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Monte Blue
Monte Blue
Monte Blue
(born Gerard Montgomery Bluefeather, January 11, 1887 – February 18, 1963) was a movie actor who began his career as a romantic leading man in the silent film era, and later progressed to character roles.[1]Contents1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Partial filmography 5 References 6 External linksEarly life[edit] Blue was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father was half French and part Cherokee
Cherokee
and Osage Indian.[2] When his father died, his mother could not rear five children alone, so Blue and one of his brothers were admitted to the Indiana
Indiana
Soldiers' and Sailors' Children's Home. He eventually worked his way through Purdue University
Purdue University
in West Lafayette, Indiana. Blue grew to six feet, three inches tall
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis
Indianapolis
(/ˌɪndiəˈnæpəlɪs/)[10][11][12] is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state
U.S. state
of Indiana
Indiana
and the seat of Marion County. It is in the East North Central region of the Midwestern United States. With an estimated population of 855,164 in 2016, Indianapolis
Indianapolis
is the third most populous city in the Midwest and 15th most populous in the U.S.[13] The city is the economic and cultural center of the Indianapolis
Indianapolis
metropolitan area, with 2,004,230 residents, the 34th most populous metropolitan statistical area in the U.S. Its combined statistical area ranks 27th, with a population of 2,386,199
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Dorothy Gish
Dorothy Elizabeth Gish (March 11, 1898 – June 4, 1968) was an American actress of the screen and stage, as well as a director and writer.[1] Dorothy and her older sister Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish
were major movie stars of the silent era. Dorothy also had great success on the stage, and was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. Dorothy Gish was noted as a fine comedian, and many of her films were comedies.Contents1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Quotes 6 Partial filmography 7 See also 8 References 9 External linksEarly life[edit] Dorothy Gish
Dorothy Gish
was born in Dayton, Ohio. She had an older sister, Lillian. The Gish sisters' mother, Mary Robinson McConnell Gish, supported the family after her husband, James Leigh Gish, abandoned the family in New York
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D. W. Griffith
David Wark Griffith (January 22, 1875 – July 23, 1948)[1] was an American director, writer, and producer who pioneered modern cinematic techniques. He is most remembered for The Birth of a Nation
The Birth of a Nation
(1915) and Intolerance (1916).[2] The Birth of a Nation
The Birth of a Nation
made use of advanced camera and narrative techniques, and its popularity set the stage for the dominance of the feature-length film in the United States. The film has sparked significant controversy surrounding racism in the United States,[3][4] focusing on its negative depiction of black people and the glorification of the Ku Klux Klan. Today, it is both acclaimed for its radical technique and condemned for its inherently racist philosophy.[1] The film was subject to boycotts by the NAACP; screenings caused riots at several theaters and it was censored in many cities, including New York City
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Stunt Performer
A stunt performer, often referred to as a stuntman, stuntwoman, or daredevil, is a trained professional who performs stunts, often as a career.Contents1 Overview 2 History2.1 Cascadeur 2.2 Stage combat 2.3 Early cinema 2.4 Cowboy
Cowboy
professionals 2.5 Safety Last! 2.6 Swashbuckler films 2.7 Action movies3 Future 4 Awards 5 Deaths 6 See also 7 References 8 External linksOverview[edit] A stuntman typically performs stunts intended for use in a motion picture or dramatized television. Stunts
Stunts
seen in films and television include car crashes, falls from great height, drags (for example, behind a horse), and explosions.[1][2][3] There is an inherent risk in the performance of all stunt work. The most risk exists when performing stunts in front of a live audience. In filmed performances, visible safety mechanisms can be removed by editing
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Extra (acting)
A background actor or extra is a performer in a film, television show, stage, musical, opera or ballet production, who appears in a nonspeaking or nonsinging (silent) capacity, usually in the background (for example, in an audience or busy street scene). War films and epic films often employ background actors in large numbers: some films have featured hundreds or even thousands of paid background actors as cast members (hence the term "cast of thousands"). Likewise, grand opera can involve many background actors appearing in spectacular productions. On a film or TV set, background actors are usually referred to as "background talent", "background performers", "background artists", "background cast members" or simply "background", while the term "extra" is rarely used. In a stage production, background actors are commonly referred to as "supernumeraries"
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Intolerance (film)
Intolerance is a 1916 epic silent film directed by D. W. Griffith. Subtitles include Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages and A Sun-Play of the Ages.[2][3] Widely regarded[citation needed] as one of the great masterpieces of the silent era, the three-and-a-half-hour epic intercuts four parallel storylines, each separated by several centuries: (1) a contemporary melodrama of crime and redemption, (2) a Judean story: Christ's mission and death, (3) a French story: the events surrounding the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of 1572, and (4) a Babylonian story: the fall of the Babylonian Empire to Persia
Persia
in 539 BC
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Stand-in
A stand-in for film and television is a person who substitutes for the actor before filming, for technical purposes such as lighting and camera setup. Stand-ins are helpful in the initial processes of film and television production. The underlying problem is that quick-and-dirty consumer shortcuts (autofocus, deep focus, and relying on as-is location lighting) are simply insufficient to create the professional look which audiences expect from modern cinematography. Professional lighting and camera setup are always done manually and can be extremely time-consuming and tedious. Actors strongly prefer to be elsewhere during that time.[citation needed] Stand-ins allow the director of photography to light the set and the camera department to light and focus scenes while the actors are absent. The director will often ask stand-ins to deliver the scene dialogue ("lines") and walk through ("blocking") the scenes to be filmed
