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. Mabel Ballin – Mabel Ballin was an American motion-picture actress of the silent film era. Born Mabel Croft in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she studied painting. Her landscapes were noticed at an exhibition and led to an offer to appear in films, Ballin appeared in 28 films between 1917 and 1925. She achieved popularity during World War I and she is best known for her role in Riders of the Purple Sage. Her other notable roles included The Glorious Adventure, Jane Eyre and she married artist-turned-director Hugo Ballin in 1917, and they remained married until his death in 1956. She died in 1958 in Santa Monica, California and she was interred in Woodlawn Memorial Cemetery in Santa Monica with her husbandMabel Ballin – 1924 photo from Stars of the Photoplay
3. Ethel Barrymore – Ethel Barrymore was an American actress and a member of the Barrymore family of actors. Regarded as the First Lady of the American Theater, Barrymore was a preeminent stage actress in her era, Ethel Barrymore was born Ethel Mae Blythe in Philadelphia, the second child of the actors Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Drew. Her father was killed four months before her birth in a famous Old West encounter in Texas while heading a traveling road company. She was named for her father’s favorite character—Ethel in William Makepeace Thackeray’s The Newcomes and she was the sister of actors John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore, the aunt of actor John Drew Barrymore, and the grand-aunt of actress Drew Barrymore. She was also a granddaughter of actress and theater-manager Louisa Lane Drew and she spent her childhood in Philadelphia, and attended Roman Catholic schools there. In 1884 she, her parents and brothers sailed to England, Maurice had inherited a substantial amount of money from an aunt and decided to exhibit a play and star in some plays at Londons Haymarket Theatre. Ethel recalled being frightened on first meeting Oscar Wilde when handing him some cakes, returning to the U. S. in 1886, her father took her to her first baseball game. She established a lifelong love of baseball and wanted to be a concert pianist, the years in England were the happiest of her childhood years due to the fact the Barrymores were more of a nuclear family in London than at any other time when in the United States. Georgie did not recover and died in July 1893 a week before her 37th birthday, essentially Ethel and Lionels childhood ended when Georgie died. They were forced to go to work in their teens, John, a few years younger, stayed with their grandmother and other relatives. Barrymores first appearance on Broadway was in 1895, in a play called The Imprudent Young Couple which starred her uncle John Drew, Jr. and she appeared with Drew and Adams again in 1896 in Rosemary. In 1897 Ethel went with William Gillette to London to play Miss Kittridge in Gillettes Secret Service and she was about to return to the States with Gillettes troupe when Henry Irving and Ellen Terry offered her the role of Annette in The Bells. A full London tour was on and, before it was over, Ethel created, on New Years Day 1898, Euphrosine in Peter the Great at the Lyceum, men everywhere were smitten with Ethel, most notably Winston Churchill, who asked her to marry him. Not wishing to be a wife, she refused. Winston, years later, married Clementine Hozier, a beauty who looked very much like Ethel. Winston and Ethel remained friends until the end of her life and their “romance” was their own little secret until his son let the cat out of the bag 63 years after it happened. After her season in London, Ethel returned to the United States, charles Frohman cast her first in Catherine and then as Stella de Grex in His Excellency the Governor. After that, Frohman finally gave Ethel the role that would make her a star, Madame Trentoni in Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines, which opened at the Garrick Theatre on February 4,1901Ethel Barrymore – Ethel Barrymore, 1896
