8 March 1957, Wilmington, Delaware, USABirth NameCynthia Ann Christine RothrockHeight5′ 3" (1.60 m)Trade MarkFrequently handcuffs or ties up her opponents in fight scenesTriviaShe was the undefeated middleweight Kickboxing/Weapons lady champion for five consecutive years.Began training when she was 13.Favorite male co-star is Yuen Biao for their similarity in style and timing.Has five black belts in Korean and Chinese martial arts.Guest at the 2001 San Diego ComicCon's 4th Annual Kung Fu Superhero Extraveganza.Is dual citizen of the USA and Hong Kong.Five time undefeated World Karate Champion in Forms & Weapons (1981-1985).Was first woman cover subject of a martial arts magazine, appearing on both "Inside Kung Fu" and "Black Belt" magazines.She was the inspiration behind the character "Sonya Blade", who featured in the game Mortal Kombat.Cynthia is an only child, as is her daughter Skylar.Daughter's full name: Skylar Sophia Rothrock.Has black belts in 5 different systems: Tang Soo Do and Tae Kwon Do (both Korean), as well as Wushu, Eagle Claw Kung Fu, and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu (all three Chinese).Trademark: Scorpion KickHas co-owned and operated two martial arts schools in Los Gatos, California. The first was destroyed in a fire in 1986, with the second opening only three days later.Holds a 7th degree black belt in Tang Soo Do, a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and black sashes (Chinese equivalent of a black belt) in Eagle Claw Kung Fu, Northern Shaolin Kung Fu, Pai Lum Tao Kung Fu, and Wushu.In between filming Huang jia shi jie (1985) and Foo gwai lit che (1986), Rothrock ripped the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee. Turning down the option of reconstructive surgery because of her tight filming schedule, she amazed doctors by continuing to work without adverse effects. While the injury would normally have caused recurring dislocation of the kneecap, a study on her leg revealed that Rothrock's quadriceps and hamstrings were so strong that they held her kneecap in place even without the aid of the ligament. As of June 2012, Rothrock still had not undergone reconstructive surgery.Teaches private martial arts lessons at her martial arts studio in Studio City, California. [November 2004]In talks to star in an English horror film and tentatively planning her autobiography. [July 2010]Is seeking financing for a film she plans to shoot with Richard Norton tentatively titled "Downward Facing Dog". [December 2009]
schiller2deSpouseEva Rossovich (1985 – present) 2 childrenTriviaBrother Tim Rossovich played professional football for the Philadelphia Eagles and has done some actingHis break-through role was the character 'Matt' in The Terminator (1984). He says to The Terminator, 'Don't make me bust you up, man!'.Worked with two famous women in country and western music. He was Reba McEntire's co-star in The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991) (TV), and in a music video with Lorrie Morgan (as her husband), for the song "Watch Me" (1996).Is of Croatian/Italian descent, Moscenicka Draga is home of his paternal great-great grandfather. Maternal ancestry is Italian.Has appeared in six films with Bill Paxton, one more than Michael Biehn did.Children: Roy Rossovich (b. 1986) and Isabel Rossovich (b. 1991).
Larry-115SpouseSam Elliott (1 May 1984 – present) 1 childGaetano Lisi (19 August 1974 – 31 December 1979) (divorced)Conrad L. Hall (1 June 1969 – 1974) (divorced)John Marion (2 May 1964 – 1967) (divorced)Joel Fabiani (28 February 1960 – 1962) (divorced)Trade MarkPlaying characters much younger than she was at the time (1960s)TriviaAlso an accomplished children's book author, who has written the books "Little Ballerina" and "My Favorite Things".Her favorite fragrance is "Rive Gauche", by Yves Saint-Laurent.Gave birth to her daughter, Cleo Rose Elliott, with Sam Elliott, on 17 September 1984 (4 months before Katharine's 45th birthday).Her father was in the Navy when she was born.Has lived in Malibu, CA since the late 1960s.Has remained good friends with Dustin Hoffman, her co-star from The Graduate (1967).Was only 8 years younger than Anne Bancroft, who played her mother in The Graduate (1967).Was at one point going to star in Follow Me! (1972).Both she and husband Sam Elliot appeared in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), although they had no scenes together and did not meet until 1978. Elliot, had a bit part as a card player in the opening scene, while Ross portrayed Etta Place, the female lead role, along side male leads Robert Redford and Paul Newman.Katharine Ross (born January 1940) is only 9 years and 5 months younger than Vera Miles (born August 1930), who portrayed her mother in Hellfighters (1968).Arguably the three best known roles of her career were consecutive roles in consecutive years, The Graduate (1967), Hellfighters (1968), and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).Former stepmother of cinematographer Conrad W. Hall, Kate Hall and Naia Hall.Ross married cinematographer Conrad L. Hall the year Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) and Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here (1969) were released. Both movies featured Ross and were filmed by Hall. Ross would later marry Sam Elliott who made his feature debut in 'Butch Cassidy'.Turned down Jacqueline Bisset's roles in Bullitt (1968) and Airport (1970).
