Classic Hollywood Biographies
Ingrid Bergman & Cary Grant - Movie Story - September 1946
Clark Gable & Carole Lombard - Modern Screen - March 1937
Welcome to Classic Hollywood Biographies. If you are an admirer of the talents contained in the pages, I hope you will enjoy the photos, vintage movie magazine covers and overviews of the lives of some of the greatest classic movie stars from Hollywood's golden age. With any luck, you may discover new information, an anecdote you've never heard or have a misconception about an actor cleared up. Hopefully, you will come away with a better understanding of the actors and actresses you admire.
If you have surfed onto this web site expecting biting criticism or longwinded scholarly filmographies, then you are in the wrong place and should probably make a hasty retreat. All the biographies contained herein are written from a viewpoint of appreciation with more than a dash of sentiment mixed in.
As little as 25 years ago, the images of these great talents could only be found at movie revival houses or grainy copies on the late show. With the advent of digital film and sound restoration as well as satellite, digital cable, VHS and DVD, the details of their stellar performances are clear and crisp.The actors' youth, vitality and talent have never been more touchingly evident. We have never seen them so clearly and somehow it makes these legendary and now almost mythical film icons all the more real to us.
Versions of the biographies on this web site appeared in various publications including Hollywood Studio Magazine West Coast Lifestyle and Restaurant Row Magazine. All articles are copyrighted by (aka Dina Di Mambro) and may not be reprinted without permission.
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Author has written extensively about classic movie stars of the
golden age of Hollywood from the time she was a teenager. Her book Television
Series Regulars of the Fifties and Sixties In Interview (McFarland Publishing)
consisting of 22 in-depth interviews with stars of classic TV series was published
in 1992. In addition, she has worked as a research consultant
and provided materials for biography specials about Carole Lombard for the A & E Network and E! Entertainment Television.
William Powell & Myrna Loy -Screen Romances - February 1937 & French Magazine from 1938
Ginger Rogers & Ronald Colman - Screen Romances - September 1940
Jean Harlow - Picture Play - May 1937
Katharine Hepburn - Motion Picture Magazine - March 1935
Classic Hollywood Biographies
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From left to right Hugh Beaumont, Robert Mitchum, Laraine Day and DeForest Kelley.
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