilight Zone, including The Midnight Sun episode opposite Lois Nettleton, Garde died December 25,1989, at the age of 84 in a hospital in Sherman Oaks, California. No cause was given and there were no immediate survivors, Betty Garde at the Internet Broadway Database Betty Garde at the Internet Movie Database Betty Garde at the TCM Movie Database Betty Garde Digital Gallery at the University of Maryland LibraryBetty Garde – Betty Garde
16. Janet Gaynor – Janet Gaynor was an American film, stage and television actress and painter. Gaynor began her career as an extra in shorts and silent films, after signing with Fox Film Corporation in 1926, she rose to fame and became one of the biggest box office draws of the era. In 1929, she was the first winner of the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in three films, 7th Heaven, Sunrise, A Song of Two Humans, and Street Angel. This was the occasion on which an actress has won one Oscar for multiple film roles. After retiring from acting in 1939, Gaynor married film costume designer Adrian with whom she had a son and she briefly returned to acting in films and television in the 1950s and later became an accomplished oil painter. In 1980, Gaynor made her Broadway debut in the adaptation of the 1971 film Harold and Maude. In September 1982, she sustained injuries in a serious car accident which contributed to her death in September 1984. Gaynor was born Laura Augusta Gainor in Germantown, Philadelphia, nicknamed Lolly as a child, she was the youngest of two daughters born to Laura and Frank De Witt Gainor. Frank Gainor worked as a painter and paperhanger. When Gaynor was a toddler, her father teaching her how to sing, dance. As a child in Philadelphia, she began acting in school plays, after her parents divorced in 1914, Gaynor, her sister, and her mother moved to Chicago. Shortly thereafter, her mother married electrician Harry C. Jones, the family later moved west to San Francisco. After graduating from San Francisco Polytechnic High School in 1923, Gaynor spent the winter vacationing in Melbourne, Florida, upon returning to San Francisco, Gaynor, her mother, and stepfather moved to Los Angeles, where she could pursue an acting career. She was initially hesitant to do so, and enrolled at Hollywood Secretarial School and she supported herself by working in a shoe store and later as a theatre usher. Her mother and stepfather continued to encourage her to become an actress, Gaynor won her first professional acting job on December 26,1924, as an extra in a Hal Roach comedy short. This led to extra work in feature films and shorts for Film Booking Offices of America. Universal eventually hired her as a player for $50 a week. Six weeks after being hired by Universal, an executive at Fox Film Corporation offered her a screen test for a role in the film The Johnstown FloodJanet Gaynor – in Servants' Entrance (1934)
17. Lois Hamilton – Lois Hamilton was an American model, author, aviator, artist and actress. Hamilton was born Lois Aurino in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and she studied at Temple University in her native Philadelphia before going on to the University of Florence in Florence, Italy, where she received degrees in Psychology and Fine Arts. Her looks brought an opportunity with the Ford Modeling Agency where she one of its top models during the 1970s. Hamilton graced the covers of magazines, including Cosmopolitan, Fortune, Mademoiselle, Vogue Italia, Prevue, Neue Revue Illustrierte, Newsweek, Paris Match. Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, Glamour, Time, and many others, some of her ad campaigns included Chanel, Clairol, Halston, Pucci and Hermès, and she appeared in over 150 commercials worldwide. Moving to Hollywood, she made a transition from model to actress. Within a year, she landed more TV stints than any other actress at her agency, steve Guttenberg, Howard W. Koch, Albert S. Ruddy, Hal Needham, and Thomas R. Bond II to name a few. When she was not involved in a film or television project, she took to the skies. She logged over 600 hours in the air and was an aerobatic pilot. Hamilton was also a sculptress, painter and writer. She exhibited her sculptures and oil paintings in many one-woman shows in Los Angeles. An author as well, she penned her first novel, Move Over Tarzan, on December 23,1999, Hamilton locked herself in her hotel room at the Sheraton Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Apparently depressed over her lingering injuries from an accident earlier in the year. She is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery, Lois Hamilton at the Internet Movie Database Lois Hamilton at Find a GraveLois Hamilton – Lois Hamilton
18. Lillian Harmer – Lillian Harmer was an American character actress who had a brief career during the 1930s. During her short career she would appear in over 60 films and she would occasionally be cast in a featured supporting role, as in A Shriek in the Night and The Bowery, in which she played the historical character of Carrie Nation. DeMille historical drama, The Buccaneer, starring Fredric March and her final film appearance would be in a small role in 1938s Gateway, starring Don Ameche and Arleen Whelan. Harmer, who was married to Albert Frederick Kaeber, died on May 14,1946, lillian Harmer at the Internet Movie DatabaseLillian Harmer – Harmer in the 1937 film, The Great O'Malley
19. Emmaline Henry – Emmaline Henry was an American actress perhaps best known for playing Amanda Bellows, wife of Dr. Bellows, on the hit 1960s situation comedy I Dream of Jeannie. Creator Sidney Sheldon mentioned in an interview that Henry was an actress who was easy to work with. A casting director brought her in to audition and to meet him, Sheldon tested her and based on the screen test she got the part of Mrs. Bellows. She was first cast on the show January 22,1966 in season 1 episode 18 in a one episode playing a different character called Myrt. Her first appearance as Mrs. Bellows wasnt seen until December 12,1966 in season 2 episode 14, originally, Henry never intended to become an actress, for she had wanted to become a singer. By her teens she was appearing on local radio and she went to Hollywood in the early 1950s and found her way into the choruses of several musicals. Producers began noticing, however, that her skills were superior to her singing. She toured in shows like Top Banana, and acted in the film of that show and she also succeeded Carol Channing in the play Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Henry made her debut in a 1955 episode of the ZIV production. This was followed by appearances in another ZIV TV show, Highway Patrol and she appeared on The Red Skelton Show in 1961 and, subsequently, did guest spots on various sitcoms, including ABCs The Farmers Daughter, The Munsters and Petticoat Junction. Her first starring role was as John Astins wife in the sitcom Im Dickens, Hes Fenster and she appeared as Mickey Rooneys wife, Nora Grady, in the short-lived ABC sitcom Mickey in 1964–1965. She made film appearances in Divorce American Style, Rosemarys Baby and she was reportedly scheduled to become a semi-regular cast member on Threes Company after she had guest-starred in a couple of episodes in the role of Chrissys boss, J. C. Braddock. Her final television appearance was on a episode of Eight Is Enough, in an episode entitled I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do. She enjoyed playing Mrs. Amanda Bellows and mentioned that people would ask her where her husband. Although she often played wives, in life she never married. Emmaline Henry died of cancer on October 8,1979. She was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California, emmaline Henry at the Internet Movie DatabaseEmmaline Henry – Henry in 1964
