Archive for the ‘20’s Actors’ Category

James Baskett

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Baskett as Uncle Remus in Song of the South
Born February 16, 1904
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Died July 9, 1948 (aged 44)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart failure
Resting place Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Other names Jimmie Baskette
Jimmy Baskette
Occupation Actor
Years active 1929–48
James Baskett (February 16, 1904 – July 9, 1948) was an American actor known for his portrayal of Uncle Remus, singing the song “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” in the 1946 Disney feature film Song of the South. In recognition of his warm portrayal of the famous black storyteller he was given an Honorary Academy Award, making him the first black male performer to receive an Oscar.

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Mel Blanc

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Publicity photo (1950)
Born Melvin Jerome Blank
May 30, 1908
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died July 10, 1989 (aged 81)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Heart disease
Emphysema
Nationality American
Other names “The Man of 1000 Voices”
Alma mater Lincoln High School
Occupation Voice actor, actor
Years active 1927–1989
Known for Looney Tunes
The Jack Benny Program
Spouse Estelle Rosenbaum
(m. 1933–1989; his death)
Children Noel Blanc
Melvin Jerome “Mel” Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was an American voice actor and actor. Although he began his sixty-plus-year career performing in radio, Blanc is best remembered for his work with Warner Bros. as the voices of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote, the Tasmanian Devil and many of the other characters from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoon short films; produced during the 1940s, 50s and 60s at the height of the golden age of American animation.

He later worked for Hanna-Barbera’s television cartoons of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, most notably as the voices of Barney Rubble on The Flintstones and Mr. Spacely on The Jetsons. Blanc was also the original voice of Woody Woodpecker for Universal Pictures in the early 1940s, and provided vocal effects for the Tom and Jerry cartoons directed by Chuck Jones for MGM in the mid-1960s. Furthermore, during the golden age of radio, Blanc was a frequent performer on the radio programs of famous comedians from the era; including Jack Benny, Abbott and Costello, Burns and Allen, and Judy Canova.

Having earned the nickname “The Man of a Thousand Voices”, Blanc is regarded as one of the most influential people in the voice acting industry.

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Judy Garland

Frances Ethel Gumm
June 10, 1922
Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States
Died June 22, 1969 (aged 47)
Chelsea, London, United Kingdom
Cause of death Barbiturate overdose
Occupation Actress, singer, vaudevillian
Years active 1924–1969 (singer)
1929–1967 (actress)
Spouses David Rose (m. 1941; div. 1944)
Vincente Minnelli (m. 1945; div. 1951)
Sidney Luft (m. 1952; div. 1965)
Mark Herron (m. 1965; div. 1967)
Mickey Deans (m. 1969; her death 1969)
Children Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, Joey Luft
Parents Francis Avent Gumm (father)
Ethel Marion Milne (mother)
Awards List of awards and honors
Judy Garland (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969), born Frances Ethel Gumm, was an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. She was renowned for her contralto vocals and attained international stardom which continued throughout a career that spanned more than 40 years as an actress in musical and dramatic roles, as a recording artist, and on concert stages. Respected for her versatility, she received a Juvenile Academy Award and won a Golden Globe Award, as well as Grammy Awards and a Special Tony Award.

She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the remake of A Star Is Born and for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1961 film Judgment at Nuremberg. She remains the youngest recipient (at 39 years of age) of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in the motion picture industry.

After appearing in vaudeville with her two older sisters, Garland was signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer as a teenager. There, she made more than two dozen films, including nine with Mickey Rooney, and 1939’s The Wizard of Oz. After 15 years, she was released from the studio and then gained new success through record-breaking concert appearances, including a return to acting, beginning with critically acclaimed performances.

Despite her professional triumphs, Garland struggled immensely in her personal life, starting when she was a child. Her self-image was strongly influenced by film executives, who said she was unattractive and constantly manipulated her onscreen physical appearance. She was plagued by financial instability, often owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes. She married five times, with her first four marriages ending in divorce. She also had a long battle with drugs and alcohol, which ultimately led to her death from a barbiturate overdose at the age of 47.

In 1997, Garland was posthumously awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Several of her recordings have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 1999, the American Film Institute placed her among the ten greatest female stars of Classic American cinema.

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