Saturday, April 27, 2013

40 Notable British Emigres To Classic Era Hollywood (up to 1950)


I have used the word ‘emigre’ here to denote not just people who moved to the US and never looked back, but also those who moved back and forth between working in Britain and America. These people all made the move as adults. If they emigrated from the UK to the US as children, as Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope, Roddy McDowell and Freddie Bartholomew did, I have not included them.
I’ve only included people born in Britain, which left out the likes of George Sanders, who was brought up in Britain but born in Russia.
James Mason, Deborah Kerr, Jean Simmons and Stewart Granger are amongst the famous names who started their careers in Hollywood right at the end of this period - in 1949 or 1950.
  1. Aldous Huxley*
  2. Alfred Hitchcock
  3. Boris Karloff
  4. Brian Aherne
  5. C. Aubrey Smith
  6. Cary Grant
  7. Cedric Hardwicke
  8. Charles Laughton
  9. Charlie Chaplin
  10. Claude Rains
  11. Clive Brook
  12. David Niven
  13. Donald Crisp
  14. Edmund Goulding
  15. Elsa Lanchester
  16. Flora Robson
  17. Frank Lloyd
  18. George Arliss
  19. Greer Garson
  20. Henry Daniell
  21. Herbert Marshall
  22. Ida Lupino
  23. James Stephenson
  24. James Whale
  25. Laurence Olivier
  26. Leo G. Carroll
  27. Leslie Howard
  28. Madeleine Carroll
  29. Noel Coward**
  30. Peggy Cummins
  31. Ray Milland
  32. Rex Harrison
  33. Ronald Colman
  34. Sheilah Graham (gossip columnist)
  35. Somerset Maugham***
  36. Stan Laurel
  37. Sydney Greenstreet
  38. Valerie Hobson
  39. Victor McLaglen
  40. Vivien Leigh
*Huxley was screenwriter on Pride and Prejudice (1940) and Jane Eyre (1943) amongst other films.
**Coward acted in the US in Hearts of the World (1918) and The Scoundrel (1935)
**Maugham didn't actually do much work in Hollywood (The Constant Wife in 1933 was an exception) but he was a frequent visitor there and a close friend of George Cukor.

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