Robert KoehlerSpouseBen Thomas (14 February 1995 – October 2002) (divorced) 1 childTom Arnold (20 January 1990 – 9 December 1994) (divorced)Bill Pentland (4 February 1974 – 16 January 1990) (divorced) 3 childrenTrade MarkNasal voiceDeadpan, biting sarcasmTriviaHer daughters Brandi Brown, Jennifer and Jessica Pentland all worked with her on her talk show.Has three children with Bill Pentland: Jennifer, Jessica and Jacob.Has one son with Ben Thomas: Buck.Has a daughter from a previous relationship named Brandi, whom she put up for adoption. She searched for and eventually was reunited with Brandi.Was born at 1:21 p.m. MST.Had tubal ligation reversed in order to get pregnant with her son Buck.States she suffered from multiple personality disorder.Attended Salt Lake High School East, but dropped out before graduating.On 9/17/1968 she was severely injured in a car crash, resulting in memory loss and nightmares. She was admitted to a state mental hospital at age 17, but left after less than a year.At age 17 she left Utah and moved to Denver, CO, where she gave birth to daughter Brandi and then gave her up for adoption.Worked as a dishwasher, cook, and waitress for Bennigan's Restaurant.Collects pigs.On 23 August 1985 she made her national TV debut on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" (1962). This marked the turning point in her career, and she was deluged with job offers thereafter.In a 1991 People magazine interview, she claimed to have been an incest survivor, accusing both parents of physical and sexual abuse, charges which they have publicly denied.Worked as a guest editor for the New Yorker magazine.Renewed wedding vows with ex-husband and ex-bodyguard Ben Thomas on the 1999 Valentine's Day edition of her TV talk show. She first filed for divorce in January of 1998, claiming he was an abusive binge drinker who threatened to kidnap their son. They finally divorced in October 2002.Is a spokeswoman for various pro-choice groups, has asserted pro-choice views in publications such as "The Advocate," and has appeared at benefits sponsored by pro-choice organizations such as the Fund for a Feminist Majority. In several episodes of "Roseanne" (1988) Roseanne Conner defends a woman's right to choose.Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. pg. 26-28. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387Chosen as #9 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time, the highest-ranking woman.Is portrayed by Denny Dillon in Roseanne: An Unauthorized Biography (1994) (TV).First female to host the annual MTV music awards (1994).Owns and operates a 50-acre macadamia nut farm in Hawaii where she and her partner keep beehives, goats and a lone black sheep named "Roseanne".Currently resides in El Segundo, California. [December 2003]Getting ready to come out with her first reality-TV show called "The Real Roseanne Show" (2003), which premieres August 6, 2003 on ABC. [August 2003]
AnonymousSpouseJan Rooney (28 July 1978 – present) (separated)Carolyn Hockett (27 May 1969 – 24 January 1975) (divorced) 2 childrenMargaret Lane (10 September 1966 – 14 December 1967) (divorced)Carolyn Mitchell (1 December 1958 – 31 January 1966) (her death) 4 childrenElaine Devry (18 November 1952 – 18 May 1958) (divorced)Martha Vickers (3 June 1949 – 25 September 1952) (divorced) 1 childB.J. Baker (30 September 1944 – 3 June 1949) (divorced) 2 childrenAva Gardner (10 January 1942 – 21 May 1943) (divorced)Trade MarkBest known in his youth for playing Andy Hardy with Judy Garland as the female lead in cheerfully naive musicals that usually ended with the characters putting on an impromptu musical show. In his senior years, he often played an cheerful old mentor with a youthful spirit.Short statureRaspy voiceTriviaMickey's son Teddy Rooney appeared with him in Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958), portraying – who else? – Andy Hardy Jr.Son of Scottish-born vaudevillian/actor Joe Yule and Nell Carter. They divorced in 1923 when Mickey was 3 years old.Loves golf and the ponies.Was considered for the role of Archie Bunker on "All in the Family" (1971).Father of Tim Rooney and Mickey Rooney Jr., from his marriage to Betty Jane Rase (B.J. Baker).Father of Jonelle Rooney (born January 11, 1970) from his marriage to Carolyn Hockett. He also adopted Carolyn's son from a previous marriage, Jimmy Rooney (born 1966).Liza Minnelli wanted Rooney to do the eulogy at the funeral for her mother, Judy Garland in June of 1969, but decided against it because she felt that Rooney might not be able to get through it, given his and Garland's long and close friendship.Was co-owner for many years of the Mickey Rooney Tabas Hotel in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.In his autobiography, he made a passing reference to a brothel called "The T&M Studio," where the ladies were look-alikes for Hollywood starlets. There were rumors of such a brothel, but before Rooney's book no one would ever admit to ever having been there, or even verify its existence. He wrote that Groucho Marx had taken him there (only once), and Groucho appeared to be on a first-name basis with many of the ladies.Originally came to