4. Elizabeth Crocker Bowers – Elizabeth Crocker Bowers was an American stage actress and theatrical manager. She was also known professionally as Mrs. D. P. Bowers, Elizabeth Crocker Bowers was born March 12,1830 in Stamford, Connecticut, the daughter of an Episcopal clergyman and sister of actress Sarah Crocker Conway. In 1846, she appeared in the character of Amanthis at the Park Theatre in New York City, on March 4,1847, she married actor David P. Bowers, and moved to Philadelphia. She appeared as Donna Victoria in A Bold Stroke for a Husband at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia and she became very popular at the Arch Street Theatre, and made Philadelphia her home until her husbands death in 1857. In December 1857, after a period of retirement from the stage, she leased the Walnut Street Theatre and she then leased the Philadelphia Academy of Music for a short dramatic season. She married Dr. Brown of Baltimore in 1861. and traveled to London and she made a great success as Julia in The Hunchback at the Sadlers Wells Theatre and Geraldine DArcy in Woman at the Lyceum Theatre in London. Returning to New York City in 1863, she played for a time at the Winter Garden, among her favorite roles were Juliet, Lady Macbeth, Marie Antoinette, and Lady Audley. After the death of Dr. Brown in 1867, she married actor J. C, mcCollom, with whom she repeated many of her popular roles. Her subsequent retirement in Philadelphia was interrupted by a return to the stage in October 1886 for several years and she organized a new dramatic company, and visited the principal cities of the U. S. playing many of her old and favorite characters. Under A. M. Palmers management she appeared in Lady Windermeres Fan, Bowers died of pneumonia and heart failure on November 6,1895 in at the home of her son-in-law, Frank Bennett, in Washington D. C. She was survived by a daughter, Mrs. F. V. Bennett, Bowers of Portland, OR and Walter Bowers of New York City. She was buried at Rock Creek Cemetery in Washington, D. C. Elizabeth Crocker Bowers, North American Theatre Online portrait with sister Sarah Crocker ConwayElizabeth Crocker Bowers – Elizabeth Crocker Bowers
5. 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
6. 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.
7. Audrey Chapman – Audrey Chapman was an actress in motion pictures of the silent film era from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Chapman was educated in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, California and she went from a finishing school directly into movies. In The Money Changers she played the character of Mary Holmes in a written by Upton Sinclair. The setting is the Oriental underworld of New York City, Chapman dons twenty-two gowns in all, ranging from filmy negligee to elaborate fur-trimmed costumes. She was among the cast of Wildfire, based on a Zane Grey novel, two complete producing crews shot the movie, which was an outdoor narrative. The setting was the mythical Spanish state of Chinora, an American mining engineer is drilling for oil there. In her final movie, Garrisons Finish, Chapman was paired with Jack Pickford, the story was about the race track and racing. Between 1918 and 1923 Chapman has ten screen credits in a brief Hollywood film career, other movies in which she acted include Her Country First, Daddy-Long-Legs with Mary Pickford, Black Sheep, and Golden Dreams. Audrey Chapman died in Riverside, California in 1993, galveston Daily News, Gripping Pictures At Queen Theater, August 6,1922, Page 27. La Crosse, Wisconsin Tribune, Garrisons Finish, July 3,1923, Los Angeles Times, Succeeding To Fame, May 16,1921, Page II7. Los Angeles Times, Filming Zane Grey Story, November 13,1921, audrey Chapman at the Internet Movie DatabaseAudrey Chapman – The Money-Changers by Jack Conway, 1920
8. 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)
9. 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
10. Cass Daley – Cass Daley was an American radio, television and film actress, singer, and comedian. The daughter of an Irish streetcar conductor, Daley started to perform at night clubs, Daley began singing as a child in front of neighborhood storefronts. Noted for her teeth and comical singing style, she sang at clubs as a teen while working as a hat-check girl. In the 1930s, she began a career, including a role in a production advertised as a Great Vaudeville Show in 1934. She appeared in the 1936-1937 Ziegfeld Follies featured as the Cyclone of Syncopation, in the 1940s, Daley embarked on a movie career, most notably in The Fleets In with Dorothy Lamour and Betty Hutton and Crazy House with Ole Olsen and Chic Johnson. She also starred opposite Dick Powell and Dorothy Lamour in Riding High in 1943 and she had a part in Red Garters opposite Rosemary Clooney in 1954, and her last movie appearances were in The Spirit Is Willing in 1967 and in Norwood in 1970. As a frequent radio guest, she appeared semi-regularly in 1944 on The Bob Burns Show on NBC. She was also a popular singer with the troops overseas during World War II. In 1945, she joined the cast of The Fitch Bandwagon, in 1950, she starred in her own radio show The Cass Daley Show. Daley recorded several singles with Hoagy Carmichael, the Old Piano Roll Blues peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed on the chart for ten weeks in 1950, and Aba Daba Honeymoon peaked at #23 in 1951, and charted for three weeks. She recorded a version of Put the Blame on Mame in 1946, with radio in decline, she retired to raise her son in Newport Beach. After her divorce from husband Frank Kinsella, she attempted a comeback in the 1970s appearing in television, film. She was among the stars in the 1972 nostalgia revue Big Show of 1928, on March 22,1975, alone in her apartment, the 59-year-old comedian apparently fell and landed on her glass coffee table. A shard of glass jammed into her throat and she bled to death before her husband came home, for her contribution to the television and radio industry, Cass Daley has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6303 Hollywood Blvd. Cass Daley is buried next to a tree along the roadside in the end of Section 8, at Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood. Cass Daley at the Internet Movie Database Cass Daley at AllMovie Cass Daley at the Internet Broadway Database Cass Daley at Find a GraveCass Daley – Cass Daley
11. Blythe Danner – Blythe Katherine Danner is an American actress of film, television and stage. She is known for her role as Marilyn Truman, mother of Will, on the sitcom Will & Grace and she is the mother of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake Paltrow. In 1970 she won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Butterflies Are Free and she won two Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for her role as Izzy Huffstodt on Huff. Her other film work includes roles in 1776, The Great Santini, Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, The Prince of Tides, Husbands and Wives, Danner was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Katharine and Harry Earl Danner, a bank executive. She has a brother, opera singer/actor Harry Danner, a sister-in-law, performer-turned-director Dorothy Danner, Danner has Pennsylvania Dutch, and some English and Irish, ancestry, her maternal grandmother was a German immigrant, and one of her paternal great-grandmothers was born in Barbados. Danner graduated from George School, a Quaker high school located near Newtown, Bucks County and she began her Friends School experience in Kindergarten at Media-Providence Friends School, then known as Media Friends in Media, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Bard College, Danners first roles included the 1967 musical Mata Hari, and her early Broadway appearances included roles in Cyrano de Bergerac and The Miser. She won a Best Supporting Actress Tony playing a free-spirited divorcee in Butterflies Are Free, in 1972, Danner portrayed Martha Jefferson opposite Ken Howards Thomas Jefferson in the movie version of 1776. That same year, she played a wife whose husband has been unfaithful opposite Peter Falk and her earliest starring film role was opposite Alan Alda in To Kill a Clown. Danner appeared in the episode of M*A*S*H entitled The More I See You and she played lawyer Amanda Bonner in televisions Adams Rib, also opposite Ken Howard as Adam Bonner. She played Zelda Fitzgerald in F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Last of the Belles and she was the eponymous heroine in the film Lovin Molly. She appeared in Futureworld, playing Tracy Ballard with co-star Peter Fonda, in the 1982 TV movie Inside the Third Reich, she played the wife of Albert Speer. In the film version of Neil Simons semi-autobiographical