Question: Regarding your answer to the question about Patty Duke's Star: I've heard of Billy Barty and loved Zasu Pitts. But please, tell me: Who is Olive Borden, and what is a Cantinflas? Love your column. I look forward to it. Ron A., Attleboro, Mass.
Televisionary: Actually, Ron, in my quest to toss a couple obscure names in there, I strayed into FlickChick territory, since those two are film people. Still, I must finish what I started, so here goes.
Olive Borden was an early silent-films star who was born Sybil Tinkle and, quite understandably, changed her name. At the tender age of 19, she became one of Mack Sennett's Bathing Beauties and later was a movie sweetheart of early cowboy Tom Mix. Sadly, talkies meant the end of her career and she died when she was 41.
Cantinflas was a Mexican comic actor often compared to Charlie Chaplin, with some Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd thrown in for good measure. A former acrobat and rodeo and circus clown, he's known in the U.S. for his work in 1956's Around the World in Eighty Days. He died in 1993.