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NAME: Hedda Hopper (born Elda Furry)
DATE OF BIRTH: May 2, 1885
PLACE OF BIRTH: Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
DATE OF DEATH: February 1, 1966
PLACE OF DEATH: Altoona, Pennsylvania
Known as the "Queen of the Quickies," Hedda Hopper was a "B" movie actress who was in over 120 films. Born Elda Furry, on May 2 1885, in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of a butcher and one of 7 children. Star struck, she set out first to New York and then to Hollywood to establish a career on the stage and in films. She never really saw success until later in life, when struggling to make ends meet, she took up her pen and began to write. During the Golden Age of Hollywood, Hedda, along with Louella Parsons raised the gossip column to an artform and had the power to make or break careers. She died in Hollywood, at the top of her game, on February 1, 1966.
Information about Hedda can be found in "From Under My Hat" by Hedda Hopper (1953); "The Whole Truth and Nothing But" by Hedda Hopper (1962); "Hedda and Louella" by George Eells (1973).
"Nobody's interested in sweetness and light!" - Hedda Hopper
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