Hollywood to audition for "Our Gang" (aka "The Little Rascals" (1955)), unfortunately Mickey's mother declined over a dispute over salary.Stepfather of Christopher Aber and Mark Rooney.According to one story, Mickey Mouse was named for Rooney. Walt Disney saw a young Rooney while he was working on the first drawings of what was to become Mickey Mouse. He asked the child actor what he thought of the drawings and also asked what his name was. This later proved to be false.Was nominated for Broadway's 1980 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for "Sugar Babies."His third child, Teddy Rooney, was born weighing 7 lb. 3 oz. on April 13, 1950, to Martha Vickers.With movie appearances stretching from 1926 to 2013, totaling 86 years, his is the second longest career in cinema history, surpassing Lillian Gish, whose career spanned the years from 1912 to 1987, or 75 years, but one year less than Carla Laemmle, whose career began in 1925, and has credited roles for 2011 and 2012 at age 103. He has appeared in films in ten consecutive decades: 1920s-2010s.Underwent double heart bypass surgery in 2000.Was number 7 on the World Poker Tour Invitational even though he had never played Texas Hold 'Em poker before.Is portrayed by Moosie Drier in Rainbow (1978) (TV) and by Dwayne Adams in Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (2001) (TV)Father of Kelly Ann Rooney (born September 13, 1959), Kerry Yule Rooney (born December 30, 1960), Michael Rooney (VI) (born April 2, 1962) and Kimmy Sue Rooney (born September 13, 1963), from his marriage to Carolyn Mitchell.At age nineteen became the first teenager to be Oscar-nominated in a leading role for Babes in Arms (1939).Former roommate of Blake Edwards.His first of eight marriages was to Ava Gardner but has been married to current wife Jan Rooney longer than all of the other seven wives combined.Has two grandchildren (Shannon Rooney and Dominique Rooney) and two great-grandchildren (Kaitlyn Rooney and Hunter Rooney).He is most proud of his film The Black Stallion (1979).Attended the 2006 Twilight Zone Convention at the Hilton Hasbrouck Heights, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, August 12-13, 2006.As of 2007, he is the only surviving screen actor to appear in silent films and still continue to act in movies into the 21st century. His film debut was in the movie Not to Be Trusted (1926) in 1926 at the age of four.Attended the state funeral of former President Ronald Reagan. (11 June 2004).Is of Scottish and Irish ancestry.In 1938, he was severely reprimanded by MGM studio head Louis B. Mayer for having a torrid affair with Norma Shearer. The affair was causing quite a commotion on the set of her film Marie Antoinette (1938), where the two would hole up in her trailer. Mickey was 18 at the time. Shearer was 38 and her husband, MGM studio exec Irving Thalberg, had recently died. Mayer managed to keep the story from going public and it was not revealed until many years later, when Rooney gave the explicit details in his autobiography.Has four (4) Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame including a star for Motion Pictures at 1718 Vine Street, a star for Television at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard, a star for Radio at 6372 Hollywood Boulevard, and shared with wife Jan Rooney a star for Live Theater at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard.During World War II he served 22 months in the U.S. Army, five of them with the Third Army of Gen. George S. Patton. Rooney attained the rank of Sergeant, and won a Bronze Star, among other decorations.With the death of James Stewart on July 2, 1997, he is the last surviving entertainer of the forty-six caricatured in Hollywood Steps Out (1941).Friends with actors: Shirley Jones, Marla Gibbs, Bea Arthur, Angela Lansbury, Carol Channing, Danny Thomas, Julie London, Telly Savalas, Buddy Ebsen, Liza Minnelli, Gene Kelly, John Forsythe, Jane Wyman, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Jonathan Harris, Charles Nelson Reilly, Gavin MacLeod, Michael Landon, Regis Philbin, Al Pacino, Betty Grable, Judy Garland, Ava Gardner, James Stewart, Ronald Reagan, Dick Van Dyke, Lana Turner, Gloria DeHaven, Linda Darnell, Tony Bennett, Martin Short, Regis Philbin, Bob Barker, Jean Arthur and Norma Shearer.Friends with former child stars: Bill Mumy, Johnny Crawford, Butch Patrick, Susan Olsen, Angela Cartwright, Kathy Garver, Lauren Chapin, Ron Howard, Stanley Livingston, Melissa Gilbert, Patty Duke, Elinor Donahue, Jay North, Adam Rich, Tony Dow, Jerry Mathers, Larry Mathews, Richard Ian Cox, Jill Whelan and David Cassidy.Hobbies: listening to music, football, horse racing, painting, getting together with old friends and watching classic movies.Moved with his mother to Hollywood, California, in 1925, when he was five. This was one year after his parents' separation.Graduated from Hollywood High School in Hollywood, California, in 1938.Went to the same high school as Jason Robards, Ann Miller, Nanette Fabray, Lana Turner, Alan Hale Jr., Marge Champion, Alexis Smith and Joseph A. Wapner.His future "The Black Stallion" (1990) co-star, Richard Ian Cox, was a