Claudia Dell
Film, stage actress
Claudia Dell
Claudia Dell was an American showgirl and actress of the stage and Hollywood motion pictures. Her birth name was Claudia Dell Smith. She was born in San Antonio, Texas on January 10, 1910. She attended school in San Antonio and Mexico. Dell was blonde and blue-eyed, with a porcelain face. Her height was 5'5". She was said to have been the model for the Columbia Pictures logo.
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Sul palco del Palladium si susseguono cinque corti teatrali ... - Paperblog
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NO (di Simona Verrusio, regia Claudia Dell'Era) è un lavoro estremamente sperimentale: la compagnia usa il teatro per una ricerca approfondita sulle parole, sulla loro ripetizione e la loro eco, sul corpo dell'attore ei suoi gesti con o senza oggetti:
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Schau junger Künstler eröffnet - Ostsee Zeitung
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Die Kunststudentinnen Luisa Wetzel und Claudia Dell gehören zum Team, das Besucher durch die Werkschau führt. Greifswald (OZ) - — Auf dem Hof ragt der Unterleib einer Schaufensterpuppe in den Himmel, festgesteckt in einer Schubkarre auf einem
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Burgettstown starlet may have been in most movies of all - Washington Observer Reporter
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The article mentioned three other women rumored to have taken that "Statue of Liberty" pose - Claudia Dell, Amelia Batchler and Jane Bartholomew. Though Columbia Pictures executives never named names, a Chicago newspaper in 2001 placed the familiar
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Information Please - Vancouver Sun
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Bette Davis claimed in her autobiography that an actress named Claudia Dell was the model for the long-famous logo. Another tale has it that Amelia Batchler, who had minor roles in a number of Columbia films, was the inspiration
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1977
    Age 67
    Claudia Dell died in Los Angeles in 1977.
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  • 1973
    Age 63
    She wrote a syndicated column for eight years and in 1973 completed a collaboration with English author Helga Moray.
    More Details Hide Details This was for a television script which was considered for the Theater of the Week program.
    She worked as a receptionist in a beauty shop in Hollywood and made appearances in early television dramas. In 1973 she became the student director of the John Robert Powers School of Charm and Modeling in Sherman Oaks, California, and Woodland Hills Promenade.
    More Details Hide Details Previously, she had worked 12 years as director of the John Robert Powers School in Beverly Hills, California. Claudia commented about her new position, "There is no better work than being able to be associated with a school which helps mold young people for the future and one that gives a whole new dimension to a woman's life." In the early 1970s Dell had a syndicated radio program that aired in the Midwest called The Claudia Dell Show.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1944
    Age 34
    Also in 1944 she was in "Meeting At Midnight", another Charlie Chan series movie.
    More Details Hide Details She had a part in Call of the Jungle (1944), a jungle "adventure" from Poverty Row studio Monogram Pictures that showcased stripper Ann Corio. After her film career faltered, Dell was under contract for five years with RKO Howard Hughes organization and did many Lux Radio Theater programs for Cecil B. DeMille and Orson Welles. She had her own television show in New York, Leave It to the Girls.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1935
    Age 25
    In 1935 she played the heroine in a very low-quality serial, The Lost City.
    More Details Hide Details Other 1930s films in which she appeared included Algiers (1938) and We're in the Legion Now! (1936). By the close of the 1930s she was reduced to playing minor roles, and the 1940s continued her career decline. She was cast in low-budget productions like Black Magic (1944), a Charlie Chan series movie.
  • 1934
    Age 24
    On December 29, 1934, Dell married theatrical agent Edward Silton.
    More Details Hide Details She gave her age as 22. The couple honeymooned at the Palm Springs, California, desert resort and also in Europe. They were later divorced. She bounced back at Universal Pictures in the first of four westerns, Destry Rides Again (1932), which starred cowboy actor Tom Mix.
  • 1931
    Age 21
    Warner Bros. dropped her option in 1931 (along with most of its other musical stars) and Claudia (having become associated with musicals) was relegated to Poverty Row productions.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1927
    Age 17
    After completing her education at home, Dell returned to New York and became an understudy to Irene Delroy in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927.
    More Details Hide Details She studied acting in New York City at the Academy and singing at the Juilliard School. Soon she was sent to London to play the lead in a musical comedy, Mary Mary. The play's run lasted one year. While in England, scouts from Warner Brothers noticed her and asked her to come to Hollywood. She returned to New York along with her aunt following a tour of southern Europe. Claudia became homesick, rejected leads offered her in two stage productions and moved to Los Angeles, California, where her family was living. Dell made her screen debut following an interlude of three months after coming west. She was given a contract by Warner Bros. to star in a number of musical pictures. She played the title role in a lavish Technicolor musical film, Sweet Kitty Bellairs (1930). Her next role was in another important musical, co-starring with Al Jolson in Big Boy (1930). Unfortunately, late in 1930, due to the beginning of the Great Depression, the public had grown weary of musicals. Warner Brothers, however, had already begun to film two other musicals (which would be released in 1931) in which Dell was given a leading role. The first of these was another lavish Technicolor production entitled Fifty Million Frenchmen. In the second film, Sit Tight (1931), she played the love interest of Paul Gregory, another musical star.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1910
    Age 0
    She was born in San Antonio, Texas, on January 10, 1910.
    More Details Hide Details She attended school in San Antonio and Mexico. Dell was blonde and blue-eyed, with a porcelain face. Her height was 5'5". She was said to have been the model for the Columbia Pictures logo. Dell's aunt Mary Dell was an actress in vaudeville. Her niece desired to go on the stage from an early age. Claudia's first experience as an entertainer was playing her violin for soldiers at Kelly Field during World War I. She visited New York with Mary at age 14 and yearned to remain there.
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