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Hollywood Hopefuls II: 1925

Hollywood Hopefuls II: 1925

May 25, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Applicants to Paramount Motion Picture School. The school will be housed in the Paramount Eastern Studio at Astoria, Long Island." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

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The girl in the center has the same initials as I do. What are the odds?

2, 4 and 8 made it

I wonder if any of them became stars, and if any are remembered in our time. No. 8 looks so familiar.

First on the Right

So, ah... who is the woman first on the right? I'd like to find out more about her. My niece is big into 20's flapper types and women from that era, so I'll email a link to this pic.

Not her best shot

I have to believe the camera caught the Miss third from our left at a bad moment. And I don't believe fourth from our left should abandon hope at all. She reminds me of a younger Margaret Dumont, though. My pick would be probably be the girl on our far left. I hope they all had fulfilling lives.


Fourth from the left needs to abandon all hope.

The third from the left

The third from the left looks quite sad and I think her rouge must be making the shadows on her cheeks--but her face has a lot of character. The first on the right made it, as we know. The second from left has a kind of Betty Boop/Clara Bow quality that is very lively.

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