Articles by Alan Royle

Keeping it in the Family – PT 3.

October 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS SR (1883 – 1939) – Born in Denver, Colorado. Acting credits: 51. He and his wife, Mary Pickford, became the most famous celebrity couple in the world in the 1920s.   HIS SON                                              DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR (1909 – 2000) – Born in New York City, New York. Acting credits: 99. His first wife was [...]

Keeping it in the Family – PT 2

October 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

RICHARD BECKINSALE (1947 – 79) – Born in Carlton, Nottingham, England. Acting credits: 22. He played Lennie Godber in Porridge (1974-78) and in Going Straight (1978). Tragically, a heart attack claimed him at a young age.   JUDY LOE (1947 – ) – Born in Urmstom, Lancashire, England. Acting credits: 47. Was Dr. Helen Sanders in two seasons of TV’s General Hospital (1978 – 79). [...]

Keeping it in the Family – PT 1.

October 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Nepotism has always been alive and well in the movie business. Right from the earliest days of the ‘flickers’ being closely related to a movie star was never a drawback when it came to starting a career in the business. Of course, offering sexual favors worked just as well in most cases, but for the purposes of this article I shall focus on the former. I thought of including directors and [...]

A Snapshot of Kate Hepburn

October 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003)                    In 1937 Kate Hepburn purchased her Turtle Bay, Manhattan townhouse for $33,000, (it would be worth four and a half million dollars by the time of her death in 2003), and moved in with Howard Hughes at Muirfield Mansion in Los Angeles. Hughes usually slept in his study so Kate was allocated his former wife’s master bedroom. It was not [...]

B – List Beauties – PT 6

October 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

       DOLORES DORN (1933 – )                  The Bounty Hunter (1954)            Dolores and Richard Egan                    and with Franchot Tone                                    Dolores Dorn hailed from Chicago Illinois. Her movie career did not amount to much although she played opposite Randolph Scott in The Bounty Hunter (1954), [...]

B-List Beauties – PT 5.

October 8, 2017 // 0 Comments

                                               DANI CRAYNE (1934 – )                          Shootout at Medine Bend (1957)                                                                Darlyne Goldman hailed from Minneapolis, Minnesota, but the family moved to California when she was five. In 1951, sixteen year-old [...]

Robert Shaw – Thanks for the memories.

October 6, 2017 // 4 Comments

ROBERT SHAW (1927 – 78)                                             I suppose we all have our favourite character actors. I have several, but near the top of the list is Lancashire-born Robert Shaw. I wonder if he would appreciate being categorized as a ‘character actor’. Possibly not, for he seemed to have a sizeable ego on-screen. Was he the same off it? His [...]

Random Snapshots – Vol. 3.

October 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sharon Stone                     ‘Any man in Hollywood will meet me if I want that’, proclaimed Sharon Stone after achieving worldwide fame in Basic Instinct (1992). ‘No, make that any man anywhere’, she added. One of her former boyfriends was Hart Bochner, the know-all executive in Die Hard who gets his brains blown out while on the phone ‘negotiating’ with the hero. When [...]

B-LIST BEAUTIES PT 4

October 2, 2017 // 1 Comment

         LINDA CRISTAL (1934 – )                 The Last of the Fast Guns (1958)                                                Marta Burges was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1934, to a French father and an Italian mother but would act under the name of Linda Cristal in Hollywood. When she was just 13 she and her parents were involved in a [...]

The Bond Girls – Pt2 – ‘Goldfinger & Thunderball’

September 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

                                                                                     as Pussy Galore 1964 at 39                 in 2008 at 83   HONOR BLACKMAN (1925 – ) The Bond franchise has been around for over 50 years, yet when asked to name any Bond girl the chances are the name Pussy Galore would be forthcoming more often than any [...]
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