childhood movie hero of his.Began his career as a contract player for MGM in 1934.May be the only actor in history to appear in at least one film in ten consecutive decades.Best known by the public for his starring role as Henry Dailey on "The Black Stallion" (1990).Ranks first in front of Barbara Stanwyck, Bette Davis, Jane Wyman, Eddie Albert and Ernest Borgnine, in the number of movies, he appeared in over 100 films.In Guinness book of world records for longest movie career of 86 years (1925-2011).Began performing at the age of 17-months, as part of his parents' routine, wearing a specially tailored tuxedo.Is an animal rights activist.His mother, Nellie W. Carter, hailed from Kansas City, Missouri.Overcame his drug addiction in the 1970s.On his 85th birthday, he and wife Jan Rooney both appeared in the variety show "Let's Put On A Show.".Attended the funeral of Liza Minnelli's former stepfather, Sidney Luft, just days before he had his 85th birthday.Donald Trump, Tony Bennett and Regis Philbin were amongst the people to attend his 90th birthday party.Rooney broke his leg while filming "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and was doubled in many scenes by George Breakston.Between Angela Lansbury, Norman Lloyd, Dick Van Dyke, Ernest Borgnine and Betty White, Rooney is one of the oldest actors in Hollywood never to retire.He reunited with friend and former co star Judy Garland, as her singing and dancing partner, on an episode of "The Judy Garland Show" (1963 TV). On that show, he displayed his music versatility by performing a drum solo.Was a pallbearer at Errol Flynn's funeral along with Raoul Walsh, Quinn "Big Boy" Williams, Jack Oakie, Mike Romanoff, and Otto Reichow October 19, 1959 at the Church of the Recessional at Forest Lawn, Glendale, CA.Mickey chose to permanently reside with stepson Mark Rooney and Mark's wife Charlene Rooney. They moved to the Hollywood Hills in June of 2012 when he permanently and legally separated from his 8th wife.Permanently separated from his 8th wife, Jan Rooney, in June 2012.Veteran stuntman Jesse Wayne was Mickey Rooney's stunt double from 1959 to 1986.Mickey's stunt double was Jesse Wayne for 27 years beginning in 1959.Release of his book, "The Search for Sonny Skies: A Novel". Together with his wife he toured the UK, appearing in selected theatres performing songs and telling stories about his career. [September 2007]Appearing in the UK at the Bristol Hippodrome on stage as Baron Hardup in Cinderella – the pantomime since December 2008 up to January 11 2009. [January 2009]Mickey has chosen to reside with his step-son Mark Rooney and Mark's wife Charlene. Mickey, Mark and Charlene moved from Westlake to the Hollywood Hills in June of 2012, where they currently reside. [June 2012]26 November 1999: Undergoes surgery in Sydney, Australia, for perforated colon.Mickey moved from his Westlake home in June of 2012 and chose to reside in the Hollywood Hills with his step-son Mark Rooney and Mark's wife Charlene. He continues to work and recently returned from an appearance on the Turner Classics Cruise with Debbie Reynolds. [January 2013]Attended Michael Jackson's memorial service at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles with son, Mark Rooney, daughter-in-law, Charlene Rooney, and wife Jan, on Tuesday, July 7, 2009. [July 2009]Release of his autobiography, "Life is too Short". Made personal appearances November 5 and 6 with wife Jan at American Visions Art Galleries — in Folsom and Granite Bay, California. [November 2010]http://www.tcmcruise.com/talent/view/id/615 Mickey Rooney continues to work and recently returned from the Turner Classics Cruise featuring Mickey and Debbie Reynolds. Mickey left his home in Westlake Village in June 2012 and has chosen to reside with his stepson/caregiver son Mark Rooney and Mark's wife Charlene. The Westlake Village home was on the market since December 2012 and is currently in escrow. [January 2013]Sold his modest Westlake home in May 2013.Was a staunch conservative Republican for many years. He currently supports the man and not the party. He has been quoted as saying he is proud of President Obama and his policies.In November of 2013 Mickey Rooney attended the memorial service for his longtime friend A.C. Lyles aka Mr. Paramount. Also in attendance was Mickey's son Mark Rooney, Mark's wife Charlene and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Travis StoffsSpouseChristine Forrest (1981 – present)Nancy Romero (1971 – 1978) (divorced)Trade MarkOften features radio or television news broadcasts playing in the background.Zombie films with an underlying social commentaryFilms often contain extreme carnage with make-up effects by Tom SaviniStrong minority and female charactersTriviaEducation: Carnegie-Mellon Institute (art, theatre, design).Prior to Night of the Living Dead (1968), he was better known as an industrial film-maker, who created TV commercials, promotional featurettes and industrial training films. One of his assignments was to shoot short films that were used in the TV show "MisteRogers' Neighborhood".Was originally slated to write and direct Resident Evil (2002).Was slated to direct a theatrical