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7 Hollywood Actors From The Golden Age Linked To CT

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Connecticut has been home to many movie stars over the past hundred years. There could be a myriad of reasons for this, from the state’s premier art scene to its proximity to New York City to its myriad of quaint little towns.

Whatever the reason, several Golden Age movie legends have made their home statewide. Hollywood’s golden age was a period from the 1920s to the 1960s when a major boom in the film arts occurred, bringing international recognition to Hollywood.

Read on for a list of stars from Hollywood’s golden age with Connecticut connections.

Katharine Hepburn

Hartford and Old Saybrook


In this photo provided by the New York Public Library, Katharine Hepburn is seen in an undated photo promoting “Philadelaphia Story”. The actress was born in Hartford.

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Katharine Hepburn has called her property in Old Saybrook “paradise”. She was born in Hartford and traveled between her hometown and Hollywood, returning to Hartford when she was not filming. She is known as one of the most famous women of Hollywood’s Golden Age, appearing in films such as “Little Women”, “The Philadelphia Story” and “Bringing Up Baby”. the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center at Old Saybrook was named in honor and houses a museum dedicated to his life and career.

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Paul newman

Westport


In this 1968 archive photo released by Warner Bros., actor Paul Newman played a prisoner who becomes a legend to fellow chain gang members in the movie 'Cool Hand Luke.

In this 1968 archive photo released by Warner Bros., actor Paul Newman played a prisoner who becomes a legend to fellow chain gang members in the movie “Cool Hand Luke.” as an activist, racing driver, popcorn impresario and anti-heroes of films such as “Hud,” “Cool Hand Luke” and “The Color of Money,” has died, a door said on Saturday. word. He was 83 years old. Newman died of cancer on Friday September 26, 2008, spokeswoman Marni Tomljanovic said (AP Photo / Warner Bros., File)

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Paul Newman was another Golden Age movie star who settled in Connecticut. Newman’s home was in Westport, and he was a prolific philanthropist in the area. On the one hand, his Newman’s own The salad dressing, pasta sauce and popcorn brand donates all of its profits to several charities, raising $ 570 million as of 2021, according to the foundation website. Newman founded the Hole in the wall of the gang camp in 1988 in Ashford, Connecticut. The camp was created to give children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses “a different kind of cure,” celebrating “the fun, friendship and spirit of childhood,” according to the camp. website. Newman died at his Westport home in 2008.

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Joanne woodward

Westport


Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman - January 29, 1958 Paul Newman first met Joanne Woodward in 1953, while making his Broadway debut in

Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman – January 29, 1958

Paul Newman first met Joanne Woodward in 1953, when he was making his Broadway debut in “Picnic” and she was an understudy. They married five years later, after Newman divorced his first wife, and they remained married for 50 years until her death in 2008. Among the films they shot together included “The Long, Hot Summer, “” Paris Blues “and” Mr. and Mrs. Bridge, “and Newman directed Woodward in” Rachel, Rachel “in a role that earned him an Oscar nomination.

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Joanne Woodward has appeared in films such as “The Long, Hot Summer” and “The Three Faces of Eve”, for which she won the Oscar for Best Actress. She made her home in Westport when she married fellow actor Paul Newman. For a time she was artistic director at the Westport Country Playhouse. She has also actively participated in her family’s philanthropic activities and is a partner of The Nell Newman Foundation, a charity founded by Nell Newman, daughter of Newman and Woodward.



Robert mitchum

Bridgeport


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Robert Mitchum stars in “The Night of the Hunter” (1955).

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Robert Mitchum was known for his spooky and sinister roles, playing characters like a serial killer turned minister in “The Hunter’s Night” from 1955. Mitchum was born in Bridgeport, but his family fled the northeast when, according to Mitchum , his father beat a bus driver to death, according to an article by WSHU Public Radio. Mitchum had a troubled childhood, ending up in a chain gang after being arrested at 14 for vagrancy. Acclaimed film critic Roger ebert called Mitchum “the soul of film noir.”



Rosalind Russell

Waterbury


Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in "His daughter Friday."

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in “His Girl Friday”.

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Rosalind Russell was one of the golden girls of Hollywood’s golden age. She has acted in films such as “Gypsy”, “My Sister and Elaine” and opposite Cary Grant in “His Girl Friday”. She was born in 1904 in Waterbury. Her father was a lawyer and her mother was a fashion editor for Vogue, according to the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. Throughout her career, she has won numerous awards, including five Golden Globes, a Tony Award, and the 1973 Jean Herscholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


Ed begley

Hartford


Oscar-winning actor Ed Begley poses with sari-clad presenter and actress Rita Moreno at the Oscars in Santa Monica, Calif., April 8, 1963. Begley won Best Supporting Actor for his role in "Sweet bird of youth." (AP Photo)

Oscar-winning actor Ed Begley poses with sari-clad presenter and actress Rita Moreno at the Oscars in Santa Monica, Calif., April 8, 1963. Begley won Best Supporting Actor for his role in “Sweet Bird of Youth “. (AP Photo)

Ed Begley was born in Hartford in 1901 and attended St. Patrick’s School where he discovered his love of acting while performing with the Hartford Globe Theater. He appeared in films such as “12 Angry Men” and “The Great Gatsby” of 1949. His son Ed Begley Jr. is a working actor today and has appeared in films and TV shows such as ” Young Sheldon “,” Pineapple Express “,” Arrested Development “and” Better Call Saul “.



Jerome Cowan

Norwich


One Exciting Week, US lobbycard, left to right: Pinky Lee, Al Pearce, Jerome Cowan, Shemp Howard, 1946. (Photo by LMPC via Getty Images)

One Exciting Week, US lobbycard, left to right: Pinky Lee, Al Pearce, Jerome Cowan, Shemp Howard, 1946. (Photo by LMPC via Getty Images)

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Known for his thin mustache and sophisticated character, Jerome Cowan has appeared in numerous films, including “The Maltese Falcon”, “High Sierra” and “Miracle on 34th Street”. He was born in 1897 in Norwich.