20. Abbi Jacobson – Abbi Jacobson is an American comedian, writer, actress and illustrator. She is known for co-creating and co-starring in the Comedy Central series Broad City with Ilana Glazer, Jacobson is the daughter of Susan Komm, an artist, and Alan Jacobson, a graphic designer. She was raised in Wayne, Pennsylvania, where she attended Valley Forge Middle School and she moved to New York City after graduating from MICA in 2006, she began taking classes with the Atlantic Theater Company and the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, where she met Ilana Glazer. From 2009 to 2011, Jacobson and Glazer wrote and performed in a web series titled Broad City, the series was nominated for an ECNY Award for Best Web Series. It was well received by critics and developed a cult following, at the Upright Citizens Brigade, Jacobson and Glazer adapted the series into a live show that they performed in, called Broad City Live. In 2011, cable network FX, working with Amy Poehler as the producer, purchased a script commitment for the series from Glazer, however, the network did not approve the script and decided not to proceed with development. Glazer and Jacobson then approached Comedy Central, who agreed to purchase the script from FX, the show has received critical acclaim from fans and critics alike. Review aggregation website Metacritic noted season 1 received generally favorable reviews, giving it a score of 75 out of 100, karen Valby from Entertainment Weekly described the show as a deeply weird, weirdly sweet, and completely hilarious comedy. The Wall Street Journal referred to the show as Sneak Attack Feminism. ”Club critic Caroline Framke wrote that Broad City was worth watching despite its premise. Club named Broad City the second best TV show of 2014 for its first season, in February 2014, Comedy Central renewed the show for a second season. Season two received positive reviews, with Metacritic giving it a score of 89 out of 100, based on reviews from 8 critics, in January 2015, the series was then renewed for a third season, which premiered on February 17,2016. In January 2016, the series was renewed for a fourth, in 2011, Jacobson wrote and performed in a solo show called Welcome to Camp, which ran in New York and Los Angeles. In December 2015, Jacobson was cast in the film Person to Person, opposite Michael Cera and Phillip Baker Hall, written, Jacobson is also set to star in The Lego Ninjago Movie, set to be released on September 22,2017. In 2013, Jacobson published two coloring books with Chronicle Books, Color This Book, New York City and Color This Book, Jacobson also illustrated a book titled Carry This Book, published October 2016 by Viking Press. It features colorful, humorous illustrations of the contents of various celebrities bags. “I have always been intrigued by what people carry around with them and it can tell you everything, ” says Jacobson in the books introduction. Well-received by critics, Carry This Book was a New York Times bestseller, Abbi Jacobson at the Internet Movie Database Abbi Jacobson on TwitterAbbi Jacobson – Jacobson at the 2015 PaleyFest
21. Grace Kelly – Grace Patricia Kelly was an American actress who became Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III, in April 1956. In October 1953, she gained stardom from her performance in the film Mogambo, which won her a Golden Globe Award, subsequently, she had leading roles in five films, including The Country Girl, for which her deglamorized performance earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress. Kelly retired from acting at the age of 26 to marry Rainier and they had three children, Caroline, Albert II, and Stéphanie. Kelly retained her American roots, maintaining dual U. S. and she died on September 14,1982, a day after suffering a stroke while driving her car, which caused a crash. Kelly was born on November 12,1929, at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to an affluent and influential family. Her father, Irish-American John B. Kelly Sr. had won three Olympic gold medals for sculling and owned a successful brickwork contracting company that was well-known on the East Coast. A registered Democrat, he was nominated to be mayor of Philadelphia for the 1935 election, in later years, he served on the Fairmount Park Commission and, during World War II, was appointed by President Roosevelt as National Director of Physical Fitness. Kellys mother was Philadelphia native Margaret Katherine Majer, the daughter of German immigrants, Margaret had taught physical education at the University of Pennsylvania and had been the first woman to coach womens athletics at the institution. She was noted for her beauty and modeled for a time in her youth, after marrying John B. Kelly in 1924, Margaret focused on being a housewife until all her children were of school age, following which she began actively participating in various civic organizations. Kelly had two siblings, Margaret and John Jr. and a younger sister, Elizabeth. The children were raised in the Roman Catholic faith, while attending Ravenhill Academy, a prestigious Catholic girls school, Kelly modeled fashions at local social events with her mother and sisters. In 1942, at the age of 12, she played the lead in Dont Feed the Animals, before graduating in May 1947 from Stevens School, a socially prominent private institution on Walnut Lane in the Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood of Germantown, she acted and danced. Her graduation yearbook listed her favorite actress as Ingrid Bergman and her favorite actor as Joseph Cotten, written in the Stevens Prophecy section was, Miss Grace P. Kelly – a famous star of stage and screen. Owing to her low mathematics scores, Kelly was rejected by Bennington College in July 1947, despite her parents initial disapproval, Kelly decided to pursue her dreams of being an actress. John was particularly displeased with her decision, he viewed acting as a cut above streetwalker. To start her career, she auditioned for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, although the school had already met its semester quota, she obtained an interview with the admission officer, Emile Diestel, and was admitted through the influence of George. She began her first term the following October, while at school, she lived in Manhattans Barbizon Hotel for Women, a prestigious establishment which barred men from entering after 10 pm, and she worked as a model to support her studies. Kelly worked diligently and practiced her speech by using a tape recorder and her early acting pursuits led her to the stage, most notably a Broadway debut in Strindbergs The Father alongside Raymond MasseyGrace Kelly – Kelly in 1956