version of Stephen King's novel "The Stand," adapted for the screen by Rospo Pallenberg. The film never materialised. Instead, the novel was adapted into a TV mini-series, "The Stand" (1994).Frequently casts African-Americans as the heroes of his films, although the parts aren't usually written specifically for any particular race, going against the stereotype of the Black character dying early in horror films.In 1968, he reinvented the horror genre with his Night of the Living Dead (1968), a cult classic that made its way onto the prestigious National Film Registry of the Library of Congress.The 2002 Sight & Sound Greatest Films Poll (2002) listed his Top Ten films as The Brothers Karamazov (1958), Casablanca (1942), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), High Noon (1952), King Solomon's Mines (1950), North by Northwest (1959), The Quiet Man (1952), Repulsion (1965), Touch of Evil (1958), and The Tales of Hoffmann (1951).Originally set to direct Pet Sematary (1989), but when filming was delayed, he dropped out and Tom Savini was given the opportunity to direct the film but passed. Finally, Mary Lambert stepped in.Began making movies at the age of 14 with an 8mm camera.Is good friends with stuntman/special-effects artist/actor/director Tom Savini. The two have worked together on many films.Dawn of the Dead (2004), the remake of his movie Dawn of the Dead (1978), was released before the fourth part of his Zombie-series, Land of the Dead (2005), was even filmed.He has two children, a son and a daughter (who will be attending Tisch, NYU in the Fall 2006 to study film-making).Became a Canadian citizen in 2009 and resides in Toronto, Ontario.Was originally set to direct two Stephen King stories that would later turn into TV features: Salem's Lot (1979) (TV) & "The Stand" (1994).Father of Tina Romero and George Cameron Romero.When discussing his influences, he has that the Universal horror classic made a strong impression on him and his favorite horror film as a child was The Thing from Another World (1951). However, the film he said made him want to be a director was The Red Shoes (1948). While discussing the directors who made a strong impression on him, he said that Orson Welles and Howard Hawks were his favorites, surpassing Alfred Hitchcock.Was originally attached to write and direct Resident Evil (2002), but left the project in 1999 due to creative differences over the script.Of Cuban and Lithuanian descent.A big fan of The Archers' (aka the British team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger) movie The Tales of Hoffmann (1951), based on Jacques Offenbach's operetta. He is interviewed at length about his love for the film and especially its artistic direction, use of color, and use of fantasy/horror themes in a special feature included on the Criterion Collection's 2005 DVD release of the film. Before video tape and DVD versions of the film were available, Romero would frequently rent a 16-millimeter film copy–as would Martin Scorsese, he subsequently learned, from the very same New York City rental company. Alas, Romero reported that the two fans have not yet become aware of each other.The Tales of Hoffmann (1951) inspired Romero to become a director.At age 19, he worked briefly as a page-boy on the set of North by Northwest (1959). He later said he was unimpressed by Alfred Hitchcock's directing style while there, saying that it seemed mechanical and passionless.His favorite of his own films, saying its closest to the vision he had for it, is Martin (1976). He spent much of the time since his smash directorial debut, Night of the Living Dead (1968), trying to distance himself from the horror genre but has said the satisfying experience of creating 'Martin' energized him to make Dawn of the Dead (1978), which would become his greatest financial and critical success.He is known for his affability and remaining good friends with former collaborators with whom he has ceased collaboration due to creative or financial reasons.Spent the years between The Dark Half (1993) and Bruiser (2000) working on several projects which never escaped from development hell.According to Romero's former producing partner Richard P. Rubinstein on the DVD commentary of Dawn of the Dead (1978) (The Extended Cut Version), that he had offered Romero to make his fourth zombie in the early 90's. Rubinstein offered Romero $3 million and he can go make the film however he wanted it. However, Romero was at the time developing the scripts for The Mummy for Universal and the ghost story "Before I Wake" for MGM. Romero decided that he wanted to pursue those projects instead of his fourth zombie film. In the end however, "Before I Wake" ended up in development hell and Universal decided to scrap his version and went with Stephen Sommers' version. However, Romero finally made his fourth zombie film, Land of the Dead (2005).Among the scripts that Romero was developing in the 90's that went into development hell was a ghost story called "Before I Wake" for MGM. At the same time, he was also developing the script for The Mummy for Universal before they eventually went with Stephen Sommers' version of The Mummy (1999).
