August 2015

Did You Know? – Points of Interest PT 5

August 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

  After starring in A Summer Place in 1959, Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Troy Donahue had the acting world at his feet. Then he blew it with drugs and booze. ‘I was loaded all the time’, he recalled. ‘I’d wake up about 6:30 in the morning, take three aspirins mixed with codeine, slug down half a pint of vodka and then do four lines of cocaine. That was just so I could get the front door [...]

MICKEY ROONEY – Will the real Mickey please stand up?

August 28, 2015 // 3 Comments

  young Lana Turner If you happen to be a Mickey Rooney fan (I am most certainly not, by the way), then you should definitely not read his sleazy autobiography titled Life Is Too Short. I have and I wish I hadn’t. My reason for repeating a couple of excerpts here is simple. I think it is important that we fully understand what a grubby little pervert the guy was, and the best way to do so [...]

Did You Know? – Points of Interest Pt. 4

August 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Throughout the seventies and eighties Richard Dreyfuss had an immense drug problem. Just four years after winning the 1977 Best Actor Oscar for The Goodbye Girl he made a movie called Whose Life Is It Anyway? The damage his drug-taking inflicted on his memory was such that, even today, he has no recollection whatsoever of making that picture. His cocaine abuse led to him having a blackout [...]

RONNIE REAGAN – his women.

August 24, 2015 // 11 Comments

  Only recently have details begun to emerge about Ronald Reagan’s off-screen activities in Tinsel Town prior to his political career kicking off. In yet another new book, this one titled Love Triangle, by Darwin Porter and Danforth Prince, the writers say they have interviewed persons connected with Ronnie and his family, and have discovered around fifty stars and starlets that warmed his [...]

‘The Godfather’ (1972)

August 22, 2015 // 2 Comments

  It has been over 40 years since The Godfather first hit the screens and created a sensation. A lot has been written about the making of the film, its stars and its director. And more gets written every day. I thought it might be interesting to sort through the thousands of bits and pieces regarding this phenomenal picture, and to select the more interesting or unusual tidbits for your [...]

SEAN PENN – Time to cut the guy some slack.

August 20, 2015 // 2 Comments

  Sean Penn is, in my opinion, one of the greatest actors ever, an opinion probably shared by a great many people. Unfortunately, over the years he has acquired a reputation as a violent and difficult man to deal with, especially if you happen to marry him or are involved in the media. Of course, the media delights in publicizing its altercations with him, or indeed anyone else’s run-ins [...]

Did you know? Points of Interest Part 3.

August 18, 2015 // 4 Comments

  Kathlyn & Annette Stephen Ira Beatty Annette Bening became pregnant to her co-star Warren Beatty when they made Bugsy together in 1991. They married, and in 1992 she gave birth to the first of their four children, Kathlyn. At the age of 14, Kathlyn changed gender and became Stephen Ira Beatty, a decision that was supported by his friends and peers, but (significantly) not by his very [...]

Did you know? Items of interest Part 2.

August 16, 2015 // 9 Comments

  Mimi Rogers Until 1990 Tom Cruise was a Catholic. In fact, at 18 years of age he studied to become a priest, but changed his mind after one year. His first wife, actress Mimi Rogers, convinced him to renounce Catholicism and embrace the Church of Scientology. In 2003, he antagonized the National Dyslexic Foundation when he claimed Scientology had cured his dyslexia. ‘Dyslexia is a [...]

CONNIE FRANCIS – Courage through adversity.

August 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Connie Francis is a Brooklyn girl, although she was born in Newark, New Jersey. Her mother was visiting relatives in New Jersey and suddenly went into labour while attending an all-night dance marathon. It was 1938, and the future ‘Queen of Song’ was born Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero to protective, loving Italian parents. From that moment until November 8, 1974, a night of [...]

Did You Know? – Items of interest Pt 1.

August 12, 2015 // 2 Comments

  From time to time I shall post a dozen or so short items, snippets of information about movie and television actors that I have found interesting. Hopefully, you will, too. Somehow it is hard to imagine that Don Adams, the little guy who played Agent Maxwell Smart in the very funny hit TV series Get Smart, could ever be involved in anything as serious as a World War – yet he was. [...]
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