Category:Actresses from Pittsburgh
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1. Dolores Costello – Dolores Costello was an American film actress who achieved her greatest success during the era of silent movies. She was nicknamed The Goddess of the Silent Screen, Dolores Costello was born in Pittsburgh, the daughter of actors Maurice Costello and Mae Costello. She was of Irish and German descent and she and her younger sister, Helene, made their first film appearances in the years 1909–1915 as child actresses for the Vitagraph Film Company. They played supporting roles in films starring their father, who was a popular matinee idol at the time. Dolores Costellos earliest listed credit on the IMDb is in the role of a fairy in a 1909 adaptation of Shakespeares A Midsummer Nights Dream, the two sisters appeared on Broadway together as chorines and their success resulted in contracts with Warner Brothers Studios. In 1926, following small parts in films, she was selected by John Barrymore to star opposite him in The Sea Beast. Warner Bros. soon began starring her in her own vehicles, meanwhile, she and Barrymore became romantically involved and married in 1928. Warners alternated Costello between films with contemporary settings and elaborate costume dramas, in 1927, she was re-teamed with John Barrymore in When a Man Loves, an adaptation of Manon Lescaut. In 1928, she co-starred with George OBrien in Noahs Ark, Costello spoke with a lisp, and found it difficult to make the transition to talking pictures, but after two years of voice coaching she was comfortable speaking before a microphone. One of her sound film appearances was with her sister Helene in Warner Bros. s all-star extravaganza. Her acting career became less a priority for her following the birth of her first child, Dolores Ethel Mae DeeDee Barrymore and she would have another child, but the marriage proved too difficult due to her husbands increasing alcoholism, and they divorced in 1935. She resumed her career a year later and achieved some successes, most notably in Little Lord Fauntleroy and she retired permanently from acting following her appearance in This is the Army, again under the direction of Michael Curtiz. Making a rare appearance, Costello appeared as the Danish Countess Elsa on the radio program Suspense with an air date of August 28,1943. The title of the episode is The Kings Birthday written by Corporal Leonard Pellitier US Army, in 1939, she married Dr. John Vruwink, an obstetrician who was her physician during her pregnancies, but they divorced in 1950. Costello spent the years of her life in semi-seclusion, managing an avocado farm. Her film career was ruined by the destructive effects of early film makeup. Her final film was This Is the Army, in the 1970s her house was inundated in a flash flood which destroyed a lot of her property and memorabilia from her movie career and life with John Barrymore. Shortly before her death, she was interviewed for the documentary series Hollywood discussing her film career and she died from emphysema in Fallbrook, California, in 1979, and was interred in Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles
2. Jackie Evancho – She has released three solo Public Broadcasting Service concert specials. In 2010, at the age of ten, she gained notice with her 2nd-place finish in the fifth season of Americas Got Talent. She performed at the 2010 National Christmas Tree lighting in Washington, in 2011, her first full-length album, Dream With Me, produced by Foster, debuted at No.2 on the Billboard 200 chart, and she became the youngest top-5 debut artist in UK history. Billboard ranked Evancho the top Classical Albums Artist for 2011, from late 2012 to 2014, she toured the U. S. to support her 2012 album, Songs from the Silver Screen, which was Evanchos third top-ten album debut. In 2013 she headlined benefit concerts at Carnegie Hall, the LDS Conference Center and she also appeared in the 2013 Robert Redford film The Company You Keep and modelled for Guess Kids clothing. After releasing her 2014 album, Awakening, Evancho began high school continuing to tour. Later music releases included several singles and collaborations, and a 2016 holiday album, Someday at Christmas, in 2017, Evancho performed the U. S. Evancho was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Lisa and Michael Evancho. Her father operated a video security business until 2010 and she has an older transgender sister Juliet, a younger brother Zachary, and a younger sister Rachel. She and her family are Catholic and reside in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Evancho began her education in the Pine-Richland School District public schools, but in 2010, because of her performing schedule, she