Gay/Bisexual Actors in Old TV Shows ( Pt 3 )

June 21, 2015 // 5 Comments

  Nigel Hawthorne (1929 – 2001) The most surprising fact about the superbly written (and acted) Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister is that only 38 episodes in total were made, 22 in the first show and just 16 in the second. Hawthorne was quite brilliant as Sir Humphrey Appleby in both, clearly (in my opinion) the star of both series, but Paul Eddington and Derek Fowlds were both [...]

Gay/Bisexual Actors in Old TV Shows ( Pt 2 )

June 19, 2015 // 6 Comments

    Saffron Burrows (1972 – ) in Enigma The statuesque Saffron; she is 6 feet tall (1.83m), played Lorraine Weller in Boston Legal for two seasons (2007-8). She was also Detective Serena Stevens in the 2010 season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She was particularly beautiful in the WW2 spy thriller Enigma: Crack the Code (2001). For several years she was in a [...]

Gay/Bisexual actors in old TV Series ( Pt 1 )

June 15, 2015 // 2 Comments

    Wilfrid Brambell (1912 – 1985) Steptoe & Son An Irishman from Belfast, Brambell shot to prominence in the 60s playing the irascible, dirty old Steptoe in this popular British sitcom. He also featured in the Beatles’ first film A Hard Day’s Night (1964). Shortly before filming began he was charged with ‘importuning for immoral purposes’ in a men’s toilet in London, the [...]

GARY COOPER – The ultimate movie star.

June 13, 2015 // 0 Comments

  He was born Frank Cooper in Helena, Montana, but his agent was born in Gary, Indiana, so his hometown was chosen for Coops’ Christian name. After all, the name Gary Cooper had a certain masculinity that Helena Cooper seemed to lack. A car accident in his youth broke Coop’s hip and left him with a permanent limp. This, plus his deafness in one ear, kept the gangling star out of WW2. [...]

TV RATINGS SINCE 1950 – How tastes have changed.

June 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Below is a list of the top-rated programs since the 1950-51 season, according to Nielsen Media Research. Having inhabited this planet since 1947, I can recall most of these shows, although I must admit that I lost interest in TV when that horrible reality rubbish began to dominate everything. For the life of me I still cannot see why anyone would want to watch fellow beings having [...]

Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle – an innocent victim?

June 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

  It is easy for us today to lose sight of the staggering amounts of money successful people in the fledgling movie industry were making back in the 1920s. The average person in America could live comfortably on less than a thousand dollars a year, about $20 a week. In Hollywood, however, even a lowly ‘crowd’ extra earned $5 a day, a ‘small group’ extra $10 a day, and if you were [...]

STEWART GRANGER – A man’s man – mostly.

June 7, 2015 // 2 Comments

  It is difficult not to admire English actor Stewart Granger. In an era that spawned a generation of actors and actresses ready and willing to do and say whatever their studios demanded of them, and equally unwilling to cross powerful gossip columnists like Hedda Hopper and Louella Parsons for fear of risking their careers, he stood out as a man among men. I imagine, like all the others, he [...]

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 7 )

June 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Part 7 of ‘Accidental Deaths’ examines the passing of some performers who unintentionally killed themselves with pills, medication, drugs, alcohol, or whatever other substances they took in doses or combinations that ‘accidentally’ ended their lives. Some appear to be genuinely unlucky outcomes, but others would never have happened if the people affected had not been into drugs in [...]

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 6 )

June 3, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Part 6 of Accidental Deaths covers four actors who unintentionally shot themselves or were shot in error by someone else, two who died in skiing mishaps, one who choked to death on food, and one who many people think choked to death on a cup of tea! Incidentally, Mama Cass of the Mamas & the Papas pop group is not on the list for two reasons. She was not an actress and she did not [...]

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 5 )

June 1, 2015 // 2 Comments

    In Part 5 of Accidental Deaths in Hollywood I look at five drownings, four actors who died from falls, and another who failed to survive a botched operation.     Jeff Chandler (1918 – 1961) Chandler only made about 50 movies, the bulk of them in the fifties, but for nearly a decade his rugged features and his unique look, (he had prematurely grey, crinkly hair), made him a [...]
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