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  • Lillian Albertson
    • b. Noblesville, 8/6/1881
    • d. 8/24/1962
    • Actress,noted drama coach at RKO, theatre producer. She grew up in Noblesville and went to California when her family made a move to San Francisco. There she went into stock and then to Broadway where she was on stage for 20 years. Moved to Los Angeles as a stage producer and cast Clark Gable in "The Last Mile." She went to RKO in 1934 as a drama coach.Appeared in at least three movies...Storm Warning(1950), The Greatest Show on Earth (1952), The Ten Commandments (1956)

  • Betty Alden
    • b. Indianapolis 8/21/1891
    • d. 4/7/48
    • Made at least 6 films, usually small roles, from 1930 to 1937 including The Fountain (1934) and Captains Courageous (1937)

  • Jane Allan
    • b. Lafayette 10/24/16
    • d. Santa Monica 2/16/70
    • Appeared in...Hoosier Holiday (1943),Wonder Man (1945), Good Sam (1948) and They Live By Night (1949) (All uncredited)

  • Theresa Allen
    • b. Indianapolis, 10/27/08
    • d. Newport Beach, CA 5/18/97
    • Appeared in seven films, including Happy Days (1930) as a chorus girl and The Vagabond King (1930) as a Page.

  • Wendy Baker
    • b. Indianapolis
    • Appeared in The Waiter(1997) and Border to Border (1998).

  • Arija Bareikis
    • b. Bloomington 7/21/66
    • Her father was a Professor at Indiana University and was from Lithuania. She graduated from Bloomington South high school where she was Homecoming Queen and a cheerleader. She graduated from Stanford University and then the Actor's Studio in New York. Her first film role was in Twisted Tales (1994). She has made at least 11 films and appeared in many TV shows since then. Her biggest role was that of Kate in Deuce Bigelow: Male Gigolo (2005).

  • Julia Barr
    • b. Fort Wayne, 2/8/49
    • Played "Brooke English" from 1976 to 1980 and again in 1982 on TV series "All My Children". Also played Rennie Szabo on "Ryan's Hope" in 1976. In at least one movie, I, the Jury (1982)

  • Anne Baxter

    • b. Michigan City, 5/7/23
    • d. New York City, 12/12/85
    • Granddaughter of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Her family moved to New York and she began her acting career at age 11 on stage there. Won Oscar and Golden Globe for best supporting actress in The Razor's Edge (1946). Nominated for best actress for All About Eve (1950). Made 66 feature films from 1940 to 1980. Many TV appearances. Nominated for Emmy for "Name of the Game" (1968).

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  • Amy Bebout (Real name: Amy Michelle Bebout)
    • b. Crawfordsville, 10/13/83
    • Born into a thespian family, she began her professional career at age three. At age seven, she appeared in TV movie Night of the Hunter as "Pearl" (1997). After that she began to appear in commercials and radio spots. She appeared in such productions as "Annie," "The Music Man," "Wait Until Dark." Appeared in a music video with the new age group Secret Garden. Lately she has been travelling, doing foreign mission work and finishing school.

  • Jayne Bentzen
    • b. Evansville, 8/8/5?
    • Appeared mostly in soap operas.."The Guiding Light", "One Life to Live", "The Edge of Night". Two feature films, Blood Rage (1983), A Breed Apart (1984).

  • Sue Bennett(Sue Benjamin)
    • b. Indianapolis, 1928
    • d. Brookline, MA, 5/8/2001
    • Raised in New York City. Graduated from Syracuse University. After college, she joined the cast of a Broadway revue called "Small Wonder." While performing in that show she began singing on the Dumont Television Network's nightly program, "Teen Tune Times." In 1949 she joined Kay Kyser's program on NBC and later was in the cast of "Your Hit Parade" from 1951 to 1952. In 1954 she had her own TV show, "The Sue Bennett Show." She relocated to the Boston area and married a gynecologist. She sang on various radio programs in the New England area. In the 1960's, she fashioned a new career as a voice-over performer for television and radio commercials.