play Brighton Beach Memoirs, Danner appeared opposite Robert De Niro in the 2000 comedy hit Meet the Parents, and its sequels, Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers. From 2001 to 2006, she appeared on Will & Grace as Will Trumans mother Marilyn. From 2004 to 2006, she starred in the TV series Huff, in 2005, she was nominated for three Emmy Awards, for her work on Will & Grace, Huff, and Back When We Were Grownups. Emmy host Ellen DeGeneres poked fun at Danner during the ceremony, saying that Danner should not be nervous because she was almost certain to win at least one Emmy. In July 2006, she won a second consecutive Emmy award for Huff, for 25 years, she has been a regular performer at the Williamstown Summer Theater Festival, where she also serves on the Board of Directors. In 2006, Danner was awarded an inaugural Katharine Hepburn Medal by Bryn Mawr Colleges Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center, in 2015, Danner was inducted into the American Theater Hall of FameBlythe Danner – Danner in 1980
12. 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
13. Paige Davis – Mindy Paige Davis, billed as Paige Davis, is an American actress who hosted the daily series with Mark Steines called Home and Family on Hallmark Channel. Davis attended Charles H. Bird Elementary School in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin and she lived for a time in Louisville, Kentucky, and graduated from the Louisville Youth Performing Arts School. She graduated from the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, during this period, she was sometimes credited as Mindy Paige Benson, following her 1994 marriage to actor Greg Benson. In Los Angeles, California, Davis also did numerous TV commercials, in 2001, Davis became the host of the TLC cable-TV networks redecorating television series Trading Spaces, replacing Alex McLeod. Also that year, Davis married actor Patrick Page, with whom she appeared in Beauty, Davis and Pages wedding was featured on the TLC series A Wedding Story. TLC dropped Davis in January 2005 to revamp the show with a host-less format, the New York Post had reported in its Page Six column that Davis exposed her thong and permitted onlookers to touch her body. Davis responded to the story on the TLC message boards, writing that she had been dressed. in a very modest, almost demure, yellow dress and she acknowledged that she had flip skirt for a second and said that she kept all of clothes on at all times. She went on to characterize the article as rumor and exaggeration in its description of the event, TLC announced in November 2007 that Davis would return as host of Trading Spaces in January 2008, along with others formerly associated with the program. In 2004, she was a guest judge on the Food Networks Iron Chef America in Battle Egg and she also was a contestant on the summer 2006 CBS television series Gameshow Marathon, in which celebrities participated in recreations of classic game shows with their winnings going to charity. Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on January 24,2008, Davis joined the home improvement series Home Made Simple as host in October 2011. During her initial run on Trading Spaces, Davis played the role of Roxie Hart in the musical Chicago on Broadway and it spent numerous weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. By 2007, Davis had created an act, Taking A Chance. In 2008 and 2009 Davis played Gloria in the Broadway revival of Boeing-Boeing, in 2014, Davis premiered the role of Senga Quinn in Mark St. Germains Dancing Lessons at Barrington Stage. Don Aucoin of The Boston Globe praised the performance as providing the emotional depth and nuance of personality that can only be achieved by an actress who understands her character inside and out. Davis is currently spokesperson for RC Willey Home Furnishings, a subsidiary of Berkshire-Hathaway, with locations in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and California. In September 2008, Eastman Kodak Company formed a U. S. partnership with Trading Spaces, Paige Davis Paige Davis at the Internet Movie DatabasePaige Davis – Paige Davis in 2007
14. 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
15. 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).
