Archive for the ‘50’s Actors’ Category

Richard Harris

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Harris in 1985
Born 1 October 1930
Limerick, County Limerick, Ireland
Died 25 October 2002 (aged 72)
Fitzrovia, London, England
Occupation Actor, singer, songwriter, producer, director, writer
Years active 1958–2002
Spouses Elizabeth Rees-Williams (m. 1957; div. 1969)
Ann Turkel (m. 1974; div. 1982)
Children 3, including Jared and Damian
Richard St John Harris (1 October 1930 – 25 October 2002) was an Irish actor, singer, songwriter, producer, director, and writer. He appeared on stage and in many films, appearing as Frank Machin in This Sporting Life, and King Arthur in the 1967 film Camelot and the subsequent 1981 revival of the show. He played an aristocrat and prisoner in A Man Called Horse (1970), a gunfighter in Clint Eastwood’s Western film Unforgiven (1992), Emperor Marcus Aurelius in Gladiator (2000), and Albus Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter films: The Philosopher’s Stone (2001) and the Chamber of Secrets (2002). Harris had a top ten hit in the United Kingdom and United States with his 1968 recording of Jimmy Webb’s song “MacArthur Park”.

Ed Ames

Birth name Edmund Dantes Urick
Born July 9, 1927 (age 88)
Origin Malden, Massachusetts
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, Actor
Years active 1955–present
Labels Decca, Coral, RCA Victor
Associated acts 1950s: Ames Brothers; 1960s: Daniel Boone (TV series)
Ed Ames (born Edmund Dantes Urick; July 9, 1927) is an American popular singer and actor. He is known for his pop hits of the 1960s including “My Cup Runneth Over”, “Who Will Answer?” and “When the Snow is on the Roses”. He was part of a popular 1950s singing group called the Ames Brothers.

Paula Smith

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Paula Stewart at Shimer College in 1946.
Born Dorothy Paula Zürndorfer
April 9, 1929 (age 87)
Alma mater Shimer College, Northwestern University
Occupation Actress
Years active 1954–present
Spouses Burt Bacharach (m. 1953–58)
Jack Carter (m. 1961–70)
Children Michael David Carter
Website Official Website
Paula Stewart (born April 9, 1929) is an American stage, film and television actress.

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Carol Lawrence

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Carol Lawrence in a scene of General Electric Theater
Born Carolina Maria Laraia
September 5, 1932 (age 83)
Melrose Park, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1952-present
Spouses Cosmo Allegretti
(1956-1959; divorced)
Robert Goulet
(1963-1981; divorced)
John Gregory Guydus
(1982-1983; divorced)
Children Christopher Goulet (b. 1964)
Michael Goulet (b. 1966)
Carol Lawrence (born September 5, 1932) is an American actress, most often associated with musical theatre, but who has also appeared extensively on television.

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Connie Stevens

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Stevens in the 1960s
Born Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia
August 8, 1938 (age 77)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress, film director, screenwriter, singer
Years active 1955–present
Spouses James Stacy
(m. 1963; div. 1967)
Eddie Fisher
(m. 1967; div. 1969)
Children Joely Fisher
Tricia Leigh Fisher
Connie Stevens (born August 8, 1938) is an American actress, director, screenwriter and singer, best known for her role in the television series Hawaiian Eye and other TV and film work.

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Jayne Mansfield

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Mansfield in Kiss Them for Me (1957)
Born Vera Jayne Palmer
April 19, 1933
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Died June 29, 1967 (aged 34)
Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Cause of death Car crash
Resting place Fairview Cemetery (Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania)
40.861672°N 75.240244°W
Other names Vera Jayne Peers, Vera Palmer
Education Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Austin, University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation Actress, singer, Playboy Playmate, nightclub entertainer, model
Years active 1954–1967
Spouses Paul Mansfield (m. 1950–58)
Miklós Hargitay (m. 1958–64)
Matt Cimber (m. 1964–66)
Children 5, including Jayne Marie Mansfield and Mariska Hargitay
Parents Herbert William Palmer (1904–1936)
Vera Jeffrey Palmer Peers (1903–2000)
Awards Theatre World Award for Promising Personality (1956)
Golden Globe for New Star Of The Year – Actress (1957)
Website http://www.jaynemansfield.com/

Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer; April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967) was an American actress in film, theatre, and television. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s and 20th Century Fox’s alternative to Marilyn Monroe who came to be known as the “Working Man’s Monroe”. She was also known for her well-publicized personal life and publicity stunts, such as wardrobe malfunctions. She was one of Hollywood’s original blonde bombshells, and, although many people have never seen her movies, Mansfield remains one of the most recognizable icons of 1950s celebrity culture.

