Thursday, January 3, 2019

ZaSu Pitts 125 -- January 3, 2018
Actress ZaSu Pitts was born 125 years ago today, on 13-January-1893.  In the image, she explains the derivation of her name.
ZaSu Pitts began her movie career playing roles in short silent comedies.  Director Erich von Stroheim surprised her and many other people by casting her as Trina, the female lead in Greed, his adaption of Frank Norris' novel McTeague. I thought she was wonderful in the part.
When talkies arrived in Hollywood, ZaSu Pitts mostly played comedy character parts.  She starred in a series of two-reelers with Thelma Todd for Hal Roach.

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