16. Molly Ephraim – Molly Ephraim is an American actress who has appeared in films, on television and in Broadway, off-Broadway and regional theatre productions. She is best known for playing the role of Wendy Greenhut in the 2008 film College Road Trip and she currently plays Mandy Baxter in the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing, which premiered on October 11,2011. Ephraim was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Nina Zebooker and she was raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She performed in shows at the Bucks County Playhouse as a child and in productions at the Prince Music Theater. She graduated from Princeton University with a B. A. in Religious studies, at Princeton she was a member of the Triangle Club and performed in and choreographed various shows for Princeton University Players and Theatre Intime. Ephraim made her Broadway debut in 2002 as Little Red Riding Hood in the Broadway revival of Into the Woods and she was later seen as Bielke in the 2004 Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Off-Broadway, Ephraim played Rachel Stein in End Days at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in 2009, in 2010, she played Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank at the Westport Country Playhouse. In 2015 Ephraim appeared as Daphna Feygenbaum in Joshua Harmons Bad Jews at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, Ephraim played Wendy Greenhut in the 2008 film College Road Trip. She had roles in episodes of the television shows Royal Pains, Law & Order, the Michael J. Fox-produced pilot Hench at Home, Ephraim also played Ali Rey in the 2010 film Paranormal Activity 2 and the 2014 spin-off film Paranormal Activity, The Marked Ones. She currently appears as Mandy Baxter, one of Tim Allens characters daughters, Molly Ephraim at the Internet Broadway Database Molly Ephraim at the Internet Movie DatabaseMolly Ephraim – Ephraim in 2012
17. 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
18. Tina Fey – Elizabeth Stamatina Tina Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is also known for writing and co-starring in the film Mean Girls, as well as appearing in such films as Baby Mama, Date Night, Muppets Most Wanted. Fey broke into comedy as a player in the Chicago-based improvisational comedy group The Second City. She then joined SNL as a writer, later becoming head writer, in 2004, she co-starred in and wrote the screenplay for Mean Girls, which was adapted from the 2002 self-help book Queen Bees and Wannabes. After leaving SNL in 2006, she created the television series 30 Rock for Broadway Video, in the series, Fey portrays the head writer of a fictional sketch comedy series. In 2008, she starred in the comedy film Baby Mama, Fey next appeared in the 2010 comedy film Date Night and the animated film Megamind. In 2015, she created and produced the television series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, originally for NBC and her other films include Sisters and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. Fey has received nine Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Writers Guild of America Awards and her autobiography Bossypants topped The New York Times Best Seller list for five weeks. In 2008, the Associated Press gave Fey the AP Entertainer of the Year award for her portrayal of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a guest appearance on SNL. In 2010, Fey was awarded the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, on January 13,2013, Fey hosted the 70th Golden Globe Awards with her long-time friend and fellow comedian, Amy Poehler, to critical acclaim. The duo hosted again the two years, generating the highest ratings for the annual ceremony in a decade and receiving similar acclaim. Fey was born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, an inner ring suburb of Philadelphia and her mother, Zenobia Jeanne, is a brokerage employee. Her father, Donald Henry Fey, was a university grant proposal-writer and she has a brother, Peter, who is eight years older. Feys mother, who was born in Piraeus, is the daughter of Greek immigrants, Vasiliki Kourelakou, Feys maternal grandmother, left Petrina on her own, arriving in the United States in February 1921. According to a genealogical DNA test arranged by the television series Finding Your Roots, Feys ancestry is 94% European, 3% Middle Eastern, Fey was exposed to comedy early, I remember my parents sneaking me in to see Young Frankenstein. We would also watch Saturday Night Live, or Monty Python and my dad would let us stay up late to watch The Honeymooners. We were not allowed to watch The Flintstones though, my dad hated it because it ripped off The Honeymooners, I actually have a very low level of Flintstones knowledge for someone my age. At age 11, Fey read Joe Franklins Seventy Years of Great Film Comedians for a project about comedyTina Fey – Fey at the Muppets Most Wanted premiere in 2014.
