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Most likely to become stars

Here’s a collection of photographs from the January 26 1938 edition of the Toronto Daily Star of women who were considered likely to become stars. (I’ve divided the image into three parts to make it easier to view.)

All four of the women in this photograph series became successful enough to have Wikipedia pages, which is as good a definition of stardom as any:

  • Ann Rutherford (1917-2012) was actually born in Vancouver, not Toronto, if Wikipedia is to be believed. She moved to California as a baby, so her connection with Canada is tenuous at best. She went on to become quite well-known indeed, as she played one of Scarlett O’Hara’s sisters in Gone With The Wind (1939). She also had a regular role in the Andy Hardy film series. In later life, she married William Dozier, the creator of the Batman TV series, and appeared twice as Emily Hartley’s mother on The Bob Newhart Show.
  • Olympe Bradna (1920-2012) literally started her life in show business, as she was born in a dressing room of the Olympic Theatre in Paris (hence her name). She started appearing on stage at the age of 18 months. In 1934, she moved to the United States, and appeared in a dozen movies up to 1941. She quit the film business when she got married; she and her husband were married for over 70 years.
  • Mary Maguire (1919-1974) started acting in her native Australia when she was 16. In 1936, she and her family moved to Hollywood. She left Hollywood in 1938 and moved to Britain, where she appeared in movies until 1946. She married and later divorced British fascist and anti-Semite Robert Gordon-Canning, who was thirty years older than she was.
  • Annabella (1907-1996), whose birth name was Suzanne Georgette Charpentier, is listed as “the second most promising youngster” here, but she was already 30 at the time of this picture. She appeared in several dozen films in France and Hollywood between 1927 and 1952. She was married to Tyrone Power between 1939 and 1948.

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