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Penny Singleton

Born on this day in 1908, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, actress and singer, Penny Singleton. In the 1930’s, Singleton often appeared uncredited, or as Dorothy McNulty. In 1938, she scored the role of her lifetime, portraying the real-life version of cartoon character Blondie Bumstead, in the successful Blondie series, which would comprise 28 films in all.

Ironically, her later success would come voicing the cartoon character, Jane Jetson for Hanna-Barbera, from 1962-1990.

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Frank Capra

Born on this day in 1897, in Sicily, Italy, film director, Frank Capra. Capra had a string of successful pictures in the 1930’s and 40’s, including; It’s A Wonderful Life, It Happened One Night, You Can’t Take It With You and Shop Around The Corner.

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Kathryn Grayson

Born on this day in 1922, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, singer and actress, Kathryn Grayson. Grayson’s big screen debut was opposite Mickey Rooney in 1941, in Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary. She also appeared in Anchors Aweigh, It Happened In Brooklyn, and Kiss Me Kate.

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Carl Laemmle

Born on this day in 1867, in Laupheim, Germany, film producer, Carl Laemmle. Laemmle founded Universal Pictures, and produced some of the Golden Era’s greatest monster movies, including Dracula, Frankenstein and Phantom Of The Opera.

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Claude Rains

Born on this day in 1889, in London, England, actor Claude Rains. Rains was one of Warner Brothers Studio’s most reliable actors, with a career that saw him fitting snugly somewhere between character actor and A-list star. He appeared in The Adventures of Robin Hood, Casablanca, The Invisible Man, and dozens of other feature films.

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Blondie / Call Me

Released as a single in February of 1980, Call Me by Blondie. The song was an international smash hit for the band, and was the theme song for the Richard Gere film, American Gigolo.

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Edward Everett Horton

Born on this day in 1886, actor Edward Everett Horton. Horton had a lengthy career, which began in the silent era. He was a character actor of the highest caliber, appearing in the films; Arsenic & Old Lace, Ziegfeld Girl, Springtime In The Rockies, Cinderella Jones and Here Comes Mr. Jordan.

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Hal Roach & William Bendix

Happy birthday to both Hal Roach and William Bendix!

Born on this day in 1892 in Elmira, New York, movie mogul, Hal Roach. Roach’s own Hal Roach Studios spawned the careers of The Little Rascals (Our Gang) and Laurel & Hardy, among others.

Born on this day in 1906 in Manhattan, New York, actor William Bendix. Although Bendix starred in The Life Of Riley radio and TV shows, he was one of the golden era’s busiest character actors. He appeared alongside Alan Ladd, Abbott & Costello, Veronica Lake, Groucho Marx, and Bing Crosby.

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Betty Grable

Born on this day in 1916, in St. Louis, Missouri, actress and dancer Betty Grable. Grable was a popular pin-up girl during WWII, and a major movie star. She appeared in The Gay Divorcee, Man About Town, Springtime In The Rockies, How To Marry A Millionaire, and many more!