22. Sally Kirkland – Sally Kirkland is an American film and television actress. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Anna, Kirkland was born in New York City, New York. She was named after her mother, Sally Kirkland, who was an editor at Vogue and LIFE magazines. Her father, Frederic McMichael Kirkland, worked in the metal business. Kirkland began acting Off-Broadway in 1963, after a few uncredited and bit parts in film and television, she appeared in the underground film Coming Apart. In the 1970s, she had roles in popular films such as The Sting, The Way We Were, A Star Is Born. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Anna, and she won a Golden Globe Award and her performance received widespread critical praise, in a performance that Rita Kempley writing for the Washington Post deemed superb. Kirkland hosts a program on the syndicated HealthyLife Radio Network. Films in which she has appeared include EDtv, JFK, Adam and Steve, Kirkland is also a health activist including advocating for women harmed by breast implants. She founded the Kirkland Institute for Implant Survival Syndrome in August 1998, Kirkland is an ordained minister in the Movement of Spiritual Inner AwarenessSally Kirkland – Sally Kirkland (2014)
23. Audrey Landers – Audrey Landers is an American actress and singer, best known for her role as Afton Cooper in the television drama series Dallas and her role as Val Clarke in the film version of A Chorus Line. Landers was born Audrey Hamburg in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Landers began her acting career at the age of 9, when she starred in her first community theater musical, and continued acting and singing in community theater shows in New York State. Music was always a passion, and Landers began writing poetry, during her teen years, she acted on the daytime drama Somerset and studied music at the Juilliard School in New York, while majoring in psychology at Columbia University. Her feature film came in The Tennessee Stallion with her sister. Landers moved to Los Angeles and on her 24th birthday, landed the role of Afton Cooper in Dallas, which she held for 84 episodes, from 1981 to 1984 and she also appeared in the 1996 television movie Dallas, J. R. Returns. In the show, her character was a nightclub singer, Landers had already recorded two singles in the 1970s, but during her stint on Dallas, she recorded her first album, Little River. She has since released over a dozen albums, mainly for European record companies, after she left Dallas in 1984, she was cast by director Richard Attenborough as Val Clarke in the 1985 film version of A Chorus Line. In 2013 she reprised her role of Afton in several episodes of the season of the revival of Dallas. In the 1990s, she appeared in the miniseries of Jackie Collins Lucky Chances. From 1990–92, she played the role of Charlotte Hesser, eldest daughter of upstate Pennsylvania mob boss Carlo Hesser on the ABC daytime series One Life to Live and her partner, Ruth Landers, produced the series and donated it to Public Television for its 5-year run. In 2006, she co-wrote, and co-directed the family film, Circus Island. Landers married businessman Donald Berkowitz in May 1988 and they have two children, twins Adam and Daniel, born in 1993Audrey Landers – Landers in 2011
24. Marion Martin – Marion Martin was an American movie and stage actress. Martin was born Marion Suplee in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a Bethlehem Steel executive and she became an actress after her family fortune was lost in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, and appeared in the Broadway productions Lombardi Ltd. and Sweet Adeline. She made her debut in Shes My Lillie, Im Her Willie and subsequently played minor roles. Several of her roles were in musicals and she achieved some success as a singer. By the end of the decade she had played leading roles in several B pictures. Despite her success she was often cast in roles in more widely seen films such as His Girl Friday. The majority of her roles were in comedies but she appeared in dramas such as Boom Town in which she played a dance hall singer who is briefly romanced by Clark Gable. Her more substantial roles included Alice Angel, a showgirl, in the murder mystery Lady of Burlesque with Barbara Stanwyck. She also appeared in The Big Street with Lucille Ball, in the western The Woman of the Town with Claire Trevor, by the late 1940s, her roles were often minor. Three Stooges fans will remember her as western cowgirl Gladys in Merry Mavericks and she played Belle Farnol in a 1950 episode of the The Lone Ranger entitled Pardon for Curley. Shortly afterward, she made her film appearance in 1952. Married to a physicist, Martin retired, and although she expressed the desire to return to show business and she was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to motion pictures, at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard. She died in 1985 in Santa Monica, California, and was buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, CaliforniaMarion Martin – Martin in Lady of Burlesque (1943)
