Dominique Dunne – murdered at 22.

March 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Dominique Dunne played Dana Freeling, the eldest daughter in Poltergeist (1982). On 30 October 1982, just a few months after Poltergeist was released, she was strangled to death in her driveway by her ex-boyfriend, a chef named John Sweeney. Evidently, he had become enraged when she tried to end their relationship. The 22 year-old actress clung to life in a coma for five days before passing away [...]

Lana Clarkson – Spector’s victim.

March 1, 2015 // 6 Comments

  The small role of Mrs. Vargas, the wife of the school teacher in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), was filled by newcomer Lana Clarkson. She would go on to star in a few B-movies, among them Barbarian Queen in 1985, and guest star on several TV sit-coms. From all accounts she was an intelligent and understanding actress who went out of her way to treat fans with kindness and [...]

Brad Renfro – a wasted life

February 28, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Brad Renfro in The Client ( 1994 ) Author John Grisham did not want a professional Hollywood child actor, complete with phoney southern accent, to play the pivotal role of Mark Sway in The Client (1994). Enter the 11 year-old unknown Brad Renfro from Memphis, Tennessee. His only acting experience was in a school production, yet he beat out thousands of contenders for the part, including [...]

BUD ABBOTT & LOU COSTELLO – Not all laughs?

February 28, 2015 // 4 Comments

  Abbott & Costello in Buck Privates ( 1941 ) Bud Abbott ( 1895 – 1974 ) Lou Costello ( 1906 – 1959 ) Before running off to try his luck in Hollywood, Lou Costello was an amateur boxer in his home town of Paterson, New Jersey, fighting under a fake name so his mother would not find out. He won 32 consecutive victories before being knocked out one night. When Bud Abbott and [...]

RICHARD HARRIS – Hell raiser supreme.

February 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Richard Harris’s violent temper and manic drinking bouts were legendary in Hollywood. In fact, it was generally accepted by most producers that the signing of the wild Irishman for any picture meant adding a further week onto the shooting schedule, simply to allow for days lost through his bingeing. Not that he was the worst offender in that regard. Richard Burton’s signing [...]

Sean Penn – an enigma?

February 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

    Throughout the entire two-month shoot of Fast Times at Ridgemont High in 1982, Sean Penn insisted on remaining in the Jeff Spicoli character on and off the set. He immersed himself in his character’s persona and refused to answer anyone unless they called him Jeff. Even his message bank was subject to the same conditions. One day, while sitting around waiting to shoot a scene, he [...]

Duck Soup (1933)

February 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

  Groucho Marx (as Rufus T. Firefly): ‘I could dance with you until the cows come home. On second thought, I’d rather dance with the cows ’til you come [...]
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