Ginger Rogers (1911-1958) was born in Independence, MO. Nicknamed Feathers, she was a dancer extraordinaire and attained real stardom paired with Fred Astaire. She got her start in vaudeville at the age 14, and her first big movie hit was 42nd street in 1933. By 1945, she was the highest paid performer in Hollywood .
John Huston (1906-1987) was born in Nevada, MO. As a legendary film director, he directed The Maltese Falcon and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, in which his father, Walter Huston, starred. He won Academy Awards for both writing and directing.
Jean Harlow (1911-1937) was born Harlean Carpenter in Kansas City, Mo. Nicknamed Baby Jean and Hollywood's Original Blonde bombshell, she was the first film actress on the cover of Life magazine. Although she died at a young age, she made 36 movies and was voted #22 on the American Film Institute's list of Greatest American Female Screen Legends.
was born in St. Louis, Mo. An actress, singer, and dancer, she made approximately 80 films between 1929 and 1955. She is better known for a famous WWII pin-up shot in which she is looking over her shoulder while wearing a bathing suit. At one point, the actress' legs were insured for over $1 million.
Vincent Price (1911-1993) was born in St. Louis, Mo.
During his acting career which spanned more than 50 years, he starred in a series of acclaimed Gothic horror movies such as The Pit and the Pendulum and The House of Usher.
Redd Foxx (1922-1991) was born John Elroy Sanford in St. Louis, Mo.
A stand-up comedian in the 1940s and 1950s, he was one of the premier "blue humor" comedians and the star of the Sanford and son TV series. He broke taboos on various topics with his candid onstage comedic routines. He produced over 50 comedic albums.
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