19. 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
20. Kate Flannery – Katherine Patricia Kate Flannery is an American actress known for playing the role of Meredith Palmer on the NBC series The Office. Flannery was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and she attended Saint John Neumann School and Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania. She studied for two years at Shenandoah University and graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and she is one of seven children in an Irish-American family. She is three minutes younger than her sister who is a social worker. The Lampshades, her comedy act with veteran improviser Scot Robinson, has been running in Hollywood at the iO WEST stage for over four years and was seen at the U. S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, the Lampshades was New York magazines LA Pick for 2006 and was declared Best Saturday Comedy Show of the Year by LA Weekly. Flannery played Neely OHara in Off Broadway hit Valley of the Dolls at the Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City and she is the musical director of the Los Angeles Drama Club, teaching Shakespeare to children and young adults. Flannery was a member of the band Mono Puff using the stage name Lady Puff and she toured with the band and sang on their second album, Its Fun to Steal. Flannery appeared as the alcoholic, divorced, single mother Meredith Palmer on the television comedy The Office, before The Office, she made appearances on The Bernie Mac Show, Boomtown, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Jimmy Kimmel Live. In 2008, Flannery was a talent scout on Last Comic Standing with her Office costar Brian Baumgartner, Flannery also appeared as a judge in a 2009 episode of Iron Chef America. She was a contestant on Dont Forget the Lyrics and she is currently the host of Standup in Stilettos on the TV Guide network. In 2016, she played a janitor in an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Kate Flannery on MySpace Kate Flannery at the Internet Movie Database The Lampshades, Flannerys comedy lounge actKate Flannery – Flannery at the June 2009 premiere for The Proposal
21. 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
22. Reagan Gomez-Preston – Reagan Gomez-Preston is an American television and film actress and voice actress. She is best known for her roles as Zaria Peterson on The WB sitcom The Parent Hood, Gomez-Preston has appeared in numerous shows, films, and music videos. Reagan Gomez-Preston was born in Detroit, Michigan to a Puerto Rican mother, Cheryl Gomez, and she has a younger brother named Kyle. Gomez-Prestons father, Bennett Preston, is a medical examiner/pathologist in Philadelphia, when Gomez-Preston was young her mother worked for the Detroit Police Department. Cheryl Gomez was one of the first women assigned to street patrol.2 million, after this Cheryl Gomez moved the family to Philadelphia. There Gomez-Preston was enrolled in acting, dancing, and singing lessons at Philadelphias Freedom Theatre, in 1994, she moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles with her mother and Kyle, so that Gomez-Preston could pursue an acting career. Gomez-Preston began her career in The Parent Hood, as Zaria Peterson. She guest starred on UPNs One on One as Flexs younger sister/Briannas aunt and she also played Francine opposite Holly Robinson Peete in the short-lived UPN sitcom, Love Inc. She is also a former cast member of The Amanda Show and she has been featured in King magazine twice, first in the September 2003-October 2003 issue, and again in the December 2006-January 2007 issue. She was one of five girls in her second appearance. She also appeared in music videos Sorry 2004 by Ruben Studdard, No Better Love by Young Gunz, Gomez-Preston is a writer of feature films, with her own business and production company. She voiced Roberta Tubbs, Cleveland Browns stepdaughter on the animated series The Cleveland Show from 2009 until the cancellation in 2013. Gomez-Preston began dating model DeWayne Turrentine in 1995, Turrentine was a member in the group Quo. The couple married on November 10,1999 and they have two children, a daughter, Scarlett Annette Turrentine and a son Tyger Attila Turrentine. Reagan Gomez-Preston at the Internet Movie DatabaseReagan Gomez-Preston – Gomez-Preston at the 2010 Comic-Con in San Diego, California.
