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The Quick 10: 10 Residents of the Motion Picture Country House

Stacy Conradt
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In 1940, Jean Hersholt did a very cool thing - he bought nearly 50 acres of land through the Motion Picture Relief Fund, which he co-founded, and turned part of the property into the Motion Picture Country House. It was a place for those in the motion picture industry to retire and be cared for (if need be) when they had nowhere else to go. What's so cool about it is that the people who lived there only paid based on their ability to pay - if they couldn't afford to, they didn't have to. Sadly, at the beginning of this year, the Motion Picture & Television Fund and Jeffrey Katzenberg (the current chairman) announced that the House would be closing due to financial difficulties. Some people suspect that the Fund invested with Bernie Madoff and lost a ton of money (as Katzenberg did), but the Fund has so far said that's not true.

At any rate, it will be a great loss to the Hollywood community. People with film careers ranging from lighting and makeup to A-List actors and actresses have found a home there during their times of need "“ here are 10 of them.

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6. Hattie McDaniel, who won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role as Mammy in Gone with the Wind.

7. Jean Parker, an actress who had parts in a lot of westerns over the years and also starred on Broadway.

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