By Sara Brideson,Cynthia Brideson

you recognize Billie Burke was once the great Witch within the Wizard of oz., yet do you know that she had a small zoo in her yard that incorporated a toddler elephant and lion cubs? you recognize Claude Rains because the artful Louie in Casablanca, yet do you know he started existence with a debilitating speech obstacle? you recognize S.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall as Felix the jolly cook dinner in Christmas in Connecticut, yet do you know he fled Germany after Hitler in my opinion attacked considered one of his motion pictures? during this booklet, readers will realize the unknown tales of Hollywood's maximum personality actors and meet the boys and girls in the back of the characters they performed onscreen. by using infrequent interviews and articles from dozens of files and autobiographical excerpts, this ebook presents an inside of look at those aiding stars' tales and exhibits how variety casting in such roles as flibbertigibbet matrons, wisecracking dames, or eccentric butlers can be a blessing and a curse of their own lives.

The publication comprises favorites similar to Thelma Ritter, Eve Arden, and Charles Coburn in addition to stars who beame personality actors in later reasonable Joan Blondell, Shelley Winters, and Claude Rains. additionally meet lesser recognized actors who still have well-known faces akin to Roland younger (of "Topper" fame"), Elsa Lanchester (the Bride of Frankenstein), and Forties deadpan singer Virginia O'Brien.

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