To paraphrase, Stan replied, " Those letters are personal between my fans and Me!". Stan was working as a writer and director for, Stan's first wife, Lois, was also his agent and handled all of his business dealings with, By the time they produced their first true Laurel and Hardy film, Stan was 37 and, When Stan's daughter, Lois, was little, she hated. As a boy his early education took place at a kindergarten in a house in Dockwray Square, North Shields, near to where his family lived, a private school in Tynemouth College, a boarding school Stan said he thought this was because he was always getting into mischief and trouble at home. Their work became more production-line and less popular during the war years, especially after they left Roach and MGM for Twentieth Century-Fox. His final marriage was to Ida Kitaeva Raphael in May 1946. His father was a vaudeville performer and this led Arthur to being a stage performer too. Stan Laurel was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson on the 16th of June in Ulverston, Lancashire in England, 1890. Stan Laurel was born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in 1890 in England. He was first seen in ‘Nuts in May’ and later, he worked together with Dahlberg in the 1922 short, ‘Mud and Sand’. Short films. People have always loved our pictures. Stan was only the second honoree to receive a Screen Actors Guild Award for their contribution to entertainment. I don't know. She was supposedly looking through a book and saw a picture of a Roman general with a laurel wreath on his head. The comedian was openly opposed to racial segregation. He suffered a heart attack on 19 February and finally succumbed to it four days later. Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy made more than 100 comedies together, Laurel playing the bumbling and innocent foil to the pompous Hardy. They formed a friendship but not a very good one. Stan Laurel was born as Arthur Stanley Jefferson on 16 June 1890 in Argyll Street, Ulverston, Lancashire. Working relations between Stan Laurel and Hal Roach began to sour after the mid 1930s. In 1910, Stan Laurel embarked on his professional career after joining Fred Karno’s troupe, which also had Charlie Chaplin in it. Towards the end of his career, Laurel was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Academy Award in 1961. Initially, Laurel wanted to be a music hall comedian, and he was known to play hooky from school so he could attend the theater. Both Laurel and Hardy lost siblings to tragic accidents. When young Laurel first took to the stage as a performer, he had no idea that his own father was watching him whilst being part of the audience. He'd be filmed with his ears as normal then they'd be held forward with putty or some similar material and the camera restarted. Stan removed the heels from his shoes while filming. He travelled with Chaplin to the U.S to begin his career in films, a new medium in that era. Hardy’s death in 1957 put a permanent damper on Laurel’s career as he was devastated by his partner’s departure. This Is Your Life: Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, View agent, publicist, legal and company contact details on IMDbPro, Greatest Classical Comedians of all time (Actors/Screenwriters/Directors). Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy Statue; Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston in 1890, and named Arthur Jefferson. There were 156 laurel and Hardy cartoons by Larry Harmon with Larry providing the voice of Stan and Jim McGeorge that of Ollie. All I know is that I learned how to get laughs, and that's all I know about it. Laurel moved to the United States along with the troupe to tour the country. In 1941 they did a show at Camp Roberts, California Military Base for the Field Artillery troops appearing with Red Skelton, Jane Withers, Joan Leslie, Larry Adler and Chico Marx. - IMDb Mini Biography By: He was an understudy to Chaplin, and the duo learnt slapstick comedy from their mentor, Karno. the tour called Hell -A - Balloo began in Washington D.C. at the end of March '42, - IMDb Mini Biography By: Born into a family of actors, Laurel entered the stage early in his career. About. However, most of their films, including ‘The Bullfighters’ and ‘Jitterbugs’ didn’t succeed. He didn't find out until he met actor Alan Young late in life that their families lived near each other in North Shields, Tynemouth. Many sources say Stan was born