Michele Mason <HRSF06A@prodigy.com>SpouseGeorgina O Farrrill' (1990 – present) 3 childrenTrade MarkGravelly menacing voiceOften plays villainsTriviaWent to Bethesda Chevy Chase High School. Graduated one year ahead of fellow actor Daniel Stern.Has three children, Adam Rolston, Aslan and Isabell.Enjoys yoga and golf in his spare time.
Ed Stephan <email@example.com>SpouseDale Evans (31 December 1947 – 6 July 1998) (his death)Grace Arline Wilkins (11 June 1936 – 3 November 1946) (her death) 3 childrenLucile Ascolese (8 May 1933 – ?) (divorced)Lucile Ascolese (8 May 1933 – 8 June 1936) (divorced)TriviaHis dog's name was Bullet and appeared in almost as many of his films as did Trigger.Elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1980 as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers and elected again in 1988 as Roy Rogers.Nicknames: Roy Rogers "King of the Cowboys", Dale Evans "Queen of the West", Trigger "Smartest Horse in the Movies"There is a Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Museum at Branson, Missouri.Roy got his horse Trigger in 1938 and rode him in every one of his films and TV shows after that. He had appeared in one earlier movie, ridden by Olivia de Havilland in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Trigger died in 1965 at age 33.Roy's theme song, "Happy Trails", was written by Dale Evans.He had two children and 1 adopted daughter with Arlene Wilkins.He and wife Dale Evans adopted four children, one of whom–Cheryl Rogers–later became an actress. One of his and Dale's daughters died in a bus wreck in Aug. 1964. One adopted son choked to death in Nov. 1965.The little town of Portsmouth, Ohio (USA) also claims to be the hometown of Roy. They also have a little museum with mementoes and hoofprints of Trigger, handprints of Roy and Dusty in the sidewalk in front of the museum. Every year they had a Roy Rogers Day and Roy or Dusty would make an appearance.Once received 78,852 fan letters in a single month.Star of Mutual (1944-1951) and NBC Radio's (1951-1955) "The Roy Rogers Show."His guest appearance on "Wonder Woman" (1975) in 1977 reflected his real life, as the character he played was a western man who had adopted several children. Roy's conservative side showed through, though, when he insisted to the show's producers that, in order for him to agree to do the episode, series star Lynda Carter needed to wear more clothing than the "bathing suit" type of costume she normally wore. Rogers won out and Carter wore a sleeved solid red top and white chino pants.Inducted (with his wife Dale Evans) into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1976.Inducted (as a member of the Sons of the Pioneers) into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1995.Was a Master Mason. In other words, he became a member of the Masonic Fraternity.Was a strong opponent of gun control, and once appeared in TV commercials put out by the National Rifle Association opposing a proposed ban outlawing certain types of guns in California.Once lived next door to actor Val Kilmer (when Val was a child). When Roy moved, the Kilmers later moved into to his old ranch. Then, in 1999, Val led a Trigger lookalike on stage at the 1999 Academy Awards in honor of Roy Rogers.Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 522-525. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002.In his autobiography, "Happy Trails: The Story of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans," the former Leonard Slye stated that his stage name of Roy Rogers was given to him by executives at Republic Pictures when he became their new singing cowboy to replace Gene Autry. The Rogers came from Will Rogers, the beloved western comic and storyteller who had recently died in a plane crash in Alaska and Roy was made the first name because it is the French word for "king," as in "Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys." Roy said he had no input at all in the renaming decision.Arline Wilkins, his second wife, died a few days after giving birth to their son, Roy Rogers Jr. (Dusty). She had complications from the cesarean–a blood clot formed, traveled to her brain and killed her. Dale Evans, his third wife, became his children's mom when Dusty was 15 months old. He and Arline had three children: two girls and Dusty.Childhood home was on real estate that later included second base in Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium.His adopted daughter is Little Doe Rogers.Besides his most famous role as Roy Rogers himself, "King of the Cowboys", Roy may be one of the few actors, if not the most famous one, to have played three of the West's greatest legends: Wild Bill Hickok, William F. Cody (aka Buffalo Bill) and Jesse James. Also, in Billy the Kid Returns (1938), he played the slain gunslinger as well.Profiled in "Back in the Saddle: Essays on Western Film and Television Actors", Gary Yoggy, ed. (McFarland, 1998).Rogers was asked to run for Congress on the Republican ticket at one time. He replied, "I have both Democrat and Republican fans and I can't afford to lose any of them!".He was awarded 3 Stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Motion Pictures at 1752 Vine Street; for Radio at 1733 Vine Street; and for Television at 1620 Vine Street in Hollywood, California.The Sons of the Pioneers were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6843 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.Godfather of Robbie Lee.The Roy Rogers/Dale Evans Museum has closed. All the memorabilia was sold at auction in April and May of 2011.In 1951, several years before the airing of his feature films on TV and just months before the premiere of his long running TV series "The Roy Rogers Show"(1951-57), Roy did TV Ads for "Quaker Oats" and "Mother's Oats" oatmeal. These commercials carried the then unusual slogan, "Quaker and Mother's Oats (oatmeal) are the same". However, things wouldn't remain the same. Following the TV success of "Hopalong Cassidy" feature films,"The Lone Ranger" (1949) and "The Gene Autry Show"(1950), "The Roy Rogers Show" debuted on Dec.30, 1951. "Post Cereals" was the sponsor and Roy's association with "Quaker" and "Mother's Oats" was soon forgotten.His horse, Trigger, would often receive second billing, even above his wife and co-star, Dale Evans.
