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Great stars still with us PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bill Baird   
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 7:20 PM

I received an e-mail from our still beautiful and elegant child star Marilyn Knowlden with a list of the great stars of the 1930s still living.

Due to her short career, we tend to forget German-born Luise Rainer who, at 103, is the oldest great star alive.

After making a film in Denmark and two in Germany she made Escapade (1935) in Hollywood.

Being Jewish, Hitler’s Nazi Germany wasn’t exactly the safest place to live.
Her second and third Hollywood films The Great Ziegfeld (1936) and The Good Earth (1937) brought her back-to-back Oscars for best actress.

After making five more Hollywood films through 1938, she faded away.

Marilyn lives in London.

Olivia de Havilland was a great actress in 59 roles from 1935 to 1988.

She was nominated for Oscars for The Snake Pit (1948), Hold Back the Dawn (1941) and her greatest film, Gone with the Wind (1939).

She won Oscars as best actress in To Each His Own (1946) and The Heiress (1949).

Olivia is 97 and has lived in Paris for many years.

Her sister, Joan Fontaine, was in 71 roles from 1935 to 1994.

She won the Oscar for best actress in Suspicion (1941) and was nominated for Oscars for Rebecca (1940) and The Constant Nymph (1943).

Joan is 95 and lives in Carmel, Calif.

Marsha Hunt was in 115 roles from 1935 to 2008. Marsha is 95 and lives in Los Angeles.

Irish beauty Maureen O’Hara was in 65 roles in mostly great movies from 1938 to 2000.

After living in her native Ireland for many years, she now lives in Idaho.

Maureen turned 93 Saturday, Aug. 17.

Other stars still living from the Golden Age of Cinema range from very well known to unknown and their ages:
Shirley Temple (85), Mickey Rooney (92), Joan Leslie (88), Dickie Moore (87), Dickie’s wife singer/actress Jane Powell (84), Ann Gillis (86), Mary Carlisle (101), Patricia Morison (98), Gloria Jean (87), Cora Sue Collins (86), Jane Withers (87) who also did TV commercials as Josephine the plumber for Comet and our all-time favorite Marilyn Knowlden, who at 87 is still beautiful and elegant. My thanks to her for this list of stars.            

40 years later
I lost my phone land line recently and about 40 years ago. The first time was when a car hit a pole at the beginning of a long Labor Day weekend.

This was before cell phones and my kids were young. I was working the midnight shift for CG&E and thought a phone was necessary.

When I called the repair number which was in Cincinnati from work they wanted to repair the line after the holiday I told them if they didn’t fix it I would untie their lines.

I tied them to my trees to get them out of traffic’s path. The line was repaired that day.

Afterwards, I made Ma Bell Creep of the Week in my column for not having repair people on duty.

Bell’s president supposedly called my CG&E president after finding out where I worked.
I was called downtown to no avail after telling my boss, “What I do on my own time is my business.”

Recently, when I had my phone land line go out, I called repair, which now is in the Philippines.

I had trouble understanding this rude woman who said it would be three days before it could be fixed.

Since we have a cell phone and my e-mail worked it wasn’t as important as it was 40 years ago.

What this Philippines person doesn’t know is the repairman’s headquarters is 10 minutes from my house and it took him about 20 minutes to find the trouble.

The next time I have telephone line trouble I won’t call the Philippines.  I will go to the Cincinnati Bell store in Harrison by UDF.

When my payment was lost in the mail they took care of the situation and now I pay it there.

The employees are extremely nice especially Keith Nelson and attractive Rachel Alford.

Bill Baird is a Whitewater Township resident who writes a weekly column about old movies and Hollywood trivia.