in Ulverston, Cumbria. "I'm not," said Stan, "I'd rather be doing that than have all these needles stuck into me!" From 1919 to 1925, Stan Laurel and Mae Dahlberg lived together as common-law husband and wife, despite never being married. Stan and Ollie believed that they got most of their laughs by combining dumbness with dignity making the audience feel that they were superior to them. Among these films were Yes, Yes, Nanette (1925) and Wandering Papas (1926) written & directed by Stan Laurel and starring Babe who now acted under his real name, Oliver Hardy. Stan Laurel (born Arthur Stanley Jefferson; June 16, 1890 – February 23, 1965) and Oliver "Ollie" Hardy (born Norvell Hardy; January 18, 1892 – August 7, 1957) were an early 20th century comedy Double Act famous for visual-slapstick humor. Their films during this period, suffered accordingly. Another factor is the coincidence that Clint Eastwood’s birth date is given as 31 May 1930, the same month and year that Stan Laurel’s wife gave birth to a son. Laurel and Hardy, comedy team that is widely regarded as the greatest in film history. Does anybody? He decided to abandoned his stage work and continue working for shorts and two-reel comedies. The rough type of nut humor like. What is comedy? One of the directors at the Hal Roach studio known around the world as director of such great movies The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) and Going My Way (1944), Leo McCarey joined these comic geniuses and an immediate partnership unfolded. As Arthur Stanley Jefferson, he joined Levy and Cardwell's Juvenile Pantomime Company as an assistant stage manager. Publicity Listings His funeral was attended by many great comedians and actors, including Buster Keaton. He was inspired by the comedian Dan Leno and aspired to become like him. In Spain, Stan and Ollie were known as El Gordo y El Flaco. It's also listed as a Large Historic Preserved Vessel in the Maritime Heritage Program. 8 Dockwray Square, North Shields, which was where Stan and and his family lived for a time, was demolished in the 60's and replaced by flats which were also demolished. Laurel or Hardy: Early Films of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, as proudly presented by Flicker Alley, the Library of Congress, and Blackhawk Films®, offers fans new and old the rare opportunity to track the early solo careers of two comedy icons. Filmed in slow motion then projected at normal speed, the ears would wave vigorously. What's there to say? In 1928 Stan and Ollie appeared in the short film 'A Pair of Tights' but their scenes were deleted. They did a 4 month tour covering 12 cities starting on the 27th September in Omaha and ending in Buffalo in mid December. The audience’s reactions to the comic duo was positive; and Leo McCarey, the director of Roach Studios, decided to pair them up more often. His prolific output of 190 films was applauded by the industry. was actually dreamed up by the publicity department. He bought a yacht in 1935 for $120,000 and renamed it Ruth L, after his then-wife. Arthur Stanley Jefferson, better known by his stage name Stan Laurel, was a comedian, actor and director from England. He traveled with Fred Karno's vaudeville company to the United States in 1910 and again in 1913. business associate/partner relationship with Hardy, Oliver (born 18 January 1892) business associate/partner relationship with Roach, Hal (born 14 January 1892) friend relationship with McKenzie, Fay (born 19 February 1918) The English manor-style home at 718 Bedford Dr. in Beverly Hills where he lived in the early 1930s is shown in. Born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston, England, the second of five children. Laurel & Hardy had appeared as funny as they could be in Putting Pants on Philip (1927) which led them to stardom. Laurel studied at King James Grammar School in Bishop Auckland and later at King’s School in Tynemouth. This led onto more short comedies with such greats as Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson, and Hal Roach. He was a heavy smoker until he suddenly gave up when he was about 70. Relationships. In Italy, Laurel and Hardy are known as "Stanlio e Ollio". His third wife was Vera Ivanova Shuvalova (m. 1938), but their relationship was turbulent and ended in divorce in 1940. In Holland, Stan and Ollie were known as Dikke und Dunne. Stan Laurel, the tall, thin, "dumb" half of the team of Laurel and Hardy, is an interesting