Denny JacksonSpouseWilliam Marshall (16 March 1961 – 1969) (divorced)Jacques Bergerac (7 February 1953 – 7 July 1957) (divorced)Jack Briggs (16 January 1943 – 7 September 1949) (divorced)Lew Ayres (14 November 1934 – 20 March 1940) (divorced)Jack Pepper (29 March 1929 – 11 July 1931) (divorced)Trade MarkOften starred with Fred AstaireCorn-fed good looksTriviaDaughter of Lela E. RogersWas a Christian Scientist.Was given the name "Ginger" by her little cousin who couldn't pronounce "Virginia" correctly.Brought her first cousin Helen Nichols to Hollywood, renamed her Phyllis Fraser, and guided her through a few films. Phyllis Fraser married and then became known as Phyllis Fraser.Interred at Oakwood Memorial Park, Chatsworth, California, USA, the same cemetery as long-time dancing/acting partner Fred Astaire is located.Sort-of cousin of Rita Hayworth. Ginger's aunt married Rita's uncle.She didn't drink: she had her very own ice cream soda fountainDirected her first stage musical, "Babes In Arms", at age 74.Was fashion consultant for the J.C. Penney chain from 1972-1975.A keen artist, Ginger did many paintings, sculptures and sketches in her free time but could never bring herself to sell any of them.Was Hollywood's highest paid star of 1942.Author Graham Greene always said he would have liked Ginger to play the role of Aunt Augusta in the film version of his novel "Travels With My Aunt". When the film Travels with My Aunt (1972) was made in 1972 the role was played by Maggie Smith.The well-known quote often attributed to her–"My first picture was [Kitty Foyle (1940)]. It was my mother who made all those films with Fred Astaire"–was actually fabricated for a 1966 article in "Films In Review".Always the outdoor sporty type, she was a near-champion tennis player, a topline shot and loved going fishing.She made her final public appearance on 3/18/95 (just five weeks before her death) when she received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award.Was badly affected by illness in her last years after suffering two strokes that had left her wheelchair-bound and visibly overweight, while her voice had become a shrunken rasp.Related to Random House publisher and "What's My Line?" (1950) panelist Bennett Cerf through marriage, when he married Ginger's cousin Phyllis Fraser, who later became known as Phyllis Fraser.Was asked to replace Judy Garland in both Harlow (1965/II) and Valley of the Dolls (1967). She turned down "Dolls" because she hated the script; she did, however, accept Harlow (1965/II). She played Jean Harlow's mother and, unlike the movie, garnered good reviews. The film was made in only eight days.First cousin, once removed, of Christopher Cerf and Jonathan Cerf.Was a life-long Republican.Turned down lead roles in To Each His Own (1946) and The Snake Pit (1948). Both of these roles went on to be played to great acclaim by Olivia de Havilland.Her first teaming with Fred Astaire, Flying Down to Rio (1933), was her 20th film appearance but only Astaire's second.In a 1991 TV interview when asked why the Fred Astaire / Rogers union wasn't known as "Ginger & Fred" rather than "Fred & Ginger" (as Ginger had been in films longer), she replied, "It's a man's world".Her tied-to-the-hip relationship with her mother, Lela E. Rogers, proved eternal. They're buried side by side at Oakwood Memorial Park. The grave of Ginger's screen partner, Fred Astaire, is just yards away.Was named #14 Actress on The AFI 50 Greatest Screen LegendsIs one of the many movie stars mentioned in Madonna's song "Vogue"She and Fred Astaire acted in 10 movies together: The Barkleys of Broadway (1949), Carefree (1938), Flying Down to Rio (1933), Follow the Fleet (1936), The Gay Divorcee (1934), Roberta (1935), Shall We Dance (1937), The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939), Swing Time (1936) and Top Hat (1935)She owned a lingerie factory in Rock Island Tennessee, called Form Fit Rogers.A distant cousin of Lucille Ball, according to Lucie Arnaz.She was of Welsh and Scottish heritage.During the last years of her life she retired in Oregon and bought a ranch in the Medford area because she liked the climate. She donated money to the community and funded the Craterian Ginger Rogers Theater in downtown Medford, which was named after her.In Italy, most of her films were dubbed by either Lidia Simoneschi or Wanda Tettoni. She was occasionally dubbed by Andreina Pagnani; Dhia