He was one of the biggest stars. He was an Academy Award winner, and his days as a leading man spanned 35 years.  He died a leading man.

Hello, everybody. Joe Morella and Frank Segers, your classic movie guys, here to discuss one of the easiest ways to determine whether an actor is or was a star.

Can he or she be identified by ONE name.

Gable, Harlow, Chaplin, Pickford, Bogart, Bardot.  Yes, of course, there might be a bit of confusion if the name is shared with another actor. Hepburn could, of course, be Audrey as well as Katherine.  And some names are just too common (think Russell, or Wayne)

But then there are other ways to mark a star with one name–think Roz or Duke.

Of course the ultimate is if BOTH first and last names can identify the star. If one says Marilyn you know they’re not referring to Miss Maxwell.  And if they say Monroe, you know they don’t mean Vaughn.

Use either Frank, Frankie or Sinatra. Say Elvis or Presley. Bing or Crosby. There’s only one Marlene and one Dietrich. One Greta and one Garbo.

What say, faithful readers, any more suggestions?

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