switched to cyber schooling. In 2014 she returned to school at Pine-Richland High School. Evanchos interests include playing the violin and piano, sewing, swimming, playing with her pets, drawing, archery and riding horses. Evancho saw the version of the musical The Phantom of the Opera and liked it so much that her mother purchased the DVD. Her parents have said that they did not recognize that her voice was unusual until her first talent competition, in the competition, Kean Idol, Evancho finished in second place. She began taking lessons and singing at various events, churches and nursing homes. In 2009, Evancho competed in Las Vegas in the 15th annual U. S. A, World Showcase Talent Competition, where she also finished in second place. At the 2009 Kean Idol contest, she was again runner-up, in other 2009 talent contests, she won the Golden Ribby Award – WonderworldTV and the Talent Quest TV Show. She made various singing appearances around Pennsylvania in 2009 and 2010, Evancho first caught record producer David Fosters attention in 2009. In November 2009, Evancho released her independent debut album, Prelude to a Dream, the album featured mainly covers of classical crossover songs such as Con te partirò, The Prayer, To Where You Are, Concrete Angel and Amazing Grace
3. IJustine – Justine Ezarik is an American YouTube personality, host, and actress. She is best known as iJustine, with over 700 million views across her YouTube channels since 2006 and she gained attention as a lifecaster who communicated directly with her millions of viewers on her Justin. tv channel, ijustine. tv. She acquired notability in roles variously described as a lifecasting star and she currently posts videos on her main channel iJustine, as well as iJustineGaming. She will be an advisor to Arnold Schwarzenegger on the reality competition show, Ezarik became known for her 300-page iPhone bill, which followed the first month of service after the introduction of the iPhone in 2007. The viral video earned her international attention and she ranked among the top 1000 Twitter users in the world with over 1.8 million followers. She has also starred on the YouTube show The Annoying Orange as Oranges love interest Passion Fruit and her television acting credits include guest appearances on Law & Order, Special Victims Unit, Criminal Minds, The Vampire Diaries, and The Bold and the Beautiful. IJustine was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the oldest daughter of Michelle, a physical education teacher, and Steve Ezarik and she has two younger sisters, Breanne and Jenna. At the time of her school graduation from Bentworth High School, she resided in the Scenery Hill area in Washington County. Ezarik and her younger sister Breanne, who was three grades behind her, were students at Bentworth, where Justine was a member of the class of 2002. Breanne went on to be one of the schools best volleyball players, justines youngest sister, Jenna was an All-state volleyball player as well as an honor student. Upon graduation from school, Justine earned the annual scholarship from the Washington Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals. After graduating from the Pittsburgh Technical Institute in 2004, Ezarik landed several jobs in graphic design, in December 2006, she was named one of five finalists in the Yahoo. Sponsored competition for best online videos, in 2007, she was an occasional co-host and panel member on MacBreak and MacBreak Weekly with Leo Laporte. She was never paid for any of this work on Kans channel as a beta-tester. Her reality-video blog was the first one launched on Justin. tv, Kan had been encouraged by fans and followers to allow someone else to make a guest appearance on his lifecasting channel. At first Ezarik was considering producing a series for the technology audience because they had been the most captive audience for online video series. She stated that she did not intend to broadcast what she considers private moments, I am going to try as much as I can to do 24/7. When the iPhone debuted in June 2007, Ezarik covered the devices debut at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota a suburb south of Minneapolis, Minnesota
