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James Dean – film actor

Dean in Rebel Without a Cause

Dean in Rebel Without a Cause

James Dean is famous today as the symbol of American youth in the 1950s and he still has many fans.
James Byron Dean was born on February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana. At the age of five James moved to Los Angeles from the Mid-west. His mother died of cancer three years later in July 1940; he returned to the Mid-west and lived on a relative’s farm.
After graduating in 1949 he left for Los Angeles, where he lived briefly with his father and stepmother and entered Santa Monica City College. The following year he transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dean started acting when he went to New York and got a part in a Broadway play. He did television plays and several more Broadway productions. He won the Daniel Blum Theatre World Award for ‘‘best newcomer’’ of the year for his role in The Immoralist.
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Leni Riefenstahl – German film director

Leni Riefenstahl – German film director

Leni Riefenstahl – German film director

Leni Riefenstahl was a German film director and photographer, as well as an actress and dancer. Riefenstahl is one of the most famous filmmakers who worked during the period of National Socialist rule in Germany. Her documentary Triumph of the Will and Olympia made her an active promoter of the Third Reich.
Helene Berta Amalie Riefenstahl (her real name) was born on August 22, 1902 in Berlin. Her brother Heinz was born two and a half years later. Their father, Alfred Riefenstahl, was an experienced businessman and owned a large company.
Since childhood Leni took music lessons. The girl successfully performed at school concerts. Leni was gifted in music and painting, but had a real passion for dance. Italian musician F. Busoni saw her dancing and composed Waltz-Caprice special for the girl. Later it became one of her most popular performances.
At the age of 12 Leni joined the swimming sports club Mermaid, where she participated in competitions and received prizes. Once she fell from a five-meter diving tower and had to leave the club.
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Marilyn Monroe – Hollywood sex symbol

Marilyn Monroe - Hollywood sex symbol

Marilyn Monroe – Hollywood sex symbol

Marilyn Monroe was a huge sex symbol, and one of the 20th century’s biggest icons. During her film career she made 31 movies.
Norma Jean Baker (her real name) was born on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. She had an unhappy childhood in Los Angeles. Marilyn’s mother had psycho-logical problems and was eventually sent to a mental institution. Marilyn spent years moving in and out of orphanages and foster homes. It was in one of these foster homes at the age of nine that she was raped.
She got married on June 19, 1942 when she was only sixteen. Her husband, James Dougherty, joined the U.S. Merchant Marine in 1943. Marilyn took a job working at the Radio Plane Munitions Factory. It was there that photographer David Conover discovered her. By 1946, she’d already appeared on various magazine covers.
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George Clooney – American actor

George Clooney - American actor

George Clooney – American actor

George Clooney is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. He became widely known after the release of the TV series ER and the movie From Dusk Till Dawn. He is a winner of Oscar and Golden Globe in the category Best Actor for his film Syriana, winner of Golden Globe for his role as millionaire Matt King in the drama The Descendants (2011) and the role of the escaped prisoner in a comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). He received Oscar as a producer in the category Best Film for the film Operation Argo and was awarded the fourth Golden Globe and the first BAFTA statuette.
George Timothy Clooney was born on May 6, 1961 in Lexington, Kentucky into a family of Nina Bruce, a former beauty queen, and Nick, a journalist, TV host and passionate politician. Clooney grew up in an Irish Catholic family. He has an elder sister, Adele, and actors Miguel and Rafael Ferrer are his cousins. From an early age Clooney took part in his father’s shows, where he was a favorite of the public.
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Elizabeth Taylor – Queen of Hollywood

Elizabeth Taylor - Queen of Hollywood

Elizabeth Taylor – Queen of Hollywood

Elizabeth Taylor was an Anglo-American actress, Queen of Hollywood. She was the first actress, whose fee for shooting in the film was one million dollars.
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born on February 27, 1932 in London. Francis Taylor was an art dealer and his wife Sara was a socially ambitious former stage actress. When World War II began the family returned to the United States. Elizabeth had the elder brother – Howard.
In 1942, the girl began starring in films.
In 1943 Taylor was cast opposite Mickey Rooney in National Velvet, the story of a young woman who wins a horse in the lottery and eventually rides it in England’s Grand National Steeplechase. During filming, she was thrown from a horse and suffered a broken back, but forced herself to finish the project.
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Howard Hughes – The Amazing Mr. Hughes

Howard Hughes - The Amazing Mr. Hughes

Howard Hughes – The Amazing Mr. Hughes

Howard Hughes was one of the richest and most powerful men of his time. He was an industrialist, director, Hollywood producer, and aviator.
Howard was born in 1905 in Houston, Texas. His father started the Hughes Tool Company. From his father, Howard learned to be a successful but ruthless businessman. Howard was the only child in the family. His mother, Allene, had mental problems and was afraid of germs and disease. She was obsessed with Howard’s health, and he became obsessed with it too. He attended private schools in California and Massachusetts, Rice Institute in Houston, and the California Institute of Technology. His mother died when Hughes was 16 and his father when he was 18. After his parents death Howard inherited Hughes Tool Company.
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Mary Pickford – divine nymph

Mary Pickford - divine nymph

Mary Pickford – divine nymph

Mary Pickford was a famous film and theater actress, the first star of American cinema. She became one of the most influential women in the history of world cinema, founded several production companies and was among the founders of the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts. Mary was the legend of silent films. She appeared in about 250 films.
Mary was born Gladys Louise Smith on April 8, 1893 in Toronto, Canada. Her father, John Charles Smith, was an alcoholic laborer who abandoned his family. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1898 after an accident at work. Her mother, Charlotte, took in borders and sewing to support her family. Mary had younger brother Jack and younger sister Lottie.
Pickford began acting at the age of six to support her family. She worked primarily in stock company melodramas in Toronto and tours across Canada.
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