  • Connie Booth
  • b. Indianapolis, 1/31/44
  • Known for appearances on British television and particularly for her portrayal of Polly Sherman in the 1970s television series Fawlty Towers which she co-wrote with her then-husband John Cleese. Booth's father was a Wall Street stock broker. The family moved to New Rochelle, NY where Booth began performing in high school productions. She studied drama in NYC and married Cleese in 1968. They had one child in 1971. The daughter, Cynthia, appeared with her father in A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures. Booth and Cleese were divorced in 1978. She is now married to John Lahr, author and senior drama critic for The New Yorker. Lahr is the son of the late actor Bert Lahr. Booth had various roles in British television and has appeared in many movies including the Monty Python series. Booth ended her acting career in 1995. She is now a psychotherapist in London

  • Candi Brough
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    • b. Indiana
    • Former Purdue "Golden Girl" with her twin, Randi. Did USO tours as singers and dancers. Appeared on "Wild Wild West", "Happy Days", "Silk Stalkings", "Night Court", etc. Many TV commercials. Several TV Movies.


  • Randi Brough (see photo with her sister, above)
    • b. Indiana
    • Virtually the same credits as her sister above.

  • Pamela Jane Bryant
    • b. Indianapolis, 2/8/59
    • Lot of TV work. Mostly small roles in feature films like, Private Lessons, Scorpion, The Killing Jar.

  • Kathleen Burke
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    • b. Hammond, 9/5/13
    • d. Chicago, IL 4/9/80
    • Was an assistant to a Chicago dentist when she entered a contest with 60,000 other women to select "The Panther Woman." She won the contest and was cast in Island of Lost Souls (1932). Fellow Hoosier Monte Blue was also in this film. She played other exotic females and was a busy actress from 1933 to 1938. Married twice.She appeared in at least 19 films including, Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935), Craig's Wife (1936), The Sheik Steps out (1937).


  • Lois Butler(Singer/actress)
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    • b. Indianapolis, 2/13/31
    • Appeared in at least three films 1948-1950 including Boy From Indiana (1950). Several TV appearances..."The RCA Victor Show" TV series from 1952 to 1953. This was also known as "The Ezio Pinza Show." In 1950, She married Hall Bartlett, a magazine writer and son of a wealthy grain executive from Kansas City. She retired from the screen shortly thereafter.


  • Terri Conn (Real name: Theresa Celeste Conn)
    • b. Bloomington, 1/28/75
    • Appeared in three or four feature films but did mostly TV work. In soap operas, "The Young and the Restless", "Breaker High" and was a regular on "As the World Turns" in 1998 as "Katie Peretti".

  • Annie Corley
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    • b. Lafayette,Indiana
    • Graduated from McCutcheon High School in 1978. Very active in athletics and speech. Majored in Speech Communications at DePauw University where she graduated cum laude. Began appearing in TV movies in 1992. Her career highlight was as Meryl Streep's daughter in The Bridges of Madison County (1995). She has made mostly TV movies but recently has concentrated more on feature films...Free Willy 3: The Rescue (1997), Last Chance (1999") Seabiscuit (2003).


  • Claudia Craddock
    • b. Warsaw, 2/16/1889
    • d. Hollywood, CA 12/17/45
    • Appeared in "A Lady's Profession" (1933)

  • Catherine Craig
    • b. Bloomington, 1/18/17
    • Appeared in 25 films from 1940 to 1949...including, "You Were Never Lovelier" (1942), "Lady in the Dark" (1944), "The Bride Wore Boots" (1946), "Monsieur Beaucaire" (1946), "No Man of Her Own" (1949).

  • Mary Jane Croft
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    • b. Elwood, 1916
    • d.8/24/99
    • Primarily known as a TV actress. Started acting in high school and at the Muncie Civic Theatre. Very active in radio in the 30's and 40's. Began appearing on television in 1952 as Daisy Enright in "Our Miss Brooks"...voice of Cleo the Bassett Hound on "People's Choice"...Clara Randolph on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"...Betty Ramsey (neighbor) in "I Love Lucy"...was a semi-regular as Mary Jane Lewis on "The Lucy Show" (1965-1974) and "Here's Lucy" (1968). At the time of her death she was the widow of "The Lucy Show" producer, Elliot Lewis. Mr. Lewis was also a mystery novelist and actor. Her only son, Eric Zoller, was killed in the Vietnam War.

  • Gretchen Kiger Cryer
    • b. Dunreith, 10/17/35
    • Writer/Actress. Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.W. Kiger, Jr. of Dunreith, Indiana. Graduated from Spiceland H.S. and DePauw University. In collaboration with Nancy Ford, a classmate at DePauw, she wrote a number of successful plays and many songs based on her growing up in Henry County. Her most personal work is "I'm Getting My Act Together And Taking It On The Road." Other plays with Ms. Ford include, "Now Is The Time For All Good Men", "The Last Days of Isaac" and "Shelter." she played "Aunt Lucy" in Hiding Out (1987). Daughter Robin has appeared in Cabaret shows with her mother and her youngest daughter Shelley works in theatre make-up. Her son, Jon, has appeared in several movies and TV shows.

  • Tasha Louise Danner
    • b. Shelbyville, IN, 12/14/77
    • Member of "MMC" (The Mickey Mouse Club)(1989) TV series. TV appearances, "Clarissa Explains It All" (1991) and "All That" (1995)Has done many TV commercials.

  • Embeth Davidtz
    • b. Lafayette, IN, 8/11/65
    • Moved to South Africa when she was young. Studied at Rhodes University. Her acting career started with the National Theatre Company's Romeo and Juliet for which she received good reviews. She moved to Los Angeles and began taking small parts in NBC films. She is married to Jason Sloane and has two children...a boy and a girl.

  • Isabel Dawn
    • b. Evansville, 10/20/05
    • d. Woodland Hills, CA 6/29/66
    • Writer/Actress, she appeared as a Masseuse in the 1957 film, The Female Animal. Her writing credits are considerable starting with If I Had a Million (1932) and including Lady for a Night (1941), Ice Capades (1941), Remember Pearl Harbor (1942), The French Line (1954).

  • Susan Deer
    • b. Indianapolis
    • Played the role of "Sooner" in A Girl Named Sooner, a TV movie shot in Vevay, Indiana in 1975. She did not make any other films. She is married and lives in England.

  • Briana Feehan
    • b. South Bend, IN March 18, 1988
    • Moved to Los Angeles in 2005 where she studied dance, music and acting. Began appearing in short films, one of which Board won the "audience choice award" at the Rebel Planet Film Festival. She has appeared in two feature films.

  • Bianca Ferguson
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    • b. Gary, 2/11/?
    • Appeared in "The Buddy System" (1984). Was a regular on "General Hospital" as Claudia Johnson Phillips from 1978 to 1987. Married to Meshack Taylor.


  • Jamie Ferrell
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    • b. Muncie, 6/20/74
    • Played herself in Playboy's Voluptuous Vixens. Was Playboy "Playmate of the Month" in January 1997.


  • Vivica Fox

    • b. Indianapolis, 7/30/64
    • Has appeared in a number of feature films, TV movies and TV series since 1973. Notable films, Batman and Robin (1997) Soul Food (1997), Why Do Fools Fall in Love? (1998), Killing Mrs. Tingle (1999). Was a regular on "The Young and the Restless" in 1973. Chosen by "People" magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. Was given the 1999 "Screen Image" award at Black Expo in Indianapolis. Played Lillian Price in "City of Angels" on CBS (2000). Unfortunately it ran for only 13 episodes. Her co-star was fellow Hoosier Michael Warren. In 2003 she had a very good role in Kill Bill Vol. 1 . She was a somewhat troublesome fairy in fellow Hoosier Tommy O' Haver's Ella Enchanted (2004). In 2006 she was featured in the TV hit show, Dancing with the Stars.

  • Dolores Fuller (Real name: Dolores Eble)

    • b. South Bend, 1923
    • Started acting with bit part in It Happened One Night in 1934. Was in several Ed Wood movies including Glen or Glenda (1953). Last film was The Haunted World of Edward D. Wood Jr. (1995). She was at one time Ed Wood's girlfriend. After splitting with Wood, she became a songwriter, and wrote tunes for several films including Blue Hawaii and Kid Galahad. Founded her own record company, Dee Dee Records, and helped launch the careers of Tanya Tucker and Johnny Rivers.
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  • Sharon Gabet
    • b. Fort Wayne, 1/13/52
    • Best known for her long-running role as "Raven Alexander" in the TV soap opera "The Edge of Night" (1977-1984). Subsequently appeared in "Another World" and "One Life to Live".

