TCM Remembers 1995by TrekFan1 | created - 2 months ago | updated - 2 months ago | Public
Those film luminaries who were included in the very first year-end TCM Remembers piece.
Notable omissions: Robert O. Cook | Sound Supervisor
Dorothy Jeakins | Costume Designer
Louis Malle | Director
Dean Martin (see TCM Remembers 1996 notable omissions)
Butterfly McQueen (see TCM Remembers 1996 notable omissions)
Madge Sinclair (see TCM Remembers 1996 notable omissions)
1. Eva Gabor
Actress | The Rescuers
Eva Gabor was born on February 11, 1919 in Budapest, Hungary, to Jolie Gabor (née Janka Tilleman) and Vilmos Gabor (born Farkas Miklós Grün), a soldier. Her older siblings were Magda Gabor, an actress, and Zsa Zsa Gabor, an actress and socialite. Her parents were both from Jewish families. She went...
2. Lana Turner
Actress | Imitation of Life
Lana Turner had an acting ability that belied the "Sweater Girl" image MGM thrust upon her, and even many of her directors admitted that they knew she was capable of greatness (check out The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)). Unfortunately, her private life sometimes overshadowed her professional ...
3. Miklós Rózsa
Composer | Ben-Hur
A child prodigy, Miklos Rózsa learned to play the violin at the age of five and read music before he was able to read words. In 1926, he began studying at the Leipzig Conservatory where he was considered a brilliant student. He obtained his doctorate in music in 1930. Moving to Paris the following ...
Composer (as Miklos Rozsa)
4. Burl Ives
Actor | The Big Country
Burl Ives was one of six children born to a Scottish-Irish farming family. He first sang in public for a soldiers' reunion when he was age 4. In high school, he learned the banjo and played fullback, intending to become a football coach when he enrolled at Eastern Illinois State Teacher's College ...
5. Grady Sutton
Actor | Waikiki Wedding
Grady Sutton was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He arrived in California in 1924. He got his first break in Hollywood from director William A. Seiter who used him as an extra in The Mad Whirl (1925) starring May McAvoy. Grady remained a Hollywood staple for the next 55 years.
He specialized in ...
6. Arthur Lubin
Director | Phantom of the Opera
A graduate of Carnegie Tech, Arthur Lubin entered films as an actor in the 1920s, and after appearing in many films turned to directing in 1934, mainly for Universal. His forte was light comedy, but he helmed many different types of pictures for the studio. Lubin was the director Universal ...
7. Mary Wickes
Actress | Sister Act
From the grand old school of wisecracking, loud and lanky Mary Wickes had few peers while forging a career as a salty scene-stealer. Her abrupt, tell-it-like-it-is demeanor made her a consistent audience favorite on every medium for over six decades. She was particularly adroit in film parts that ...
Actor | Halloween II
Balding, quietly-spoken, of slight build and possessed of piercing blue eyes -- often peering out from behind round, steel-rimmed glasses -- Donald Pleasence had the necessary physical attributes which make a great screen villain. In the course of his lengthy career, he relished playing the ...
Writer | The Thin Man
Albert Hackett was born on February 16, 1900 in New York City, New York, USA as Albert Maurice Hackett. He was a writer and actor, known for The Thin Man (1934), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) and Easter Parade (1948). He was married to Gisella Svetlik and Frances Goodrich. He died on March...
Screenwriter (was also mistakenly included in TCM Remembers 1997)
10. David Wayne
Actor | The Andromeda Strain
His father was an insurance executive; his mother died when he was four. He attended Western Michigan University then worked as a statistician in Cleveland where he joined a Shakespeare repertory company. Two years later he had a minor role in "The American Way" in New York. He was rejected by the ...
11. Elisha Cook Jr.
Actor | Rosemary's Baby
Although this pint-sized actor started out in films often in innocuous college-student roles in mid-30s rah-rahs, playing alongside the likes of a pretty Gloria Stuart or a young, pre-"Oz" Judy Garland, casting directors would soon enough discover his flair for portraying intense neurotics or ...
