Tuesday, November 9, 2010

In Memory- Happy Birthday Clifton Webb

Born in 1889 as Webb Parmelee Hollenbeck, already trained in dance and theater, he quit school at age 13 to study music and painting. By 19 he was a professional ballroom dancer in New York, and by his mid-twenties he was performing in musicals, dramas on Broadway and in London, and in silent movies. His first real success in film came in middle age as the classy villain Waldo Lydecker in Laura.

He went on to earn 2 Golden Globe nominations, and 3 Oscar nominations in movies considered classics, Laura and The Razor's Edge.

Webb spent the last five years in seclusion in ill health and passed away from a heart attack at age 76 on October 16, 1966.

Other notable film roles he made were in Sitting Pretty ( 1948 ) Stars and Stripes Forever ( 1952 ), Titanic ( 1953 ), Cheaper By The Dozen ( 1950 ), Three Coins in A Fountain ( 1954 ) and The Man The Never Was ( 1956 ).

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !