Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Who was born on this date:
Actress Polly Moran was born on June 28, 1883 in Chicago, Illinois. She started out in vaudeville, and toured North America as well as Europe and South Africa. An attractive Irish beauty in her youth she left vaudeville in 1914 after signing for Mack Sennett at Keystone Studios where she honed her comedic talents. She proved effective at slapstick and remained with Sennett for several years until she was signed by MGM. She partnered with the famous Broadway star Marie Dressler in The Callahans and the Murphys (1927), and the two went on to appear in several films together such as Chasing Rainbows (1930) and Caught Short (1930). After Dressler's death in 1934, Moran's career declined, and she only starred in low budget comedies or B-movies, though she still maintained an active Hollywood social life, throwing large and well-publicized parties. She died on January 25, 1952 from a heart attack and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
http://www.michaelthomasbarry.com/, author of "Fade to Black: Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats, 1927-1950"