March 2016

7 actors who recorded #1hit singles.

March 31, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Ever since Billboard has been used to assess the popularity of single recordings there have been a few actors who have unexpectedly surprised us by recording songs that went all the way to the top of the charts. There were two in 1957, one in 1958, one in 1962, one in 1964, another in 1970 and a seventh in 1976. Of course, there have been a great many singers who have gone on to become big [...]

The Goldwyn Girls Pt 2.

March 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

  Betty Grable (1916-73): Betty appeared as a Goldwyn Girl three times, beginning with Whoopee! in 1930. Of course, her fame would ultimately stretch world-wide, mainly because of her staggeringly successful World War Two pin-up (above) and her highly publicized ‘million dollar legs’. In 1947 the United States Treasury Department officially confirmed that she earned $300,000 that year, [...]

The Goldwyn Girls Pt 1.

March 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

  There were over 200 girls who formed the ranks of The Goldwyn Girls over the years they were in existence (from about 1930 until 1955). Over that period they appeared in eleven movies only. Several of these young hopefuls went on to big screen careers and one of them became an icon of the fledgling television industry of the fifties. I have researched all 200 Goldwyn Girls and found some [...]

Tom Neal – getting away with murder.

March 25, 2016 // 4 Comments

  Tom Neal was a man who came into the world with benefits and attributes that less fortunate souls could only dream of having, then he went ahead and made a complete mess of his life. And along the way he got away with cold-blooded murder. Born into a wealthy Illinois family he was blessed with movie star looks, and was clever enough to earn a law degree at Harvard in 1938, three years [...]

The enigma that was Howard Hughes

March 23, 2016 // 14 Comments

   Howard Hughes was a Texan, a maverick movie tycoon who hit the movie industry like a whirlwind in the Roaring Twenties and remained a force for a couple of decades. At the age of 19 he inherited 75% of his family’s fortune. His father had patented the two-cone roller bit, which allowed rotary drilling for petroleum in previously inaccessible places. Instead of selling it, however, he chose [...]

What was Veronica Lake really like?

March 21, 2016 // 2 Comments

  Veronica Lake became famous during World War Two, primarily because of her silly ‘Peekaboo’ hair style that was copied by thousands of young women employed in the war industry. I recently watched her in a quaint little 1942 film called Sullivan’s Travels and I was surprised to find her giving a really enjoyable performance alongside Joel McCrea. The picture was written and [...]

Girl # 27 – Patricia Douglas Pt 2.

March 19, 2016 // 4 Comments

  Part 2 of the Patricia Douglas story. Patty Douglas did not seek medical aid in the days following her assault. ‘I would’ve been too embarrassed. Someone would’ve seen me naked’, she said. No-one, not even her mother, had seen her naked body since she was a little girl. Consequently, her ordeal and the subsequent examination at the hospital had been extremely traumatic for her. [...]

Girl # 27 – Patricia Douglas Part 1.

March 17, 2016 // 2 Comments

     This story will be in two parts. It is a tale of a young woman’s quest for justice in an era and a place where greedy and powerful men determined who was entitled to fair treatment and who was not. Ptricia Douglas was a ‘nobody’, one of thousands of young hopefuls living and working in Hollywood, California. Like most of her peers she trusted the studios, [...]

Luise Rainer – the forgotten star.

March 15, 2016 // 4 Comments

                             The lovely Luise Rainer is pretty much the forgotten star of Hollywood’s so-called Golden Era. The petite actress had all the assets necessary for screen success, but she was built of sterner stuff than her contemporaries when it came to ‘playing the Hollywood game’. Right from the beginning she set her own standards and never strayed from them. [...]

The exquisite Grace Kelly.

March 13, 2016 // 10 Comments

  Fans of Grace Kelly (and I am one of them, believe it or not) are probably going to jump up and down if they read this, and accuse me of ‘muck-raking’ or, at best, sensationalising her track record (or should I say ‘sack’ record) with members of the opposite sex. Be that as it may, there is a plethora of sources to draw from when it comes to Grace and her penchant for [...]
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