  • Carmelita Geraghty
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    • b. Rushville, Indiana March 21, 1901
    • d. New York City, July 7, 1966
    • Daughter of screenwriter Tom Geraghty and sister of screenwriters Maurice and Gerald, all born in Rushville. She started as a script girl and then began acting in films in 1923. She appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's directing debut, The Pleasure Garden in 1925. Fellow Hoosier Buck Jones cast her in two of his films as his leading lady. She made over 50 films from 1923 to 1937. She married Carey Wilson, a writer/producer for MGM. After retiring from the screen, she became a successful painter, having her paintings exhibited in the Weil Galleries in Paris.

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  • Jenniphr and Greer Goodman
    • b. Indiana
    • Greer acts, they both write. Jenniphr directed and Greer starred in The Tao of Steve (2000). They both wrote the screenplay. It was nominated for a Special Jury Prize as best drama at the Sundance Festival in 2000. Greer graduated from Dartmouth College in 1987, After graduation from Yale School of Drama, she worked in television and regional theatre and off Broadway.


  • Sunshine Hart (real name: Lucia Hart)
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    • b. Indianapolis, 7/5/1886
    • d. Los Angeles, CA 1/3/30
    • After attending high school in Indianapolis, she went on stage for 9 years. In stock 7 years, one year with Shubert year in vaudeville. Her parents were Mary Ann Sullivan and James M. Adams, neither in show business. A large woman, over 245 pounds. Started in New York City. Appeared in 13 movies between 1924 and 1929 including, My Best Girl (1927) she played Mary Pickford's mother. Fellow Hoosier Carmelita Geraghty played Pickford's sister in this same film.


  • Florence Henderson
    • b. Dale, 2/14/34
    • At age 17, was chosen by Rodgers and Hammerstein to play the lead in their national tour of "Oklahoma". Starred in "Fanny" on Broadway. At age 19 she starred as "Maria" in "The Sound of Music" on Broadway. Started acting in TV in the late fifties. Was a regular on "The Tonight Show" (1958). Was the "Today Girl" on "The Today Show" (1959-60). Has come full circle and again is a regular on "Later Today". Many TV appearances and several movies. Best known as "Carol Brady" on "The Brady Bunch" TV series (1969).

  • Ann Hovey
    • b. Mount Vernon, August 29, 1912 (Some sources say July 29, 1912)
    • d. Arizona, August 25, 2007
    • One of four Hoosiers to be named a "Wampus Baby Star." (Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers) Others were Julanne Johnston, Carmelita Geraghty and Ann Christy. Ms. Hovey appeared in at least 15 movies from 1933 to 1938. Her debut film was the hit musical, "42nd Street" in which she was a chorus girl. Her screen roles were almost always small parts and she appeared in some films uncredited. She lost sight in one eye when she was a teenager, but over time recovered full sight. She was in musical comedy in New York before she went to Hollywood. She married press agent Robert Husey.

  • Jobyna Howland

    • b. Indianapolis, 3/31/1880
    • d. Los Angeles, 6/7/36
    • Sister of well-known character actor Olin Howland. Appeared in at least 17 films from 1918 to 1933. Her last film was The Cohens and Kellys in Trouble (1933) in which fellow Hoosier Charlie Murray starred. NOTE: The photo at left is NOT Jobyna. Please click on it and you will see Jobyna on the right of the screen, eating a banana.

  • Anissa Jones
    • b. West Lafayette, 3/11/58
    • d. Oceanside, CA. 8/28/76
    • Best known as "Buffy Davis" in TV series "Family Affair" (1966). At home she had a rocky relationship with her mother, and later moved in with her father and his fiance. Died of a drug overdose.

  • Lenore Keefe
    • b. Indianapolis
    • One film in 1934.

  • Brook Kerr
    • b. Indianapolis
    • Graduate of Chatard H.S. Now a regular on NBC soap opera, "Passions" as "Whitney Russell". Appeared on other TV shows such as, "City Guy", "Saved by the Bell", "The Steve Harvey Show".