4. Shirley Jones – Shirley Mae Jones is an American singer and actress of stage, film and television. In her six decades of business, she has starred as wholesome characters in a number of well-known musical films. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for playing a prostitute in Elmer Gantry. Jones was born on March 31,1934, in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, to Methodist parents Marjorie, a homemaker, Jones paternal grandfather came from Wales. She was named for child star Shirley Temple, the family later moved to the small nearby town of Smithton, Pennsylvania. Jones began singing at the age of six in the Methodist Church choir, upon attending South Huntingdon High School in Ruffs Dale, Pennsylvania, she participated in school plays. Afterwards, she joined her father for a show at the Pittsburgh Playhouse. Jones won the Miss Pittsburgh contest in 1952 and she had only $100 in her pocket. Her first audition was for an open casting call held by John Fearnley, casting director for Rodgers and Hammerstein. At the time, Jones had never heard of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Fearnley was so impressed, he ran across the street to fetch Richard Rodgers, who was rehearsing with an orchestra for an upcoming musical. Rodgers then called Oscar Hammerstein at home, the two saw great potential in Jones. She became the first and only singer to be put under contract with the songwriters. They first cast her in a role in South Pacific. For her second Broadway show, Me and Juliet, she started as a chorus girl, Jones impressed Rodgers and Hammerstein with her musically trained voice, and she was cast as the female lead in the film adaptation of their hit musical Oklahoma. Other film musicals quickly followed, including Carousel, April Love, however, she won a 1960 Academy Award for her performance in Elmer Gantry portraying a woman corrupted by the title character played by Burt Lancaster. Her character becomes a prostitute who encounters her seducer years later, the director, Richard Brooks, had originally fought against her being in the movie, but after seeing her first scene, told her she would win an Oscar for her performance. She was reunited with Ron Howard in The Courtship of Eddies Father, Jones landed the role of a lady who fell in love with the professor in Fluffy. She also has an impressive stage résumé, including playing the character in the Broadway musical Maggie Flynn in 1968
5. Evelyn Nesbit – Florence Evelyn Nesbit, known professionally as Evelyn Nesbit, was a popular American chorus girl, an artists model, and an actress. She had the distinction of being a live model, in an era when fashion photography as an advertising medium was just beginning its ascendancy. Nesbit was born Florence Evelyn Nesbit on December 25,1884, in Tarentum and her actual year of birth remains unconfirmed, her real year of birth may have been 1886. In later years, Nesbit confirmed that her mother at times added several years to her age in order to circumvent child labor laws and she was the daughter of Winfield Scott Nesbit and his wife, née Evelyn Florence McKenzie and was of Scots-Irish ancestry. Legend has it that the girl was so beautiful that neighbors came for months after her birth to gaze at. Two years later, a son named Howard was born to the family, Nesbit had an especially close relationship with her father, striving to please him with her accomplishments. Nesbit recognized his daughters intellectual interests and encouraged her curiosity and self-confidence, cognizant of her love of reading, he chose books for her to read and set up a small library for her. It contained diverse material, including fairy tales, fantasies, when Nesbit showed an interest in music and dance, he encouraged her to take lessons in those areas. Although Mr. Nesbit displayed no outward favoritism toward either of his children, the Nesbit family moved to Pittsburgh around 1893. By all accounts, her father, an attorney, was an affable man. Her mother, Evelyn, was an example of the Victorian woman, content to dedicate her life to the domestic responsibilities of running a household. Her father, Winfield died suddenly at age 40 when Evelyn was 11 and they lost their home and watched as all their possessions were auctioned off to pay outstanding debts. Mrs. Nesbit was unable to work to earn money using her dressmaking skills. They lived an existence, sharing a single room in a series of boarding houses. To ease the burden, little Howard Nesbit was often sent to live with relatives or family friends for indeterminate periods of time. Eventually Mrs. Nesbit used donated funds to rent a house, many years later in 1915, Nesbit described this period in her family’s misfortunes, Mamma was always worried about the rent. It was too hard a thing for her to ask for every week. Even at such an age, Nesbit recalled her discomfort with being the rent collector
