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Recent research on three actors

PostSat Apr 09, 2016 5:28 am

Found this forum while doing some research recently and was impressed by the knowledge of the members within. Some of it assisted me well. You are welcome to see the research at my three blogs and please let me know if there is anything incorrect.

Priscilla Lawson https://priscillalawson.wordpress.com/

Edward S Brophy https://edbrophy.wordpress.com/

Sam Buffington https://sambuffington.wordpress.com/
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Re: Recent research on three actors

PostSat Apr 09, 2016 9:17 am

OldSquid wrote:Found this forum while doing some research recently and was impressed by the knowledge of the members within. Some of it assisted me well. You are welcome to see the research at my three blogs and please let me know if there is anything incorrect.

Priscilla Lawson https://priscillalawson.wordpress.com/

Edward S Brophy https://edbrophy.wordpress.com/

Sam Buffington https://sambuffington.wordpress.com/


Ahhh! I always thought that Flash Gordon should have had his head examined for not preferring the sultry Princess Aura to the simpering, ever-fainting Dale Arden! Priscilla Lawson had a number of tiny parts after FG, including THE WOMEN and TEST PILOT. I loved her in this serial and I also loved Beatrice Roberts (one of L.B. Mayer's "consorts") in the follow-up as Queen Azura.
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Re: Recent research on three actors

PostSat Apr 09, 2016 1:26 pm

Me, too, but then I always did prefer brunettes....
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PostSat Apr 09, 2016 6:21 pm

Thanks for sharing your research on Ed Brophy. He and Ann apparently stayed close to Norma, as they were among the few Hollywood folks who were invited to her private funeral. Norma and Eugene Pallette were also working at Fine Arts in early 1916-- Frankly i would be surprised if Norma had a private secretary already at that time, though she would have needed one by the end of the year.

I see you found them in the 1930 census though the address is actually 1334-1336 North Harper Ave., an apartment building known as Harper House in West Hollywood. It's still there. Not only is Norma also living there (listed as Norma Schenck), but also Gilbert Roland (the reason she was separated from Schenck), her mother Margaret Talmadge, Ben Lyon, Joe E. Brown, and Jeannette Loff.

Ed also had a significant part as Norma and Natalie's brother in Yes or No (1920).

Here's a little bit about Ann(e) and Ed from Jimmy Starr, who was working for the Schenck enterprises around 1922 or 1923:

I went about my regular duties as office boy. … First, the distribution of the mail to the various departments and to Anne Pallette, Norma Talmadge’s secretary. She had been married to Eugene Pallette, the rising comedian and character actor. Her current romantic interest was Eddie Brophy, who, at the time, was an assistant director. Secretly he had a yen to be a comedian but was afraid to make the plunge. He did some years later and was very successful. And he also married Anne Pallette. … Since Norma Talmadge occupied a cottage (it had been built for Mary Pickford as her studio home), where she lived when not before the cameras, one of my don’t-you-ever-miss-on-this duties was to check with Miss Pallette at eleven-thirty and then do the shopping for lunch. Upon getting the grocery and meat order from Miss Pallette, I would then leap into the Ford and dash for a market on Western Avenue, a dozen blocks from the studio. .... I often ordered more than was actually necessary because Anne Pallette hated to see things go to waste and offered me the leftover lamb chops.

Jimmy Starr. Barefoot on Barbed Wire. Lanham Md. : Scarecrow, 2001 p. 31-32

and one from Norma herself:

My noon meal is always served in the little bungalow where Anne Brophy, a friend of many years’ standing who married Edward Brophy, formerly one of our assistant directors, lunches with me. Anne is my private secretary and attends to my mail, which runs into several hundred letters each day.

Norma Talmadge, “Close-Ups” pt. 6 Saturday Evening Post, June 25, 1927 p. 43+

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Re: Recent research on three actors

PostSat Apr 09, 2016 6:45 pm

Thanks for the info on Ed. The knowledge at this site is quite amazing. I know where I'm turning to if I end up doing another actor. I have corrected my blog for the address. Can't believe I missed that!
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Re: Recent research on three actors

PostWed Apr 13, 2016 10:14 pm

Just began researching Vera Steadman. Wish me luck..... :wink:
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Re: Recent research on three actors

PostWed Apr 27, 2016 5:02 am

greta de groat wrote:
I see you found them in the 1930 census though the address is actually 1334-1336 North Harper Ave., an apartment building known as Harper House in West Hollywood. It's still there. Not only is Norma also living there (listed as Norma Schenck), but also Gilbert Roland (the reason she was separated from Schenck), her mother Margaret Talmadge, Ben Lyon, Joe E. Brown, and Jeannette Loff.


