Celebrities & Entertainers

Actors, singers, comedians and everyone else who has entertained us over the years.
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Royal courts of all ages have been hosts to the best of music, drama, dance, and storytelling. In ancient Rome, gladiators were the superstars of their time. In ancient Egypt, the temples were the best place to find entertainment - temple dancers, temple music, and machines that seemed to make the gods talk. Even our most distant ancestors entertained each other around their fires at night with stories. Wherever there are humans, it is their nature to entertain - to seek pleasure and delight. It's in our DNA.

By 1594, Shakespeare's dramas became the most popular entertainment in England and the stage is where you could find mass entertainment for centuries all over the world. In the early 1880s, vaudeville emerged, creating a new form of popular entertainment for the next 50 years. Records, radio, silent movies, "talkies", and television followed. And with all of these inventions and new forms of recreation, more people became the celebrities of their day. Over the past nearly 200 years, since the invention of photography in 1826, the actual images of all of these entertainers have become available.

The photos on these pages are of the celebrities and entertainers of their time. Some of them you will know, being a part of your own history. Some will be new to you but not to your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents. All of their faces provide a window into a different way of life and recreation.

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Nellie Stewart (1858-1931) Australian stage actress and singer was born as "Eleanor Stewart Towzey" on 20 November 1858 in Wooloomooloo, Sydney, New South Wales. Her parents were actor and singer Richard (Towsey) Stewart (1826-1902) and opera singer Theodosia Yates (1815-1904). She began her long and productive stage career at about 5 years of age and excelled in comic opera. She went on to tour in Britain, America and India but always returned to her beloved Australia. Nellie Stewart married wool expert, Richard Goldsbrough Row (1860-1914) in 1884 but separated a few weeks afterwards and eventually divorced in 1900. Her long term business and romantic relationship was with theatrical manager George Musgrove (1854-1916). They had one daughter, actress Nancye Doris (Musgrove) Stewart (1893-1973). Nellie Stewart died 21 June 1931 in Mosman, Sydney, New South Wales aged 72. additional information: Nellie Stewart was a descendant through her maternal line to well known British comedian, Richard Yates (1706-1796). She had two step sisters by her mother's first marriage who were also actresses, Theodosia and Margaret Stewart. Her 1906 tour to America was abandoned due to the San Francisco Earthquake. She acted in one film, "Sweet Nell of Old Drury" 1911.
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Added Oct 10, 2017 by: Anjel Candy
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A photo of Dorothy Wardell Hyson (1914-1996) stage and screen actress born 24 December 1914 in Chicago, Illinois. Her parents were actors, Dorothy Schofield Dickson (1893-1995) and Carl Constantine Hyson Jr (1887-1966). She first married actor, Robert Douglas Finlayson (1909-1999) in 1935 and secondly actor, John Anthony Quayle (1913-1989) in 1947. Their children were Jennifer, Rosanna and Christopher Quayle. She died following a stroke on 23 May 1996 in Kensington and Chelsea, England aged 81. btw... Dorothy Hyson was a cryptographer at Bletchley Park during WWII.
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1914 - 1996
Added Sep 13, 2017 by: Anjel Candy
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A photo of Lucy Weston as 'Columbia' for 'The Follies of 1908' at the New York roof garden theatre 'Jardin de Paris'... photographer, Otto Sarony. Lucy Weston (1888-) stage actress and singer born in London, England. As a child performer she appeared in the British Music Halls before emigrating on the Lusitania to America in 1908 where she toured widely with various theatre companies including a number of appearances on Broadway with early productions of the Ziegfeld Follies.
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1888 - Unknown
Added Sep 6, 2017 by: Anjel Candy
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A photo of Agnes Ethel (1846-1903) stage actress was born Agnes Ethel Koen in New York City to parents Bernard Koen and Mary O'Donnell. She married millionaire, Francis Walsingham Tracy (1839-1886) in 1874. After his death she married her childhood sweetheart Clinton DeWitt Roudebush (1842-1913) in 1890, they divorced in 1901. She died of heart disease in Irving Place, New York 1903 aged 57.
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1846 - 1903
Added Sep 3, 2017 by: Anjel Candy
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A photo of Drucilla Anna Strain (1913-1994) Actress and Ziegfeld Girl born in New York City to parents Robert Strain (1893-1950) and Anna Fallon (1894-1981). She married Charles Eugene Teagarden (1913-1984) in 1931 and had a daughter Druanne Teagarden (1939-1981). She later married Dick Stone and died in Long Beach, Nassau, New York 1994.
