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Chips Rafferty
Chips Rafferty
Chips Rafferty
MBE (26 March 1909 – 27 May 1971) was an Australian actor. Called "the living symbol of the typical Australian",[1] Rafferty's career stretched from the 1940s until his death in 1971, and during this time he performed regularly in major Australian feature films as well as appearing in British and American productions, including The Overlanders and The Sundowners
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Ricky Nelson
Eric Hilliard Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985) was an American rock and roll star, musician, and singer-songwriter. From age eight he starred alongside his family in the radio and television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. In 1957 he began a long and successful career as a popular recording artist. As one of the top "teen idols" of the 1950s his fame led to a motion picture role co-starring alongside John Wayne
John Wayne
and Dean Martin
Dean Martin
in Howard Hawks's western feature film Rio Bravo (1959). He placed 53 songs on the Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
between 1957 and 1973 including "Poor Little Fool" in 1958, which holds the distinction of being the first #1 song on Billboard magazine's then-newly created Hot 100 chart
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Royal Australian Air Force
The Royal Australian Air Force
Royal Australian Air Force
(RAAF), formed March 1921, is the aerial warfare branch of the Australian Defence Force. It directly continues the traditions of the Australian Flying Corps
Australian Flying Corps
(AFC), formed on 22 October 1912.[2] The RAAF provides support across a spectrum of operations such as air superiority, precision strikes, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, air mobility, and humanitarian support. The RAAF has taken part in many of the 20th century's major conflicts. During the Second World War
Second World War
a number of RAAF bomber, fighter, reconnaissance and other squadrons served initially in Britain, and with the Desert Air Force
Desert Air Force
located in North Africa and the Mediterranean, while the majority were later primarily deployed in the South West Pacific Area
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Hedda Hopper
Hedda Hopper
Hedda Hopper
(born Elda Furry; May 2, 1885 – February 1, 1966) was an American actress and gossip columnist, notorious for feuding with her arch-rival Louella Parsons. She had been a moderately successful actress of stage and screen for years before being offered the chance to write the column Hedda Hopper's Hollywood for the Los Angeles Times in 1938. At the height of her power in the 1940s she commanded a 35 million strong readership.[1] She was well known for her political Conservatism, and during the McCarthy era
McCarthy era
she named suspected communists
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The Loves Of Joanna Godden
Joanna
Joanna
is a feminine given name deriving from Koine
Koine
Greek Ἰωάννα Iōanna from Hebrew
Hebrew
יוֹחָנָה Yôḥānnāh meaning 'God is gracious'. Variants in English include Joan, Joann, Joanne, and Johanna. Other forms of the name in English are Jan, Jane, Janet, Janice, Jean, and Jeanne. The earliest recorded occurrence of the name Joanna, in Luke 8:3, refers to the disciple " Joanna
Joanna
the wife of Chuza," who was an associate of Mary Magdalene. Her name as given is Greek in form, although it ultimately originated from the Hebrew
Hebrew
masculine name יְהוֹחָנָן Yehôḥānān or יוֹחָנָן Yôḥānān meaning 'God is gracious'. In Greek this name became Ιωαννης Iōannēs, from which Iōanna was derived by giving it a feminine ending
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Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
(born Frank James Cooper; May 7, 1901 – May 13, 1961) was an American film actor known for his natural, authentic, and understated acting style and screen performances. His career spanned thirty-six years, from 1925 to 1961, and included leading roles in eighty-four feature films. He was a major movie star from the end of the silent film era through to the end of the golden age of Classical Hollywood. His screen persona appealed strongly to both men and women, and his range of performances included roles in most major movie genres. Cooper's ability to project his own personality onto the characters he played contributed to his natural and authentic appearance on screen. Throughout his career, he sustained a screen persona that represented the ideal American hero. Cooper began his career as a film extra and stunt rider, but soon landed acting roles
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The Stowaway (1958 Film)
The Stowaway is a 1958 French-Australian film directed by Australian director Lee Robinson and French Lebanese director Ralph Habib. It was shot on location in Tahiti. There are French and English versions of the film. The French version is known as Le Passager clandestin.Contents1 Synopsis 2 Cast 3 Production 4 Release 5 References 6 External linksSynopsis[edit] A group of adventurers compete with one another to find the missing heir Rene Marechal, thought to be near Tahiti. Major Owens, a middle aged Englishman with a shady past, discovers the island on which Marechal lives but is murdered by the criminal Mougins. Mougins sets out for the island with Colette, a night club singer who is Marechal's former mistress. She is rescued by Jean, who had earlier helped Colette stow away on the boat to Tahiti. Jean and Mougins fight and Mougins falls overboard and is eaten by a shark
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Peter Finch
Frederick George Peter Ingle Finch (28 September 1916 – 14 January 1977) was an English-Australian actor.[1][2] He is best remembered for his role as "crazed" television anchorman Howard Beale in the film Network, which earned him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Actor, his fifth Best Actor award from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and a Best Actor award from the Golden Globes