Actor (as Elisha Cook, Jr.)
12. Adolph Deutsch
Composer | The Apartment
Academy Award-winning composer, songwriter, conductor and arranger, educated at London Poly. and the Royal Academy of Music. He came to the USA in 1910 and became a US citizen in 1920, eventually leading his own orchestra; later he composed and arranged for and conducted other dance bands. He was ...
Composer (died January 1, 1980!!!)
Why TCM included Deutsch, who died in 1980, in a tribute for those who died in 1995, is unclear. It could be a mistake; it's also possible the music used in the video was composed by Deutsch and they therefore felt inclined to include him, but this is just a theory since I don't currently know the identity of the music or its composer.
13. Alexander Knox
Actor | Wilson
A Presbyterian minister's son, softly-spoken, intellectual-looking Alexander Knox received his education from the University of Western Ontario where he studied English literature. An excellent elocutionist (a member of the university's Hesperian Club) he had his first fling with dramatic acting ...
14. Priscilla Lane
Actress | Arsenic and Old Lace
Priscilla Lane attended the Eagin School of Dramatic Arts in New York before she began touring with her sisters in the Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians Dance Band. She was a popular singer with her sisters and, after 5 years, she was signed to a Hollywood contract with Warner Brothers in 1937. ...
15. Ralph Blane
Soundtrack | Meet Me in St. Louis
Ralph Blane was born on July 26, 1914 in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, USA as Ralph Blane Hunsecker. He was married to Emajo Stage. He died on November 13, 1995 in Broken Arrow.
16. Genevieve Tobin
Actress | Easy to Love
The daughter of a stage entertainer, New York-born actress Genevieve Tobin started treading the boards as a child and appeared in the role of Little Eva in the silent short Uncle Tom's Cabin (1910). Her older brother George Tobin and younger sister Vivian Tobin also became stage and film actors. By...
17. Ida Lupino
Actress | High Sierra
Ida was born in London to a show business family. In 1933, her mother brought Ida with her to an audition and Ida got the part her mother wanted. The picture was Her First Affaire (1932). Ida, a bleached blonde, came to Hollywood in 1934 and played small and insignificant parts. Peter Ibbetson (...
18. Roy Rowland
Director | Meet Me in Las Vegas
Roy Rowland studied law at the University of Southern California, then joined MGM as a script clerk. As if getting that job wasn't enough good luck in the middle of the Depression, he also married the niece of MGM chief Louis B. Mayer.
He sharpened his directing chops at MGM with a series of shorts ...
19. Viveca Lindfors
Actress | Stargate
Ms. Lindfors was a Swedish-born actress whose stage and screen career in the U.S. and Sweden spanned more than half a century. She was brought to Hollywood in 1946 by Warner Brothers in the hope that she would be a new Greta Garbo or Ingrid Bergman. She appeared with Ronald Reagan in her first ...
20. Woody Strode
Actor | Spartacus
An athlete turned actor, Strode was a top-notch decathlete and a football star at UCLA. He became part of Hollywood lore after meeting director John Ford and becoming a part of the Ford "family," appearing in four Ford motion pictures. Strode also played the powerful gladiator who does battle with ...
Actor (died Dec. 31, 1994)
21. George Abbott
Writer | The Pajama Game
Legendary Broadway writer/producer/director George Abbott was born in 1887 in Forestville, New York. His father was mayor of Salamanca, New York, for two terms. In 1898 his family moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Abbott attended Kearney Military Academy. The family returned to New York, where Abbott...
22. Ginger Rogers
Actress | The Major and the Minor
Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911. Her mother, known as Lelee, went to Independence to have Ginger away from her husband. She had a baby earlier in their marriage and he allowed the doctor to use forceps and the baby died. She was kidnapped ...