25. Elaine May – Elaine May is an American screenwriter, film director, actress, and comedian. She made her impact in the 1950s from her improvisational comedy routines with Mike Nichols, performing as Nichols. After her duo with Nichols ended, May subsequently developed a career as a director and she has been twice nominated for an Academy Award, for Heaven Can Wait and the Nichols-directed Primary Colors. In 1996, she reunited with Nichols to write the screenplay for The Birdcage, after studying acting with theater coach Maria Ouspenskaya in Los Angeles, she moved to Chicago in 1955 and became a founding member of the Compass Players, an improvisational theater group. May began working alongside Nichols, who was also in the group, and together began writing and performing their own comedy sketches. In 1957 they both quit the group to form their own act, Nichols and May, in New York. Jack Rollins, who produced most of Woody Allens films, said their act was so startling, so new, I was stunned by how really good they were. They performed nightly to mostly sold-out shows, in addition to making various TV, in their comedy act, they created satirical clichés and character types which made fun of the new intellectual, cultural, and social order that was just emerging at the time. In doing so, she was instrumental in removing the stereotype of women being unable to succeed at live comedy, together, they became an inspiration to many younger comedians, including Lily Tomlin and Steve Martin. Their relatively brief time together as comedy stars led New York talk show host Dick Cavett to call their act one of the meteors in the sky. Gerald Nachman noted that Nichols and May are perhaps the most ardently missed of all the comedians of their era. May was born Elaine Iva Berlin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1932, as a child, Elaine performed with her father in his traveling Yiddish theater company, which he took around the country. Her stage debut on the road was at the age of three, and she played the character of a generic little boy named Benny. Because the troupe toured extensively, May had been in over 50 different schools by the time she was ten, may says she hated school and would spend her free time at home reading fairy tales and mythology. Her father died when she was 11 years old, and then she and her mother moved to Los Angeles and she dropped out when she was fourteen years old. Two years later, aged sixteen, she married Marvin May and they had one child, Jeannie Berlin, who became an actress and screenwriter. The couple divorced in 1960, and she married lyricist Sheldon Harnick in 1962, in 1964, May married her psychoanalyst, Dr. David L. Rubinfine, they remained married until his death in 1982. Mays current longtime companion is director Stanley Donen, whom she has dated since 1999, Donen claims to have proposed marriage about 172 timesElaine May – Acting on stage in 1959
26. Melanie Mayron – Melanie Joy Mayron is an American actress and director of film and television. Mayron is best known for portraying the role of photographer Melissa Steadman on the ABC drama thirtysomething, Mayron was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Norma, a real estate agent, and David Mayron, a pharmaceutical chemist. Her family is Jewish, her father was from a Sephardic background and she trained as an actress at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Most recently, she and her chemist father have developed a line of skin care products for babies and adults called Mayrons Goods. In 2015, she directed and released The Living Room Sessions on YouTube, which is a collection of videos of up and coming musical artists performing acoustic sets in her living room. Mayron appeared in the 1974 film Harry and Tonto, the 1976 movies Gable and Lombard and Car Wash, the 1977 films The Great Smokey Roadblock and You Light Up My Life, and starred in 1978s Girlfriends. In the mid-1970s, she played Brenda Morgensterns best friend, Sandy Franks, in 1982, she played Terry Simon, the photographer, in director Costa-Gavras political drama Missing. In 1988, she co-wrote and co-produced the comedy film Sticky Fingers, in 1995, Mayron directed The Baby-Sitters Club, a film based upon the book series of the same name. She also directed the television movie Toothless starring Kirstie Alley and the movie Slap Her, in 2006, she appeared as a judge in the reality show Looking for Stars on the Starz. Catching Up With Melanie Mayron, TV Guide, Melanie Mayron at the Internet Movie Database fandango. com melaniemayron filmography Mayrons Goods, Melanie Mayrons Company for Natural Skin Products and Diaper CreamMelanie Mayron – Mayron at the AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) benefit, 1990
27. Joan McCracken – Joan Hume McCracken was an American dancer, actress, and comedian who became famous for her role as Sylvie in the original 1943 production of Oklahoma. She also was noted for her performances in the Broadway shows Bloomer Girl, Billion Dollar Baby and Dance Me a Song, though not widely remembered today, McCracken was a trend-setter in musical comedy dance. Role, McCracken became an instant sensation for a carefully choreographed pratfall during the Many a New Day dance number. McCracken was generous in promoting the careers of other dancers, including Shirley MacLaine and she was noted for unconventional behavior and was one of the real-life person counterparts of Holly Golightly in Truman Capotes novella Breakfast at Tiffanys. By age 11, she was awarded a scholarship for acrobatic work at a Philadelphia gymnasium and she dropped out of West Philadelphia High School in the tenth grade to study dance in New York with choreographer George Balanchine at the opening of the School of American Ballet in 1934. In 1935, McCracken returned to Philadelphia to join Littlefields new ballet company, when the ballet company made its official debut in November 1935, McCracken was one of its principal soloists. In 1937, she went on a European tour with the company and this put a strain on her health. McCracken kept her diabetes a secret throughout her life to prevent damage to her career, the disease made her prone to fainting spells, sometimes during performances, and led to medical complications later in her life. In 1940, McCracken and her new husband Jack Dunphy, also a dancer, at first, neither failed to obtain employment, and McCracken danced in Radio City Music Halls ballet company. In 1942, McCracken and Dunphy both successfully auditioned for roles in the ensemble of the new Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Away We Go. Agnes de Mille, who had just staged Aaron Coplands Rodeo for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, was staging the production, the show went into rehearsals in early 1943. Like her husband, McCracken was cast in a dance role in the chorus. Early in out-of-town tryouts, she began to distinguish herself, by the time of the Broadway opening of the show, now named Oklahoma. De Mille a she had developed her comic performance in the role of Sylvie and she became known as The Girl Who Fell Down. Sources differ as to whether the roles distinctive fall was devised by McCracken or de Mille, McCracken has said the ideas was hers, while de Mille and others recall it as being the choreographers. Celeste Holm, a member of the original cast, attributed the idea to composer Richard Rodgers, led to a contract with Warner Brothers. The studio cast her in Hollywood Canteen, an all-star extravaganza in which Warner contract players portrayed themselves, McCracken appeared in a specialty dance routine called Ballet in Jive. The dance number received favorable critical attention, McCracken was initially enthusiastic about working in films, but she was discouraged by her experiences working on Hollywood CanteenJoan McCracken – Joan McCracken
