January 2016

Beautiful Actresses – My Top 50 (Pt 2)

January 31, 2016 // 5 Comments

  On the 29th I posted the first 20 of my 50 most beautiful actresses of all time. It is now the 31st January, time for part two – numbers 30 down to 11. #30  Stefanie Powers Former star of TV’s Hart to Hart #29  Loretta Young Known in Hollywood as ‘Attila the Nun’. #28  Lizabeth Scott Queen of the film noirs # 27  Gene Tierney In a still from Leave Her To [...]

Beautiful actresses – my Top 50 (Part 1)

January 29, 2016 // 4 Comments

  I thought it might be fun to present the fifty actresses I personally feel looked the best on screen at some time or another. Thanks to the wonderful access to Google Image, I should be able to insert into each article a still from the particular movie that impressed me enough to include the featured lady on my list. Most of us love looking at lists, if for no other reason than to compare [...]

Joseph Cotten & Deanna Durbin – lovers or not?

January 27, 2016 // 12 Comments

  In 2013, singer/actress Deanna Durbin passed away at the age of 91 in her adopted country, France. Actor Joseph Cotten had preceded her by nearly twenty years. Way back in 1943, Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper set the cat among the pigeons when she wrote that Deanna and Joe, both married to others at the time, had spent the night together in a room at Universal studios. The [...]

Omar Sharif -Egypt’s superstar.

January 25, 2016 // 4 Comments

  Omar Sharif riding into movie history as Sherif Ali Throughout movie history there have been a number of truly memorable debuts, none more so than Omar Sharif and his camel emerging from the Sahara heat-haze in 1962’s Lawrence of Arabia. It ranks right alongside Ursula Andress wading out of the Caribbean, conch shell in hand, in Dr No, also in 1962. It would probably surprise many [...]

William Holden – His Life and his Loves

January 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

      Holden in Escape From Fort Bravo (1953) William Holden featured in a lot of very good movies during his career. Women adored him, even men grudgingly conceded that he was both rugged and charming, certainly no milk sop. Unfortunately, he was also an alcoholic, from his teens until the day he died. He was gifted with talent, looks, charm and charisma. He was also strong, [...]

Good Guys & Gals (Pt 1)

January 21, 2016 // 6 Comments

  Like any community, Hollywood has had its share of men and women who excelled as human beings, not just in their chosen profession, but in their private lives as well. In an industry where the slightest miss-step is plastered all over the media, to go through decades without drawing any adverse publicity is not an easy thing to do, especially given the temptation in evidence in every [...]

Robert Wagner – matinee idol of the fifties.

January 19, 2016 // 2 Comments

  RJ & Natalie, marriage #1 ‘RJ’, as Robert Wagner is known to most of his friends, was always destined to end up acting. As a boy he attended schools and Military Colleges with the offspring of movie stars and other celebrities. These included Charlie Chaplin’s son Sydney, Irving Thalberg Junior, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ son, Fred Astaire’s step-son, and others. His first [...]

Burt Reynolds – the forgotten superstar

January 17, 2016 // 2 Comments

    Burt Reynolds at the top of his game After marriage to Judy Carne of Laugh-In fame, Burt Reynolds enjoyed relationships with the much older Dinah Shore, and then with actress Inger Stevens until shortly before her suicide in 1970. Out of respect for Miss Stevens he has always refused to talk about their romance. ‘One of the greatest ladies I ever knew was Dinah Shore’, he [...]

Jayne Mansfield – a self-made star.

January 15, 2016 // 2 Comments

  Jayne & Jane at the Underwater premiere 1955 In 1955, in Florida, the premiere for a very ordinary movie called Underwater was actually held underwater. Critics and other guests were encouraged to don aqua-lungs and bathing costumes to watch this Jane Russell vehicle at the bottom of a pool! It was a novel idea that did not really work, but it afforded an opportunity to an unknown [...]

The Casting Couch.

January 13, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Claudette Colbert was a big star, but even she admitted to getting her start in Hollywood via someone’s ‘casting couch’. In fact, she told an interviewer that the only star she knew of who made it without resorting to the ‘couch’ was Bette Davis. She did not elaborate on that statement, but given Bette’s prestigious Broadway reputation, it might be [...]
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