In addition to the silent movie stars discussed by Hunter Hale in the lead story on this page, Utah has contributed other familiar Hollywood personalities.
And while some will be familiar, others may come as a surprise.So, let's have a little fun with it, in the form of a playful quiz (with answers at the end of the column).
TRUE OR FALSE?
1. James Woods (1947-). Born in Vernal, the character actor has starred or co-starred in a wide variety of movies, and is most often cast as a villain. In addition to Oscar nominations for "Salvador" (1986) and "Ghosts of Mississippi" (1996) Woods can be seen in "The Onion Field" (1979), "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984), "Chaplin" (1992) and "Nixon" (1995), among others. He also appeared with Marie Osmond in the TV movie "The Gift of Love" (1978).
2. Loretta Young (1913-). A Salt Lake native, Young is probably the most famous and successful of this bunch. Having begun her career at the end of the silent era, her first film was opposite Lon Chaney in "Laugh Clown Laugh," Young moved rapidly from "ingenue" to "leading lady" and gained stardom in the mid-'30s. She won the Oscar for best actress in 1947 for "The Farmer's Daughter" and had a hit anthology TV series in the '50s. Young is currently retired in Palm Springs.
3. Marie Windsor (1922-). A B-movie character actress with a cult following, Windsor was born in Marysvale, went to Brigham Young University and is a former Miss Utah. Critics cite "The Narrow Margin" (1952) and "The Killing" (1956) as her best films, but her cult status is due to roles in "The Day Mars Invaded Earth" (1962) and "Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy" (1955). Her thriller "The Girl in Black Stockings" (1957) was filmed in Kanab.
4. Moroni Olsen (1889-1954). A bulky character actor, Olsen was born in Ogden, and during his long Hollywood career he appeared in a number of memorable films: "The Three Musketeers" (as Porthos) (1935), "The Song of Bernadette" (1943), "Mildred Pierce" (1945), "The Long, Long Trailer" (1954), etc. He was also in the 1940 film "Brigham Young," which was filmed largely in Utah.
5. Hal Ashby (1929-1988). An Ogden native, Ashby began his Hollywood career as an editor, winning an Oscar for "In the Heat of the Night" (1967). Then he became a director: "Harold and Maude" (1971), "The Last Detail" (1973), "Shampoo" (1975), "Coming Home" (1978), "Being There" (1979), etc.
6. Laraine Day (1917-). Born in Roosevelt and a descendent of Mormon pioneers, Day began acting on the stage in Southern California and came to prominence in movies during the late '30s and early '40s with the "Dr. Kildare" series. High points: Alfred Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent" (1940), "The Trial of Mary Dugan" (1941), "Mr. Lucky" (1943), "The High and the Mighty" (1954).
7. Matthew Modine (1959-). Though he was born in Southern California, Modine spent his teen years in Salt Lake City, when his father operated a local drive-in theater. Among his better-known films are "Birdy" (1985), "Mrs. Soffel" (1985), "Full Metal Jacket" (1987), "Married to the Mob" (1988), "Memphis Belle (1990), "Cutthroat Island" (1995). He filmed part of "Wind" (1992) and "Equinox" (1993) in Utah.
8. Edwina Booth (1909-1991). Born in Provo, Booth was a stage actress who began making movies at the end of the silent era and then hit it big in 1931 when she landed a coveted role in "Trader Horn," as the fiesty, sexy "jungle goddess" worshipped by a hostile African tribe. It was the first Hollywood film shot on location in Africa - and it was a big hit. The next year, Booth made a serial ("The Last of the Mohicans") and a couple of minor movies before abruptly retiring, which fueled a rumor that she had died of jungle fever. She spent her last years as a volunteer worker in the Los Angeles LDS Temple.
9. Robert Walker (1918-1951). A Salt Lake native, Walker made his name in Hollywood as a boy-next-door, light comic actor in films such as "See Here, Private Hargrove" (1943), "The Clock" (1945) and opposite his first wife Jennifer Jones in "Since You Went Away" (1944). But gained his greatest fame cast against type as a psychopath in Alfred Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train" (1951). Prone to alcoholism and mental distress, Walker died suddenly in his early 30s.
ANSWERS: It's all true.