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Francis Drake


Ocean captain and slaver who commanded the British fleet against the Spanish Armada under Queen Elizabeth We in 1588. He produced his first ocean voyage to the brand new Globe when he was 23. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth on Apr 4, 1581. He wedded Mary Newman in 1569, and she passed away shortly after. During his own loss of life, he was wedded to Elizabeth Sydenham. He was delivered by Elizabeth I to create expeditions on many occasions.

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Full Name Francis Drake
Date Of Birth July 13, 1540
Died January 27, 1596, Portobelo, Colón, Portobelo District, Panama
Place Of Birth Tavistock, England
Profession Explorer
Nationality English
Spouse Elizabeth Sydenham, Mary Newman
Parents Edmund Drake, Mary Mylwaye Drake
Siblings Joseph Drake, Thomas Drake, Edward Drake, John Drake
Star Sign Cancer

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1In her later years Drake became very involved in animal rights causes.
2Drake was neighbors with director Fritz Lang in Beverly Hills and was very upset when he passed away in 1976.
3Drake retired from films at the urging of her husband.
4Drake asked for her release from her three year Paramount contract in 1936 six weeks early. Studio boss William LeBaron granted her request and even continued to continue to pay her for that time. Unfortunately she was very unhappy at her new studio Fox, and her agent Charles K. Feldman, arranged to have her contract bought by Columbia.
5Moved to England to be with a sick aunt when she was fifteen and stayed.
6Dark-haired American-born actress who went to finishing school in Arundel, England. After dancing in London nightclubs, she spent her apprenticeship on stage (e.g., "The Little Earthquake" in 1933, as a cockney maid) and in minor British films. She made her Hollywood debut in Bolero (1934) and was thereafter typecast as damsels in distress opposite horror stars Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, and Peter Lorre. Paramount changed her name to Frances Drake because her birth name, Frances Dean, was too similar to that of one of their stars, Frances Dee.
7Started out as a nightclub dancer in London.
8Married into the English aristocracy.



The Affairs of Martha1942Sylvia Norwood
I Take This Woman1940Lola Estermont
It's a Wonderful World1939Vivian Tarbel
The Lone Wolf in Paris1938Princess Thania of Arvonne
There's Always a Woman1938Anne Calhoun
She Married an Artist1937Sally Dennis
Love Under Fire1937Pamela Beaumont
You Can't Have Everything1937Girl in Y.W.C.A. (uncredited)
Midnight Taxi1937Gilda Lee
I'd Give My Life1936Mary Reyburn
And Sudden Death1936Betty Winslow
Florida Special1936Marina Landon
The Preview Murder Mystery1936Peggy Madison
The Invisible Ray1936Diane Rukh
Without Regret1935Mona Gould
Mad Love1935Yvonne Orlac
Les Misérables1935Eponine
Transient Lady1935Dale Cameron
Forsaking All Others1934Connie Barnes Todd
Ladies Should Listen1934Anna Mirelle
The Trumpet Blows1934Chulita
Meet My Sister1933Helen Sowerby (as Frances Dean)
No dejes la puerta abierta1933Modelo
The Jewel1933Jenny Day / Lady Joan (as Frances Dean)



I Used to Be in Pictures2000DocumentaryHerself

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1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6821 Hollywood Blvd.

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1[In a 1986 interview] Several people had warned me that Richard Boleslawski, the director, was difficult and frightening. I did not find him that way at all. I thought he was a wonderful director - he got you in the mood.
2[In a 1986 interview] I enjoyed the Hollywood scene. There were lots of parties, and I liked most of the picture people that I met. A funny thing happened to me at a party in Hollywood once. I was introduced to a European man, and he said, 'You give yourself to me, and I give you tremendous pleasure!'
3[In a 1986 interview] One day I told Bela Lugosi that his daughter had come to call for him, and he said, 'She is my wife.' I wanted to sink through the floor for being so tactless! It might have hurt him, but I wouldn't have done that for the world because he was such a charming man, very soft and very congenial... Lugosi, Frankie Lawton and I all had birthdays on that set in October.
4[In 1986 on Jack Oakie]... a delightfully funny man... I would become helpless with laughter!
5[In a 1986 interview] Clauette Colbert was delightful to me in "It's a Wonderful World; she was my favorite actress to work with. James Stewart went to sleep on the set between takes, but what a terrific actor he is!
6[In a 1986 interview about Brian Donlevy] ... a very strange man. He never talked to anybody.
7[In a 1986 interview] Charles Laughton was very interesting to watch. Before he went into a scene, he'd go through these gyrations, and huff and puff... I don't know what it did for him, but he was quite amusing to watch! He was often very effective, wasn't he? Marvelous!

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