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Griffith, Andy (7 June 1926–3 July 2012), Broadway, film, and television star, was born Andy Samuel Griffith, the only child of Carl Lee Griffith, a carpenter, and Geneva Nann (Nunn) Griffith in Mount Airy, North Carolina. His parents moved to Ohio, looking for work, and their toddler was raised by his maternal grandmother until he was three. In ...

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Montgomery, Robert (21 May 1904–27 September 1981), actor, director, and producer, was born Henry Montgomery, Jr., in Beacon, New York, the son of Mary Weed Bernard and Henry Montgomery, vice president of the New York Rubber Company. Montgomery attended private school until his father’s death in 1920, after which he supported the family by laboring in a railroad yard and later on an oil tanker. Montgomery first appeared on stage in New York in September 1924 as a butler in ...

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Rolle, Esther (8 Nov. 1920–17 Nov. 1998), film, television and stage actress, was born in Pompano Beach, Florida, the ninth child (sometimes reported as the tenth) out of eighteen of Jonathan and Elizabeth Dames Rolle. Her parents both emigrated from the Bahamas to live on a ten-acre vegetable farm, where Jonathan Rolle worked as a sharecropper. As a child Rolle was surrounded by performers, as her older siblings formed a dramatic musical group, The Family Circle, and performed skits and songs for family, friends, and at churches and other similar venues. Unfortunately, by the time she was old enough to join the group, they had disbanded. After graduating from Booker T. Washington High School in Miami in the late 1930s, she moved to New York to live with her older sister and continue her education....