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Ealing Studios
Ealing
Ealing
Studios is a television and film production company and facilities provider at Ealing
Ealing
Green in west London. Will Barker
Will Barker
bought the White Lodge on Ealing
Ealing
Green in 1902 as a base for film making, and films have been made on the site ever since. It is the oldest continuously working studio facility for film production in the world,[1] and the current stages were opened for the use of sound in 1931. It is best known for a series of classic films produced in the post-WWII years, including Kind Hearts and Coronets
Kind Hearts and Coronets
(1949), Passport to Pimlico (1949), The Lavender Hill Mob
The Lavender Hill Mob
(1951), and The Ladykillers (1955)
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Flying Officer
Flying officer
Flying officer
(Fg Off in the RAF and IAF; FLGOFF in the RAAF; FGOFF in the RNZAF; formerly F/O in all services and still frequently in the RAF) is a junior commissioned rank in the Royal Air Force[1] and the air forces of many countries which have historical British influence. It is also sometimes used as the English translation of an equivalent rank in countries which have a non-English air force-specific rank structure. In these cases a Flying Officer usually ranks above pilot officer and immediately below flight lieutenant. It has a NATO
NATO
ranking code of OF-1 and is equivalent to a lieutenant in the British Army
British Army
or the Royal Marines
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Rod Taylor
Rodney Sturt "Rod" Taylor (11 January 1930 – 7 January 2015) was an Australian actor on radio, film and television. He appeared in over 50 films, including The Time Machine
Time Machine
(1960), The Birds (1963), and One Hundred and One Dalmatians
One Hundred and One Dalmatians
(1961).Contents1 Early life 2 Career2.1 Australia 2.2 Hollywood 2.3 Stardom 2.4 Later career3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Filmography5.1 Feature films 5.2 Documentaries6 Television6.1 As a regular 6.2 Guest appearances7 Theatre credits 8 References 9 External linksEarly life[edit] Taylor was born on 11 January 1930[1] in Lidcombe, a suburb of Sydney, the only child of William Sturt Taylor, a steel construction contractor and commercial artist, and Mona Taylor (née Thompson), a writer of more than a hundred short stories and children's books
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Tommy Trinder
Thomas Edward Trinder CBE
CBE
(24 March 1909 – 10 July 1989) known as Tommy Trinder, was an English stage, screen and radio comedian of the pre- and post-war years whose catchphrase was 'You lucky people'.Contents1 Life 2 Filmography 3 References 4 External linksLife[edit] Born at 54 Wellfield Road, Streatham, South London, (a plaque from the Streatham
Streatham
Society marks the spot) on 24 March 1909, the son of Thomas Henry Trinder, a London tram driver from Shilton, Oxfordshire, and his wife Jennie Georgina Harriet Mills, Tommy Trinder
Tommy Trinder
was one of the best-loved comedians in Britain during the period from the late 1930s until the 1960s. He left school early for a job as an errand boy but by the age of 12 was on stage
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Will Rogers
William Penn Adair
William Penn Adair
"Will" Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was a stage and motion picture actor, vaudeville performer, American cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator from Oklahoma. Of mixed race, he identified as Cherokee, as his parents did. Known as "Oklahoma's Favorite Son",[1] Rogers was born to a prominent Cherokee
Cherokee
family in Indian Territory
Indian Territory
(now part of Oklahoma). As an entertainer and humorist, he traveled around the world three times, made 71 movies (50 silent films and 21 "talkies"),[2] and wrote more than 4,000 nationally syndicated newspaper columns.[3] By the mid-1930s, the American people adored Rogers. He was the leading political wit of his time and was the highest paid Hollywood film star
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Sydney
Sydney
Sydney
(/ˈsɪdni/ ( listen))[7] is the state capital of New South Wales
Wales
and the most populous city in Australia
Australia
and Oceania.[8] Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds the world's largest natural harbour and sprawls about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north and Macarthur to the south.[9] Sydney
Sydney
is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions
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James Stewart
James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American actor and military officer who is among the most honored and popular stars in film history. A major Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
contract player, Stewart was known for his distinctive drawl and down-to-earth persona, which helped him often portray American middle-class men struggling in crisis. Many of the films in which he starred have become enduring classics. Stewart was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition for The Philadelphia Story (1940), and received an Academy Lifetime Achievement award in 1985
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Slim Summerville
George Joseph Somerville (July 10, 1892 – January 5, 1946), known professionally as Slim Summerville, was an American film actor, best known as a comedy performer.[1]Contents1 Life 2 Career 3 Legacy 4 Partial filmography 5 References 6 External linksLife[edit] Born George Joseph Somerville in Albuquerque, New Mexico, his mother died when he was five.[2] Moving from New Mexico
New Mexico
to Canada
Canada
to Oklahoma, he had a nomadic upbringing.[2] He married Gertrude Martha Roell on 19 November 1927.[3][4] In early 1932, the Summervilles adopted a four-week-old baby boy whom they christened Elliott George.[5] The couple divorced in September 1936,[4][6] and he then married Eleanor Brown (also a divorcee), who was his nurse, who cared for him when he was sick
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