Sunday, January 29, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: January 29, 1915 - Victor Mature

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
Victor Mature, actor, was born in Louisville, on January 29, 1915, to George and Clara (Ackley) Mature. He grew up in the Germantown neighborhood and attended Roman Catholic schools, including St. Xavier High School, before completing his education at the Kentucky Military Institute in Lyndon (1928- 31). Mature, who planned to open a business locally, attended the Spencerian Commercial College during 1933. He sold candy and operated a restaurant until 1935, when he headed for Hollywood, where he became a successful actor.

Mature was spotted by Hollywood talent scouts at the Pasadena Community Playhouse. Soon after, he made his debut in the film One Million B.C. (1941). He went on to star in over fifty films, including No, No, Nanette, The Robe, Samson and Delilah, and Chief Crazy Horse. Mature also performed on stage, most notably in the play Lady in the Dark (1941). He often played the role of the tough leading man. Some of Mature's films had world premieres in the Louisville Palace Theatre, and he returned to Louisville to visit old friends and relatives. Mature has appeared at a variety of charity events in Louisville, especially the Foster Brooks Pro-Am Golf Tournament for Kosair children's hospital.

Divorce ended Mature's first four marriages, to Frances Charles (1938- 41), Martha Stephenson Kemp (1941-43), Dorothy Stanford (1948-55), and Adrienne Joy Urwick (1959-69). Mature married Lorey Sabina in 1972; they have a daughter, Victoria.

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Koster, Henry, Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor. Mature, Michael. Rennie, and Lloyd C. Douglas. The Robe. Beverly Hills, Calif.: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2001.
AV-D3045A , Young Media Library

Daves, Delmer, Frank Ross, Philip Dunne, Victor. Mature, Susan Hayward, Michael. Rennie, Debra Paget, Anne Bancroft, Jay Robinson, Barry Jones, William Marshall, and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. Demetrius and the Gladiators. Beverly Hills, Calif.: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2000.
AV-D3059, Young Media Library

Ford, John, Samuel G. Engel, Winston Miller, Darryl Francis Zanuck, Sam. Hellman, Stuart N. Lake, Henry Fonda, Linda Darnell, Victor. Mature, Walter Brennan, Tim Holt, Cathy Downs, and Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation. My Darling Clementine Frontier Marshal. Beverly Hills, Calif.: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2007. Ford at Fox Collection.
AV-D7601, Young Media Library

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