Actually, the Harper House apartment building is relatively new. It was built by Boyd Willat on tbe site of Irvin Willat's home and named after Boyd's company, Harper House, wbich in turn was named after the house on Harper. Harper House produced the Day Runner appointment books that were ubiquitous in the 1980s and 1990s.
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PostWed Apr 27, 2016 10:04 am

Bob Birchard wrote:
greta de groat wrote:
I see you found them in the 1930 census though the address is actually 1334-1336 North Harper Ave., an apartment building known as Harper House in West Hollywood. It's still there. Not only is Norma also living there (listed as Norma Schenck), but also Gilbert Roland (the reason she was separated from Schenck), her mother Margaret Talmadge, Ben Lyon, Joe E. Brown, and Jeannette Loff.


Actually, the Harper House apartment building is relatively new. It was built by Boyd Willat on tbe site of Irvin Willat's home and named after Boyd's company, Harper House, wbich in turn was named after the house on Harper. Harper House produced the Day Runner appointment books that were ubiquitous in the 1980s and 1990s.


Thanks, Bob, i got my information from a couple of websites, so do they have it wrong? They say it's a 1929 building by Leland Bryant.
http://www.justabovesunset.com/now/html ... lamour.htm
http://www.iamnotastalker.com/2012/04/1 ... -scream-3/

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Re: Recent research on three actors

PostFri Apr 29, 2016 2:51 am

Finally! Here's Vera's research. https://verasteadman.wordpress.com/
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Re: Recent research on three actors

PostSat May 14, 2016 5:59 pm

Here is my new one on Otto Lederer: https://ottolederer.wordpress.com/
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PostSat Oct 22, 2016 1:06 am

Most recent research blog completed on Marjorie Beebe. https://marjoriebeebe.wordpress.com/

All of mine now available at: https://lost2history.wordpress.com/
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Re: Recent research on three actors

PostSun Oct 23, 2016 3:28 pm

What a tremendous amount of research; I can't imagine trying to do it for more than one person. Thank you for sharing!
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Re: Recent research on three actors

PostSun Oct 23, 2016 3:59 pm

Ludi wrote:What a tremendous amount of research; I can't imagine trying to do it for more than one person. Thank you for sharing!
I enjoy it too much to call it work, but thank you.
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PostSat Nov 05, 2016 5:44 pm

Just finished one on Claire DelMar: https://clairedelmarsite.wordpress.com/
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PostSat Sep 23, 2017 4:04 pm

Just posted latest research blog online, this one on Actress/Screenwriter Isabel Dawn. https://isabeldawnblog.wordpress.com/
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Re: Recent research on three actors

PostMon Sep 25, 2017 11:40 am

OldSquid wrote:Here is my new one on Otto Lederer: https://ottolederer.wordpress.com/


I've always been curious about Otto Lederer; I recently watched DeMille's KING OF KINGS an there he was, which renewed my interest. Thank you for all the research you've done on his life.
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Re: Recent research on three actors

PostMon Sep 25, 2017 11:48 am

busby1959 wrote:
OldSquid wrote:Here is my new one on Otto Lederer: https://ottolederer.wordpress.com/


I've always been curious about Otto Lederer; I recently watched DeMille's KING OF KINGS an there he was, which renewed my interest. Thank you for all the research you've done on his life.

You're quite welcome. The research on him was a bit tougher because of the misinformation on him. My favorite parts were finding out the truth about his first marriage and the fact that there was no third wife. My only regret is not finding out his first wife's family history, but I haven't given up yet....
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Re: Recent research on three actors

PostFri Oct 27, 2017 2:40 am

New one up now, on Anna Laughlin, the first Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz: https://annalaughlinblog.wordpress.com/

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