28. Mia Park – Mia Park is a Korean-American TV show host, actress, drummer, and yoga instructor in based in Chicago. She is the long-time host of the dance show Chic-a-Go-Go. Mia Chan Mi Park was born in Philadelphia and she attended Shimer College, graduating with distinction in 1995. Then located in Waukegan, Illinois and currently located in Chicago, Park is the host of the Chicago underground childrens show Chic-a-Go-Go, a dance show for kids of all ages. Lonely Planet described the show as a version of Soul Train. Reviews of the show focus on Parks deliriously chipper style or always-up rock-n-roll demeanor. She has hosted Chic-A-Go-Go since 1998 and her connection to Chic-a-Go-Go actually goes back to the very first show in 1996, when her then-boyfriends band performed as the shows first musical guest, and she appeared as a dancer. Park, who typically moves rapidly from one project to another, has described the show as the longest thing Ive ever done in my life, as the host, Park interviews the guest musical groups after their performances. A drummer and percussionist, Park began performing in bands in 1995, many of the bands in which she performs are all-female and/or all-Asian, including Kim and Pook Nury. As of 2012, she was a percussionist for the pop orchestra Girl Group Chicago. In 2001, she wrote of the challenges facing rock groups of this kind, When I tell people that I am the drummer for an all-Asian American female rock band, I dont expect to be taken seriously. There arent any other bands like Kim in Chicago, let along in america, so I dont expect the masses to comprehend that, YES, women rock, Park organizes an annual event of one-night-only female cover bands performing to benefit the homeless, called Covers for Cover. Park is a co-founder of Chicagos A-Squared Theatre Workshop, the citys only pan-Asian theater troupe and she conceived of and appeared in the companys highly successful 2012 production My Asian Mom, a series of eight short one-person plays by Asian performers about their mothers. Parks contribution, which dealt with her grandmothers escape from North Korea and also involved a lengthy handstand, attracted particular attention. The Minx, as Linnea Chiang At Last The Catastrophe Boss, season 1, recurring role as clinic volunteer The Lake House, emerging Voices Explore Culture, Identity, and Growing Up Asian American. Official site Mia Park at the Internet Movie DatabaseMia Park – Mia Park in 1995.
29. Holly Robinson Peete – Holly Elizabeth Robinson Peete is an American actress and singer. She also served as one of the original co-hosts of the CBS daytime talk show The Talk, after graduating from high school, Peete entered Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She majored in Psychology and French, after she graduated in 1986, she considered attending graduate school and perhaps working in languages for the U. S. State Department. However, she decided to give an acting career a chance, within a short time, Peete found roles on a television series and in two films. Peetes childrens book, My Brother Charlie, won her an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in March 2011, in March 2016, a reality series debuted entitled For Peetes Sake, documenting the everyday life of her family. Peete was born in Mount Airy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Dolores and her mother was a school teacher, in public relations, and later a personal talent manager, and her father a producer/writer. She has a brother named Matthew Thomas III. She attended Greene Street Friends School in nearby Germantown, in 1974, her family moved to California. Peete graduated from Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California, Peete graduated from Sarah Lawrence College with a degree in psychology and French. Peete studied abroad for a year at the Sorbonne, and is fluent in French, while there she sang in Paris nightclubs, including a memorable performance with jazz legend Lionel Hampton at the Hotel Meridian Jazz Club. In 1969, she made her first television appearance by playing a girl named Sally on the very first episode of Sesame Street. She recalls that when she was six years old, she kept blowing her line, saying Hi, Daddy, instead of Hi, Gordon and she ended up with just an appearance where she walked down the street with Big Bird. At the age of 11, Holly worked for the childrens show Kidsworld as a celebrity correspondent, she interviewed many actors, as an actress, she has appeared on the TV series 21 Jump Street, Hangin with Mr. Cooper, For Your Love, and Like Family. She was featured in the video for the 1990 hit single Whip Appeal by Babyface as the radio host at the beginning of the video. In 1992 she portrayed Diana Ross in The Jacksons, An American Dream, Robinson most recently starred on the UPN comedy Love, Inc. The show lasted just one season, and was canceled after the WB/UPN merger, Robinson has also had a limited career as a singer and recording artist, including the introductory song to 21 Jump Street. She contributed a variety of songs to the soundtrack of the film Howard the Duck and she recorded the theme song We Got Our Love for the 1988 film Three for the Road. She and Dawnn Lewis, along with R&B quartet En Vogue, in 2006, she won, along with fellow writer Daniel Paisner, the Quills Award in Sports for the book Get Your Own Damn Beer, Im Watching the GameHolly Robinson Peete – Holly Robinson Peete
30. Pink (singer) – Alecia Beth Moore, known professionally as Pink, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. She was signed to her first record label with original R&B girl group Choice in 1995, the label, LaFace Records saw potential in only Pink, offering her a solo deal. Pink rose as an artist with her solo album, Cant Take Me Home. It was certified double-platinum in the United States and spawned two Billboard Hot 100 top-ten hits, There You Go and Most Girls and she gained further recognition with the Moulin Rouge. Soundtrack Lady Marmalade, which gave Pink her first Grammy Award as well as her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, Pink took control in early 2001 insisting she wanted to work with her childhood hero, Linda Perry. Pink took more control and pursued a pop direction for her second album. It sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and yielded three United States top-ten singles, Get the Party Started, Dont Let Me Get Me, Pinks third album, Try This, generated considerably lower sales, but earned her the Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. Pink revived her popularity with her fourth and fifth albums, Im Not Dead and Funhouse, with the latter containing her second