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Also Known As: Died: December 28, 2038
Born: January 2, 1886 Cause of Death: suicide
Birth Place: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Profession:

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As the charismatic and affable co-host of NBC's morning staple, "The Today Show" (1952- ), Matt Lauer became one of America's favorite morning show personalities in the late 1990s, only to watch his reputation and his show's ratings crumble following the messy departure of co-host Ann Curry in 2012. Known for his personable manner, Lauer developed a trusting, but direct interviewing technique which granted him a number of groundbreaking interviews with celebrity and political figures from Tom Cruise and Mark Zuckerberg to George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton. During his "Today" tenure, Lauer reported on stories from across the globe for his annual segment, "Where in the World is Matt Lauer?" logging more than 150,000 travel miles and reporting from more than 25 different locations around the world. Staying on as host of "Today" after Katie Couric departed the show in 2006, Lauer shared co-hosting duties with Meredith Vieira through 2011, while serving as the main anchor for the Olympic Games in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Following Vieira's departure, news anchor Ann Curry took over, but tearfully left in 2012 just months after Lauer signed a long-term contract that paid him $25 million annually. With Curry's messy ouster, Lauer was suddenly cast as the villain as "Today" sank in the ratings and lost its top spot to rival "Good Morning America" (ABC, 1975- ), leaving a once sterling reputation in tatters. Regardless of the Curry scandal, Lauer had already solidified his legacy long before as one of the most trusted and popular television personalities in the history of the medium.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Footlight Varieties (1951) Florence
2.
 Secrets (1933)
3.
4.
 The Hard Hombre (1931)
5.
 Gambling Wives (1924) Polly Barker
6.
 The Satin Girl (1923) Sylvia
7.
 The Unfoldment (1922) Katherine Nevin
8.
 Elusive Isabel (1916) Isabel Thorne
9.
 Pressed Roses (1910)
10.
 Mother Love (1910)
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husband:
Harry Slater. Actor, director. First of three husbands.

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mother:
Lotta Lawrence. Actor.

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"Florence Lawrence, the Biograph Girl: America's First Movie Star" McFarland
"The Biograph Girl" Kensington

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Leenie ( 2008-08-06 )

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Florence's parents were married in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada on December 13, 1880. Her father George Bridgewood was a 54 year old widower from England, and a carriage-maker. Her mother Charlotte Amelia Dunn was 19 and born in Ontario. On the 1881 Canadian census, the couple were living in Hamilton with George's daughter Edith, aged six, from his first marriage. Two employees of George's carriage-making business were also lodging with them. Florence had two older brothers: George Herbert Alexander Bridgewood, born in Hamilton on June 26, 1882; and Norman William Bridgewood, born in Hamilton on January 23, 1884. Florence Annie Bridgewood was born at 291 King Street, Hamilton, Ontario, on January 2, 1886.

Leenie ( 2008-08-06 )

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On the 1891 Canadian census, George Bridgewood is living alone, aged 66, in Hamilton, although he is listed as married. So far neither Charlotte Bridgewood nor her children have been located in the 1891 census, either under the name of Bridgewood or Lawrence. On the 1900 US federal census, Charlotte Bridgewood is living with her widowed mother Ann Dunn in Buffalo, New York. She is listed as a mining broker, and her three children are living with her as well. George Bridgewood was 18 & a pressman. Norman, 16, and Florence, 14, were attending school nine months of the year. The census also states that Charlotte and her children immigrated to the US in 1898. Charlotte is listed as married, but George Bridgewood was found dead in his home at 20 Jackson Street East in Hamilton, Ontario, on February 18, 1898, aged 76.

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