  • E. Katherine Kerr
    • b. Indianapolis, IN 4/20/37
    • Started in films in 1981. Appeared in such films as Silkwood(1983), Children of a Lesser God (1986). Starring role in Reuben, Reuben (1983). Several TV appearances..."Law and Order", "Spenser for Hire."

  • Lola Lane (Dorothy Mullican)

    • b. Macy, 5/21/06
    • d. Santa Barbara, CA. 6/22/81
    • One of five sisters, three of which became actresses. Dorothy got into a revue in New York and became Lola Lane. The other sisters promptly adopted the "Lane" name and became actresses Priscilla Lane and Rosemary Lane. Lola was born in Indiana. Rosemary and Priscilla were born in Indianola, Iowa. Lola made at least 42 films from 1929 to 1946. She starred with her sisters in Four Daughters (1938), Four Wives (1939), Daughters Courageous and Four Mothers" (1941). The fourth daughter in this series was played by actress Gale Page.

  • Priscilla Lawson ( Priscilla Shortridge)

    • b. Indianapolis, 3/8/14
    • d. Monrovia, CA. 8/27/58
    • Graduated from Shortridge H.S. in Indpls. Her grandfather was Abram Crum Shortridge, former Superintendent of Schools in Indianapolis and president of Purdue University for whom the school was named. Worked for a short time at Charles Mayer and Company and L.S. Ayres in Indianapolis. In 1935 her mother took her to Florida on vacation where she entered a beauty contest at the last minute and won. She appeared in 20 movies, mostly "B", from 1935 to 1939. Many of her appearances were uncredited. She did play "Princess Aura" in the Flash Gordon series in 1936 and 1938.

  • Claudia Lee (Claudia Lee Mirkowski)
      b. West Lafayette, 6/20/96
    • When she was 13, Claudia studied acting and filmmaking at the School of Cinema and Performing Arts (now called the School of Creative and Performing Arts) located at a summer camp in Vermont. Her first professional acting job was in a national TV commercial for "Comcast." Next she was cast in a short film, Circus Girl (2010) playing a young Russian villain. She then was given a recurring role as "Bridget" on the Disney XD series Zeke and Luther . Next came a recurring role as the younger sister of "Lemon Breeland" on the CW series, Heart of Dixie She is also a country music singer and recorded a country music album in 2011. In 2013 she made the film Kick-Ass 2 appearing as the villainess, Brooke.

  • Greta Lind
    • b. Goshen, 8/18/68
    • Appeared in "All My Children" TV soap opera in 1970 as "Kate Kennicott". Also appeared in the movie, Rudy in 1993.

  • Carole Lombard (Jane Alice Peters)

    • b. Fort Wayne, 10/6/08
    • d. Nevada, 1/16/42
    • Considered one of the greatest comediennes of the screen and a pioneer in "Screwball Comedies", Carole Lombard appeared in at least 70 films prior to her death in an airplane crash in 1942. She had just left a War Bond rally in Indianapolis in her home state and was flying home in a military plane. All 22 passengers died including her mother. She was married to Clark Gable at the time. Her last film, which she did not see, was the classic Lubitsch comedy, To Be or Not to Be.

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  • Shelley Long

    • b. Fort Wayne, 8/23/49
    • Best known for her role as "Diane Chambers" in "Cheers" TV
    • series from 1982 to 1987. Went into movies, most notable
    • Outrageous Fortune (1987). Many TV movies and TV guest appearances.

  • Marjorie Main (Mary Tomlinson)

    • b. Acton, 2/24/1890
    • d. 4/10/75
    • Very busy character actress best known for her role as "Ma Kettle" in the "Ma and Pa Kettle" series. She was nominated for an Oscar for "Best Supporting Actress" for her creation of the "Ma Kettle" character in The Egg and I. Appeared in at least 84 films from 1931 to 1957.

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  • Patsy May (real name: Patsy Doris Dittemore)(Sometimes known as "Baby" Patsy May)
    • b. Gosport, IN March 20, 1934 d. 1/1/2013
    • Appeared in "Our Gang" comedies as well as at least two feature films...Divot Diggers (1936) and The Great Stagecoach Robbery (1945). She was raised by her grandparents after her mother died when she was 19 days old.

  • Margaret McConnell
    • b. Kewanna, IN
    • Was given a contract by MGM in 1933 but it appears the only film she made was Dancing Lady in 1933.

