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D.W. Griffith

(1875—1948) American film director

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Birth of a Nation

Birth of a Nation  

Motion picture written by Thomas Dixon and filmed by D.W. Griffith in 1915. This story of the South during and after the Civil War provided the screen with its first large spectacle.[...]
Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin  

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1889–1977)British actor and director. A legendary figure in his own lifetime, he was knighted in 1975.Born in London to music-hall parents, Charlie Chaplin and his brother Sydney were placed in an ...
Douglas Fairbanks

Douglas Fairbanks  

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[né(1883–1939), actor.The handsome, flamboyant actor, whose acrobatic antics were as celebrated offstage as on, was born in Denver and made his stage debut in Richmond, Virginia, in 1900 ...
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Ivor Novello

Ivor Novello  

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(b Cardiff, 1893; d London, 1951).Welsh composer, actor, playwright, and impresario, son of choral conductor Clara Novello‐Davies (1861–1943). Composer of Keep the Home Fires Burning (1914), one of ...
Ku Klux Klan

Ku Klux Klan  

An extremist right-wing secret society in the US. The Ku Klux Klan was originally founded in the southern states after the Civil War to oppose social change and black emancipation by violence and ...
Lionel Barrymore

Lionel Barrymore  

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(1878–1954)US actor, best known for his portrayal of irascible but lovable characters in numerous films in the 1930s and 1940s.Lionel Barrymore was born in Philadelphia into one of the great ...
Louis B. Mayer

Louis B. Mayer  

1885–1957)Russian-born US film executive who became one of Hollywood's most powerful film magnates.Born in Minsk, Mayer emigrated as a child with his family to Canada, where he began his working life ...
Mack Sennett

Mack Sennett  

(1884–1960) US film director, producer, and actor whose many short,slapstick comedies enlivened the age of silent films. Films made by his Keystone Company brought fame to Charlie Chaplin, Mabel ...
Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford  

1893–1979)Canadian-born US film star of the silent screen.Pickford was born in Toronto and at the age of five was touring on stage as ‘Baby Gladys’. At fourteen she was starring on Broadway in The ...

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