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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.

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Ruby Dandridge

Born on this day in 1900, in Wichita, Kansas, actress Ruby Dandridge. Dandridge appeared in the films King Kong, Cabin In The Sky and Carolina Blues. She was also the mother of actresses Vivian Dandridge and Dorothy Dandridge.

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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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Butterfly McQueen

Born in 1911 in Tampa, Florida, actress Butterfly McQueen. Ms. McQueen is famous for her role as Prissy in Gone With The Wind. She also appeared in Cabin In The Sky, Mildred Pierce and Duel In The Sun.