United States number-one hit. Pink concluded the first decade of her career with the compilation album Greatest Hits, so Far. which featured Fuckin Perfect and the chart-topping single Raise Your Glass. In 2014 Pink recorded an album, Rose Ave. with Canadian musician Dallas Green under a folk music duo named You+Me. Recognized for her signature vocals and acrobatic performances, Pink has sold over 60 million albums worldwide. Her career accolades include three Grammy Awards, a Brit Award, a Daytime Emmy Award and six MTV Video Music Awards, in 2009, Billboard named Pink the Pop Songs Artist of the Decade. Pink was also the second most-played female solo artist in the United Kingdom during the 2000s decade, vH1 ranked her number 10 on their list of the 100 Greatest Women in Music, while Billboard awarded her the Woman of the Year award in 2013. At the 63rd annual BMI Pop Awards, she received the BMI Presidents Award for her achievement in songwriting and global impact on pop culture. Alecia Beth Moore was born on September 8,1979, in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, to nurse Judy and insurance salesman Jim Moore and she has described her background as Irish-German-Lithuanian-Jew. Although a healthy baby at birth, she developed asthma that plagued her through her early years. Pink attended Central Bucks High School West, when Moore was a toddler, her parents began having marital problems, and before she was 10 her parents had divorced. Pink developed her voice early in life, in high school, Pink joined her first band, Middleground, but it disbanded upon losing a battle of the bands competitionPink (singer) – Pink performing live during Truth About Love Tour in April 2013
31. Sue Randall – Born in Philadelphia and the daughter of a prominent real-estate consultant, Sue Randell began acting on stage at the age of ten in Dear Ruth, a production of the Alden Park Players. Randalls credited debut on the screen came in the 1955 episode Golden Victory of the series Star Tonight. She appeared in other television productions before performing as the character Ruthie Saylor. Randalls reoccurring role as a teacher on Leave It to Beaver spanned the years 1958 to 1962, Sue Randalls first appearance as Miss Landers was in the Leave It to Beaver episode Wards Problem, which originally aired on October 16,1958. Primarily, Randalls roles on television were as an actor or supporting character. For example, she was cast as Kathy OHara, a concert pianist, in the episode The Mysterious Stranger on the ABC/Warner Brothers series Sugarfoot. She was cast too in the ABC series The Rebel as Elaine, the daughter of a man sentenced to hang, but Nick Adams and that episode is titled Judgment Day and was first broadcast on October 11,1959. In the late 1950s, however, television-series producers did cast Randall as a co-star with actress Theodora Davitt in a weekly sitcom titled Up on Cloud Nine. A pilot for this comedy was completed, but no potential sponsors opted to buy or underwrite the series about the misadventures of two airline stewardesses. In addition, she made three guest appearances on Sea Hunt with Lloyd Bridges in 1961, Randall appeared too in five episodes of the long-running, syndicated western anthology Death Valley Days. Her last performance in series was in 1966, when she was cast as Carrie Huntington in the episode The Courtship of Carrie Huntington. In the storyline Jesse Pearson plays Henry Windsor, who is hired to take Carrie to her sisters wedding after she misses the stagecoach. Henry and Carrie engage in a wedding, but on the return trip Henry wins her over after they are held by Indians. Helen Kleeb, a native of Washington State, plays Carries mother, Randall retired from her television acting career at an early age, reportedly due to lingering complications from injuries she suffered in 1967 in an automobile accident. Her last credited television performance did, in fact, occur in 1967 and she played the part of Ruth in an episode of Vacation Playhouse, a summer replacement series that showcased a variety of unsold pilots. Sue Randall in 1982 was diagnosed with lung and larynx cancer. Following treatments for the malignancies, including the removal of her larynx, only forty-nine years of age at the time of her death, she was survived by her two sons, Blake and Kenneth. Sue Randall at the Internet Movie Database Sue Randall at Find a GraveSue Randall – Randall with Edd Byrnes in 77 Sunset Strip
32. Vivian Rich – Vivian Rich was an American silent film actress. Rich was born in Philadelphia and spent her years there. Later the family moved to Boston and she completed her education at the Boston Latin High School, from high school she went to the stage and played in musical comedy before joining the American film company. She lived with her mother in Santa Barbara, California and she was signed by the Nestor Film Company in 1912 and starred in almost 200 films. Rich retired from films in 1931 and her entry in the 1914 book Whos Who in the Film World is as follows, Miss Vivian Rich, the talented young leading actress of Sidney Ayres Co. American Films, who has such a wonderful success in such short a time, was born in Philadelphia. Her first appearance in the world was in the revival of the Country Girl. New York, following this engagement she joined the Lux Company and she left this company and joined the Nestor. This was her first appearance before the camera, after remaining with the Nestor for some time she attached herself to the fortunes of the American Film Company, and has been with them ever since. Address, American Film Company, Santa Barbara, Cal, on November 17,1957, Rich was killed in a road accident in Hollywood, California. She is buried in Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, Vivian Rich at the Internet Movie DatabaseVivian Rich – Vivian Rich
