Irving Thalberg (May 30, 1899 – September 14, 1936) was an American film producer during the early years of motion pictures. He was called "The Boy Wonder" for his youth and his extraordinary ability to select the right scripts, choose the right actors, gather the best production staff and make hundreds of very profitable films, including Grand Hotel, Camille & Mutiny on the Bounty. His films carved out a major international market
Lillian Gish- (October 14, 1893 – February 27, 1993)stage,screen and television actress, director and writer whose film acting career spanned 75 years, from 1912 to 1987. She was called The First Lady of American Cinema.,associated with the films of director D.W.Griffith, including her role in one of the highest grossing films of the era Birth of a Nation. Her sound-era film appearances were sporadic, but included roles in Duel in the Sun and the Night of the Hunter
Cyd Charisse (March 8, 1922 – June 17, 2008) actress and dancer.After recovering from polio as a child, and studying ballet, Charisse entered films in the 1940s. Her roles usually focused on her abilities as a dancer, and she was paired with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly; her films include Singin' in the Rain and Silk Stockings. She stopped dancing in films in the late 1950s, but continued acting in film and television, made her Broadway debut in 1992.
Lupe Vélez (July 18, 1908 – December 14, 1944) was a Mexican film actress. Vélez began her career in Mexico as a dancer before moving to the U.S. where she worked in vaudeville. She was noticed by Fanny Brice who promoted her. Vélez soon entered films, making her first appearance in 1924. By the end of the decade she had progressed to leading roles. With the advent of talking pictures Vélez acted in comedies, but she became disappointed with her film career, and moved to New York...
Frank Capra (May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991) A creative force behind major award-winning films during the 1930s and 1940s. His rags-to-riches story. He became one of America's most powerful directors during the 1930s, winning 3 Oscars as Best Director. Among his films was It Happened One Night, which won all 5 top Oscars. Other leading films include Arsenic and Old Lace & It's a Wonderful Life . Because of his early fame as a director, his name was listed "above the title" of his films