RANDOM SNAPSHOTS – PT5.

November 7, 2017 // 4 Comments

BERGMAN, Ingrid  (1915-82)                                                             Joseph Mankiewicz had this to say about Ingrid Bergman. ‘Even when she learned about Spencer Tracy’s involvement with Kate Hepburn, she was still crazy about him. Don’t forget, she was there before Kate came onto the scene. Bergman was a stunningly beautiful creature. I [...]

JOHNNY STOMPANATO 1958 – Who killed him – Lana or Cheryl?

November 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

    Johnny Stompanato & Lana Turner 1957           Hoodlum Johnny Stompanato was intimately involved with actress Lana Turner at the time of his death on April 4, 1958 in Los Angeles. There has been argument and speculation about how he met his end since that day. One school of thought has Lana’s 14 year-old daughter Cheryl Crane killing him (justifiable homicide). The other has [...]

‘NOTTING HILL’ (1999) – easy to watch and easy to fault.

November 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

NOTTING HILL (1999)                                                             The 1999 romantic comedy Notting Hill was a huge success at the box-office, grossing a staggering $363.1 million worldwide. What started out as a ‘small picture’ evolved into a ‘blockbuster’, one that emphasized the pulling power of both its leads, Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant. [...]

RANDOM SNAPSHOTS No 4.

November 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Rory Calhoun (1922-99)                             The star of 80 movies, mostly westerns, and over 1,000 TV episodes, 6’4” Rory Calhoun made the most of a life that began badly, especially in his teenage years. At 13 he cut classes and stole a revolver that landed him in reform school. He soon absconded from there and shortly afterwards robbed several jewelry stores. [...]

B-List Beauties – PT7.

October 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

       FAITH DOMERGUE (1924 – 99)                    Cult of the Cobra (1955)                                   Faith Domergue’s name has become synonymous with Howard Hughes and his ‘stable’ of starlets that existed in the forties and fifties. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1924, Faith was adopted at six weeks by Leo and Adabelle Domergue who kept her [...]

Darwin Porter – Believe him or not? PT 3

October 28, 2017 // 4 Comments

The third and final segment regarding ‘Katharine the Great’, the controversial Darwin Porter biography of Katherine Hepburn. Eleanor Roosevelt *Eleanor Roosevelt had a heavy crush on Kate although it was not reciprocated. In the early 1940s the First Lady wrote her many passionate letters, but it was a one-way love affair. In 1948 there was serious talk that Eleanor might run for the [...]

Darwin Porter – Believe him or not? PT 2.

October 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

  Part 2 contains more of the revelations to be found in the Darwin Porter best seller ‘Katharine the Great’, his biography of Katharine Hepburn. Below are more random statements about the private lives of Miss Hepburn (and others). Judge for yourself how much you believe or do not believe. Ernest Hemingway *Kate took her ship-board romance with legendary writer Ernest Hemingway [...]

Darwin Porter – Believe him or not? PT 1.

October 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Darwin Porter is a prolific writer, a man who has been an entertainment columnist for The Miami Herald since he was 20 years old. He has written and sold more celebrity biographies than anyone else, yet he has his ‘knockers’, people who think he is little more than a sensationalist muckraker. And they may well be right yet, when we consider that generations of movie fans have been weaned on [...]

‘Tora! Tora! Tora!’ (1970) – History recreated.

October 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

                                              Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970) was a joint enterprise between production film units from Japan and the United States. The picture was a genuine attempt to present the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941 from an unbiased historical viewpoint. The picture was a commercial flop in America but a major [...]

The Loves of Julia Roberts

October 20, 2017 // 2 Comments

There has been endless speculation over the reasons for the sudden cancellation of the wedding between Kiefer Sutherland and Julia Roberts, just days before it was due to take place in June 1991. 20th Century Fox had decided to turn the nuptials into a major publicity event to herald the release of Julia’s latest movie, the somewhat disappointing Dying Young, but it was not to be. Julia and [...]
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