Mansfield became a major Broadway star in 1955, a major Hollywood star in 1956, and a leading celebrity in 1957. While Mansfield’s film career was short lived, she had several box-office successes and won a Theatre World Award and a Golden Globe. She enjoyed success in the role of fictional actress Rita Marlowe, both in the 1955–1956 Broadway version and the 1957 Hollywood film version of Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?. Her other major movie performances were for The Girl Can’t Help It (1956), The Wayward Bus (1957), and Too Hot to Handle (1960).

With decreased demand for big-breasted blonde bombshells and an increased negative backlash against her excessive publicity, she became a box-office has-been by the early 1960s, but she remained a popular celebrity, continuing to attract large crowds outside the United States by way of lucrative and successful nightclub acts. In the sexploitation film Promises! Promises! (1963), she became the first major American actress to have a nude starring role in a Hollywood motion picture.

Mansfield’s professional name came from her first husband, public relations professional Paul Mansfield, with whom she had a daughter. She was the mother of three children from her second marriage to actor/bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay. She had a son with her third husband, film director Matt Cimber. In 1967, Mansfield was killed in a car crash at the age of 34, along with two others.

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Sean Connery

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Born Thomas Sean Connery
25 August 1930 (age 85)
Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1954–2012
Political party Scottish National Party
Spouses
Diane Cilento (m. 1962–73)
Micheline Roquebrune (m. 1975)
Children Jason Connery
Family Neil Connery (brother)
Website www.seanconnery.com
Sir Thomas Sean Connery (/ˈʃɔːn ˈkɒnəri/; born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards (one of them being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award) and three Golden Globes (including the Cecil B. DeMille Award and a Henrietta Award). He was knighted by Elizabeth II in July 2000 and received the Kennedy Center Honors in the US.

Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables. His film career also includes such films as Marnie, The Name of the Rose, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Hunt for Red October, Highlander, Murder on the Orient Express, Dragonheart, and The Rock.

Connery has been polled as “The Greatest Living Scot” and “Scotland’s Greatest Living National Treasure”. In 1989, he was proclaimed “Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine, and in 1999, at age 69, he was voted “Sexiest Man of the Century”.

Jayne Manfield

Vera Jayne Palmer
April 19, 1933
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Died June 29, 1967 (aged 34)
Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Cause of death Car crash
Resting place Fairview Cemetery (Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania)
40.861672°N 75.240244°W
Other names Vera Jayne Peers, Vera Palmer
Education Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Austin, University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation Actress, singer, Playboy Playmate, nightclub entertainer, model
Years active 1954–1967
Spouses Paul Mansfield (m. 1950–58)
Miklós Hargitay (m. 1958–64)
Matt Cimber (m. 1964–66)
Children 5, including Jayne Marie Mansfield and Mariska Hargitay
Parents Herbert William Palmer (1904–1936)
Vera Jeffrey Palmer Peers (1903–2000)
Awards Theatre World Award for Promising Personality (1956)
Golden Globe for New Star Of The Year – Actress (1957)
Website http://www.jaynemansfield.com/
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Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer; April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967) was an American actress in film, theatre, and television. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s and 20th Century Fox’s alternative to Marilyn Monroe who came to be known as the “Working Man’s Monroe”. She was also known for her well-publicized personal life and publicity stunts, such as wardrobe malfunctions. She was one of Hollywood’s original blonde bombshells, and, although many people have never seen her movies, Mansfield remains one of the most recognizable icons of 1950s celebrity culture.

Mansfield became a major Broadway star in 1955, a major Hollywood star in 1956, and a leading celebrity in 1957. While Mansfield’s film career was short lived, she had several box-office successes and won a Theatre World Award and a Golden Globe. She enjoyed success in the role of fictional actress Rita Marlowe, both in the 1955–1956 Broadway version and the 1957 Hollywood film version of Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?. Her other major movie performances were for The Girl Can’t Help It (1956), The Wayward Bus (1957), and Too Hot to Handle (1960).

With decreased demand for big-breasted blonde bombshells and an increased negative backlash against her excessive publicity, she became a box-office has-been by the early 1960s, but she remained a popular celebrity, continuing to attract large crowds outside the United States by way of lucrative and successful nightclub acts. In the sexploitation film Promises! Promises! (1963), she became the first major American actress to have a nude starring role in a Hollywood motion picture.

Mansfield’s professional name came from her first husband, public relations professional Paul Mansfield, with whom she had a daughter. She was the mother of three children from her second marriage to actor/bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay. She had a son with her third husband, film director Matt Cimber. In 1967, Mansfield was killed in a car accident at the age of 34, along with two others.

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