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1913 - 1994
Added Aug 27, 2017 by: Anjel Candy
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A photo of Mae West
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Aug 17, 1893 - Nov 22, 1980
Added Aug 16, 2017 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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Janet Gaynor was born Laura Augusta Gainor October 6, 1906 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but grew up in San Francisco, California. Later moving to Los Angeles, California, she is fondly remembered as the a popular Hollywood actress during the silent film era. She was the first woman to win an academy award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She was also the youngest to win an Oscar, holding onto the title for 57 years.
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Oct 6, 1906 - Sep 14, 1984
Famous silent film actress Theda Bara posing as Cleopatra in the 1917 film Cleopatra directed by J. Gordon Edwards. Cleopatra 1917 was one of the first big budget Hollywood movies - costing over $500,000 and employing 2,000 people during the filming in 1916 - 1917. Of course Theda Bara was a famous actress in the early days of silent film, best known for her femme fatale roles and risqué clothing. Unfortunately, this film has been lost to time as less than one minute of footage lasts today.
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Jul 29, 1885 - Unknown
Added May 14, 2012 by: Daniel Pinna
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Mary Pickford was an actress, founder of United Artists and was one of the original 36 founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
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Apr 8, 1892 - May 29, 1979
Wilford Brimley with Barret Oliver taken during the filming of the 1985 movie Cocoon.
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Sep 27, 1934 - Aug 1, 2020
Added Aug 3 by: Daniel Pinna
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An image of George Burns and John Denver taken during the filming of the 1977 movie Oh God!
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Jan 20, 1896 - October 1983
Added Aug 2 by: Daniel Pinna
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A formal photo of Regis Philbin taken in the 1950s.
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Aug 25, 1931 - Jul 24, 2020
Added Jul 27 by: Kathy Pinna
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This is a photo of Ann Corio added by Amanda S. Stevenson on July 27, 2020.
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Nov 29, 1909 - Mar 1, 1999
Added Jul 27 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Paul Henreid added by Amanda S. Stevenson on July 24, 2020.
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Jan 10, 1908 - Mar 29, 1992
Added Jul 24 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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Marian Seldes as Bertha in the play "Ondine". (1954)
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Aug 23, 1928 - Oct 6, 2014
Added Jul 22 by: Rand Bookman
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This is a photo of Peter Lawford added by Amanda S. Stevenson on July 21, 2020.
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Sep 7, 1923 - Dec 24, 1984
Added Jul 21 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Ruth Chatterton added by Brigette Meeker on July 19, 2020.
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Dec 24, 1892 - Nov 24, 1961
Added Jul 19 by: Brigette Meeker
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This is a photo of Hermione Gingold added by Amanda S. Stevenson on July 19, 2020.
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Dec 9, 1897 - May 24, 1987
Added Jul 19 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Frith Banbury added by Amanda S. Stevenson on July 18, 2020.
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May 4, 1912 - May 14, 2005
Added Jul 18 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Sophie Tucker added by Amanda S. Stevenson on July 13, 2020.
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Jan 13, 1889 - Feb 9, 1966
Added Jul 13 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Fanny Brice added by Amanda S. Stevenson on July 5, 2020.
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Oct 29, 1891 - May 29, 1951
Added Jul 5 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Jane Wyman added by Amanda S. Stevenson on July 2, 2020.
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Jan 5, 1917 - Sep 10, 2007
Added Jul 2 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Hugh Malcolm Downs with Kukla and Ollie added by Kathy Pinna on July 2, 2020.
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Feb 14, 1921 - Jul 1, 2020
Added Jul 2 by: Kathy Pinna
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This is a photo of Ernest Borgnine added by Amanda S. Stevenson on July 1, 2020.
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Jan 24, 1917 - Jul 8, 2012
This is a photo of Carl Reiner early in his career added by Kathy Pinna on June 30, 2020.
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Mar 20, 1922 - Jun 29, 2020
Added Jun 30 by: Kathy Pinna
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This is a photo of Fran Allison and Burr Tillstrom added by Amanda S. Stevenson on June 29, 2020.
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Oct 13, 1917 - December 1985
Added Jun 29 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Luise Rainer added by Amanda S. Stevenson on June 20, 2020.