6. Lillian Russell – Lillian Russell, born Helen Louise Leonard, was an American actress and singer. She became one of the most famous actresses and singers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, known for her beauty and style, as well as for her voice, Russell was born in Clinton, Iowa but raised in Chicago. Her parents separated when she was eighteen, and she moved to New York with her mother and she began to perform professionally by 1879, singing for Tony Pastor and playing roles in comic opera, including Gilbert and Sullivan works. Composer Edward Solomon created roles in several of his comic operas for her in London, in 1884, they returned to New York and married in 1885, but, in 1886 Solomon was arrested for bigamy. For many years, she was the foremost singer of operettas and musical theatre in the United States, in 1899, she joined the Weber and Fields Music Hall, where she starred for five years. After 1904, she began to have difficulties and switched to dramatic roles. She later returned to roles in vaudeville, however, finally retiring from performing around 1919. Russell was married four times, but her longest relationship was with Diamond Jim Brady, in later years, Russell wrote a newspaper column, advocated womens suffrage, was a popular lecturer and contributed to the passage of the restrictive Immigration Act of 1924. Her family moved to Chicago in 1865, where she studied at the Convent of the Sacred Heart from age 7 to 15 and her father became a partner in the printing firm of Knight & Leonard, and her mother became active in the womens rights movement. Russell, called Nellie as a child, excelled at school theatricals, in her teens, she studied music privately and sang in choirs. In December 1877, she performed in a production of Time Tries All at Chickering Hall in Chicago. When Russell was eighteen, her parents separated, and she, her mother and her sister moved to New York City. Russell studied singing under Leopold Damrosch and considered pursuing a career, her very religious mother disapproved of her working in theatre. Russell began dating Walter Sinn, whose father owned the Brooklyn Park Theatre. Walters mother helped Russell get a job with Edward E. Rice. Russell soon began seeing the orchestra leader, Harry Braham, and they married in November, when the show moved to New York theatres. She gave birth to a son, Harry, in June 1880, in September, Russells husband got a prestigious job conducting at Tony Pastors Theatre on Broadway. Pastor, known as the father of vaudeville, was responsible for introducing many well-known performers, in November 1880, Russell was engaged by Pastor for his variety shows
7. Marian McCargo – Marian McCargo Bell was a champion tennis player who later found success in film and television roles. She was sometimes credited as Marian Moses, born in Pittsburgh, McCargo attended Bostons West Hills College. In 1951, she married Richard Cantrell Moses, who became an advertising executive in Los Angeles. They had four sons, Graham Moses, actor William R. Moses, director Harry Moses, McCargo made her feature film debut in the crime comedy Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round in 1966, which was also the debut film of Harrison Ford. Subsequent film roles included, Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell in 1968, The Undefeated in 1969, McCargo also became known for her television role as Harriet Roberts on the nighttime soap, Falcon Crest. Congressman Alphonzo E. Bell, Jr. of California, a widower with three sons of his own and they had met while she was starring with John Wayne in The Undefeated, Wayne being a close personal friend of Bells. She then retired from acting to become a political wife, McCargo died of pancreatic cancer in 2004, in Santa Monica, California, just eighteen days before her husband Alphonzo. Marian McCargo at the Internet Movie Database
8. Julie Benz – She has also starred on the series Roswell, Desperate Housewives, No Ordinary Family, A Gifted Man, Defiance and Hawaii Five-0. Her film roles include Jawbreaker, The Brothers, Rambo, Saw V and Punisher, War Zone, The Boondock Saints II, All Saints Day, Benz was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, grew up in Murrysville, and graduated from Franklin Regional High School. Her mother, Joanne Marie, was a skater, and her father, George Benz. The family settled in nearby Murrysville when Benz was two, and she started ice skating when she was three and she competed in the 1988 U. S. Championships in junior ice dancing with her skating partner David Schilling, when Benz was 14, she suffered a stress fracture in her right leg and had to take time off. At age 15, Benz was told by a coach that she would never succeed as an actress. According to Benz, I remember the teacher telling me I should not even try acting, I still have the report card where she was like, You will never be an actor. That was the best thing ever happened to me because I was like. By 1989, with her skating career over, Benz became involved in local theater and was cast in the play Street Law. Her first movie role was a speaking part in