  • Julie McWhirter (Sometimes credited as Julie Dees)
    • b. Indianapolis, October 12, 19??
    • Graduate of DePauw University. Started doing "voices" on college campus. Has been a "voice specialist" since the early 70's. Worked with Rich Little. Provided voices for, "Scooby-Doo Hour", "Dynomutt Dog Wonder", "Casper and the Angels", "The Smurfs".Appeared on most of Steve Martin's TV specials, was a regular on the CBS Saturday morning show, "WACKO." Performed in mid and late 70's at both the Improv and the Comedy Store in L.A. David Letterman actually opened for her. Provided the Streisand-type voice in the film, Bugsy Malone. Appeared as herself on the TV series, "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes" in 1984. Regularly appears on her husband (Rick Dees) morning radio show on KIIS-FM in L.A.

  • Marilyn Miller (Real name: Marilynn Reynolds)

    • b. Evansville, 9/1/1898
    • d. 4//7/36
    • One of Ziegfeld's greatest stars, Marilyn Miller was a singer, dancer and actress. She appeared in only three films, Sally (1929), Sunny (1930) and Her Majesty, Love (1931). The movie, Look for the Silver Lining (1949) starred June Haver as Marilyn Miller in what was purportedly her life story. Judy Garland also portrayed Miller in Till the Clouds Roll By (1946).

  • Michael Michele (Michael Michele Williams)
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    • b. Evansville, August 30, 1966
    • Attended Howard Roosa Elementary school in Evansville and Evansville High School where she played volleyball, basketball and ran track. After high school, she moved to New York City and quickly got commercial work. This led to a role in Eddie Murphy's Harlem Nights but she had disagreements with Murphy and quit the film. In 1991, she got her break on New Jack City and followed with a role on "1st and Ten". She then became a regular on "ER."

  • Geneva Mitchell
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    • b. Medarysville, Indiana Feb. 3, 1908
    • d. California March 10, 1949
    • Stage actress who was in "The Ziegfield Follies" as a dancer for five years. She then had the ingenue lead in Sally which starred fellow Hoosier Marilyn Miller. She went into films in 1929. She made at least 64 films from 1929 to 1946. Her films varied greatly from Morning Glory (1933) with Katherine Hepburn to several Three Stooges shorts. She appeared with fellow Hoosier Ken Maynard in three films, Lawless Riders and Western Courage in 1935 and The Cattle Thief in 1936. She and fellow Hoosier Miriam Seegar appeared together in False Faces in 1932.


  • Carolyn Monroe
    • b. Bloomington, 9/17/68
    • Has appeared in at least 50 films since 1989, most of them porn or soft-porn. Her credits have listed her as Candice Walker, Candice Smith, Candice Hart, etc.

  • Betsy Palmer (Patricia Betsy Hrumek)
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    • b. East Chicago, 11/1/26
    • Graduate of Roosevelt High School. Attended I.U. extension in East Chicago and then DePaul University before going into summer stock. Mostly a television actress and panelist on game shows. Known for her regular appearance as a panelist on "I've Got a Secret" (1952). Appeared in such movies as Mister Roberts(1955), The Tin Star (1957) and The Last Angry Man (1959). She was "Mrs. Voorhees" in Friday the 13th in 1980 and 1981. Like her fellow Hoosier, Florence Henderson, she was the "Today Show Girl" from 1958 t0 1959. Also hosted the original "Wheel of Fortune" on CBS in 1952. Currently still active in the theatre. Lives in New York City.


  • Julie Payne (Julia K. Payne)
    • b. Terre Haute, 9/11/40
    • Started doing bit parts and voices in 1970. Was a voice in George Lucas' THX1138. Appeared in such TV shows as, Bob Newhart, Sanford and Son, Taxi, LaVerne and Shirley, Hart to Hart. Was a regular on Curb Your Enthusiasm as Cheryl's Mom from 2001 to 2005


  • Maybelle Perry (Sarah Mable Sullivan)
    • b. Indianapolis, 5/15/05
    • d. January, 1983 in San Jose, CA Won a six-month contract with Universal when she was crowned "Miss Cleveland" in 1925. Made at least two films at Universal... Pioneer Blood in 1926 and Law of the North also in 1926. Both films were shorts.

