Archive for the ‘100th Birthday – 1909-2009’ Category

Hermes Pan’s 100th Brithday

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

100th BIRTHDAY

Hermes Pan

 

 Hermes Pan and Fred Astaire

 Hermes Pan (right) with Fred Astaire

 

AMERICAN CHOREOGRAPHER

 

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Douglas Fairbank’s 100th Birthday

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

100th BIRTHDAY

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

 

Douglas fairbanks Jr

 

AMERICAN ACTOR

 

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James Agee’s 100th Birthday

Friday, November 27th, 2009

100th BIRTHDAY

James Agee

 

James Agee

 

AMERICAN WRITER

 

  • BORN: November 27, 1909, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • DIED: May 16, 1955, New York, New York
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Heart attack
  • BURIAL: Agee Family Farm, Hillsdale, New York

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Frances Dee’s 100th Birthday

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

100th BIRTHDAY

Frances Dee

 

Frances Dee

 

AMERICAN ACTRESS

 

  • BORN: November 26, 1909, Los Angeles, California
  • DIED: March 6, 2004, Norwalk, Connecticut
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Complications from a stroke
  • BURIAL: Unknown

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Johnny Mercer’s 100th Birthday

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

100th BIRTHDAY

Johnny Mercer

 

 Johnny Mercer

 

AMERICAN LYRICIST AND SONGWRITER

 

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Robert Ryan’s 100th Birthday

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

100th BIRTHDAY

Robert Ryan

 

Robert Ryan

 

AMERICAN ACTOR

 

  • BORN: November 11, 1909, Chicago, Illinois
  • DIED: July 11, 1973, New York, New York
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Lung cancer
  • BURIAL: Cremated, ashes scattered

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Norman Krasna’s 100th Birthday

Saturday, November 7th, 2009

100th BIRTHDAY

Norman Krasna

 

Norman Krasna

 

AMERICAN SCREENWRITER

 

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Carla Laemmle’s 100th Birthday

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

100th BIRTHDAY

Carla Laemmle

 

Carla Laemmle

  

By Allan R. Ellenberger 

 

Today is the 100th birthday of actress and dancer Carla Laemmle, who is also the niece of Universal Studios founder, Carl Laemmle.

 

Carla Laemmle was born Rebecca Isabelle Laemmle on October 20, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois. According to the 1910 census, when Carla was 6 months old, she was living with her family at 4244 Vincennes Avenue, and may have been born there.

 

Carla was the daughter of Joseph Laemmle, who was Carl’s older brother. Joseph was 76 when died in March 1929. Her mother, Carrie Belle Norton Laemmle, was born in Connecticut and died in March 1962 at age 91. Carla also had a half-brother, Universal director, Edward Laemmle who died in 1937.

  

 

Carla Laemmle in Dracula

 Carla Laemmle is thrown onto the laps of fellow passsengers in the opening sequence of Dracula (1931)

 

Carla had an uncredited role as a ballerina in The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and continued in smaller parts in Universal films. In 1931 she had the opportunity to speak the first line of dialogue in the horror classic, Dracula. She plays a bookish young girl who reads to her fellow passengers while riding in a coach. Today she is the only surviving cast member of the film.

 

Click below to watch Carla Laemmle in Dracula. She appears at one minute and 19 seconds into the film.

 

 

Besides Dracula, Carla had small roles in several films of the 1920s and 30s such as Topsy and Eva (1927), The Broadway Melody (1929), King of Jazz (1930) and the Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935). Also a dancer, she appeared in many venues including the one below at the Shrine Auditorium on June 11, 1931.

 

 Carla Laemmle ad

 

In 1936 she played Princess Quan Mui Mai in Her Majesty The Prince at the Music Box Theater. In 2001 Carla appeared in The Vampire Hunters Cluband this year co-authored a book about growing up on the Universa lot from 1921  to 1937 called Growing Up With Monsters: My Times at Universal Studios in Rhymes. Still active at 100, she recently attended the Cinecon banquet this past September. Happy Birthday Carla!

 

Carla Laemmle

Carla Laemmle at the recent Cinecon banquet in September (Photo by Allan R. Ellenberger)

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Jim Davis’ 100th Birthday

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

100th BIRTHDAY

Jim Davis

 

 Jim Davis

 

 AMERICAN ACTOR

 

  • BORN: August 26, 1909, Edgerton, Missouri
  • DIED: April 26, 1981, Northridge, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Complications of surgery for a perforated gastric ulcer

Great Mausoleum, Iris Terrace, Niche 24961

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Ruby Keeler’s 100th Birthday

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

100th BIRTHDAY

Ruby Keeler

 

Ruby Keeler

 

CANADIAN-BORN AMERICAN ACTRESS

née Ethel Hilda Keeler

 

Plot: Section N, Tier 21, Grave 46

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