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  Huntley Gordon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Gordon served in the Canadian army during World War I and began a career in motion pictures in England where he had been stationed during the war.
In Hollywood, he appeared in numerous films including starring opposite Gloria Swanson in the 1923 film "Bluebeard's Eighth Wife." That same year he starred in "The Wanters" with Norma Shearer and Marie Prevost.
He was with MGM studios when he retired from film in 1940 and invested in the manufacture of silk stockings, a lucrative business at a time when Canadian and British women could not get them due to the rationing brought on by the Second World War.
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 Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hollywood and the development of its motion picture industry owes no small part of its success to a number of Canadians.
Several of these Canadian pioneers achieved enormous wealth and worldwide fame such as Louis B. Mayer and Mary Pickford who were, in their day, the most powerful personalities in Hollywood and two individuals who are unsurpassed in their contributions to the development of the motion picture industry.
Today, many Canadians have found fame and fortune in Hollywood, but these pioneers who traveled south when Hollywood was still in its infancy made a lasting impact on the shape and future of the motion picture industry.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Canadian_pioneers_in_early_Hollywood   (1063 words)

  
 Norma Shearer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
She was one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood.
Starting as a film extra in 1920, she was already a popular star in 1927 when she married MGM's chief of production (and second in command) Irving Thalberg, with whom she had two children.
She has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6636 Hollywood Boulevard, and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California, in a crypt emblazoned with the name "Norma Arrouge," next to fellow film star Jean Harlow.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Norma_Shearer   (408 words)

  
 Marie Dressler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
During the early 1900s, she became a major vaudeville star.
It would turn out to be another Canadian who gave her the opportunity to return to motion pictures, MGM studio boss Louis B. Mayer who called her "the most adored person ever to set foot in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio."
Marie Dressler died in Santa Barbara, California and was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
www.hartselle.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Marie_Dressler   (581 words)

  
 Culture of Canada   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
One matter of contention in the effort to study Canadian culture rests in the fact of Canada's bilingualism; there is little reason to question the distinct identity of the English- and French-speaking peoples of Canada.
A number of Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood significantly contributed to the creation of the motion picture industry in the early days of the 20th century.
Canadian television, especially supported by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, is the home of a variety of locally-produced shows.
www.sciencedaily.com /encyclopedia/culture_of_canada   (1118 words)

  
 Culture of Canada biography .ms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Canadian TV stations usually fill their prime times with US shows, often running at the same time as they are broadcast in the US.
The frequent question of a Canadian, seeing a film crew on their local streets is "Which bit of the States are we pretending to be today?".
Canadians are stereotyped by other nationalities as being nice, but rather dull-'decaffeinated Americans' being one description, while the definition of a Canadian as 'an American with healthcare and no gun' is another.
canadian-culture.biography.ms   (1094 words)

  
 Charles Christie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In Hollywood, California, they made enough money working in films to purchase a property at 6724 Hollywood Boulevard and set up their own Christie Film Company to make comedy movies.
By 1922, the brothers were so successful that they built the Christie Hotel, Hollywood's first luxury hotel featuring such extravagances as private baths.
He is interred in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, California.
www.bexley.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Charles_Christie   (261 words)

  
 CULTURE OF CANADA FACTS AND INFORMATION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Canadian television, especially supported by the Canadian_Broadcasting_Corporation, is the home of a variety of locally-produced shows.
The Canadian_Radio-television_and_Telecommunications_Commission's Canadian content regulations dictate that a certain percentage of a domestic broadcaster's transmission time must include content that is produced by Canadians, or covers Canadian subjects.
Canadian TV is noted for cutting political satire such as ''This_Hour_Has_22_Minutes'', ''Rick_Mercer_Report'', and ''Royal_Canadian_Air_Farce''.
www.flowergods.com /Culture_of_Canada   (1131 words)

  
 Lorne Greene - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
He also appeared in the HBO spoof documentary The Canadian Conspiracy, about the supposed subversion of the United States by Canadian-born media personalities.
He was the 1987 recipient of the Earle Grey Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Canadian Gemini Awards.
Greene died in 1987 in Santa Monica, California of pneumonia and was interred at Hillside Memorial Park Cemetery, Culver City, California.
www.sterlingheights.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Lorne_Greene   (511 words)

