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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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Maria Montez

Born on this day in 1912, in Barahona, Dominican Republic, actress Maria Montez. She starred in several Universal Pictures films, including The Invisible Woman. She went on to star in many Technicolor adventure epics like Arabian Nights and Tangier.

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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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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.

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Debra Paget

Born on this day in 1933, in Denver, Colorado, actress Debra Paget. Paget had a lengthy career, starring opposite Elvis Presley in Love Me Tender, and Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments.

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Dolores del Rio

Born on this day in 1904, actress Dolores del Rio. Del Rio was one of the first Latin stars to crossover into the mainstream film industry. She appeared opposite Cesar Romero, Elvis Presley, Anthony Quinn and many others.