Oliver Hardy

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In History
  • Oliver Norvell Hardy

    Oliver Norvell Hardy
    Comic, actor
  • Birth

    He was born in 18 January 1892 in Harlem, Georgia in USA.
  • Father

    His father Oliver was a Confederate veteran who had been wounded in Battle of Antietam. Then he worked as tax collector.
  • Mother

    Hardy's mother Emily Norvell was the daughter of Thomas Benjamin Norvell and Mary Freeman, descended from Captain Hugh Norvell of Williamsburg, Virginia who arrived in Virginia before 1635.
  • Father's death

    Father's death
    He died nearly a year after his birth.
  • Family

    He was the youngest of five children. His older brother Sam drowned in Oconee River. Hardy dragged him out of water and unable to resuscate him.
  • College

    As a child, Hardy was sometimes difficult. He was sent to Georgia Military College in Milledgeville as a youngster. He was sent to Young Harris College in north Georgia in the 1905 fall semester when he was 13.
  • Music talent

    Music talent
    His mother noticed his passion and talent for singing and sent him to Atlanta to study music with singing teacher Adolf Dahm-Petersen.
  • Skipping class

    He skipped some of his lessons to sing in the Alcazar Theater for $3.50 a week.
  • Name changing

    Name changing
    As a teenager Hardy began styling himself "Oliver Norvell Hardy", adding the first name "Oliver" as a tribute to his father. He appeared as "Oliver N. Hardy" in the 1910 U.S. census and he used "Oliver" as his first name in all subsequent legal records, marriage announcements... Hardy was initiated into Freemasonry at Solomon Lodge No. 20 in Jacksonville, Florida.
  • Early career

    Early career
    In 1910, The Palace a motion picture theater, opened in Hardy's hometown of Milledgeville, and he became the projectionist, ticket taker, janitor and manager. He soon became obsessed with the new motion picture industry and was convinced that he could do a better job than the actors that he saw.
  • Working as a cabaret

    He worked in Jacksonville as a cabaret and vaudeville singer at night, and at the Lubin Manufacturing Company during the day.
  • 1st Marriage

    1st Marriage
    He met Madelyn Saloshin, a pianist whom he married on November 17, 1913 in Macon, Georgia.
  • First movie

    he made his first movie Outwitting Dad (1914) for the Lubin studio, billed as O. N. Hardy.
  • Babe Hardy

    In his personal life, he was known as "Babe" Hardy, and he was billed as "Babe Hardy" in many of his later films at Lubin.
  • Size

    He was a big man, standing 6-foot 1-inch and weighing up to 300 pounds, and his size placed limitations on the roles that he could play.
  • Divorce

    In 1919, he separated from his wife, ending with a provisional divorce.
  • 2nd and sad Marriage

    2nd and sad Marriage
    On November 24, 1921, he married actress Myrtle Reeves. This marriage was also unhappy, and Reeves was said to have become an alcoholic.
  • Character plays

    Character plays
    He was most often cast as the villain, but he also had roles in comedy shorts. (most famous play was with Stan Laurrel as comedy silent film).
  • Films with Laurel

    Films with Laurel
    In 1927, Laurel and Hardy began sharing screen time together in Slipping Wives, Duck Soup...
  • 2nd Divorce

    In 1937, Hardy and Myrtle Reeves divorced.
  • Last marriage

    Last marriage
    Oliver Hardy weds studio script girl, Virginia Lucille Jones, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Judge Roger Foley married them on March 8, 1940.
  • Heart attack

    Hardy suffered a mild heart attack in May 1954, and he began looking after his health for the first time in his life. He lost more than 150 pounds in a few months, which completely changed his appearance. Letters written by Laurel refer to Hardy having terminal cancer.
  • Death

    He suffered two more strokes in early August 1957 and slipped into a coma, and he died from cerebral thrombosis on August 7, 1957, at age 65.