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CARMEN MIRANDA

None other than the Brazilian Bombshell herself, Carmen Miranda, is the Funhouse’s Portrait of the Week. Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha was born February 9, 1909. She was already a star in South America, appearing in sev...
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A beautiul portrait of Anne Baxter from her days as a contract player at 20th Century-Fox.

ANNE BAXTER

  Beautiful Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923.  She later moved to New York City with her parents, where as a child she began acting in stock productions and later Broadway. 20th Century-Fox ...
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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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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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OZZIE NELSON

  Oswald George Nelson was born March 20, 1906 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Ozzie Nelson began his career studying law, but soon formed a dance band in the 1920s that became hugely popular. He took on Harriet Hilliard as a ...
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Barbara Hale

BARBARA HALE

    Well, we sure love actress Barbara Hale here at The Funhouse! Hale had a full career in movies during the 1940s. She never was a huge star, but Barbara worked constantly and was popular with World War II audienc...
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This portrait of Dan Dailey is from the 1947 20th Century-Fox film, Mother Wore Tights. This was one of the many corny musical films he would make with Betty Grable. They were Technicolor confections that showcased the duo's singing and dancing talents---and delighted audiences for years! Forget the story--just enjoy the team doing their best to entertain us. (c) 20th Century-Fox

DAN DAILEY

This portrait of Dan Dailey is from the 1947 20th Century-Fox film, Mother Wore Tights. This was one of the many corny musical films he would make with Betty Grable. They were Technicolor confections that showcased the duo̵...
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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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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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LAIRD CREGAR

  Only the most devoted film fan knows the name Laird Cregar. He was a screen character actor who rivaled Karloff and Lugosi for creepy cinematic portrayals. Samuel Laird Cregar was born July 28, 1913 in Philadelphia.  He...
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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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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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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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