Offensive lineman Marion Morrison, the man who would become John Wayne, poses for the USC school photographer, circa mid-1920s. When actor Tom Mix asked for and received tickets to USC's football games, he returned the favor by hiring Wayne as a motion picture extra and prop boy. A broken collarbone from a bodysurfing accident would end Wayne’s athletic proclivities. A chance encounter with director Raoul Walsh while moving prop furniture at Fox Film Corporation would launch his movie career.
The star of Black Narcissus (1947), From Here to Eternity (1953) and The King and I (1956) identifies the Deborah Kerr of the bovine set.
“I am really rather like a beautiful Jersey cow. I have the same pathetic droop to the corners of my eyes.”
— Deborah Kerr
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard sit down for a snack at their Encino ranch house, July 16, 1939. RKO photographer John Miehle visited the newlyweds—who called each other Ma and Pa—to shoot a series of homey, down-to-earth publicity shots of the glamorous couple doing decidedly unglamorous things like feeding chickens, pitching hay…and eating watermelon.