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1910 - 2014
Added Jun 20 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Charles Coburn added by Amanda S. Stevenson on June 17, 2020.
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Jun 19, 1877 - Aug 30, 1961
Added Jun 17 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Jean Arthur added by Amanda S. Stevenson on June 14, 2020.
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Oct 17, 1900 - Jun 19, 1991
Added Jun 14 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Michael Rennie added by Amanda S. Stevenson on June 10, 2020.
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Aug 25, 1909 - May 10, 1971
Added Jun 10 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Sybil Thorndike added by Amanda S. Stevenson on June 7, 2020.
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Oct 24, 1882 - Jun 9, 1976
Added Jun 7 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Elsa Lanchester added by Amanda S. Stevenson on June 6, 2020.
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Oct 28, 1902 - Dec 26, 1986
A photo of Milton Berle with Marilyn Monroe in 1955
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1908 - Mar 27, 2002
Added Jun 5 by: Kathy Pinna
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This is a photo of Paul Francis Webster added by Amanda S. Stevenson on May 27, 2020.
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Dec 20, 1907 - Mar 18, 1984
Added May 27 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Miyoshi Umeki added by Amanda S. Stevenson on May 25, 2020.
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May 8, 1929 - Aug 28, 2007
Added May 25 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Nancy Kelly added by Amanda S. Stevenson on May 24, 2020.
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Mar 25, 1921 - 1995
Added May 24 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Nancy Kelly added by Amanda S. Stevenson on May 24, 2020.
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Mar 25, 1921 - 1995
Added May 24 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Jerry Orbach added by Amanda S. Stevenson on May 24, 2020.
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Oct 20, 1935 - Dec 28, 2004
Added May 24 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Yma Sumac added by Amanda S. Stevenson on May 24, 2020.
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Sep 10, 1922 - Nov 1, 2008
Added May 24 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Ken Osmond who played Eddie Haskell on the tv show "Leave It to Beaver" in the 1950s and '60s.
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1943 - May 18, 2020
Added May 19 by: Kathy Pinna
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This is a photo of Fred Willard added by Kathy Pinna on May 18, 2020. This photo was taken when he a was a member of the show "Real People". Boy, did he make us laugh!
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Sep 18, 1939 - May 15, 2020
Added May 18 by: Kathy Pinna
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This is a photo of Paul Rosson added by Amanda S. Stevenson on May 14, 2020.
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Mar 26, 1932 - May 14, 2020
Added May 14 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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I sat next to Spike Jones (Lindley Armstrong Jones) at a baseball game in Queens. "Wow! Spike Jones!" I said. He was so happy to be recognized. He was born the day after my father Haakon Svendsen was born. December 14, 1911. I was studying comedy so I it was a joy to meet him.
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Dec 14, 1911 - May 1965
Added May 14 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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A photo of Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy with their first performing animal - a cheetah named Chico. They later became famous for their tiger act in Las Vegas. On April 28, 2020, Roy's publicist stated that he "tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 and is currently responding well to treatment". However, his condition deteriorated and he died at the age of 75 on May 8, 2020, at Mountain View Hospital in Las Vegas. The duo's spokesman, Dave Kirvin, announced his death and said it was due to complications from the disease. Siegfried stated that "the world has lost one of the greats of magic, but I have lost my best friend".
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Oct 3, 1944 - May 8, 2020
Added May 13 by: Kathy Pinna
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An early photo of actor and comedian Jerry Stiller (circa 1950s), who died on May 11 2020. So much laughter he brought into our lives! RIP
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Jun 8, 1927 - May 11, 2020
Added May 12 by: Kathy Pinna
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Richard rocketed to stardom in the mid-1950's, when his black eyeliner, bouffant hairdo, and flamboyant performances were hard to ignore.
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Dec 5, 1932 - May 9, 2020
Added May 9 by: Daniel Pinna
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Little Richard towards the beginning of his career enjoying the attention of his adoring fans.
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Dec 5, 1932 - May 9, 2020
Added May 9 by: Daniel Pinna
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This is the earliest photo I could find of the talented actress Agnes Moorehead. If you have any details about this photo like when it might have been taken please leave a comment and I'll update the description.
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Dec 6, 1900 - Apr 30, 1974
Added May 6 by: Daniel Pinna
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This is a photo of Anita Louise added by Amanda S. Stevenson on May 3, 2020.
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Jan 9, 1915 - Apr 25, 1970
Added May 3 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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