  
 Sidney Olcott - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Sidney Olcott (September 20, 1873 - December 16, 1949) was a Canadian producer, director, actor and writer.
Olcott was a founding member of the East Coast chapter of the Motion Picture Directors Association, a forerunner to today's Directors Guild of America and would later serve as its president.
Like the rest of the film industry, Sidney Olcott moved to Hollywood, California, where he directed many more successful and acclaimed motion pictures with the leading stars of the day.
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 Joe De Grasse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Born in Bathurst, New Brunswick, he was the elder brother of actor Sam De Grasse.
In 1910, he acted in his first motion picture and although he would appear as an actor in 13 films, and write 2 screenplays, his real interest was in directing.
While working in Hollywood for Universal Pictures, Joe De Grasse met and married one of the few female directors working at the time, (1879-1954).
www.bucyrus.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Joe_De_Grasse   (229 words)

  
 Florence Lawrence - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
She was one of several Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood who made their way to Hollywood, attracted by the rapid growth of the fledgling motion picture business.
During these formative years in Hollywood, silent screen actors were just faces because studio owners refused to list the names of the film's cast members, fearing that fame might lead to demands for higher wages.
Just nine years after she had paid for an expensive memorial for her mother, Florence Lawrence was interred in an unmarked grave not far from her mother in the Hollywood Cemetery, which is now Hollywood Forever Cemetery, in Hollywood, California.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Florence_Lawrence   (952 words)

  
 Berton Churchill - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Berton Churchill (December 9, 1876 - October 10, 1940) was a Canadian actor.
As a young man interested in the theater, he headed to New York City where he began an acting career that soon put him on the Broadway stage.
In 1919 he was in charge of the New York headquarters during the Equity strike in which fellow Canadian and friend, actress Marie Dressler assumed a major part with him that led to her being fllisted by the producers.
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 Jack Pickford - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
In 1910, he was only 14 years old when, with the help of his sister, he was signed to perform in motion pictures with Biograph Studios.
In those days, the movie studios were able to cover up almost all of their stars' misbehavior, but within the Hollywood crowd Jack Pickford's behind-the scenes antics made him a legend in his own time.
His sister Mary arranged for his body to be brought back to Los Angeles, California, where he was interred in the private Pickford plot in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
www.marylandheights.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Jack_Pickford   (696 words)

  
 Al Christie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Born Alfred Ernest Christie, in London, Ontario, Canada, he was one of a number of Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood who made their way to Hollywood, California, attracted by the newly developing motion picture business.
Prevost, mother of fellow Canadian actress Marie Prevost, was in a car accident in Florida.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6771 Hollywood Boulevard.
www.sterlingheights.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Al_Christie   (320 words)

  
 Walter Pidgeon   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Walter Pidgeon (September 23, 1897 - September 25, 1984) was a Canadian actor.
He made several silent movies in the 1920s, then made some early talkie musicals, then played second fiddle to the main male star in such films as Saratoga and The Girl of the Golden West.
He was nominated again in 1944 for Madame Curie, but he left Hollywood in the mid-1950s for the stage.
www.bidprobe.com /en/wikipedia/w/wa/walter_pidgeon.html   (175 words)

  
 The Commentator: 02/06/2005 - 02/12/2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Another possible reason is that Canadians have a shocking disinterest in their history, and this explains, in part, why there is a discrepancy in how they view themselves and how they actually project themselves on the world stage.
Canadians, a rather strong and independent bunch though we are, also suffer from acute insecurity disorder.
Canadian leaders failed to grasp the enormity of 9/11 and have ever sinced been incapable of defining, let alone carving, a distinct Canadian platform in the international stage.
toomarvelousforwords.blogspot.com /2005_02_06_toomarvelousforwords_archive.html   (1211 words)

  
 Mary Pickford - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979) was a motion picture star, known as "America's Sweetheart" and "the girl with the curl." She became one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood.
Together they were regarded as "Hollywood Royalty" and were famous for entertaining at their estate Pickfair.
She died on May 29, 1979 and is buried with her scandal-prone brother Jack Pickford in the Pickford private family plot in the Garden of Memory of the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
www.sevenhills.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Mary_Pickford   (1049 words)

