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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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Ann Rutherford

Born on this day in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1917, actress Ann Rutherford. Rutherford appeared in Gone With The Wind, as well as the popular Andy Hardy series, with Mickey Rooney.

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Ingrid Bergman

Born on this day in 1915, in Stockholm, Sweden, actress, Ingrid Bergman. Bergman was one of the biggest stars during the Golden Age, appearing in Casablanca, Gaslight, Joan Of Arc, Notorious, and many more. Her co-stars included; Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Helen Hayes, and Bing Crosby.

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Virginia O’Brien

Born on this day in 1919, in Los Angeles, California, comedic actress, Virginia O’Brien. Her deadpan, emotionless delivery lead to roles in The Big Store, Ship Ahoy, Two Girls and A Sailor, Ziegfeld Follies, and The Harvey Girls.

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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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Cyd Charisse

Born on this day in 1922 in Amarillo, Texas, actress and dancer, Cyd Charisse. Charisse was featured in many legendary films, including Ziegfeld Follies, The Harvey Girls, Singin’ In The Rain and Something’s Gotta Give.