Thomas Meighan - 12-17

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Welcome back, Treasure Tour blog buddies!  Today, we are going to look at a now all-but-forgotten star whose face adorns some of the movie posters preserved at the American Treasure Tour - Thomas Meighan!  Meighan's film career began in 1914 with Dandy Donovan, Gentleman Cracksman, but took off in 1919 with the extremely popular film The Miracle Man, now believed to be lost.  By the mid-20s, he was in films such as The Alaskan, The Ne'er Do Well, and The Confidence Man - the poster for the latter proudly displayed on the wall of the Music Room.  Meighan feared the development of talking movies, and worked in real estate for a few years before returning to the big screen in 1931.  Unfortunately, he died of cancer in 1936 at the age of 57.

QUESTION:

In 1923, Meighan contributed a substantial amount of money to bailing out another actor from jail on charges of bigamy.  Who was the imprisoned actor?

a)  Douglas Fairbanks

b)  Charlie Chaplin

c)  Errol Flynn

d)  Buster Keaton

e)  Rudolph Valentino

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:

The significance of this date in 1777 may be difficult to grasp today, but it would have been monumental at the time:  France formally recognized the United States of America as a nation independent of her former colonial master: Great Britain.  This political act helped establish the new country, and led to French military participation in the Revolutionary War.  Vive la France!

BIRTHS:

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We have a double feature today - twins born on this date in 1974.  Giovanni and Marissa Ribisi turn 39 today.  Californians from birth, the siblings have both been actors since they were teenagers, with Marissa starring in numerous television shows and movies, including Felicity (tv) and Dazed and Confused (movie).  She was very active in the 1990s, but has since slowed down in part to start her own fashion line.  Giovanni remains quite active in both mediums, currently starring in the television program Dads alongside Seth Green, Martin Mull and Peter Riegert.  He is also in a number of movies, ranging from drama (Lost in Translation) to science fiction (Avatar) to suspense (Flight of the Phoenix).  Happy birthday, Ribisis!

QUOTE:  What's sad is that there is an addictive quality to that, to believing your own hype; to allowing yourself to become validated by others and no longer by yourself. That's the danger of celebrity. - Giovanni Ribisi

 

Answer:  e)  Rudolph Valentino