The Black Cat segment of the Dario Argento/George A. Romero horror movie Two Evil Eyes. A year later, she was cast in the TV show Hi Honey, which was cancelled after two seasons. After graduating from school in 1990, Benz studied acting at New York University. After graduating from NYU in 1993, she moved to Los Angeles, Two weeks after her move, she obtained a bit part in a 1994 episode of Married. With Children, playing a girl who wanted to lose her virginity to Bud Bundy and her subsequent roles included an unaired Aaron Spelling television pilot Crosstown Traffic. She starred in another unaired TV pilot called Empire in 1995 and her other TV shows included Hang Time, High Tide, Step by Step, and Boy Meets World, plus a small role in the TV movie The Barefoot Executive. During the 1990s, her career was varied and steady. She had one uncredited role in Black Sheep and her appearance in Diagnosis, later TV appearances included characters on Sliders and The Single Guy. She played Christy in the TV movie Hearts Adrift and a role as Julie Falcon in Darkdrive
9. Anne Jackson – Anna Jane Anne Jackson was an American actress of stage, screen, and television. She was the wife of actor Eli Wallach, with whom she often co-starred, in 1956, she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Paddy Chayefskys Middle of the Night. In 1963, she won an Obie Award for Best Actress for her performance in two Off-Broadway plays, The Typists and The Tiger. Jackson was born in Millvale, Pennsylvania in 1925, the daughter of Stella Germaine and John Ivan Jackson and she was the youngest of three children, after Catherine, eight years older, and Beatrice, three years older. Her year of birth had been misreported for years as 1926, Jacksons mother was of Irish Catholic descent and her father, whose original name was Ivan Jchekovitch, had emigrated from Croatia in 1918. Her family moved to Brooklyn, New York when she was eight years old and she attended Franklin K. Lane High School. In New York, Jackson trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse and The Actors Studio and she made her Broadway debut in 1945. Her theater credits included Summer and Smoke, Arms and the Man, Luv, The Waltz of the Toreadors, Mr. Peters Connections and she narrated Stellaluna on an episode of the PBS series Reading Rainbow. In March,2017, the Harry Ransom Center announced the acquisition of Anne Jacksons archive along with her husbands and it will be made available to the public when cataloging is complete. Jackson was married to actor Eli Wallach, with whom she acted frequently, from March 5,1948 and they had three children, Peter, Katherine, and Roberta. Her marriage to Wallach was one of the longest and most successful in the industry and she later taught at the HB Studio in Manhattan, and continued to act in cameo roles. Jackson died at her home in Manhattan on April 12,2016, Anne Jackson at the Internet Movie Database Anne Jackson at the Internet Off-Broadway Database Anne Jacksons papers at the University of Wisconsins Actors Studio audio collection
10. Kimmarie Johnson – Kimmarie is an American fashion model, actress and business owner. Kimmarie is the founder of SkinGlow by Kimmarie, a care and beauty retailing and consulting company based in Wyoming, United States with offices in Los Angeles. Kimmarie started the company in 2011 after many years of research into skin care, in 1993, Kimmarie participated in, and won the Miss Pennsylvania USA beauty pageant. She went on to represent the state of Pennsylvania in the Miss USA pageant where she finished in the top five, Kimmarie is the youngest child of Edward Frank Johnson and Caroline Ella Johnson. Kimmarie was raised in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania and she was educated at Horner Middle School, Wilkinsburg High School and went on to study Elementary Education / Child Psychology at the California University of Pennsylvania. In her senior year at Wilkinsburg High, Kimmarie enrolled in and successfully completed the Youth Competencies Program, Kimmarie was Homecoming Queen in high school as well as in college. Kimmaries childhood until age ten, was spent with both of her parents and her parents separated when she was about ten years old, at which time Kimmarie, her two brothers and her mother moved in with her grandmother, Eleanor Elizabeth West. Kimmarie, her mother and two brothers spent the few years living with various family members, while her mother worked to bring some stability back into their lives. During this period, Kimmaries mother was under a lot of stress, Kimmaries mother received treatment for her condition for several years until she stabilized. While her mother was receiving treatment, Kimmarie became responsible for keeping