33. Amber Rose – Amber Rose is an American model, rapper, actress and fashion designer. Amber Levonchuck was born on October 21,1983 in Philadelphia, to Dorothy Rose and her father is of Irish and Italian descent and her mother is of Cape Verdean and maternal Scottish descent from Ayrshire. She has one brother named Antonio Hewlett, Rose grew up in South Philadelphia. At the age of 15, Rose began stripping, under the pseudonym Paris to provide for her family after the divorce of her parents and she was signed with modeling agency Ford Models from 2009 to 2010. In 2010, she appeared in Russell Simmons reality show about his two assistants, Running Russell Simmons and she also starred in a PSA by NOH8 Campaign. In 2011, Rose was a guest judge on Season 3 of RuPauls Drag Race and she was also a judge on Season 2 of Master of the Mix. In November 2011, she became the spokesperson for Smirnoff and appeared in ads and billboards for the companys new flavors Whipped Cream. Rose released her debut single Fame, which features Wiz Khalifa, on January 10,2012, followed by a second single and she then rapped on the eleventh track of her ex-husbands album O. N. I. F. C. Titled Rise Above, along with rappers Tuki Carter and Pharrell Williams and she was managed by Leticia Tish Cyrus, mother of singer Miley Cyrus, who is a close friend to Rose and her ex-husband Wiz Khalifa. In September 2009, Rose announced plans to launch her own eyewear line, in 2012, Rose opened a clothing line with her friend Priscilla Ono called Rose & Ono. Rose guest-starred on an episode of Wild N Out on MTV2, and had a role as MaryWanna in the film School Dance, which was directed by her manager, Nick Cannon in 2014. Simon & Schuster published her first book, How to Be a Bad Bitch, in which she offers advice and personal anecdotes on everything from finances and career to love, the cover features an image shot by famed photographer David LaChapelle. In 2015, Rose filmed, Walk Of No Shame with Amber Rose, the viral video helped promote Roses SlutWalk, which took place on October 3,2015 in Los Angeles, California. In March 2016, Rose launched an app called MuvaMoji. Upon release, it shot to No.1 on the App Store charts and she earned US$4 million from the app. In May 2016, it was announced that Rose would star in her own show entitled The Amber Rose Show on VH1. On September 8,2016, Rose began hosting Loveline, on August 30,2016, Rose was announced as one of the celebrities who would compete on the 23rd season of Dancing with the Stars. She was partnered with professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy and they were eliminated on October 17 and finished in 9th placeAmber Rose – Rose at the People Magazine awards in December 2014
34. Jill Scott – Jill Scott is an American singer-songwriter, model, poet and actress. Her 2000 debut, Who Is Jill Scott, Words and Sounds Vol.1, went platinum, and the follow-ups Beautifully Human, Words and Sounds Vol.2 and The Real Thing, Words and Sounds Vol.3 both achieved gold status. She made her debut in the films Hounddog and Tyler Perrys Why Did I Get Married. After a four-year hiatus from music, Scott released her album, The Light of the Sun. In 2014, she starred in the film Get On Up as the wife of James Brown. She also appeared as the role in the BBC/HBO series The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency. In 2015, she released her album, Woman. Scott was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and she grew up an only child in a North Philadelphia neighborhood, raised by her mother, Joyce Scott, and her grandmother. She indicated in an interview with Jet Magazine that she had a childhood and was. Scott was raised as a Jehovahs Witness and attended the Philadelphia High School for Girls, after graduating from high school, Scott attended Temple University while simultaneously working two jobs. She studied secondary education for three years and, at one time, planned to become a high school English teacher, however, after serving as a teachers aide, Scott became disillusioned with a teaching career, and she dropped out of college. Prior to breaking through the industry, Scott worked at a variety of jobs, including a number of retail positions and stints at a construction site. Scott began her career as a spoken word artist, appearing at live poetry readings to perform her work. She was eventually discovered by Amir Questlove Thompson of the Roots, Questlove invited her to join the band in the studio. The collaboration resulted in a credit for Scott on the song. Subsequently, Scott collaborated with Eric Benet, Will Smith, and Common, Scott was the first artist signed to Steve McKeevers Hidden Beach Recordings label. Her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott, Words and Sounds Vol.1 was released in 2000. She experienced some notice and chart success with the single A Long Walk, Scott lost that award, but won a 2005 Grammy for Best Urban/Alternative R&B Performance for Cross My MindJill Scott – Scott performing as part of "Jazz in the Gardens", March 17, 2012
35. Vivienne Segal – Vivienne Sonia Segal was an American actress and singer. Segal was born on April 19,1897, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and she is best remembered for creating the role of Vera Simpson in Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Harts Pal Joey and introduced the song Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered. Pal Joey opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre December 25,1940, with a cast that included Gene Kelly and she also starred as Morgan LeFay in the Rodgers and Hart revival of A Connecticut Yankee in 1942. One of Lorenz Harts last songs, To Keep My Love Alive, was specifically for her in this show. Since the 1940 production went unrecorded, a studio cast was assembled in 1950 to record the musical and she was also a performer on the CBS Radio program Accordiana in 1934. She retired from acting in 1966 following a guest appearance on Perry Mason as Pauline Thorsen in The Case of the Tsarinas Tiara, segals first marriage to actor Robert Ames ended in divorce. She then married television executive Hubbell Robinson and she died in Beverly Hills, California of heart failure on December 29,1992, aged 95. She was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles,1915 The Blue Paradise 1917 My Ladys Glove 1917 Miss 19171918 Oh, Lady. 1952 Pal Joey Broadway revival Sies, Luther F. Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960Vivienne Segal – Contents
36. Billie Seward – Billie Seward was a 1930s motion picture actress from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1934 Seward was linked romantically to actor Lyle Talbot and she married William Wilkerson, owner of the Trocadero and Ciros, on September 30,1935. Wilkerson was also the owner and publisher of the Hollywood Reporter, the couple separated in February 1937 but reconciled. Seward renewed a divorce suit against Wilkerson in March 1938, using her legal name Rita Ann Wilkerson, Seward performed with Lou Holtz at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel Gold Room in December 1933. She obtained a contract with Columbia Pictures following a stay in Hollywood. Seward starred with Richard Cromwell in the 1934 Columbia production of Among the Missing, wallace Ford joined Seward and Cromwell in Hot News, which was eventually titled Men of the Hour. She was in three films written by Ford Beebe in 1935. The titles are Law Beyond the Range, The Revenge Rider, colonel Tim McCoy, Ward Bond, and Ed LeSaint were among her fellow actors. In One Crowded Night Seward plays Gladys and this RKO film is critiqued by Bosley Crowther who called it a routine multi-plot melodrama, Grand Hotel reduced to a tourist camp. In August 1951 an appointment for a receiver for the Hollywood Reporter was requested in a suit filed by film director Thomas Seward against Wilkerson, Seward contended that in 1944 he advanced $228,000 in partnership with Wilkerson, who put up $372,000. The suit stipulated that profits would be divided 62 percent for Wilkerson and 38 percent for Seward and he was the brother of Billie Seward. Thomas Seward charged that Wilkerson took sole possession of the business, Seward asked for the sale of the business, a division of assets, and $150,000 in damages. Seward died in Sherman Oaks, California, in 1982 and she was survived by four brothers and two sisters. Her funeral mass was conducted from St. Cyrils Church in Encino, California, Billie Seward at the Internet Movie Database Billie Seward at Find a GraveBillie Seward – Billie Seward and Jeff York in Li'l Abner (1940)
