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ZaSu Pitts

“I was what they called a feature player, never a star. They say I was in 500 films, everything but the newsreels.”

 

Biography

Classic comedienne Zasu Pitts, she with the timid, forlorn blue eyes and trademark woebegone vocal pattern and fidgety hands, was born to Rulandus and Nellie (Shay) Pitts, the third of four children on January 3, 1894. Her aged New York-native father, who lost a leg back in the Civil War times, had settled the family in Kansas by the time ZaSu was born, but relocated to Santa Cruz, California when she was 9 seeking a warmer climate and better job opportunities. She attended Santa Cruz High and somehow rose above her excessively shy demeanor to join the school’s drama department. She went on to cultivate what was once deemed her negative qualities by making a career out of her unglamorous looks and wallflower tendencies in scores and scores of screwball comedy treasures.

Pitts made her stage debut in 1915 and was discovered two years later for silent films by pioneer screenwriter ‘Frances Marion’ , appearing obscurely in vehicles for such Paramount stars as ‘Douglas Fairbanks… read more

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Ciprian David

1Feb13

Her gaze in Greed will most probably follow you aorund for a while.

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Roscoe

10Jul12

One of the greatest American actors. Her work in GREED is simply unmatched. Suck it, Meryl.

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