June 2015

GRETA GARBO – Selfish, miserable and not much liked.

June 30, 2015 // 24 Comments

     At the age of thirteen Greta Garbo was seduced in a tent in the family’s backyard by her older, prettier sister, Alva. A little later she had her first heterosexual union with a local boy in the same tent. Incidentally, Garbo always said she wanted to be let alone. She did not want to be alone. The lady craved privacy not solitude. Massive orgies like the Berlin Transvestite Balls [...]

LORETTA YOUNG – A good Catholic girl?

June 28, 2015 // 2 Comments

  If Olympic medals were given out for hypocrisy, Loretta Young (1913 – 2000) would have won gold many times over. The studio blurb described her thus: ‘Her true beauty lies in her dedication to her family and her faith.’ About the only truthful word in that whole line would be the word ‘lies’. Loretta attended church religiously (no pun intended), outwardly a Catholic the good [...]

Gay/Bisexual Actors in Old TV Shows ( Pt 5 )

June 26, 2015 // 12 Comments

  Peter Wyngarde (1933 – ) Peter Wyngarde was born in Marseilles, France to an English father and a French mother. For about three years between 1969 and 1972, he portrayed the suave, silky-voiced, woman chasing sleuth Jason King in two series, (Department ‘S’ and Jason King), and seemed to be forever getting the girl, but always avoiding kissing her at the last moment – week [...]

Gay/Bisexual Actors in Old TV Shows ( Pt 4 )

June 24, 2015 // 6 Comments

  Dick Sargent ( 1930 – 94) Dick Sargent was the original choice to play the male lead in the Bewitched series, but other commitments caused him to surrender the opportunity to Dick York. York was very good as Darrin Stephens, but suffered from a chronic back complaint that resulted in him collapsing on the set one day. Unable to continue in the role, he dropped out and was replaced by [...]

Gay/Bisexual Actors in Old TV Shows ( Pt 3 )

June 21, 2015 // 5 Comments

  Nigel Hawthorne (1929 – 2001) The most surprising fact about the superbly written (and acted) Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister is that only 38 episodes in total were made, 22 in the first show and just 16 in the second. Hawthorne was quite brilliant as Sir Humphrey Appleby in both, clearly (in my opinion) the star of both series, but Paul Eddington and Derek Fowlds were both [...]

Gay/Bisexual Actors in Old TV Shows ( Pt 2 )

June 19, 2015 // 4 Comments

    Saffron Burrows (1972 – ) in Enigma The statuesque Saffron; she is 6 feet tall (1.83m), played Lorraine Weller in Boston Legal for two seasons (2007-8). She was also Detective Serena Stevens in the 2010 season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She was particularly beautiful in the WW2 spy thriller Enigma: Crack the Code (2001). For several years she was in a [...]

Gay/Bisexual actors in old TV Series ( Pt 1 )

June 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

    Wilfrid Brambell (1912 – 1985) Steptoe & Son An Irishman from Belfast, Brambell shot to prominence in the 60s playing the irascible, dirty old Steptoe in this popular British sitcom. He also featured in the Beatles’ first film A Hard Day’s Night (1964). Shortly before filming began he was charged with ‘importuning for immoral purposes’ in a men’s toilet in London, the [...]

GARY COOPER – The ultimate movie star.

June 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

  He was born Frank Cooper in Helena, Montana, but his agent was born in Gary, Indiana, so his hometown was chosen for Coops’ Christian name. After all, the name Gary Cooper had a certain masculinity that Helena Cooper seemed to lack. A car accident in his youth broke Coop’s hip and left him with a permanent limp. This, plus his deafness in one ear, kept the gangling star out of WW2. [...]

TV RATINGS SINCE 1950 – How tastes have changed.

June 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Below is a list of the top-rated programs since the 1950-51 season, according to Nielsen Media Research. Having inhabited this planet since 1947, I can recall most of these shows, although I must admit that I lost interest in TV when that horrible reality rubbish began to dominate everything. For the life of me I still cannot see why anyone would want to watch fellow beings having [...]

Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle – an innocent victim?

June 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

  It is easy for us today to lose sight of the staggering amounts of money successful people in the fledgling movie industry were making back in the 1920s. The average person in America could live comfortably on less than a thousand dollars a year, about $20 a week. In Hollywood, however, even a lowly ‘crowd’ extra earned $5 a day, a ‘small group’ extra $10 a day, and if you were [...]
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