37. Holland Taylor – Holland Virginia Taylor is an American film, stage, and television actress, and playwright. She won the 1999 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Judge Roberta Kittleson on the ABC drama The Practice and she is also known for her role as Evelyn Harper on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. Taylors other notable roles include the sitcoms Bosom Buddies and The Powers That Be. Her film appearances include One Fine Day, George of the Jungle, The Truman Show, and Legally Blonde. She also wrote and starred in the solo play Ann, based on the life and work of Ann Richards, Taylor was born in 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Virginia, a painter, and C. Tracy Taylor, an attorney. She is the youngest of three girls in the family, her sisters are Patricia and Pamela, and through Pamela and she attended high school at Westtown School, a Quaker boarding school in West Chester, Pennsylvania. She majored in drama at Bennington College graduating in 1964, before moving to New York City to become an actress, Taylor took the role of Denise Cavanaugh on the soap opera, The Edge of Night, who killed herself just to frame her husband. Then encouraged by her coach, Stella Adler, Taylor took a role that would make her well known, Tom Hanks sexy. She proved herself to be adept at both comedy and drama. In 1985, she co-starred with Lisa Eilbacher in the ABC detective series Me, Two years later, she played opposite Alan Arkin in the short-lived ABC sitcom Harry, in which she received starring billing. From 1992-93, she starred in Norman Lears The Powers That Be with John Forsythe and David Hyde Pierce, playing the wife of Forsythes character, a U. S. senator. In early 1994, she joined the cast of Saved by the Bell, The College Years as Dean Susan McMann and she played the part of Judge Roberta Kittleson on The Practice. Originally intended to be an appearance, the role lasted from 1998 to 2003. She won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actress in 1999, in her speech, she is remembered for claiming the statue and exclaiming. She also played a role in the animated show American Dad. as Francines biological mother, Taylor began researching, writing, and producing a one-woman play about the late Texas Governor Ann Richards in 2009. The two-act play, originally titled Money, Marbles, and Chalk, starring Taylor as Richards, was first workshopped in May 2010 at The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston, Texas. It was later retitled Ann, An Affectionate Portrait of Ann Richards and opened in Chicago November 16,2011 and it played at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, from December 17,2011, through January 15,2012. The show next opened on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on March 7,2013, for this role, Taylor was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a PlayHolland Taylor – Taylor circa 1994
38. Jean Vander Pyl – Jean Vander Pyl was an American actress on radio, television and movies. Although her career spanned decades, she is perhaps best remembered as the voice of Wilma Flintstone for the Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Flintstones. Jean Vander Pyl was born in Philadelphia to John H. and her grandfather had come from the Netherlands. Her father was the manager for Knit Underwear, her mother was a Southerner from Tennessee. The two died within six months of each other in the early 1950s, the family came to Los Angeles by the mid-1930s. On radio she was heard on such programs as The Halls of Ivy and on Father Knows Best during the early 1950s, where she portrayed Margaret Anderson and her husband, Carroll G. OMeara, died on February 18,1962, at age 53. He was a graduate of Stanford University who worked as a copywriter at KHJ radio in the mid-1930s and she later married Roger Wells DeWitt, who also predeceased her. Vander Pyl made numerous TV appearances as an actress in such as Leave It to Beaver, The Donna Reed Show, Father Knows Best, The Beverly Hillbillies, That Girl. One of her final TV appearances was in the scene of the Season Two Murder, She Wrote episode. Vander Pyl also had a brief cameo appearance in the 1994 live-action film version of The Flintstones as Mrs. Feldspar. Vander Pyl was the voice of Wilma Flintstone, her best-known character, the Flintstones ran in syndication across the globe for decades. At the time, Vander Pyl lived in San Clemente, California and she did additional voices, particularly Southern belles and beautiful girls, on The Quick Draw McGraw Show, Snagglepuss and The Yogi Bear Show. Later, she did the voices of Maw Rugg and her daughter Floral Rugg on a cartoon, The Hillbilly Bears and Winsome Witch. Jean Vander Pyl was also the voice of Little Ogee on The Magilla Gorilla Show, in 1969, Vander Pyl guest starred on the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You. Episode Foul Play in Funland, playing Sarah Jenkins and she went on to voice Mrs. Finkerton on Inch High, Private Eye, as well as several female characters on Hong Kong Phooey, The Tom and Jerry Show and Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels. In the 1980s and 1990s, the voice actress did voices on Mister T, Snorks, Yogis Treasure Hunt. Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby, and A Flintstones Christmas Carol and her last roles were again as Wilma Flintstone on What a Cartoon. Episode Dino, Stay Out. in 1995 and on The Weird Al Show in 1997, on April 10,1999, Vander Pyl died of lung cancer at her home in Dana Point, CaliforniaJean Vander Pyl – Jean Vander Pyl behind a prop of Wilma
39. Dorothea Wolbert – Dorothea Wolbert was an American film actress. She appeared in 147 films between 1916 and 1957 and she appeared on the television series I Love Lucy in episode #137, Rickys European Booking. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and died in Hollywood, dorothea Wolbert at the Internet Movie DatabaseDorothea Wolbert – Wolbert from an ad for The Flirt (1922)