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Ira Frederick Aldridge, Famous Unknown Shakespearean

 Ira Frederick Aldridge, Famous Unknown Shakespearean

He was one of the first Americans to achieve fame as a Shakespearean actor, and the first black man to do so. See more »

Lucille Ball

 Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball was known for comedy, but worked in modeling, radio and film, as well as television. See more »

Vincent Price: A Talk With His Daughter Victoria Price

 Vincent Price: A Talk With His Daughter Victoria Price

If you only know of Vincent Price from his films, you may be surprised by his rich life story, as shared by his daughter Victoria Price. See more »

Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol

 Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol

From 1897 to 1962, a small theater in Paris gave became famous for its grisly, terrifying plays. See more »

Mary Alice Nelson, aka Molly Spotted Elk

 Mary Alice Nelson, aka Molly Spotted Elk

Molly was born on Indian Island, Maine, and she turned to dance to help her family make ends meet. But because audiences and companies in the U.S. pushed her toward stereotypical depictions of Native Americans, she eventually took her dancing to France. See more »

Live From FanX: Salt Lake City's Place in Film History

 Live From FanX: Salt Lake City's Place in Film History

You may not know that Salt Lake City has been home to some key moments in film history. Guest host Bryan Young joins Holly to talk about everything from Charlie Chaplin to recent movies. See more »

Dame Nellie Melba, Part 2

 Dame Nellie Melba, Part 2

The second part of our episode on the Australian diva focuses on her career in the early 1900s, her charity work and her belief that singers had to work -- and work hard -- to be constantly perfecting their technique. See more »

Dame Nellie Melba, Part 1

 Dame Nellie Melba, Part 1

Born Helen Porter Mitchell in Melbourne, Australia in 1861, Nellie Melba would rise to fame as a singer. Her life was everything you'd expect from a diva: foods named for her, command performances and a scandalous royal affair. See more »

Sir Christopher Lee

 Sir Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee wasn’t just a film star – he was, by any account, an amazing man. He spoke multiple languages, was an incredible singer and had fantastic fencing skills. He also had ties to many important historical events and people. See more »

Lisztomania

 Lisztomania

Franz Liszt was a pianist, a composer and a conductor, and basically the first rock star who drove fans into fits of swooning and screaming. Some fans even stole the detritus of his life (unfinished coffee, broken piano strings) to carry with them. See more »