  • Irene Purcell
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    • b. Hammond, 8/7/01
    • d. 7/9/72
    • Stage actress who appeared in films from 1929 to 1932. Some were, The Passionate Plumber (1932) with Buster Keaton, Bachelor's Affairs (1932) and Westward Passage (1932).


  • June Purcell (real name June Pursell)
      b. Indianapolis, 1903
    • Graduate of Shortridge High School, she moved to Chicago with her family. Got into amateur dramatics and did some singing. Her family moved to Hollywood and she began singing on KNX radio. She did so well, the station signed her to a five year contract. She went on the Orpheum circuit and finally signed a contract with NBC and became a staff artist at Warner Bros. radio station, KFWB. This led to movie parts. Most of her movie work consisted of appearances as a singer. She was in Hollywood Revue of 1929 and Viennese Nights (1930).

  • Shari Robinson (Sometimes knowns as Shari Sue Robinson)
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    • b. Indianapolis, 11/5/38
    • Child star. Appeared on stage at Keith's theatre in Indianapolis in 1943. Made two feature films, "You're My Everything" (1949)which starred fellow Hoosier Anne Baxter, and "The Goldbergs" (1950) as "Nomi."


  • Ellen Ross
    • b. Muncie
    • Made five films from 1946 to 1948. Notable were, Love Laughs at Andy Hardy, (College Coed) Lady in the Lake (Elevator Girl), and The Pirate (Mercedes).


  • Carly Schroeder

    • b. Valparaiso, IN October 19, 1990
    • Discovered by Kin Shriner (son of Herb), she made her debut as a Serena Baldwin on the TV soap opera Port Charles. She was a regular from 1997 to 2003. She has done voice-overs for such cartoon films as Toy Story 2 and Babe: Pig in the City. Now into feature films, she has appeared in Firewall (2006), Eye of the Dolphin (2006), and will soon be seen in Gracie.

  • Miriam Seegar
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      • b. Greentown, IN September 1, 1909
      • Started in film in 1928 and made at least 15 films through 1932. Some of her films were, Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929),The Woman Between (1931). She was Buck Jones leading lady in The Dawn Trail (1930) and appeared as Charlie Murray's daughter in "Clancy in Wall Street" (1930) She was married to Cannelton, Indiana native Tim Whelan who was a noted director and producer. They had two sons.

  • Sara Seegar
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    • b. Greentown, IN 7/1/14
    • d Langhorne, PA 8/12/90
    • Younger sister of Miriam Seegar, she made at least seven feature films from 1937 to 1967. She played Maude Dunlap in The Music Man (1962). However she was a very busy television actress, making many appearances on "Bewitched" and "The Andy Griffith Show." She was best known for her portrayal of "Eloise Wilson" in "Dennis the Menace." She was married to actor Ezra Stone (The radio voice of Henry Aldrich).


  • Connie Smith
    • b. Elkhart, 8/14/41
    • Country singer. Appeared in at least four films...Road to Nashville, Las Vegas Hillbillies, Hell on Wheels and Second Fiddle to a Steel Guitar.

  • Jeanne Snow (Jeanne Jones Snow)
    • b. Middleton
    • Ball State grad. Studied at American School of Ballet with George Balanchine. Danced in "Song of Norway." Was featured as dancing Old Gold cigarette package on TV. Appeared on Milton Berle Show, Martha Raye Show and others.

  • Helene Stanley (Dolores Diane Freymouth)
    • b. Gary, 7/17/29
    • d. 12/27/90
    • Made her debut at age 14 in Girls Town. After a series of juvenile roles, she worked at MGM and Fox but never rose above a starlet level. However her second career involved modeling for Disney's Cinderella,and Sleeping Beauty. She was the young wife in 101 Dalmatians and was Davy Crockett's wife, Polly.

  • Liz Stauber (Elizabeth Stauber)
    • b. Indianapolis, 1980
    • Attended Brebeuf and North Central High Schools. Was active in Indianapolis Junior Civic Theatre and also in the Indianapolis Repertory Theatre. Has appeared in at least five films from 1998 to the present including, Can't Hardly Wait(1998) and Killing Mrs. Tingle (1999).


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