charliechaplinfan wrote:I loved the picture of Laurel and Hardy too. I'm very proud of Stan Laurel's Lancashire origins, his birth place isn't too far from here, I intend to take the kids when they are old enough to enjoy it, I'm sure the tour guides will be given a run for their money that day. I can't stop asking questions in places like that. Stan is now commemorated with a statue in his birth town of Ulverston, I wish they'd put Oliver Hardy with him, it doesn't seem right to have one without the other.
According to this article, they did put Stan and Ollie together in Ulverston.charliechaplinfan wrote:FDR jnr looks pretty handsome in that picture, did he ever try out in movies.
I think that the Roosevelt children were quite good looking when young. In the 1932 picture above just before FDR became president, you can see: (left to right, back row), James Elliot, Franklin Jr., Mrs. Elliot Roosevelt, Curtis Dall, son-in-law, and John Roosevelt. Centre; Mrs.Franklin D. Roosevelt, the Governor and his mother Mrs. James Roosevelt.
As far as I know, Jr. did not appear in any movies. His older brother James Roosevelt was involved in producing some films in Hollywood for a time in the early '40s. Elliot Roosevelt, born between James and FDR, Jr., was the only one who married an actress--Fay Emerson, who found her connection to the clan a bit onerous while she pursued her career (though it probably won her some jobs). Fay later said that she liked Eleanor, though she could be intimidating.
I met FDR, Jr. decades later due to family political activities. He went through five wives, ran for office a few times, and served in Congress for a time. I wonder if he ever had a moment's peace in his life. Naming a youngster after the father may be a nice gesture, but try to live down being FDR's son when you have his name. I suspect that living in their father's long shadow must have been a privilege with considerable drawbacks for each of them.