Sunday, September 4, 2011

Monday, September 4, 1933

We brought 8 chickens home. Aunt Katie got 2. I went up to Pauline's. She had moved and she is going to walk to school with me.

Wallace Fitzgerald Beery (April 1, 1885 – April 15, 1949)
American actor
Born in Kansas City, Missouri
Died in Beverly Hills, California

Wallace Beery ran away from home and joined the Ringling Brothers Circus at age
sixteen as an assistant elephant trainer. He left two years later, after being clawed by
a leopard, and worked his way to California in various comedic stage roles.

Altogether, Wallace Beery appeard in some 250 films. Like his brothers, William
and Noah, he started in silent films and transitioned to "talkies." His powerful
basso voice and gruff drawl proved to be great career assets as he used them
to full advantage in his roles in 1931's The Champ, for which he won a Best Actor
Oscar, and as Long John Silver in 1934's Treasure Island.

Beery married and divorced twice - once to Gloria Swanson his co-star in Sweedie Goes
to College and once to Rita Gilman. Neither marriage survived his drinking and abuse.
Wallace Beery has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7001 Hollywood Blvd.

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