On this day 2nd May
98 years ago the actor William Bakewell was born he appeared in Seven Sinners
Jut-jawed, light-haired American juvenile actor of the 30s, including his best known film, All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), but whose career dwindled for the most part into bit roles by adulthood..
111 years ago the actress and columnist Hedda Hopper was born she appeared in Reap the Wild Wind.
Her father was a butcher. In 1913 she met and married matinée idol DeWolf Hopper Sr. and in 1915 they moved to Hollywood, where both began active film careers. He became a star with Triangle Company, she began in vamp parts and turned to supporting roles. After her divorce she appeared in dozens of films, becoming known as "Queen of the Quickies". In 1936 she started a gossipy radio show and two years later commenced a 28-year stint as a newspaper gossip columnist, rival of Louella Parsons. In her last films she mostly played herself, a tribute to her influence in Hollywood. Her son became famous as investigator Paul Drake in the "Perry Mason" (1957) series.
81 years ago Roscoe Lee Brown was born he was in the Cowboys. A former college professor and completely opposite in politics to John Wayne the pair got on famously during the making of the film.
55 years ago the director Edwin L Marin died aged 52 he directed Tall in the Saddle
103 years ago Bing Crosby was born , this is a very loose connection as both he and John Wayne had cameo roles in Cancel My Reservation.