Actors and Actresses of the 50s: Vivien Leigh, Aud Essay

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Actors and Actresses of the 50s: Vivien Leigh, Audrey Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Grace Kelly,
Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Burt Lancaster, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Dandridge, Judy
Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, and Doris Day.


In the 50s, several things happened to shock and awe the entertainment business; such as
the invention of the teleprompter, TV's first soap opera, "The Little Rascals" TV show,
and the "I Love Lucy" TV show. But the most important thing about the entertainment in the
50s was the actors and actresses. Through out the 50s there were hundreds of actors and
actresses. To name a few Vivien Leigh, Audrey Hepburn, Marlon Brando ,Grace Kelly, Bette
Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Burt Lancaster, Bing Crosby, Dorothy Dandridge, Judy Garland,
Elizabeth Taylor, and Doris Day. Each of these performers have received Oscars nods for
their played roles. Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 in Belgium. Hepburn was a
cosmopolitan from birth as her father was an English banker and her mother a Dutch
baroness. In the movies she appeared as a delicate adolescent, a look which remained until
her last movie Always (1989) directed by Steven Spielberg. Her career as actress began in
the English cinema and after having been selected for the Broadway musical "Gigi" she
debuted in Hollywood in 1953. With Roman Holiday (1953) she won an oscar; her favorite
genres were the comedies like Sabrina (1954) or Love in the Afternoon (1957). At the end
of the sixties she retired from Hollywood but appeared from time on the set for a few
films. From 1988 on she worked also for UNICEF. Born Marlon Brando, Jr. on April 3, 1924
in Omaha, Nebraska to a calcium carbonate salesman and his artistically inclined wife
Dorothy, "Bud" Brando was one of three children. An enigmatic superstar widely regarded as
America's greatest actor, Marlon Brando has been a Hollywood icon since the early 1950s.
Brando was by all accounts "difficult" even as a youngster, having been expelled from sev
eral schools, including a military academy. Upon being prodded by his father to find some
direction for himself, he chose to follow his muse to New York. Brando made his debut on
the boards of Broadway. Brando was invited by talent scouts to screen test for the studios
they represented, but it came to naught as he refused to be bound by the then-standard
seven-year contract. Brando made his screen debut in The Men (1950), studying for his part
as an embittered paraplegic by lying in bed for a month at a veterans' hospital. The
following year Brando reprised his characterization for the adaptation of Street- car
earning the first of four consecutive Academy Award nominations for Best Actor. Brando fi-
nally struck Oscar gold that year for his work in On the Waterfront. His com- plex
portrayal of Terry Malloy, a washed-up boxer turned mob stooge and informant, became a
landmark of Amer- ican cinema. The actor's few forays in screen comedy, including Bedtime
Story (1964) and Charlie Chaplin's ill-fated A Countess From Hong Kong (1967), nearly sank
his career; indeed, by the end of the decade, Brando was nearly a forgotten figure. That
remarkable performance in The Godfather (1972) not only netted Brando his second Oscar,
but restored the luster to his tarnished reputation. Brando amplified his renewed
notoriety by sending a young woman in Indian costume to refuse the award, based on the
actor's outrage over the plight of Native Americans. He snagged yet another Oscar
nomination for his work in Last Tango in Paris (1973), playing a middle-aged man carnally
involved with a young stranger. Since delivering those two milestone performances, Brando
has worked less frequently, appearing both in brilliant movies and silly ones based
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