individual in his own right.One of the pioneers of motion picture comedies, he and his partner Oliver Hardy were two of the rare individuals who made the successful transition from silent movies to talking pictures—but he is much more than that. While with that company he was Charles Chaplin's understudy, and he performed imitations of Chaplin. In 1917 Laurel had in fact appeared in a film called The Lucky Dog (1921) with an actor in the cast by the name of Babe Hardy. Official Sites, Usually played a childishly innocent man who always looked up to his good friend. They toured the UK for six weeks and were met with enthusiastic, jampacked audiences everywhere. The family moved from Dockwray Square to Ayton House in Ayres Terrace, North Shields. The couple remained together until Laurel’s death. The Stan Laurel Correspondence Archive Project contains more than 1,500 artefacts, and these are only the documents that have so far been traced, as many of his early missives appear to have been lost. Their first feature-length starring roles were in Pardon Us (1931). He assumed the stage name Stan Jefferson there. Under their banner, he started directing and writing for films. Ed Stephan . The couple would then go on to have a son whom they called Stanley in May 1930 but unfortunately, he was born two months premature and only lived for nine days. when projected at normal speed his ears would seem to wave vigorously which would be why Stan's face is fixed in one position for a relatively long time in a scene as in A Chump at Oxford. His parents, Arthur and Madge (Margaret) Jefferson, were both active in the theatre and Stan's home life was a happy one. A bronze statue of Laurel and Hardy was unveiled in Ulverston, Cumbria, UK where Stan Laurel was born. In "Midnight Patrol" Ollie says" 'Pardon us' chief" During the scene with the safe in "The Dancing Masters" Stan says "'One good turn' deserves another". The ‘Laurel and Hardy’ pair was also inducted into the Grand Order of Water Rats. He is shown with his partner, Had said that out of all the impersonations done of him, he liked actor. You have to learn what people will laugh at, then proceed accordingly. Laurel first appeared with his future partner. The duo embarked on a six-week tour across the city to present musical hall comedies and people rushed in to watch them. His most famous short reels from this time were ‘Detained’ (1924), ‘Somewhere in Wrong’ (1925), ‘Navy Blue Days’ (1925) and ‘Half a Man’ (1925). Wide, "hanger-in-my-mouth" smile, spiky hair sported in all of his films, and of course, the "whiny face" for which he is famous. Laurel & Hardy Museum Historically, the parish included chapelries and townships that later became separate civil parishes: Blawith , Church Coniston, Egton with Newland , Lowick , Mansriggs , Osmotherley , Subberthwaite and Torver . Their first feature film was ‘Pardon Us’ in 1931. He signed a contract with Joe Rock for 12 film shorts and slowly drifted apart from his association with Dahlberg. His first two-reeler with Oliver Hardy was 45 Minutes from Hollywood (1926). According to his daughter, Laurel was largely apolitical and always supported whichever US president was in office. They made films for another 20 years. He was mentored by Fred Karno and was an understudy to Charlie Chaplin. Stan's famous hairstyle was created by accident. That's why Stan's face is fixed in one position for a relatively long time. He was the club's first time trial champion. He worked with Roach Studios and starred in a series of short films. Stanley Laurel was an Englishman, born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston, England on 16 June 1890. They were Tony Hancock and Peter Sellers. Peter Sellers talking about the voice he used for Chance the gardener in 'Being There' " ........very clear enunciation, slightly American with a touch of Stan Laurel mixed in". Like his comedy partner Oliver Hardy, Stan Laurel was astounded at how popular they were when they arrived in England in 1932. Whenever. gesture. In "Bonnie Scotland" Stan says "Why don't we go somewhere 'way out West'" and in that film Stan calls Fin a "toad (Towed) in the hole" 'From Soup to Nuts' is mentioned in "A Chump at Oxford" In "Tit For Tat" a written on a sign is 'Open for 'big business' which also comes up in "Pack Up Your Troubles" when someone says" He's not familiar with these 'big business' deals". 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