Gail Russell was born September 21, 1924 in Chicago, IL as Betty Gale Russell.She was chronically shy which led to her drinking to cope with the stress of acting and maintaining a public life. She dies at the age of 36 from the effects of alcoholism.She was married to Guy Madison who played Wild Bill Hickok in the TV series.She was in one of my favorite movies as a child, Angel and the Badman, alongside John Wayne. I found her to have a very endearing presence onscreen.
One of my absolute favorite actresses, Carole Lombard. She was the highest paid Hollywood star in the late 1930’s. Her final film with Jack Benny and Robert Stack, “To Be or Not to Be”, was in post-production when she died in an airplane crash while on a World War II War bond drive.
Ann is a Denton, Texas girl. Her official website says, “Ann Sheridan was born on Sunday February 21st, 1915, in Denton Texas. She came into the world as Clara Lou Sheridan. Growing up on a ranch, Ann became quite the tomboy. She could bulldog a steer. She knew how to ride a horse exceptionally well and she was a pretty good shot with a gun."
Rosalind Russell was born 1907 in Waterford, CT. Best known roles of hers are "His Girl Friday" & "The Women". Although she was frustrated with being typecast as a "lady", she was able to transform these roles into roles as strong, intelligent, independent women who went against societal norms. She also showed a brilliant gift for comedy.
Elizabeth Ruth "Betty" Grable was born December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, MO. According to a newspaper published at the time of her death, "Her 42 movies during the 1930s and 1940s grossed more than $100 million. She set a record of 12 consecutive years in the top 10 of box office stars. The Treasury Department in 1946-47 listed her as the highest-salaried American woman. She earned more than $3 million during her career."