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Herbert Beerbohm Tree
Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree
Herbert Beerbohm Tree
(17 December 1852 – 2 July 1917) was an English actor and theatre manager. Tree began performing in the 1870s. By 1887, he was managing the Haymarket Theatre, winning praise for adventurous programming and lavish productions, and starring in many of its productions. In 1899, he helped fund the rebuilding, and became manager, of His Majesty's Theatre. Again, he promoted a mix of Shakespeare and classic plays with new works and adaptations of popular novels, giving them spectacular productions in this large house, and often playing leading roles. His wife, actress Helen Maud Holt, often played opposite him and assisted him with management of the theatres. Although Tree was regarded as a versatile and skilled actor, particularly in character roles, by his later years, his technique was seen as mannered and old fashioned
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Supporting Actor
A supporting actor is an actor who performs a role in a play or film below that of the leading actor(s), and above that of a bit part. In recognition of important nature of this work, the theater and film industries give separate awards to the best supporting actors and actresses. These range from minor roles to principal players and are often pivotal or vital to the story as in a best friend, love interest, sidekick (such as Robin in the Batman
Batman
series), or antagonist (such as the villain). They are sometimes but not necessarily character roles. In earlier times, these could often be ethnic stereotypes. A supporting actor should usually not upstage the starring or main actor or actress
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Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil Blount DeMille (/ˈsɛsəl dəˈmɪl/;[1] August 12, 1881 – January 21, 1959) was an American filmmaker. Between 1914 and 1958, he made a total of 70 features, both silent and sound films.[2] He is acknowledged as a founding father of the cinema of the United States and the most commercially successful producer-director in film history.[3] His films were distinguished by their epic scale and by his cinematic showmanship. He made silent films of every genre: social dramas, comedies, Westerns, farces, morality plays, and historical pageants. DeMille began his career as a stage actor in 1900.[4] He later moved to writing and directing stage productions, some with Jesse Lasky, who was then a vaudeville producer. DeMille's first film, The Squaw Man (1914), was also the first feature film shot in Hollywood
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Lillian Gish
Lillian Diana Gish[1] (October 14, 1893 – February 27, 1993) was an American actress of the screen and stage,[2] as well as a director and writer. Her film acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912, in silent film shorts, to 1987. Gish was called the First Lady of American Cinema, and she is credited with pioneering fundamental film performing techniques.[3] Gish was a prominent film star from 1912 into the 1920s, particularly associated with the films of director D. W. Griffith, including her leading role in the highest-grossing film of the silent era, Griffith's seminal The Birth of a Nation
The Birth of a Nation
(1915). At the dawn of the sound era, she returned to the stage and appeared in film infrequently, including well-known roles in the controversial western Duel in the Sun (1946) and the offbeat thriller The Night of the Hunter (1955)
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Leading Lady
Leading lady
Leading lady
is a term often applied to the leading actress in the performance if her character is the protagonist. It is also an informal term for the actress who plays a secondary lead, usually a love interest, to the leading actor in a film or play. A leading lady can also be an actress of renown. For example, Lynn Fontanne and Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
were both referred to as the "leading lady of the theatre" in their time. Similarly, Mary Pickford
Mary Pickford
was called the "leading lady" of the cinema. The term has been applied to an actress who is often associated with one particular actor
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Lumberjack
Lumberjacks are Canadian workers in the logging industry who perform the initial harvesting and transport of trees for ultimate processing into forest products. The term usually refers to a bygone era (before 1945 in the United States) when hand tools were used in harvesting trees. Because of its historical ties, the term lumberjack has become ingrained in popular culture through folklore, mass media and spectator sports. The actual work was difficult, dangerous, intermittent, low-paying, and primitive in living conditions
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Clara Bow
Clara Gordon Bow (/ˈboʊ/; July 29, 1905 – September 27, 1965) was an American actress who rose to stardom in silent film during the 1920s and successfully made the transition to "talkies" after 1927. Her appearance as a plucky shopgirl in the film It brought her global fame and the nickname "The It Girl".[1] Bow came to personify the Roaring Twenties[2] and is described as its leading sex symbol.[3][4] She appeared in 46 silent films and 11 talkies, including hits such as Mantrap (1926), It (1927), and Wings (1927). She was named first box-office draw in 1928 and 1929 and second box-office draw in 1927 and 1930.[5][6] Her presence in a motion picture was said to have ensured investors, by odds of almost two-to-one, a "safe return".[7] At the apex of her stardom, she received more than 45,000 fan letters in a single month (January 1929).[8] Two years after marrying actor Rex Bell
Rex Bell
in 1931, Bow retired from acting and became a rancher in Nevada
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Gloria Swanson
Gloria May Josephine Swanson (/ˈswɑːnsən/; March 27, 1899 – April 4, 1983) was an American actress and producer best known for her role as Norma Desmond, a reclusive silent film star, in the critically acclaimed 1950 film Sunset Boulevard. Swanson was also a star in the silent film era as both an actress and a fashion icon, especially under the direction of Cecil B. DeMille. She starred in dozens of silent films and was nominated for the first Academy Award
Academy Award
in the Best Actress category. She also produced her own films, including Sadie Thompson
Sadie Thompson
and The Love of Sunya. In 1929, Swanson transitioned to talkies with The Trespasser
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