23. Veronica Hamel – Veronica Hamel is an American actress and model. The daughter of a Philadelphia carpenter and a housewife, Hamel graduated from Temple University and she worked as a secretary for a company that manufactured ironing board covers. She began a modeling career after being discovered by Eileen Ford. In her first film role, she played a model in 1971s Klute, followed by roles in the disaster films Beyond the Poseidon Adventure and When Time Ran Out. She was the model in the last cigarette commercial televised in the U. S. Hamel had been a model in print ads not just for Slims, Hamel started appearing in TV series in 1975. She was considered for the role of Kelly Garrett on Charlies Angels, producer Aaron Spelling cast Jaclyn Smith instead. She was a five-time Emmy nominee for that role, alan Aldas 1988 film A New Life cast Hamel in a leading role as his doctor and love interest. She was cast as Elizabeth, the wife of Charles Grodins character in the movie Taking Care of Business in 1990 and she was named on Us magazines Best Dressed list for 1983. In 2002, she appeared on Hill Street Blues creator Steven Bochcos legal drama Philly. In recent years, Hamel had a role in the NBC television series Third Watch and appeared as Margo Shephard, Jacks mother. Veronica Hamel at the Internet Movie Database People Magazine, February 22,1982, Hill Street Blues, the cop show that couldnt get arrested, hits with a sexy trio Retrieved 2012-08-26Veronica Hamel – Veronica Hamel as Joyce Davenport on Hill Street Blues (1981-1987)
24. Anita Hendrie – Anita Hendrie was an American actress. She appeared in 67 silent motion pictures between 1908 and 1912 and she was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of William Scott Hendrie and M. Louise Morton. In about 1902, she and actor/director David Miles were married, anita Hendrie Miles died at age 76 in Brooklyn, New York. She is interred at Milford, Connecticut, with her husband, anita Hendrie at the Internet Movie DatabaseAnita Hendrie – Anita Hendrie
25. 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
26. Gail Kane – Gail Kane was a stage and silent movie actress born as Abigail Kane in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She stood 57 tall, weighed 142 pounds, and had brown hair. She attended a school in Newburgh, New York. She became a student of the art of pantomime. Kane performed at the Lyceum Theatre in Heap Game Watch in January 1914 and she had a significant role in Seven Keys To Baldpate Astor, which was staged at the Gaiety Theatre, London, in May 1914. The comedy was brought to the stage by George M. Cohan and she paired with George Nash in The Miracle Man at the Astor Theatre. The play was produced on Broadway in the fall of 1914, Kane acted in a presentation of The Hyphen Knickerbocker in April 1915. She returned to the stage at the Broadhurst Theatre in July 1920 and she was paired with Earle Fox, another actor who had been spending much of his time in movies. They appeared in the comedy Come Seven, the production was an adaptation by Octavus Roy Cohen of stories he had contributed to The Saturday Evening Post. The play was the first ever featuring an entirely caucasian cast in black face, lawful Larceny was a comedy adapted from the writing of Samuel Shipman. It was presented at the Republic Theater, built by Oscar Hammerstein in 1900, the players included Kane, Margaret Lawrence, Ida Waterman, and Lowell Sherman. The Breaking Point by Mary Roberts Rinehart was staged at the Klaw Theatre, West 45th Street, New York City, the plot concerned amnesia with the setting moving from New York to Wyoming and back. Kane, Regina Wallace, Reginald Barlow, and McKay Morris were the actors in the drama. She played Ellen Halpin in the 1925 comedy Loggerheads at the Cherry Lane Theatre, the Booth Theatre produced Paid, written by Sam Forrest, in November 1925. Kane portrayed Mrs John Ramsey in a play which endured for twenty-one performances, Kane was arrested following a performance of The Captive at the Empire Theater on Broadway in February 1927. It was in its month of production. Forty-one arrests were made in total, two other productions were raided on the same night. They were Sex, playing at Dalys 63rd St. Theater, and The Virgin Man, among the actors taken to Night Court were Basil Rathbone, Helen Menken, Ann Trevor, Winifred Fraser, John Miltern, and Arthur LewisGail Kane – Gail Kane
