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

June 19, 2015 admin 10

    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 […]

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

June 15, 2015 admin 2

    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 […]

GARY COOPER – The ultimate movie star.

June 13, 2015 admin 0

  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 […]

TV RATINGS SINCE 1950 – How tastes have changed.

June 11, 2015 admin 0

    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 […]

Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle – an innocent victim?

June 9, 2015 admin 0

  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 […]

STEWART GRANGER – A man’s man – mostly.

June 7, 2015 admin 2

  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 […]

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 7 )

June 5, 2015 admin 0

  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 […]

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 6 )

June 3, 2015 admin 0

  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 […]

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 5 )

June 1, 2015 admin 2

    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, […]

Tragic Hollywood – Accidental Deaths ( Pt 4 )

May 30, 2015 admin 0

    Part 4 of this series on accidental death focuses on twelve actors who died in accidents related to aircraft. I have not included Anthony Perkins’ actress wife, Berry Berenson, who was aboard Flight 11 when it struck the North Tower of the World Trade Centre on 9/11. Her […]