JOHNNY DEPP – A most engaging man?

February 24, 2015 admin 2

  Johnny Depp’s screen debut was in A Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984 when he played a guy that gets swallowed by his bed! Well, it happens. He only got the part because director Wes Craven’s teenage daughter and her friends were present for the readings and they all flipped over […]

THE MARX BROTHERS – Likeable scallywags.

February 19, 2015 admin 5

  Harpo Marx (1888 – 1964) Chico Marx (1887 – 1961) Groucho Marx (1890 – 1977) Individually they were very funny. Collectively they were even funnier, whether on stage, on the screen, or in real life. When MGM summoned them to Hollywood to discuss a movie contract, the brothers tired […]

Rita Hayworth – a tragic repeat offender?

February 17, 2015 admin 14

    Rita Hayworth posing for her famous Life magazine World War ll pin-up. There have been many tragic screen goddesses down the decades, especially in the days of the studio system, but none had it tougher than Rita Hayworth. As a young girl she was treated abominably by her […]

VANESSA REDGRAVE – Never a backward step.

February 17, 2015 admin 0

        Vanessa Redgrave in Camelot ( 1967 ) During the evening of January 20, 1937, Laurence Olivier was starring in Hamlet alongside her father Michael Redgrave when he announced to the audience at curtain call that, ‘tonight a great actress was born’. Over the course of her […]

JOAN CRAWFORD – A star at any cost?

February 13, 2015 admin 13

    Of all the movie stars that have come and gone down the decades, none strove so hard, or for so long, as Joan Crawford did, to get to the top of the pile and remain there. In effect, there was almost nothing she would not do to become […]

LINDSAY LOHAN – A female Peter Pan?

February 13, 2015 admin 0

    Lindsay Lohan was born into a wealthy family in 1986 in New York City. Her mother was once a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan; later a Wall Street analyst; later still, career manager for her daughter. The girl’s father, a Wall Street trader for years, […]

GRACE KELLY – Man-eater extraordinaire.

February 6, 2015 admin 10

    Every once in a while an actress comes along with whom the camera seems to fall in love. Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe and Greta Garbo were three one could name, but even these beauties took a back seat to Grace Kelly. She only made eleven movies, yet she […]

NICOLAS CAGE – Nepotism, talent, or a bit of both?

February 6, 2015 admin 0

He was born Nicholas Coppola, his father being the brother of screen director Francis Ford Coppola. Young Nicholas changed his name in the early days of his career because he wanted to make his own way in the acting business without his connection to Francis Ford giving him unfair advantages. […]

GEORGE CLOONEY – No friend of Charlton Heston.

February 5, 2015 admin 2

Clooney’s first marriage was to actress Talia Balsam, the daughter of brilliant character actor Martin Balsam and actress Joyce Van Patten, the sister of Dick Van Patten, star of the 80’s comedy- drama series; Eight is Enough. The union lasted almost four years. His famous aunt, Rosemary Clooney, was a […]

JOHN BARRYMORE – A drunk, a rake & a rare talent.

February 5, 2015 admin 5

  John Barrymore’s siblings, Lionel and Ethel, both won Oscars in their careers, but most critics are agreed that John was the best actor of the three. Not everyone agreed, however. Playwright George Bernard Shaw detested his ‘Hamlet’, describing it as one of the worst portrayals in history, accusing the […]