the family together, the added responsibility of being a home maker was a lot for the teenage Kimmarie. Despite her struggles to keep her family together, Kimmarie was able to make it through high school and was invited to study at California University of Pennsylvania. At the age of sixteen, Kimmarie became a mother for her oldest brothers infant daughter. Kimmarie took on the challenge of juggling her education with raising her brothers infant until she graduated from College, Kimmarie remained an active influence in her nieces life. After Kimmarie graduated from College, she moved to New York City, Kimmarie lived in New York for several years before she moved to Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, Kimmarie maintained very close ties with her mother, Kimmaries oldest brother died in 2003, seven days before the birth of her son, Cameron Nino. In 2004, four months after oldest brothers death, Kimmaries mother died after she was diagnosed with Cancer, the deaths of her oldest brother and mother had a devastating impact on Kimmarie and she was forced to retreat from actively pursuing her career for several years. In 1990, Kimmarie joined Pan American World Airways as an attendant in their international routes. Her tenure with Pan Am gave her exposure to the international scene, while working with Pan Am she was signed with Docherty, a modeling agency in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
11. Katherine MacDonald – Katherine Agnew MacDonald was an American actress and film producer. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, starting her career as a popular model in New York City in the 1910s, MacDonald moved to Los Angeles in 1917. She became one of the first women to produce films in Hollywood, MacDonald was among the top ranks of actresses financially in 1920, earning about $50,000 per picture from a contract with First National. She achieved the peak of her popularity between 1920 and 1923, from 1922 to 1925 produced by B. P. However, she was considered only a minor talent in the film industry and her first significant role was her lead role in Shark Monroe opposite William S. Hart. She would be featured in a number of silent films, including The Squaw Man, Mr. Fix-It, Passions Playground, The Beautiful Liar, Stranger Than Fiction and her films typically were romantic dramas. MacDonald only made two pictures after 1923, one each in 1925 and 1926, macDonalds career was surrounded by controversy in her private life. She had a feud with her sister, fellow actress Mary MacLaren. The gossip columns also held rumors of an affair with U. S. President Woodrow Wilson, while working as a model in New York City, Katherine met her first husband, artist K. Malcolm Struss. They married in 1910 but the marriage was short-lived, and they divorced in 1919. She married Charles S. Johnston, a young Chicago millionaire, in 1924 and they soon had one son, in 1928 she married Christian Rasmus Holmes, an heir to the Fleischmanns yeast company, but that marriage ended in a sensational divorce suit in 1931. MacDonald claimed cruelty—that her husband had fired a revolver at her through a door, had deliberately burnt her with lit cigarettes. Holmes counter-sued, claiming that MacDonald had embarrassed him by having affairs, MacDonald and Holmes had one daughter, Ann. After leaving the movie industry MacDonald ran a cosmetics business in the late 1920s. Her statistics list her height as 5 ft 8 in with a weight of 130 pounds, with brown hair and she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard. The Spirit of 17 Headin South Mr. Money
12. Mary MacLaren – Mary MacLaren was an American film actress. She appeared in 136 films between 1916 and 1949, born Mary MacDonald in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she received her education at Greensburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in the Winter Garden in New York City with Al Jolson in The Passing Show of 1914. Her screen career as Mary MacLaren began in 1916 with Shoes and she played for the Universal Film Manufacturing Company in Idle Wives, The Models Confession, The Petal on the Current, The Unpainted Woman, Bonnie Bonnie Lassie, Rouge and Riches and many others. MacLaren was exceedingly athletic and spent much of her time in the surf near her California house and she was also an expert tennis player and ardent enthusiast. MacLaren was of the blond beauty type, having masses of blond hair and she was five feet three inches high and weighed one hundred and twenty-three pounds. She was the sister of actress Katherine MacDonald and she died in Hollywood, California, aged 89. Prairie Pioneers Mary MacLaren at the Internet Movie Database Mary MacLaren at AllMovie Mary MacLaren at Find a Grave