Old Hollywood Spotlight: Nancy Kwan

Chinese actors were not common in Hollywood like other nationalities, but slowly they were welcomed after Anna May Wong created a path for fellow Asians. Western cinema began embracing Asian actors because of their almond-shaped eyes, black hair, and porcelain skin as well as for their abilities to do martial arts and look authentic while wearing their […]

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Old Hollywood Spotlight: Ruby Dee

February is all about loving oneself and others and celebrating Black History Month. Therefore, it is only fair to dedicate this month’s Old Hollywood Spotlight to the inspiring Ruby Dee. The titles actress, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, poet, and activist describe her well-rounded life and career. Ruby Dee’s life began in Ohio, and she grew up in New York’s […]

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Old Hollywood Spotlight: Carmen Miranda

While Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers charmed audiences across the globe with their silver screen dancing, Brazilian dancer Carmen Miranda wowed people with her colorful performances. Since the 1940s, Hollywood cinema has been fruitful with a variety of stars, but there hasn’t been another dancer like Miranda. The Brazilian native wore extravagant costumes, danced the samba, sang, […]

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