Tributes to Classic Actors, Actresses, and Directors
The heart of this site: A constantly-growing list of extensive tributes to the greatest actors, actresses, and directors of the Golden Age. Divided into two sections.
A Tribute to Woody Allen
As the great American comic auteur reached his 65th birthday in 2000, we offered a heartfelt salute and a discount coupon for Piggly Wiggly. Updated several times since then.
A Tribute to June Allyson
Ginger Rogers called her “the girl that every man wants to marry,” and many of her screen roles reflected that. We lost this great star earlier this year at the age of 88. Here’s a brand new tribute, with a bio written by fan Len Bourret.
A Tribute to Julie Andrews
Wishing a happy 68th birthday (September, 2003) to the actress who starred in the best-loved musical of all time, and who continues to entertain us today. With a special guest biography. Cheers, Dame Julie!
A Tribute to Louis Armstrong
Louis Armstrong was the greatest jazz musician who ever lived. He appeared in over 40 films, mostly as himself. Though his appearances were limited, they were memorable, and when he showed up, people knew they were going to hear jazz.
A Tribute to Jean Arthur
The squeaky-voiced, reclusive star of Mr. Smith and Mr. Deeds would have been 100 years old in 2000, when this tribute was created.
A Tribute to Fred Astaire
An update to the article originally written to celebrate the centennial of one of the greatest hoofers in classic film history.
A Tribute to Lauren Bacall
She became an instant legend at the age of 20, and is still inspiring and entertaining us in the 21st Century.
A Tribute to Lucille Ball
A salute to Lucy, who became the queen of television following a very active movie career. Who doesn’t love Lucy?
A Tribute to Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft, star of The Miracle Worker and The Graduate , continues to work regularly in films, but she’s still a “classic” to us!
A Tribute to Brigitte Bardot
A major expansion and update to the mini-tribute created in 1999 when both she and Sophia Loren turned 65.
A Tribute to Ingrid Bergman
The beautiful star of Casablanca went from beloved to beleaguered and back again. Updated and expanded.
A Tribute to Milton Berle
He was “Mr. Television,” but he was also a movie actor for over 80 years. Uncle Miltie died at the age of 93 in 2002, leaving us with lots of great memories.
A Tribute to Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart would have been 100 years old in either January or December of 1999, when this tribute was first created. Does it matter? He’s the best either way.
A Tribute to Ernest Borgnine
In the 1950s Ernest Borgnine played one standout s.o.b. after another, beginning withFrom Here to Eternity in 1953. But Ernie’s friends will tell you he’s nothing like those characters!
A Tribute to Marlon Brando
He had eight Oscar nominations and at least an equal number of roles that were universally panned. He influenced a generation of actors. Updated at the time of his death in 2004 at the age of 80.
A Tribute to Lloyd Bridges
Celebrating the career of an actor best known for his undersea adventures on TV, but who also appeared in over 180 other theatrical films, TV movies, and TV series.
A Tribute to James Cagney
For somebody who played so many hoods and tough characters during his career, Jimmy Cagney was a truly nice guy. And a great actor.
A Tribute to Eddie Cantor
Though almost forgotten today, Cantor was one of the most popular stage, screen, radio and TV entertainers of his era, known for his acting, singing, dancing, and humanitarianism.
A Tribute To Frank Capra
Links to sites and pages devoted to the director and his films, including It’s A Wonderful Life .
A Tribute To Charlie Chaplin
He was the first movie star millionaire, the biggest star of the silent film era, and an astute businessman who made sure that he would not be forgotten. He hasn’t been.
A Centennial Tribute to John Carradine
Though often thought of strictly as a horror movie star, John Carradine was one of the most prolific actors in Hollywood history, appearing in well over 300 films of all types, including dramas, Westerns and comedies in addition to horror films. He was also an accomplished stage actor and artist, in addition to the father of three actor sons and two actress granddaughters!
A Tribute to James Coburn
The tall, lanky actor could be very tough or very funny, and his voice was a thing of beauty.
A Tribute to Claudette Colbert
A salute to the popular star of It Happened One Night , who didn’t want to do it and hated the experience, but won an Oscar for the role!
A Tribute To Gary Cooper
The former silent movie extra and Western star was once the highest-paid person in America. So popular was he that when the studio wanted a new name for a fellow named Archie Leach, they just reversed Gary Cooper’s initials and came up with “Cary Grant.”
A Tribute to Jackie Cooper
A salute to the former Little Rascal who became the only person under the age of 18 ever to be nominated for a Best Actor Oscar.
A Tribute To Joan Crawford
Though modern audiences may know her mostly from her later, more unsympathetic roles, Joan Crawford was at one time the leading actress in Hollywood, and was voted #10 on the AFI list.
A Tribute To Tony Curtis
He began life as a Jewish boy named Bernie Schwartz, a tough kid from the Bronx, and ended up with the name Anthony Curtis, appearing on film opposite the likes of Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, Burt Lancaster, and Henry Fonda, and, incidentally, outliving them all.
A Tribute to Bette Davis
Often brilliant, sometimes annoying, but always fighting the good fight, Bette Davis was one of the greatest stars in Hollywood, as demonstrated by ten Oscar nominations for Best Actress.
