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Women Who Have Helped Shape The Entertainment Industry Part II

Here is a continuation of the women who have helped shape the entertainment industry of today.


Frances Farmer

1. (September 19, 1913 – August 1, 1970) was an American actress of stage and screen
2. is perhaps better known for sensationalized and fictional accounts of her life, and especially her involuntary commitment to a mental hospital
3. was the subject of three films, three books, and numerous songs and magazine articles.
4. Her outspoken style made her seem uncooperative and contemptuous
5. was diagnosed with "manic depressive psychosis."
6. "It was pretty sad, because [after the publication of God Dies] for the first time I found how stupid people could be. It sort of made me feel alone in the world. The more people pointed at me in scorn the more stubborn I got and when they began calling me the Bad Girl of West Seattle High, I tried to live up to it." - quote from her
7. "It's a nuthouse [Hollywood]. The other day a man phoned and wanted me to endorse a certain brand of cigarettes. I had nothing against them and in fact will smoke them or anything else that comes along, but I didn't know why he was bothering me. I thought maybe if I was nice they'd give me a carton as a thank offering, so I rather tentatively broached the matter of remuneration. What was the endorsement worth, I asked, and he said three thousand dollars. What are you going to do in an atmosphere like that?" - quote from her


Gene Tierney

1. (November 19, 1920 – November 6, 1991) was an American film and stage actress.
2. Acclaimed as one of the great beauties of her day, she is best-remembered for her performance in the title role of Laura (1944) and her Academy Award-nominated performance for Best Actress in Leave Her to Heaven (1945). Other notable roles include Martha Strable Van Cleve in Heaven Can Wait (1943), Isabel Bradley Maturin in The Razor's Edge (1946), Lucy Muir in The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947), Ann Sutton in Whirlpool (1949), Maggie Carleton McNulty in The Mating Season (1951) and Anne Scott in The Left Hand of God (1955).
3. suffered from bipolar disorder.
4. In 1986 Tierney was honored alongside actor Gregory Peck with the first Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival Spain for their body of work
5. has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6125 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.


Ginger Rogers

1. (July 16, 1911 – April 25, 1995) was an American film and stage actress, dancer and singer.
2. During her long career, she made a total of 73 films, and is noted for her role as Fred Astaire's romantic interest and dancing partner in a series of ten Hollywood musical films that revolutionized the genre
3. also achieved success in a variety of film roles, and won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Kitty Foyle (1940).
4. She ranks #14 on the list of AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars


Grace Kelly

1. (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an American film and stage actress and fashion icon
2. became a famous actress in the 1950s, starring in such memorable films as Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, High Society, and The Country Girl, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress
3. became "Her Serene Highness The Princess of Monaco" upon marrying Rainier III, Prince of Monaco in 1956.
4. The American Film Institute ranked her #13 amongst the Greatest Female Stars of All Time.
5. As princess, Kelly was active in improving the arts institutions of Monaco, and eventually the Princess Grace Foundation was formed to support local artisans. She was one of the first celebrities to support and speak on behalf of La Leche League, an organization that advocates breastfeeding; she planned a yearly Christmas party for local orphans, and dedicated a Garden Club that reflected her love of flowers.
6. The Princess Grace Foundation, Monaco was founded in 1964 with the aim of helping those with special needs for whom no provision was made within the ordinary social services.


Greta Garbo

1. (18 September 1905 – 15 April 1990) was a Swedish actress during Hollywood's silent film period and part of its Golden Age.
2. Regarded as one of the greatest and most inscrutable movie stars ever produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the Hollywood studio system, Garbo received a 1954 Honorary Academy Award "for her unforgettable screen performances"
3. in 1999 was ranked as the fifth greatest female star of all time by the American Film Institute
4. Having achieved enormous success as a silent movie star, she was one of the few actors or actresses who made the transition to talkies, though she delayed the shift for as long as possible
5. There was some speculation, that Garbo was bisexual.
6. has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard
7. in September 2005, the United States Postal Service and Swedish Posten jointly issued two commemorative stamps bearing her likeness.


Ingrid Bergman

1. (29 August 1915 – 29 August 1982) was a Swedish actress
2. won three Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards, and the Tony Award for Best Actress in the first Tony Award ceremony in 1947
3. is ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute
4. is widely remembered for her performance as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942)
5. has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6759 Hollywood Blvd
6. could speak Swedish (her native language), German (her second language), English (learned when brought over to United States), Italian (learned while exiled in Italy), and French (learned formally from language teachers) fluently


Jane Russell

1. (born June 21, 1921) is an American film actress and sex symbol
2. hand and foot prints are immortalized in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theater
3. has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6850 Hollywood Boulevard
4. was unable to have children and, in 1955, she founded World Adoption International Fund (WAIF), an organization to place children with adoptive families that pioneered adoptions from foreign countries by Americans


Jane Wyman

1. (January 5, 1917 – September 10, 2007) was an American actress
2. began her film career in the 1930s, and was a prolific performer for two decades
3. received an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Johnny Belinda (1948), and later achieved success during the 1980s for her leading role in the television series Falcon Crest.
4. was the first wife of Ronald Reagan, marrying him in 1940 and divorcing him in 1948, long before he became U.S. president or ran for any public office. To date, she is the only woman to have been an ex-wife of a U.S. president.



