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Also known as the Golden Age of Hollywood, Old Hollywood typically covers the years 1927 to 1963. This is when the classic form of cinema took its shape, and plenty of faces on the big screen played a big role in making it happen. Here we celebrate the lives and talent of these truly great actors and actresses.

Movie Stars of Old Hollywood: Bette Davis

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The First Lady of the American Screen Bette Davis was born on April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts as Ruth Elizabeth Davis. Her parents were Harlow Morrell and Ruth Augusta (Favor) Davis. Bette’s sister, Barbara, was born a year later. Bette’s parents separated in 1915, and although Bette’s mother had difficulty affording it, she placed

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Movie Stars of Old Hollywood: Katharine Hepburn

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The First Lady of Cinema Katharine Houghton Hepburn was born in Hartford, Connecticut on May 12, 1907 to parents Dr. Thomas Hepburn and Katharine Martha Houghton. She was one of six children, all of whom were given their mother’s maiden name as a middle name. Her father was a successful urologist and her mother was

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Movie Stars of Old Hollywood: Marlon Brando

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A True Hollywood Legend Marlon Brando was such an incredible actor that he set the standard by which all other actors would be measured. He was one of the first actors to perform in the newly introduced acting style called “The Method”. This technique involved utilizing one’s own repressed memories and emotions to portray a

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Movie Stars of Old Hollywood: Jean Harlow

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The Original Blonde Bombshell Jean Harlow was born on March 3, 1911 as Harlean Harlow Carpenter, the only child of Mont Clair Carpenter and Jean Harlow Carpenter. Her father was a successful dentist in Kansas City, Missouri. Harlean’s father came from a working-class family, while her mother was the daughter of a wealthy real estate

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Movie Stars of Old Hollywood: James Dean

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An American Rebel James Dean’s acting career lasted only four years before his untimely death. But he succeeded in making an indelible impression on moviegoers in roles portraying a rebellious and misunderstood youth. He was nominated for two Oscars and was the first person to receive the award for Best Actor posthumously (after death). James

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