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The rise and fall of the stars (1936-1946)

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1936 stars have lasted well — but new faces are coming up

Each year, the Motion Picture Herald, a prominent movie trade paper, publishes a list of the 10 stars who have drawn the most paid admissions during the preceding 12 months. The chart above shows who those people have been during the past 10 years. The fact that 100 places are filled by 36 faces is a tribute to the continued popularity of actors like Clark Gable and Bing Crosby; of actresses like Shirley Temple and Greer Garson.

Yet many great Hollywood stars are not represented. Ingrid Bergman, who will undoubtedly be 1946’s top female money maker, does not appear. Nor does the late Carole Lombard, no Ronald Colman, nor Katharine Hepburn, nor James Stewart. Instead there is a cowboy named Autry, two clowns named Abbot and Costello, and ice skater named Henie. Whatever their talents, however, the golden 36 were the era’s most popular.

Actors & actresses featured include Shirley Temple, Clark Gable, Rogers & Astaire, Robert Taylor, Joe E Brown, Dick Powell, Joan Crawford, Claudette Colbert, Jeanette MacDonald, Gary Cooper, Myrna Loy, Spencer Tracy, Judy Garland, James Cagney, Greer Garson, Mickey Rooney, Roy Rogers, Margaret O’Brien, Alice Faye, Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Roy Rogers and Betty Grable.

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