Jayne Mansfield

1. (April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967) was an American actress working both on Broadway and in Hollywood
2. One of the leading blonde sex symbols of the 1950s
3. Mansfield was a Playboy Playmate of the Month, and appeared in the magazine several more times over the years
4. won the Theatre World Award, Golden Globe and Golden Laurel
5. starred in several popular Hollywood films that emphasized her platinum-blonde hair, hourglass figure and cleavage-revealing costumes.
6. died in an automobile accident at the age of 34.


Jean Harlow

1. (March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937) was an American film actress and sex symbol of the 1930s
2. Known as the "Platinum Blonde" and (as Maxene Andrews describes her) the "Blonde Bombshell" due to her famous platinum blonde hair, and ranked as one of the greatest movie stars of all time by the American Film Institute, Harlow starred in several films, mainly designed to showcase her magnetic sex appeal and strong screen presence, before making the transition to more developed roles and achieving massive fame under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
3. Harlow's enormous popularity and "laughing vamp" image were in distinct contrast to her personal life, which was marred by disappointment, tragedy, and ultimately, her sudden death from renal failure at age 26.


Joan Fontaine

1. (born October 22, 1917) is a British American actress
2. became an American citizen in April 1943
3. is the younger sister of actress Olivia de Havilland
4. is one of the last surviving female stars from Hollywood of the 1930s
5. is notably the only actress to ever win the Leading Lady Oscar in a film directed by Alfred Hitchcock
6. has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1645 Vine Street.


Joan Collins

1. (born 23 May 1933) is a Golden Globe Award-winning English actress, author, and columnist
2. was popular as a magazine pin-up in the UK throughout the 1950s and into the 1960s, with cover appearances on titles such as Span and 66
3. has publicly supported several charities for several decades
4. The Guinness Book of World Records cites Collins as holding the record for retaining the world's largest unreturned payment for an unpublished manuscript
5. her bestselling novels (Prime Time, Love & Desire & Hate, Infamous, Star Quality, and Misfortune's Daughters) she has written five lifestyle books (The Joan Collins Beauty Book, My Secrets, My Friends' Secrets and Joan's Way: The Art of Living Well) and memoirs (Past Imperfect, Katy: A Fight for Life and Second Act). To date she has sold over 50 million copies of her novels which have been translated into 30 languages


Joan Crawford

1. (March 23, 1905 – May 10, 1977) was an American actress of film, television and theatre
2. became one of Hollywood's most prominent movie stars and one of the highest paid women in the United States, but her films began losing money and by the end of the 1930s she was labeled "box office poison"
3. n 1970, Crawford was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille Award by John Wayne at the Golden Globes, which was telecast from the Coconut Grove at The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. She also spoke at her alma mater, Stephens College, from which she never graduated.
4. hand and footprints are immortalized in the forecourt of Grauman's Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood
5. has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1750 Vine Street
6. In 1999, Playboy listed Crawford as one of the "100 Sexiest Women of the 20th century," ranking her #84.


Judy Garland

1. (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969) was an American actress and singer
2. received a Juvenile Academy Award, won a Golden Globe Award, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for her work in films, as well as Grammy Awards and a Tony Award
3. died of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 47
4. In 1997 Garland was posthumously awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and several of her recordings have been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 1999, the American Film Institute placed her among the ten greatest female stars in the history of American cinema
5. Struggled with addiction


Katharine Hepburn

1. (May 12, 1907 – June 29, 2003) was an American actress of film, television and stage
2. holds the record for the most Best Actress Oscar wins with four, from 12 nominations.
3. won an Emmy Award in 1976 for her lead role in Love Among the Ruins, and was nominated for four other Emmys, two Tony Awards and eight Golden Globes
4. In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Hepburn as the greatest female star in the history of American cinema.
5. In honor of her extensive theater work, the lights of Broadway were dimmed for an hour the day she was buried.


Kim Novak

1. (born February 13, 1933) is a two-time Golden Globe Award-winning American actress
2. best known for her performance in the classic 1958 film Vertigo
3. retired from acting in 1991 and is now an artist of watercolor and oil paintings, sculpture and stained glass design
4. was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 6332 Hollywood Boulevard.
5. In 1995, Novak was ranked 92nd by Empire Magazine on a list of the 100 sexiest stars in film history. In 1955 she won the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer-Female; in 1957 she won another Golden Globe — for World Favorite female actress. In 1997 Kim won an Honorary Berlin Golden Bear Award. In 2002 a Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Novak by Eastman Kodak

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