Articles by Alan Royle

KEVIN SPACEY – The end of the line.

December 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

KEVIN SPACEY On the heels of the Harvey Weinstein scandal has come another one involving super-star Kevin Spacey. There have been rumours for years that Spacey was gay, but few outside the industry suspected he might be involved in lewd acts with under-age boys or prone to sexual harassment behaviour. Here are the accusations (thus far) that have effectively destroyed the actor’s career: [...]

TATUM O’NEAL – Victim & survivor.

December 15, 2017 // 4 Comments

Tatum O’Neal (1963 – ) After reading Tatum O’Neal’s 2004 autobiography titled A Paper Life, a curious thought came to me. If it had been, say, Darwin Porter who wrote her story, how much of it would be believed and how much would be attributed to his vivid imagination and his notorious reputation for muck-raking and embellishing the truth? Tatum’s story is an indictment of life [...]

The Spencer Tracy – Katharine Hepburn Romance – PT2.

December 13, 2017 // 2 Comments

Actor George O’Brien was Spencer Tracy’s friend, but even he was disgusted with his pal’s treatment of Kate Hepburn. She would help get him to his hotel room, bathe him, cook dinner for him and get him into his pajamas. ‘Sometimes the ungrateful bastard would kick her out of his bedroom and lock the door behind him. It was the sickest relationship I’d ever heard of’, said O’Brien. [...]

The Spencer Tracy – Katharine Hepburn Romance – PT1.

December 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

                      If we can believe the studio hype imparted to biographers, the relationship between Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn was one of the deepest and most enduring loves in Hollywood history. On the other hand, if we can believe the account written by Hollywood insider Darwin Porter, it was a whole lot different. I imagine the complete truth lies somewhere in [...]

THE LOVE LIFE OF ELIZABETH HURLEY

December 9, 2017 // 4 Comments

                             HURLEY, ELIZABETH (1965 – )      Born in Basingstoke, England. Here is a chronological account of the love life of actress/ beauty consultant Elizabeth Hurley, starting in 1982 at age 17 and concluding with her most recent relationship (June 2017). I have uncovered eighteen lovers and her husband, but on no account do I regard the list as [...]

IN THE BEGINNING…PT 4.

December 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

STEVE IRWIN (1962 – 2006) Steve Irwin was born in Essendon, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, in 1962, to parents who were wildlife naturalists. He was raised at the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park where he learned how to handle crocodiles before his tenth birthday. His shortish life was devoted to conserving and protecting wildlife in his native Australia, and he made no bones about his [...]

‘SINCE YOU WENT AWAY’ (1944) – Wartime drama at its best.

December 5, 2017 // 2 Comments

SINCE YOU WENT AWAY (1944) I suppose it is a sign of my age, but every once in a while I like to select one of my favourite black and white films to watch late in the evening. I know it has nothing to do with the fact that these pictures are not in colour, but there is something about the quality of the screenplays that places these pictures in a class of their own. More emphasis on story and [...]

IN THE BEGINNING…PT 3.

December 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

   in the Austin Powers franchise ELIZABETH HURLEY (1965 – ) Liz Hurley began life in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England in 1965. Her mother was a teacher, her father an army major. In her early teenage years Liz was a pseudo-punk rocker, spiked, brightly coloured hair; bolt through her nose, the works. When she moved to London chasing fame and fortune, her stunning looks soon brought her [...]

IN THE BEGINNING…PT 2.

December 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

  in The Scarlet Pimpernel MERLE OBERON (1911 – 79) For decades it was accepted that Merle Oberon was born in Hobart, Tasmania. In fact, most of Tasmania thought so too. Few were aware that she had invented the tale to create a past for herself that was as far removed from the truth as possible. In reality, she was born in Bombay, India to a Welsh father and a Ceylonese-Indian mother. Merle [...]

IN THE BEGINNING…PT 1.

November 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

  I like to examine the backgrounds of actors and actresses, to see where they came from and how they got started in the movie business. I suppose I wonder, like most cinema fans, how ordinary people go from school plays or local amateur theatre to television and, ultimately, the movies. It is surprising how many big name players were not born where we expected them to be born, in unusual [...]
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