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One of Amanda's first studio portraits at MGM. They tried to promote her as a new Greer Garson. (c) MGM

MISS KITTY OF THE LONG BRANCH

  Actress ¬†Amanda Blake, best known as ‘Miss Kitty Russell’ from the long-running TV series, Gunsmoke, was born on this day in 1929. So its appropriate we make the red-haired personality the Funhouse’s P...
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LOUIS HAYWARD

  Only the most passionate of movie fans will remember actor Louis Hayward. In the 1930s the suave British actor was noted for his swashbuckling appearances in such escapist Hollywood fare as The Son of Monte Cristo, The M...
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This early-1930's portrait of Robert Montgomery is from his peak years at MGM. He was one of the studio's most popular actors, later becoming a top-notch director and producer. (c) MGM

ROBERT MONTGOMERY

Robert Montgomery was one of 1930’s cinema’s most popular players. He started his career at the top, under contract to quality studio MGM. He made a number of early talkies, making a big impression in the powerful p...
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MIRIAM HOPKINS

MIRIAM HOPKINS

    We’ve missed a Portrait of the Week or two here at the Funhouse, while we’ve been busy convention-going and redesigning our site. ¬†We’re back on track now with this week’s tribute to actre...
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JUNE HAVOC

  June Havoc (1912-20010) achieved theatrical immortality without even appearing in a play. She was the pint-sized vaudevillian, ‘Dainty June,’ whose character was featured in the 1959 smash Broadway musical Gy...
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PAUL MUNI

PAUL MUNI

    He was the original Scarface. Paul Muni was born Sept. 22, 1895, in Lemberg, Austria. After moving to New York, Muni became active in Yiddish theater, a road which ultimately lead him to Broadway. Signed by Warner...
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FAIRBANKS

DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS, JR.

  Douglas Elton Ulman Fairbanks Junior was born December 9, 1909. Junior was born into Hollywood Royalty, the son of silent film super-star Douglas Fairbanks, Sr. and heiress Beth Sully. It was only natural that Fairbanks ...
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This glamorous portrait of Claire is from 1939's 'Stagecoach', co-starring John Wayne and directed by John Ford.

CLAIRE TREVOR

  Claire Trevor was born March 8, 1910 in Bensonhurst, New York. As a teen-ager, she enrolled in the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. She starred in a few of the Vitaphone short-subjects that were filmed in New York at t...
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This great portrait of Linda Darnell comes from the height of her popularity in the early 1940s at 20th Century-Fox. Linda came to the studio at age 16, and was promptly thrown into the lead of her first film, Hotel for Women (1939). She became the youngest leading lady in Hollywood history.(c) 20th Century-Fox Film Corp.

LINDA DARNELL

Actress Linda Darnell’s life was pure Hollywood. She was discovered by movie talent scouts as a youngster in her native Texas. Signed to a studio contract at the age of 16, they promptly threw her into the lead role of he...
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RENNIE

MICHAEL RENNIE — KLAATU WITHOUT HIS SPACE SUIT

  Eric Alexander Rennie was born on August 29, 1909 in Idle near Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire. After graduation from school, Rennie toiled as a car salesman and manager of his uncle’s rope factory. He was alway...
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PEEPING JOHN. Cadaverous John Carradine portrays yet-another mad scientist in 1957's The Unearthly. This Republic Pictures opus also starred the curvaceous Allison Hayes and the mountainous Tor Johnson. (c) Republic Pictures

JOHN CARRADINE

  OK…..OK…..I know Halloween is over, but I’m still featuring this creepy portrait of John Carradine as this week’s featured portrait. Like Karloff and Lugosi, the Thin Monster is forever identified...
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RUSSELL

ROSALIND RUSSELL

    Rosalind Russell was one of the greatest screen actresses–and personalities–in Hollywood history. There didn’t seem to be much that she could not do. Ms. Russell started out as a ‘second-le...
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BING CROSBY

BING CROSBY

I suppose there’s no Hollywood celebrity more identified with Christmas than Bing Crosby. His rendition of the Irving Berlin song, White Christmas, is a Holiday staple. As is the constant unspooling of his popular 1954 Pa...
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