A Tribute to Doris Day
Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff had some tough breaks, but on screen she was almost always sunny and bright, and gave us many memorable moments and songs.
A Tribute to Olivia de Havilland
Celebrating the career of a living legend, a well-liked leading lady who is best known for a supporting role and who successfully fought the studio system in 1943.
A Tribute to James Dean
Had James Dean not died in September, 1955, he would have been 80 years old in 2011. A tribute to the legendary actor whose star burned so brightly and so briefly.
A Tribute to Marlene Dietrich
Once the highest paid actress of her time, German-born Marlene Dietrich is today viewed by many movie fans as an icon. She finished 9th on the AFI’s list of greatest actresses.
A Tribute to Walt Disney
Originally written to celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of the man who turned animation into a genuine movie art form and entertained several generations of children and adults.
A Tribute to Kirk Douglas
A definitive list of net links for the ultimate “tough guy,” both on and off screen, a true living legend.
A Tribute to Melvyn Douglas
On the occasion of what would have been his 100th birthday, we saluted the Oscar, Tony, and Emmy-winning actor who co-starred with Garbo, but went on to achieve his greatest fame as a supporting player.
A Tribute To Clint Eastwood
He went from B-movie actor to TV star to spaghetti western star to Oscar-nominated director and living legend, constantly reinventing himself along the way. We salute Dirty Harry and The Man With No Name in a brand new tribute on his 75th birthday.
A Tribute to Errol Flynn
He received no formal recognition from his peers during his career, and even today the Academy has yet to recognize his achievements, but this prodigal son of Hollywood was one of the original action heroes, and lived a life offscreen that was often more flamboyant than those of his famous characters.
A Tribute to Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda was one of the most believable actors in Hollywood. There was a time when he probably could have been elected President; after all, he played the role better than the guys who had the job!
A Tribute to Glenn Ford
An updated tribute to the durable star of Gilda .
A Tribute to Clark Gable
For a high school dropout with big ears who flunked his first MGM screen test, Clark Gable did pretty well for himself, becoming “The King of Hollywood” and starring in one of the most popular films ever made.
A Tribute to Greta Garbo
Probably no other star in the history of Hollywood has been wrapped in so much mystery as Greta Garbo. Her fans worship her. Many newer moviegoers don’t know her at all.
A Tribute to Ava Gardner
A tribute to the beautiful star of Mogambo and Night of the Iguana , who is equally well-remembered for her three famous husbands.
A Tribute to John Garfield
If there was ever an actor who has not received his fair share of attention from latter-day movie audiences, it’s John Garfield. It seems to us that it’s time for him to be rediscovered.
A Tribute to Judy Garland
A salute to the actress and singer who starred in one of the world’s most beloved films, but experienced heartbreak in her own too-short life.
A Tribute to Betty Grable
She went from chorus girl (one of the original “Goldwyn Girls”) and bit player in the 30s to one of American’s most popular stars in the 40s, known for her pinup shot that ended up on so many WWII soldiers’ lockers.
A Tribute to Cary Grant
He created himself and then became his creation, and it made him one of the most popular stars in Hollywood history.
A Tribute to Alec Guinness
Many knew him as Obi-Wan Kenobi, but when it came to pure acting, the force was always with him. One of the most versatile actors of both stage and screen.
A Tribute to Jean Harlow
The original Blonde Bombshell died tragically at the age of 26, after only a decade of movie appearances, leaving her fans wanting more.
A Tribute to Richard Harris
Younger audiences know him as Professor Dumbledore, but Richard Harris had a long career in films, on stage, and in music before he passed away in October, 2002 at the age of 72.
A Tribute to Helen Hayes
The First Lady of the American Stage also made a couple dozen movies. She would have been 100 years old in October, 2000, when this tribute was created.
A Tribute to Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward was born in poverty, received her first Oscar nomination after 10 years as an actress, got four more before finally winning one, then died of cancer at the age of 58. She fought every step of the way, and gave us many memorable performances.
A Tribute to Rita Hayworth
A tribute to the star of Gilda , little Margarita Carmen Cansino, who wasn’t really Rita Hayworth, but who played her in the movies.
A Tribute to Audrey Hepburn
Perhaps the most universally beloved of all classic Hollywood actresses, Audrey was also the epitome of class right to the very end.
A Tribute to Katharine Hepburn
There was only one Kate Hepburn. She was one of the few constants left for classic movie fans. Four Academy Awards and 12 nominations put her in a class by herself. And now she has died at the age of 96.
A Tribute to Charlton Heston
The man who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the title character in Ben-Hur, and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the 50s and 60s, died recently at the age of 84.
A Tribute to Alfred Hitchcock
Originally written in 1997, updated in honor of The Master’s 100th birthday in 1999, and expanded several times since then, this seven-part article features hundreds of links to everything from tribute sites to movie reviews to posters.
A Tribute to William Holden
The Golden Boy achieved stardom almost overnight, and was voted #25 on the American Film Institute’s greatest actors list.
A Tribute to Bob Hope
America’s most beloved comedian, who also had a long film career, passed away soon after celebrating his 100th birthday.
A Tribute to John Huston
One Hollywood’s greatest directors and most colorful characters. We salute the director of The Maltese Falcon and dozens of other classics.
More tributes from J-Z in Part II.
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