Cristiani; Rosetta Calavetta and Giovanna Scotto.Has a street named after her in Rancho Mirage, California, her final winter home. Ginger Rogers Road is located in the Mission Hills Golf Course. It crosses Bob Hope Drive, between Gerald Ford Drive and Dinah Shore Drive and 2 blocks from Frank Sinatra Drive.She was a conservative Republican, a proud member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a Christian Scientist and a vocal supporter of the Hollywood blacklist.Salary for 1938, $219,500.One of the celebrities whose picture Anne Frank placed on the wall of her bedroom in the "Secret Annex" while in hiding during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam, Holland.Her great-great-grandfather was a doctor who discovered quinine, the cure for malaria.For the "Cheek to Cheek" number in Top Hat (1935), she wanted to wear an elaborate blue dress heavily decked out with ostrich feathers. When director Mark Sandrich and Fred Astaire saw the dress, they knew it would be impractical for the dance. Sandrich suggested that Rogers wear the white gown she had worn performing "Night and Day" in The Gay Divorcee (1934). Rogers walked off the set, finally returning when Sandrich agreed to let her wear the offending blue dress. As there was no time for rehearsals, she wore the blue feathered dress for the first time during filming of the "Cheek to Cheek" number, and as Astaire and Sandrich had feared, feathers started coming off the dress. Astaire later claimed it was like "a chicken being attacked by a coyote". In the final film, some stray feathers can be seen drifting off it. To patch up the rift between them, Astaire presented Rogers with a locket of a gold feather. This was the origin of Rogers' nickname "Feathers". The shedding feathers episode was recreated to hilarious results in a scene from Easter Parade (1948) in which Astaire danced with a clumsy, comical dancer played by Judy Garland.Turned down Donna Reed's role in It's a Wonderful Life (1946).She first introduced the song "The Continental" in The Gay Divorcee (1934) and it went on to be the first song that won an Academy Award for Best Original Song.Replaced Judy Garland in the film The Barkleys of Broadway (1949) after Garland was suspended from MGM due to her tardiness.Was offered the part of Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday (1940), but she turned it down. As a result Rosalind Russell was cast instead.Inducted into the Hall of Famous Missourians in 2009.Was good friends with actress Maureen O'Hara since the late 1930s.When Ginger Rogers received a Kennedy Center Honor in 1992, Robyn Smith, widow of Fred Astaire, withheld all rights to clips of Rogers' scenes with Astaire, demanding payment. The Kennedy Center refused and Rogers received her honor without the retrospective show.Despite being married 5 times, all of her marriages ended under a decade. Her longest marriage was her last, to William Marshall, which lasted 8 years.Rogers holds the record for actresses at New York's prestigious Rdio City Music Hall with 23 films for a total of 55 weeks.Was considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939).
Michael Brooke < firstname.lastname@example.org>SpouseHarriet Harper (January 2005 – present)Theresa Russell (February 1986 – ?) (divorced) 2 childrenSusan Stephen (13 April 1957 – 3 October 1977) (divorced) 4 childrenTrade MarkFragmented, non-linear narrative styleTriviaThe band Big Audio Dynamite paid tribute to Roeg on the song "E=MC2" on their first album, "This is Big Audio Dynamite". The song is filled with imagery from his movies, including descriptive snippets of Performance (1970), Don't Look Now (1973), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and Insignificance (1985).Father of Sholto J. Roeg, Luc Roeg and Waldo Roeg.Never went to film school.Once got a job at MGM and worked there for approximately two years.Honorary Member of the Guild of British Camera Technicians (GBCT).Younger brother of Nicolette Roeg.Was originally going to direct Flash Gordon (1980), but didn't due to creative differences.He was made a Fellow of the British Film Institute in recognition of his outstanding contribution to film culture.Father, with Theresa Russell, of Statten Roeg and Maximillian Roeg.He was hired as director of photography on Doctor Zhivago (1965), but disagreed constantly with director David Lean and was eventually replaced by Freddie Young.