27. Dorothy Kelly – Dorothy Kelly was an American motion picture actress of the early silent film era. Dorothy Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Bessie and Thomas Kelly, in August 1916, she married wealthy lumber dealer Harvey Hevenor. In 1922, she gave birth to daughters, Ann and Bessie. She died of a hemorrhage in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1966. After attending the National Academy of Design and earning a position in a publishing firm, looking for more lucrative work, Dorothy set her sights on becoming a motion picture actress. With no previous acting experience, Dorothy applied for a position in the company at Vitagraph. Her first film was a bit part in a version of A Tale of Two Cities in 1911. Like many stars of film, Dorothys career dwindled with the popularity of two-reelers. She would leave film altogether after the filming of Vitagraph serial The Secret Kingdom in 1917, aka Millionaire Hallets Adventure The Money Mill. Florence Wharton Artie, the Millionaire Kid, annette From Out of the Big Snows The Wheels of Justice. Julia Dean Four Grains of Rice The Awakening A Wireless Rescue The Battle of Frenchmans Run Twice Rescued Mothers Roses, the Wife An Unwritten Chapter The Snare of Fate. Marion Marbury An Infernal Tangle A Modern Psyche, june Tricks of the Trade Disciplining Daisy. Daisy Bunny Versus Cutey Playing with Fire, mrs. Tom OGrady The Weapon The Skull Mas Apron Strings. Molly Bush My Lady of Idleness All for a Girl, claire Taylor OHara, Squatter and Philosopher. Aileen Sullivan The Model for St. John Bettinas Substitute, or, a Jealous Rival The Lovesick Maidens of Cuddleton. One of the Lovesick Maidens Rip Van Winkle, steenie As An Adult Suing Susan. A Step-Daughter On the Pupil of His Eye, a Dancer A Tale of Two Cities Dorothy Kelly at the Internet Movie Database Photo at Silent Ladies Small Biography at AllmovieDorothy Kelly – Publicity photo from Motion Picture Magazine (1916)
28. Ollie Kirkby – Ollie Kirkby was a stage, screen, and vaudeville actress. Her entire career dedicated to making films or serials from 1914 until 1923. She was married to actor George Larkin from 1918 to his death in 1946 and she was born in Philadelphia and died at Glendale California. In addition to her career, she also wrote scripts with her husband. Ollie Kirkby at the Internet Movie Database BioOllie Kirkby – Ollie Kirkby
29. 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)
30. 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
31. 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.
32. 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
33. Florence Reed – Florence Reed was an American stage and film actress. She is remembered for several outstanding stage productions, including The Shanghai Gesture, The Lullaby, The Yellow Ticket and her best remembered movie role was as Miss Havisham in the 1934 production of Great Expectations. Reed was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to comedy actor Roland Lewis Reed and his wife and her grandfather was John Pop Reed, a manager of the old Walnut Street Theatre, who donated his skull to be performed in future theatrical versions of Hamlet. Her father died in 1901 when Florence was 18 years old, afterward she and her mother came to New York City to seek a career in the theater. She made her first appearance on the stage at Proctors Fifth Avenue Theatre in New York in 1904 where she gave a monologue by George M. Cohan and she stayed with the Fifth Avenue Theater for years honing her craft. She also trouped the country with May Irwin in The Widow Jones, Reed appeared with John Barrymore in The Yellow Ticket which proved a popular play of the season. Her biggest stage success was as Mother Goddam in The Shanghai Gesture, Reed started making movies in the silent era around 1915. She was a star by then and her first movie was The Dancing Girl for Adolph Zukors Famous Players studio built around her talents. She also made films for different production companies such as Popular Plays & Players, Astra, Arrow, Tribune. In all Reed made 15 silent pictures, the last being The Black Panthers Cub, after 13 years she made her first talking film in Great Expectations. She made two more films but preferred the theater and they often appeared in stage productions together. She died on November 21,1967 and she was interred in the same burial plot with her good friend, actress Blanche Yurka, in the Actors Fund of America section of Kensico Cemetery, Valhalla, New YorkFlorence Reed – Theatre Magazine, (February, 1921)
34. Anna Rosemond – Anna Rosemond was one of the earliest film actresses of the early silent film era. Anna Miers Rosemond was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and her father was an Austrian immigrant, her mother a first generation American of German parentage. She starred in fifteen films that year, almost all opposite Crane, to include She Stoops to Conquer and her last film appearance was in the 1911 film Cinderella, starring Florence La Badie and Frank Hall Crane. Following her departure from film acting, she married George Jenkins Tompkins of Brooklyn N. Y. a NYC policeman of English/Irish descent, the two left NYC for California in 1913 where they gave birth to one daughter, Irma. Anna spent the rest of her life in San Diego and died in 1966 at the age of 80, anna Rosemond at the Internet Movie DatabaseAnna Rosemond
35. 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)
36. 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