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PostSubject: November 9 Birthday Wishes   Fri Nov 09, 2012 10:39 am

Mae Marsh [1894 - 1968]
Frank McDonald [1899 - 1980]
Whitey Hughes [1920 - 2009]
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PostSubject: Re: November 9 Birthday Wishes   Fri Nov 09, 2012 11:49 am

Howdy Manco!!

Mae Marsh began her film career as a child actor in 1910. She appeared in dozens of silent films and in the late 1920's, she retired from acting, just in time fot the Wall Street crash of 1929. Wiped out financially, she began acting in talkies and appeared in Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm, Drums Along The Mohawk and became a favorite of John Ford, appearing in The Grapes Of Wrath, How Green Was My Valley, My Darling Clementine, Fort Apache, 3 Godfathers, The Quite Man, The Searchers, Sergeant Rutledge and her last acting role in Cheyenne Autumn in 1964, when she again retired.

If you've been looking for the fella, who directed all those Gene Autry and Roy Rogers films, you've found him!! His name was Frank McDonald and he arrived in Hollywood in the early 30's. He directed over 100 western films during his career, including, Bells Of Rosarita, My Pal Trigger, Song Of Arizona, The Big Sombrero, Under Navajo Skies and dozens of others. When the matinee films faded, he turned his talents to t.v. westerns and directed episodes of The Gene Autry Show, Death Valley Days, The Adventures Of Wild Bill Hickok, Tales Of Wells Fargo, The Range Rider, The Tall Man, The Annie Oakley Show and The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp. If you're looking for for the fella responsible for a lot of the childhood memories of westerns that you have, It was him.

Athough the name and face of Whitey Hughes may not be familiar to you, you've seen him hundreds of times. Arriving in Hollywood in 1950, he was the stunt coordinator and stunt man on hundreds of movies and t.v. series, like Along The Great Divide, The Charge At Feather River, Giant, The Californians, The Rifleman, The Wild Wild West, Geronimo, The Wild Bunch, Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid, Bring Me The head Of Alfredo Garcia, The Legend Of The Golden Gun, and hundreds of others. At 5 feet 6 inches tall, he also doubled for women in films. You may remember him best as the woman who jumped of the cliff with an umbrella in, The Stunt Man. Whitey continued to do stunts in films through 1989. This is one of the fellas that made all the heroes look good, in all those films you've seen. Just like Lee Majors sang about in he theme song ( the unknown stuntman) for The Fall Guy.

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PostSubject: Re: November 9 Birthday Wishes   Fri Nov 09, 2012 1:01 pm

Also today:

Gertrude Astor (1887-1977) started out as a trombone player on a riverboat, and made her film debut in a short for Biograph in 1915. She was a tall actress, sometimes taller than the leading men, so she was usually cast as comic relief or the leading lady's pal. In the silent era, she appeared in Stage Struck, The Cat and the Canary, and The Strong Man. She was also in several Laurel and Hardy films. Later in her career, she would be a bit player, often uncredited, in movies like Red River Robin Hood, The Kansan, Dick Tracy, All About Eve, Around the World in Eighty Days, and The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance, and on episodes of I Love Lucy, Broken Arrow, Ozzie & Harriet, and My Mother the Car. She retired in 1966, and died of a stroke at the age of 90.
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