October 2010

John Garfield (1913 – 1952)

By |October 8th, 2010|

John Garfield was a fighter all his life, taking on the Hollywood establish- ment, the House Un-American Activities Committee, and even his colleagues in the legendary Group Theatre. As a motherless child in the New York slums, he had to fight to survive. He […]

Clark Gable (1901 – 1960)

By |October 8th, 2010|

Clark Gable was a star tailor-made for the thirties. Stage training gave him a perfect voice for talking pictures, while his size and rough features made him both heroic and down-to-earth–a fitting idol for Depression-weary Americans who wished they could stand up to adversity […]

Kirk Douglas (1916 – )

By |October 8th, 2010|

Kirk Douglas gave some of his best performances as men bucking the system, taking on everything from the artistic establishment as Vincent van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956) to conventional morality as the unscrupulous hero of Champion (1949) and The Bad and the […]

James Dean (1931 – 1955)

By |October 8th, 2010|

Sensitive and masculine in equal measures, James Dean made his mark playing sincere, searching youths hungry for emotional honesty. His pained cry to his parents—”You’re tearing me apart!”—in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) was emblematic of an entire misunderstood generation. Dean’s intensely personal acting […]

May 2010

Kate Winslet

By |May 8th, 2010|

Kate Winslet comes from a family of actors: her parents, grandparents, and uncle all spent their lives on the stage. She took acting classes as a child, and became a well-spoken, bright-eyed child actress in BBC TV series such as Dark Season (1991) and […]

Angelina Jolie

By |May 8th, 2010|

Famous for her provocative behavior offscreen as well as her professional achievements, Angelina Jolie is the daughter of Marcheline Bertrand and actor Jon Voight, who divorced when she was just one year old. Her interest in acting began as a child when, at the […]