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Across Our Wide Missouri: From Clara Bow to Doris Day, Jack Oakie Stole Their Shows
Photos and biographical article about Jack Oakie (~1904-1978), a movie comedian born in Sedalia, Missouri, as Lewis Offield. Description of his life and career, selling newspapers during high school in...
As a Child Actor Here, He Got a Start toward Broadway
Photos and biographical article about Ernest Truex (1889-1973), a movie and television actor starting out as a child actor in the play "Quo Vadis" at "the old Auditorium Theater in Kansas City" around...
Photos and article about the recent (ca. 1960s-1970s) history of movie-making of "B" films in Kansas City, focusing on the experiences of producer-director Lamar Card in shooting the 1976 movie "The Student...
Biography of Robert Altman (1925-2006), Cinema Film Director
Byron Lewis Shores Obituary
Obituary for Byron Lewis Shores, or Byron Shores, a former Broadway and movie actor of the 1930s-1940s, dying at the age of 50 on November 13, 1957.
Deaths: Mrs. Thelma Todd Goza
May 13, 1952
Photo and obituary for "Mrs. Toni Todd Goza [or Toni Todd], 32, former orchestra singer and motion picture actress," appearing in such movies as "Lost Horizon" and "Philo Vance's Secret Mission" as Toni...
Dictionary of Missouri Biography
Biography of William Horatio Powell (1882-1984), an attendee of Kansas City's Central High School going on to become "one of the movie industry's leading romantic male performers" in the 1930s, best known...
Ed Asner: Kansas City's Favorite Son
File containing photos and biographical article about Ed Asner, a famous actor graduating from Wyandotte High School (in Kansas City, Kansas) in 1947 and called "Kansas City's favorite son." Description...
View of movie actor Edgar Kennedy who was in the movie "King Kelly of the U.S.A".
Photos and information on Ginger Rogers, a movie actress growing up in the Kansas City area. Born in Independence in 1911 as Virginia Katherine McMath, or Virginia McMath and growing up partly in Kansas...
Glover a Genuine Celebrity
December 9, 2003
Steve Penn's commentary on Danny Glover's appearance in Kansas City and his visit to Kansas City's Genesis School. Glover's father, James Glover, was a resident of Kansas City and graduated from Lincoln...
February 27, 2005
List of Hollywood stars that originally came from the Midwest states of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Missouri.
May 9, 2005
Interview with actor Don Cheadle and his aunt, Sondra North, of Kansas City, Missouri. Cheadle got his break as the character "Mouse" in 1995's Devil in a Blue Dress, and received an Oscar nomination for...
I Changed Position and Moved into Film Immortality
October 8, 2006
Author recalls his participation in the move Article 99 as an extra during filming in Kansas City. The movie starred actors Kiefer Sutherland, Ray Liotta, Lea Thompson, Kathy Baker, John Mahoney, and Noble...
Jesse James Motion Picture Scene
Exterior view of three actors in a scene from a silent motion picture. Although the movie is not identified, it is believed to be a scene from the silent movie Jesse James Under the Black Flag filmed in...
Biographical sketch of Joan Crawford (1906-1977), a movie actress starting in 1925 with silent pictures, growing up in Kansas City. Description of her life and career, moving to Kansas City in 1917 from...
KC Public Library Offers a Film Vault to Bank On
May 23, 2007
The newly renovated Stanley H. Durwood Film Vault, located in the Central library of the Kansas City Public Library, will debut May 23, 2007. The state-of-the-art mini-theater is located in the large vault...
March 5, 2006
Article contains Academy Award nominees who had Kansas and Missouri ties. Includes their picture, category, birthplace, total Oscar nominations and wins. Names include: Robert Altman, Burt Bacharach, Tom...
Midwestern Outlook Shapes Film Success for Trio with KC Roots
November 7, 2008
Article profiles three Kansas City natives who have gone on to have careers in the motion picture industry: Darren Lynn Bausman (director), Eric Darnell (director, animator), and Paul Rudd (actor). The...
Believed to be a scene from the movie "King Kelly of the U.S.A.", 1934. Actors not identified but one may be Ferdinand Gottschalk who was King Maxmilian of Belgardia in the film. Joe Sanders and Bernie...
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