IF: samurai

Aspiring photographer Toshiro Mifune reluctantly attended an audition at Japan’s premier film studio, Toho Productions. Asked to portray a man in a violent rage, young Toshiro flung himself around the room, rolling on the floor, growling uncontrollably. The other young actors were astonished by the unnervingly realistic exhibition, but he lost the audition. He did, …

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DCS: mae clarke

Philadelphia native Virginia Klotz moved to New York City to pursue her dream of acting. She got work as a dancer while she was the room mate of future Hollywood siren Barbara Stanwyck. Virginia, now using the stage name “Mae Clarke,” signed on with Universal Pictures and was immediately cast in some big films, all …

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DCS: dallas mccarver

Dallas McCarver was a young, unknown upstart when he surprised all spectators by taking the Super Heavyweight class and the Overall for his Pro card at an NPC North Americans competition. He was just 21 and it was his 3rd bodybuilding competition ever.  Dallas continued to make a name for himself in the sport, winning numerous …

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DCS: venus ramey

Venus Ramey, a pretty 20-year-old from the northern Kentucky town of Asheville, was crowned Miss America on September 9, 1944. She was the first Miss America to be photographed in color, no doubt because she was also the first Miss America with red hair. Riding on her pageant fame, Venus was wooed by Hollywood, but …

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DCS: josephine baker

15 year-old Josephine Baker began her career dancing on the streets of St. Louis. She was recruited to perform in the vaudeville circuit and eventually traveled to New York. She was a chorus girl during the Harlem Renaissance and was featured in Broadway revues alongside the great Adelaide Hall. Josephine, along with most African-American performers …

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DCS: mark frechette

Sally Dennison, a Hollywood casting director, saw Mark Frehette, a Boston carpenter, yelling at a woman on the street. The angered Mark hurled a flowerpot at the woman from his third-floor vantage point and continued his vicious shouting. Sally was captivated. She quickly brought the young hothead to her director, Michelangelo Antonioni. She explained, “He’s …

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DCS: lynne frederick

Lynne Frederick aspired to be a math teacher, but her delicate, “fairy tale princess” looks pointed her towards a career as an actress. As a teenager, she was featured in numerous films in her native England, including the historical drama Nicholas and Alexandra in 1971 and  Henry VIII and His Six Wives a year later. She was named “Best …

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DCS: george a. romero

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, budding filmmaker George Romero was making commercials and shooting segments for the popular children’s show Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. He teamed up with writer John Russo and wrote a script for a comedy-horror film called Monster Flick. The pair raised $114,000 and shot the film in and around their native Pittsburgh with …

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