  
 RAYMOND MASSEY FACTS AND INFORMATION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Early in Massey's career, the late President Abraham_Lincoln's son, Robert_Todd_Lincoln (1843-1926), heard Massey perform and was struck by the close similarity of Massey's speaking voice to that of his father.
Despite being Canadian, Massey became famous for his quintessential American roles, as Abraham_Lincoln in 1940's ''Abe_Lincoln_in_Illinois'' (for which he was nominated for the Academy_Award_for_Best_Actor), in 1941's ''Santa_Fe_Trail'', in which he played abolitionist John Brown, and as Lincoln again in 1962's ''How the West Was Won''.
He rejoined the Canadian Army during World_War_II, and was wounded and invalided out in 1943.
www.isnewyork.com /Raymond_Massey   (380 words)

  
 Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Motion pictures have been a part of the culture of Canada since the beginning and Hollywood and the development of its motion picture industry owes no small part of its success to a number of Canadians.
Florence Lawrence, the first Star in Hollywood history, who appeared in more than 270 films, committed suicide and for nearly fifty years was forgotten in an unmarked grave in a Hollywood cemetery for the famous.
Tragic too, is the story of the decline of silent film star Marie Prevost who succumbed to severe alcoholism and malnutrition at the age of 38.
www.city-search.org /ca/canadian-pioneers-in-early-hollywood.html   (1188 words)

  
 MARY PICKFORD FACTS AND INFORMATION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Mary Pickford (April_8, 1892 – May_29, 1979) was a motion picture star and co-founder of United_Artists, known as "America's Sweetheart" and "the girl with the curl." She was one of the Canadian_pioneers_in_early_Hollywood.
Pickford would go on to become Hollywood's biggest female star, the first female actor to receive more than a million dollars per year (the first male actor who made a million-dollar deal was Charlie_Chaplin), and one of the few stars to prove successful in both the silent-film era and the sound-film period.
Before her death, Pickford petitioned the Canadian government to restore her Canadian citizenship which had been lost when she became a U.S. citizen on her marriage to Fairbanks in 1920, and it did so.
www.isnewyork.com /Mary_Pickford   (1331 words)

  
 Marie Dressler biography .ms   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
During the early 1900s she became a major vaudeville star and it was in 1902 that she met fellow Canadian, Mack Sennett, and helped him get a job in the theater.
In 1927, after she had been secretly fllisted by the theater production companies due to her strong stance in a labor dispute, a friend at MGM studios worked to get her a job and it would turn out to be another Canadian who gave her the opportunity to return to motion pictures.
That Canadian was MGM studio boss Louis B. Mayer who referred to her as the most adored person ever to set foot in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio.
marie-dressler.biography.ms   (539 words)

  
 Book Encyclopedia - Web Library   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Samuel Alfred De Grace (June 12, 1875 - November 29, 1953) was a Canadian actor.
Born in Bathurst, New Brunswick, he trained to be a dentist.
At first, Sam De Grasse played standard secondary characters but when fellow Canadian Mary Pickford set up her own studio with her husband Douglas Fairbanks, he joined them.
www.bookencyclopedia.com /index.php?title=Sam_De_Grasse   (185 words)

  
 MARIE DRESSLER FACTS AND INFORMATION   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Marie Dressler (born November_9, 1868; died July_28, 1934) was a Canadian actress.
Born Leila Marie Koerber in Cobourg,_Ontario to parents Alexander Rudolph Koerber (who was Austrian) and Anna Henderson, she became a leading comedienne during the silent_film era.
It would turn out to be another Canadian who gave her the opportunity to return to motion pictures, MGM studio boss Louis_B._Mayer who called her "the most adored person ever to set foot in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio."
www.amysflowershop.com /Marie_Dressler   (512 words)

  
 Sam De Grasse - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
He traveled to New York City and in 1912 he acted in his first motion picture.
He lived on the west coast until his death in Hollywood.
He is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
www.peekskill.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Sam_De_Grasse   (248 words)

  
 Raymond Massey   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Early in Massey's career, Abraham Lincoln's son, Robert Todd Lincoln (1843-1926), heard Massey perform and was struck by the close similarity of Massey's speaking voice to that of his father.
He rejoined the Canadian Army during World War II, and was wounded and invalided out in 1943.
Massey has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, one for movies at 1719 Vine Street and one for television at 6708 Hollywood Blvd.
mywiseowl.com /articles/Raymond_Massey   (381 words)

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